Life is too short not to be happy. Do what makes you happy. If you want to put the MTB to one side and just ride the road bike do it. You can always come back to it when you're ready, especially if you're still young. I've done three MTB comebacks in my life and am currently on my fourth sabatical while I concentrate on the road bike because I've also just lost my MTB mojo. But I am happy on the road bike.
Only suggestion I can give is to find some folk who ride at a similar pace (or get quicker).
I think the problem is that I'm a social rider. If a group of people wanna go out that I know are of a similar pace, I'm there. If it's (as is too often the case) a wannabe elite racer training ride, or (again as is all too often the case) a newbie hand holding exercise, I lose interest. I sound like a selfish ****t now, and I know it, but bikes aren't just a passion for me, they're now a livelihood, so I know I need to enjoy my riding more.
And ride alone more, it's great. No waiting while people faff with gadgets, better flow as you never need to regroup and go where you please. Not always better but I'm often happier on solo rides, or with small groups that I know well. Riding alone on a simple bike is riding for the pure enjoyment of it, I love it.
I can understand the benefits, but it's the motivation to ride on my own I struggle with. Any ideas to improve motivation for riding alone? I manage the odd 60-90 minute road ride on my own occasionally (I find this a LOT easier than riding MTB on my own), but still struggle not to find a reason not to ride.
I think you need to move. If I had to drive to find some decent riding I'd probably give up.
Moving isn't an option... Various reasons, but won't be moving any time soon. It's roughly 30mins in the car door to door to the nearest trails worth riding. On the road bike, I can be on beautiful quiet country lanes inside 5 minutes!
I considered posting a similar thread today about all types of biking. After an apathetic moment of indecision that caused me to miss a club road ride, I then had a physical and mental breakdown on the turbo this morning. Not able to get up to speed on the Turbo for two weeks now, I've decided - with some advice - not to touch a bike for a week as I've been battering away at some training plan or another since feb.
Despite thinking about it over the disgusting winter, I still didn't give in to buying a turbo. And I think the day I do, cycling will cease to be entertaining and just become about exercise! Don't get me wrong, I like being in shape and fit, but I can't do exercise for exercise's sake. It's got to give me some kind of excitement, or at least provide some kind of social stimulation.
I just enjoy riding a bike. it doesn't have to be scary or rad etc just plenty of scenic views.
Sometimes just stopping to look at that view of the local vista makes me happy and long may it continue
I do try. I definitely take more time to take the scenery in these days than I used to do. It does help for sure.
My mtbs have largely been unloved this year as riding road, just for the odd event, which due to the road bike I'm performing much better at. Was just starting to get bored of road riding and did my first tt this week, reinvigorated and interested again! Just keep changing it round. For me setting some sort of goal is key like entering a big event like torq12
TTing is a no no... Tried it, once... Honestly think I'd rather get fat! It just holds no appeal.
The goal thing though does help. Did Bontrager 24/12 as a 12hr solo last year, my first ever, and really enjoyed it. Was the fittest I've been for some time, but due to many commitments this year, I've neither been able to ride as much, or plan far enough ahead to look at doing something like this again this year. Sounds like excuses I know, but I'm busy working 60hrs plus a week (for myself I'll admit) so any rides I do get the chance for, I'm more bothered about just having fun rather than any training etc.
Why not get a CX bike and combine the MTB with road?
Have one. It's barely been used. Some people bill them as the best of both worlds, IMO, they're too much of a compromise to be particularly good either on road or off. Though I suppose if I was riding lots of local canals and local woods, it might be different as it would be more suitable.
Get a simple MTB that suits what you have on your doorstep? Rocky stuff on a susser or woodland trails on a rigid, it's all pretty similar to me.
MTB wise, got a 29er HT and a short travel 29er FS at the moment. I spent years owning long travel full sus bikes, or HT's with a fork longer than really suitable and not using them. Very tempted still by the SS thing as I borrowed one weeks ago, and though I couldn't get up a few climbs on it, it definitely made me think more about the ride.
There is alot in the Forest Of Dean have been riding there for 24 years and fine new trails often and i know it pretty well and new stuff is being built all the time.
You almost certainly know it better than me, but I definitely know it better than 99% of the rest of the public that ride there. I think the thing is, every time I ride down there, I'm ALWAYS leading a group. Same in the Wyre Forest... I never get the luxury of just sitting back and enjoying the trails without worrying about not losing people, I'm always the one shepherding everyone else and making sure that they enjoy the ride themselves. Again, very selfish perhaps, but I can't remember the last time someone else showed me an interesting trail that I'd not ridden before, that I got a real buzz from! For instance, I love Dowies, but now I know it so well that I go down there, and expect to beat my Strava times down Dowies each and every time I ride there otherwise it annoys me!
You could try the Cotswolds above Cheltenham and Gloucester plenty there.
Love Cranham, don't know it at all though, and my Cranham local (you know who you are if you're reading this!!! ) has moved away and given MTB's up! So I've not ridden there in 2 years or so...
Have a change try 2 wheels with an engine
Been there, done that, can't afford it any more on a number of levels. Still got a bike in my Dad's shed that's been there for years and one day I'll fully restore it, but I can't ride a motorbike slowly (I'm not a lunatic, but I do like the sensation of speed), So I recognise it's probably best I don't ride one at all until I can ride one at speeds that wouldn't lose my license in a very short space of time.
Guy who owns the motorbike shop 2 doors from mine keeps offering me a go on his Ducati 1098R with full race pipe and a factory re-map though! It's got about 190bhp, and all up weight of about 165kg...