Gentleman's Relish Anyone
Mountainbiking is just a sport for the rich?
"working class rule of thumb"
Mate, that does come over a little bit condescending. Not disagreeing with your point though. It's the same logic that gets people to sign up for rip-off car loans because they're "only £20 a week".
Still, a bike can be had on the same terms - and usually interest free (unlike most consumer goods).
This thread would have been far more accurate if the word "Mountainbiking" was substituted for "the stw forum" in the headline.
"Mountain biking? Surely that's just a sport* for posh twunts?"
Tosh - end of.
can be as cheap or as expensive as you want it to be,find a lot of couch potatoes use these sort of excuses to defend their laziness.
I used to be the guy on the specialized hardrock and before that a GT and before that a fully rigid marin pine mountain that i bought for 50 quid (i loved that bike!). both were stolen, so in a fit of rage i vowed to build a better, faster hardrock with better-than-RST suspension. i sold the GT and spent the money on parts for my hardrock beast. Then the police found my stolen hardrock! so i sold that on ebay and used the money to buy some new second hand forks. Then i found my dream frame on STW! It was a bargain. i built it up with parts off my hardrock and now i'm happy as a pig in poo. If it ever got stolen i'd be back at square one but i'd probably build the same bike from a second hand frame. I'm not posh, educated maybe, resourceful for certain.
mountain biking is for the rich you want to try racing motocross.i feel like a millionare now im into mountain biking instead.i am feeling the need for more and more and more bikes though
I used to shoot as a hobby, again it covers the whole spectrum from the retired factory worker who rough shoots on the local farm to the rich city types on the organised driven shoots.
My gun cost £500 and a morning shooting clays was £50 + travel expenses. Now I mtb my bikes were £1,000 each and a mornings biking is FREE!
Its horses for courses really any hobby you take seriously can seriously damage your bank balance.
As for the class issue I have found a massive mix of people on the trails all of which on the whole seem really decent.
All in all a much friendlier bunch than the shooting crowd!
I have a couple of good bikes (Orange 5 & DMR Switchback), and I prefer riding quality to cheap. But I'd still ride if all I had was an entry level.
Good technique means you'll be faster on an entry level than someone on a top of the range bike who's not so good. So, I reckon mountain biking's for anyone. And whatever bike you've got, learn some skills and you'll embarass your mates who ride top of the range!
Just noticed the comparison of 'would you spend what your bike costs on ____'
Well, my bikes cost more than my van...
...and my motorbike went for waaay less again.
I had ace fun on my old Hardrock that I bought for £140 - I have much more fun now on my Pitch though.
This forum does seem to be quite ridiculously affluent and perhaps a little snobby at times, however.
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