Throwback Thursday – Right Here, Right Now

by Dave Anderson 11

Right Here Right Now

It's all about perspective
It’s all about perspective

Words and pics by Benji Haworth

Benji has something to get off his chest, and it’s not a hair shirt. Pull up a pew and enjoy the sermon.

Be warned. This article is a bit preachy. Well, it’s a lot preachy really. But it’s about fighting the good fight. It’s about reminding you why mountain biking is a reason for living in itself. It’s about how now is mountain biking’s Golden Era. It’s about being wary of false prophets. It’s about reclaiming lost souls. It’s about kicking you up the arse and on to your bike and on to a mountain.

Prepare the soap box.

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Technology comes and goes but the reasons why we ride mountain bikes haven’t changed. Mountain biking is about adventuring. Adventuring in your local woods. Adventuring in a foreign country. Adventuring in your mind. Wherever you choose to adventure, mountain biking is about experiencing the now. Right here, right now.

Comments (11)

  1. OK, I agree with a lot of what you say apart from the bit about todays bikes being crap in 2020. 12 years ago I rode up and down Helvellyn on a mid range bike. It had v brakes and about 50mm of elastomer suspension. It was terrifying. Now my main “Mountain” bike has 140mm of reliable and predictable suspension and disc brakes which work dependably. It’s 6 years old and descending Helvellyn is fun and exciting, not scary. I don’t see that in another 6 or 7 years time that much will have changed. It’s 10 years since the Specialized Enduro came out, and whilst the designs have been refined over the years, I could still happily ride one around the mountains now.

  2. Great article, every point you made describes at least a couple of my riding buddies past & present. Shame it’s premier only as some of them could do with reading it as a bit of a wake up call.

  3. Karl33to, it’s an old article, which caused a big thread at the time. Great article, as long as it’s taken as a bit of a personal rant, and not Benjis guide to life.

  4. And don’t even get me started on Strava – since when did we leave people way behind just get to the end of a segment faster?!

  5. Isn’t Benji into cross now aswell? The irony.

  6. Karl33to, as a subscriber you can gift one of your mates a 1 month access voucher code. Just visit your Premier account setting page 🙂

    Oh and Robowns – Benji is really NOT into CX so you can stand down your irony bar 🙂

  7. Well said! I have my old Trek hardtail sitting in a corner gathering dust (it’s only tolerated as the wife might use it some day?) and I NEVER feel the urge to ride it! Bye-bye to those days 🙂

  8. Don’t listen to him – just ride whatever you want whenever you want, there’s nothing sad about putting life and family before cycling. and for the record some of the fastest and fittest mtbers I know are roadies.

  9. Love my FS, Love my Ti 29er, love my Roadbike. It IS all cycling.

    Having a family isn’t a crime against mountain biking. Yes, I can’t ride all day every day, but I do still get out when I can – whilst still giving plenty of time to the family.

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