Video: Buying A Mountain Bike, Buying A Lifestyle

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If you’ve stumbled onto this looking for genuine advice on how to go about buying your first mountain bike, you should probably go and read the reviews section of our website, because this video is not going to help you. It might still be wise to watch it however, because you might think you’re just going to buy yourself a bike, but really, you’re going in deeper than you think.

It’s all just a bit too true. Just as well we can laugh at ourselves here in the office. Slightly uncomfortable nervous laughter perhaps. Dirt jump bikes? Us…er…

But hang on, we’re ahead of ourselves. Watch the video and get in on the joke.

Told you.

Take a moment. Have you used the word ‘sweet’ recently? How about ‘stoked’? Are you over the age of 35? Yes? Hmm…

Bike jewellery nipples
Is this you?

Let’s do a bit more checking for symptoms. Have you grown your hair, or beard, or got an undercut? Does ‘smart dress’ mean a plaid shirt and clean Carhartts? Are you wearing a bike related item of clothing or jewellery?

Welcome to the club. It’s probably time for another bike, isn’t it? Here are a few you might want to consider as you descend deeper into ‘the lifestyle’. It’s definitely a lifestyle, not just a midlife crisis…

Calibre Astronut

A dirt jump bike so cheap it would be rude not to really.

Airdrop Fade

We’d look this cool. So would you.

Identiti Dr Jekyll

The new Dr Jekyll looks 20 years better. Unlike us, perhaps.

Maybe you don’t want a dirt jump bike. Maybe you need something smaller, that packs more easily into the back of, say, a sports car. How about a BMX?

GT BK Team

Helps make you look young and cool, definitely.

Maybe you’re lucky enough to be deep into bike culture and have money. (If you’re in this boat, we’d love to hear from you, we could use some life coaching). In which case, you should really treat yourself to some titanium.

Cotic Soda

There might be good logical reasons to have this, but we can’t think of any. It’s just a lust thing.

Or, maybe, you need to take things to the ‘next level’. You need an adventure wagon. You need #Vanlife. (Look! There’s one right here in our classifieds too!)

This is all we need, right there.

Is it possible to just ride a bike without being sucked in to the bike life vortex? Can you just quietly ride round your local trail centre and go home again without feeling existential angst and the need to start wearing a trucker hat? Are we all just comically predictable victims of marketing, or is because the earth speaks to us, man, once we hit those trails. We’re, like, all connected, by bikes and dirt and scars and plaid shirts. Dude, it’s inevitable, don’t resist. Embrace it.

[ To new and slightly lost readers: Are you still thinking about buying that mountain bike? Do it!]

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Hannah Dobson

Hannah came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. Having worked in policy and project management roles at the Scottish Parliament and in local government, Hannah had organisational skills that SIngletrack needed. She also likes bikes, and likes to write.

Hannah likes all bikes, but especially unusual ones. If it’s a bit odd, or a bit niche, or made of metal, she’s probably going to get excited. If it gets her down some steep stuff, all the better. She’ll give most things a go once, she tries not to say no to anything on a bike, unless she really thinks it’s going to hurt. She’s pretty good with steri-strips.

More than bikes, Hannah likes what bikes do. She thinks that they link people and places; that cycling creates a connection between us and our environment; bikes create communities; deliver freedom; bring joy; and improve fitness. They're environmentally friendly and create friendly environments.

Hannah tries to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

Comments (16)

    Your ‘gang’ looks a rather miserable bunch in that photo …. no thanks.


    Any banjo players in the house?

    Poor lad on the right didn’t get sent the lumbersexual memo then?

    That’s ‘Australian Plaid’

    I like plaid shirts – it’s handy shorthand for “Oh did I tell you I’ve been to Whistler?”

    @biggriffo Mark is trying to learn.

    Next time, STW staff and thier rides…. For a happier photo..,

    Er…that photo of us was a joke…we took it for the Singletrack Christmas card a couple of years ago. I guess if you have to explain the joke…

    Aw, shucks @michael02 we love you too.

    Just airbrush Will out of that, or some checks onto his shirt.

    I “treated”myself to rather a lot of titanium this year, screws and braces holding my knee and shin together.

    The video is excellent. I definitely need a new shirt, and to learn the pensive miserable look you all have.

    Do I need to wear a sickly checked shirt when riding my mountain bike or is it acceptable to wear any shirt?

    Before I ride my mountain bike would I need to grow a beard? I’m not sure about the Bin Laden, Yorkshire Ripper, Rolf Harris look.

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