Video: Jordie Lunn Rough AF 3 – With Mum Commentary

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We saw this video being teased on Instagram, and we knew it was going to be pretty nuts. But then it was released, and…well…it’s pretty nuts. A bit hard to watch in fact, and it brought out Hannah’s ‘Mum’ side. You could just watch the video, or you can watch it with Hannah’s Mum Voice in your head. You choose.

I knew I should have let you build that tree house when you were 10, it would have got it out of your system.
I’m sure I told you to wear goggles if you were going to play with the chainsaw!

You know when you let your kids play, because they’re quiet, and they’re getting on with it, and they’re not fighting, and so you just let them get on with it? And then you think they’re really quiet, perhaps you ought to go and check what they’re up to? And when you get there you realise that some kind of primeval instinct must have kicked in because it was but a moment away from a mass trip to A&E? Well…this is kind of how I’m feeling about this. I hear Jordie is a nice guy. I hope this is all going to work out ok.

It’s never too late to decide that you don’t want to do something. Make good choices. 
Sometimes it is too late to undo what you have started.

Just because you’ve built a massive tree ladder drop and spent a week doing it, doesn’t mean you have to ride it. It’s OK to say no. It’s important to teach your children to make good choices. And also to teach them to live with the consequences of any bad ones. Jordie, do you hear me? You don’t have to…oh. Um. Well, don’t touch the front brake, OK?

Gloves, Jordie! How will you do your homework with splinters in your fingers?
At least you were wearing your full face helmet.
Are you Ok? Ouch. Let me kiss it better. I’ve got some arnica at the ready.
There are some things even a Mum can’t kiss better.

Letting your kids hurt themselves is part of letting them grow up, explore the world, and learn to judge risks. It can be hard to watch, but if you’re there with the hugs and the steri-strips, they’ll be OK in the end. Slightly wiser, hopefully. What have you learnt from this, Jordie?

I hope you’re going to be paying as much attention to your room. There’s laundry on the floor.

Teaching your children respect for their environment is also good.

This looks almost doable in comparison to everything else.
Look Mum, no hands or feet!
That’s quite clever, actually.

It’s also important to let you know you love your children and that you’re proud of them, whether they hit the gap jump or not, whether they land it or crash. So, yeah, Jordie, we’re impressed. But, you don’t need to risk everything on our account, so don’t feel obliged to push the limits any further for a Rough AF 4. We’re not sure we could watch anyway.


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 (7)

    A succession of near death experiences set to music. I watch some videos and think ‘I wish I could do that’. Not so much in this case. Impressive nonetheless.

    Rough AF? That vert ladderwork down the tree is Sketchy AF!

    This could almost be a regular feature.
    “Wait. You’ve tattooed your hands now!”

    There’s a moment on that ladder drop where he gets very, very close to the left hand edge. Not that it is particularly wide at all. But he gets very, very close. I didn’t notice it the first time I watched it. I just noticed it this time. It didn’t make me feel comfortable. He’s undoubtedly a talented rider, but that surely is just a game over kind of crash. Bleeding testicles being a massive positive is a bizarre thing to witness!

    Mental rider but his chainsaw safety is woeful.

    Am i the only person concerned for the safety of the tree?

    Insane does not come close and I don’t use insanse in a slang way but in the true sense. Its only a matter of time before he is in a wheel chair if he continues pushing beyond the limits of whats possible.

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