Issue 142 Editorial: Gambling With Choices

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Chipps ponders those moments where the path you choose makes all the difference. We all like to think that we’re, to a greater extent, in charge of our own destinies. Those decisions we make every day propel ourselves towards some ultimate goal. Occasionally, though, life throws us a tangent and we end up down a different trail. That nudge can be tiny, but the effects can be dramatic.  Mountain biking seems to amplify these little shifts too, with the smallest of things having great effect. Simply staying upright on a bike is an exercise in micro-shifts in steering and weight balance. Too much overcorrection and you’ll be in the hedge, but anyone who’s ridden a bike with stiff or seized headset bearings will testify that not being able to steer at all is as impossible to control as too much. Usually, these micro moments in life and bike riding pass unnoticed. Taking one track over another at the trail fork, or riding in the morning compared to the afternoon. Every decision affects what choices you’ll have to make next. But that’s just life. There are times, though, where you can see directly how your decisions are going to affect how things turn out later that day. These are usually in situations where time, daylight or warmth are at a premium and whatever you do has a direct consequence on what happens next.  I’m thinking about that puncture that happens on a late afternoon run down a foreign mountain to catch...

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  • Premier Icon prettygreenparrot
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    Issue 142 was one of the best.

    Some great rides covered.

    Some really good interview articles.

    And some excellent editorial pieces.

    Thanks for all your hard work!

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    @prettygreenparrot Glad you enjoyed it, we aim to please!

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