Issue 146: Last Word: Mountain Biking Soup

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If Hannah has you over for tea, don’t eat the soup… Trails are the onions of mountain biking. You can’t make soup without an onion, just as you can’t mountain bike without a trail. Without trails, it’s road riding, or perhaps hippity-hoppity trials. It’s just floating vegetables. The stock sets the tone for the soup, just as the surroundings flavour a ride. Vegetable, chicken, fish or beef? Woods, local hills, faraway mountains, or trail centre? Outdoors air, not just air. Indoor parks are fun, but they’re not mountain biking. Sure, skip the chopping, tip a tin into a pan: go...

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Hannah Dobson

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I came to Singletrack having decided there must be more to life than meetings. I like all bikes, but especially unusual ones. More than bikes, I like what bikes do. I think 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. I try to write about all these things in the hope that others might discover the joy of bikes too.

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  • Issue 146: Last Word: Mountain Biking Soup
  • reeksy
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    As I completed 8 hill-climb intervals, followed by a singletrack lap with my riding buddy this morning (she’s one week back from a 48-hour Adventure Race on the Franz Josef Glacier) we were discussing something along these lines.

    Our conclusion was that we’d never, ever buy an indoor bike unless some form of disability required it.

    It’s all about being outdoors on trails.

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    Does that make a Zwift session a bit like a cupasoup? An occasionally necessary evil.

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    Zwift is probably Pot Noodle.

    Full Member

    I’m hungry.

    Full Member

    Erm …


    Sure, skip the chopping, tip a tin into a pan: go Zwifting.

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    Great stuff.

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