- Are you a groomed rider?
Seems that mountain biking is taking a turn for the worse with all this 29er shite and marketing bs, but recently started to notice new trails being built are all super smooth berm baby berm with the odd feminine jump! I mean come on guys!! what ever happened to real riding steep n techie, that is what mountain biking is surely?? I could do most of these modern day downhill tracks on me bloody bmx for christ sakes!Posted 6 years ago
So basically got me thinking about what riders want?
Is it groomed or is it tech? over to you! 😀yacobyMember
Oh my god. They make trail centres for everyone. Why can’t they make trail centres just for awesome people like me? Who cares about people who aren’t as awesome as me?
What I love about trail centres is I can turn up with anyone and we can have a pretty good time. Taken my parents round the blue at Glentress. If I wanted something more technical I would have just switched to the red (or gone over to Inners).
I don’t want to go somewhere and then find they can’t cope with some of it and hence don’t enjoy it.Posted 6 years agomdavidsMember
Different kind of buzz.
Enjoy the techy stuff in a sort of relief that I’ve got down it without breaking myself kind of way. Or the satisfaction from clearing a section without dabbing.
The groomed stuff is great for just going flat out.
I cant do tech flat out as my self preservation instinct kicks in quite early these days.Posted 6 years agojammMember
Think your missing the point.
1 it’s a blue graded trail
2 it’s aimed at technique – momentum, pumping the trail and berms. Novices arent going to learn if they are constantly on the brakes because the trail is rough (braking bumps for example).
Try riding it without pedalling or brakingPosted 6 years agoimnotverygoodMember
I have a theory that pussywillow is in fact a computer programmed to randomly fire out threads all of which have to refer to mountain biking exclusively being about a certain type of riding. I don’t know why anybody would construct such a machine but apparently they have…Posted 6 years agosomafunkSubscriber
Trollish post but **** it, i’ll respond and fuel the fire………Built trails are not necessarily anything to do with mountain biking in the true sense of the phrase, they’re great if i wish to switch off and belt round as there’s now’t tricky nor overtly technical on them and you know that if the features are built then it’s possible to ride them in a multitude of ways. I find them good for introducing new riders into the so called “sport” as you don’t need any navigational skills and if you take a novice out on a blue route then you know exactly what to expect from the trail.
I stay within a 30 min drive from mabie/dalbeattie/Kirroughtree/glentrool with ae/drumlanrig being slightly further away and peebles/inners being 90 mins away, out of 10 rides i perhaps ride a trail centre once, not rode peebles/inners for 6 years.
Now’t wrong wi trail centres in the slightest as they can be good fun and it’s a guaranteed “know exactly what your getting ride” but a very poor analogy is sorta like claiming to be a climber when all you’ve done is indoor walls rather than brave the actual mountains.
Anyway, i’ll get to the point…..if you want to ride techy stuff that tests you then get out in the hills, or go explore a local quarry. Trail centres have to cater to the masses and as such they do a good job.Posted 6 years agocfinnimoreMember
Methinks pussywillow is also the same ‘lad that retweets “MTBRealTalk”.
Anyway, that Berm Baby Berm was bloody brilliant.
So was Nevis Range Red.
Might nip round to Torridon next.
Same 120 travel SS hardtail though, one bike for all.
It also gets me to work. The ride’s what you make it.Posted 6 years agomikewsmithMember
GT Blue is awesome, jumpfest smooth fast flowy greatness
Dollywaggon Pike is awesome, steep, rocky uber tech challenge
Swiss National in Chatel is awesome , steep, mindbendingly confusing
A-Bomb in Mt Buller Awesome fast, rough in places, jumpy
Different things for different days, I’m surprised you didn’t like it I’m sure there is a bridge to hide under ans scare people. Maybe you should have had a 29r up there…..Posted 6 years ago
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