was out with a mate earlier for a pootle up the local hill.
me on a dialled alpine and him on his 6″ FS Giant. me a normal bike helmet, him a full face with shin/knee pads. we found a few spots to jump from, riding and flying off the edge and landing a 2-3m downhill. nothing too silly. he wsn’t ‘out’ jumping me and i wasn’t neccessarily out jumping him.
mate starts to refer to everything as freeride. “ah, i love this freeride man”. really just riding, isn’t it?
3-6ft drops aren’t freeride, are they? think matey was surprised that the HT could take it, despite the fact he started on about a 200mm FS…..
where does freeride begin and riding end?Posted 8 years agonickeggMember
Surely Freeride doesn’t really make sense when applied to bikes?
I mean, i have been snowboarding since the early 90’s. I remember first seeing the term “Freeride” applied to the quys who were taking freestyle tricks out onto the off-piste areas. With snow you can just about ride where you like, the same can’t really be applied to a bike. Trees, bushes, fallen trees etc would get in the way of just riding along.
Everything we ride on is on a predefined trail of some sort, no?Posted 8 years agostilltortoiseSubscriber
I always understood freeride – be it biking, skiing, snowboarding – to be ride whatever you want, wherever you want, on whatever you want and wearing whatever you want. In practice you’re more likely to be laughed at by a freerider over your choice of riding style/colour of bike/baggyness of shorts/brand of bash guard etc etc than any other cyclist. Maybe it’s just my unfair perception, but it is based on experience.
I take as much pleasure “freeriding” in lycra as I do overtaking people on the ups in baggy shorts, knee pads and full facer.Posted 8 years agoupsidedownflyboyMember
freeriding is a term adopted by the mags and industry to lure in lifestylers to sell more gear, get people hooked on new brands, and encourage people to part with there hard earned cash. it’s worked.
it’s all just riding a bike, the niches are there to make us all think we need more.Posted 8 years agoMr AgreeableSubscriber
Can I also say – to all the “I outrode a full susser on my hardtail/I overtook a downhiller wearing my lycra” people. There’s a new forum rule being introduced, whereby you have to offer independent corroboration (eyewitnesses preferably) that what you did impressed anyone other than yourself. 😉Posted 8 years ago
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