Geographical snobbery – what's all that about then?
stems from northerners who for some extraordinary reason consider living that far north and being the home of whippets etc is something to be proud of… 🙄
It satisfies their angst from living so far from civilisation, cuisine, any serious economic activity, sunshine, effective public transport and focaccia.Posted 7 years agokennypSubscriber
I simply can't understand why where you live can be seen to dictate whether or not you have the right to enjoy something or not?
Not sure that's really what he's meaning. I think he's just suggesting London is a rubbish place to live if you really enjoy mountain biking. Personally I wouldn't live in London for lots of reasons. Quality of live, access to hills and mountains and many other reasons.
He's not dictating, just passing comment.Posted 7 years agodavidtaylforthMember
Of course you can be a "mountain biker" if you live in London, Im sure there are plenty of them that live there.
What they actually do though is very different to a proper mountain biker.
The London types tend to mince round southern trail centres or leafy bits of single track in the surrey hills once per month – they just call themselves "mountain bikers" as it makes them sound impressive to their office buddies at work, and it gives them a hobby to spend their vast wages on.Posted 7 years agoBigJohnSubscriber
The OP was quoting Scruff and, believe me, he's got nothing to be snobby about, he'm from Great Wyrley.
But he's right. He gets up into those hills around Cannock about 5 times a week, sometimes on his way to work, sometimes on his way back, sometimes when he officially is at work. I don't think he'd swap that for Hampstead Heath.Posted 7 years ago
Yep David, that's the sort of attitude I'm talking about. 🙄
Because I live in east anglia, most of my riding is done on leafy singletrack – which I really enjoy. I also enjoy Wales or wherever when I get the chance. I find it surprising that some people evidently think that makes me inferior to them, and less worthy of the title "mountain biker". Maybe it's all in jest and I've just lost my sense of humour today…
Edit: sadly he did Captain – I obviously have lost my sense of humour today. 😀Posted 7 years ago
I just read some guy in another thread make the statement that
If you are really into riding MTBs you simply wouldnt live in London.
Now I don't live in London, in fact, living in Norfolk I'm probably considered even further down the MTB pecking order by some. I simply can't understand why where you live can be seen to dictate whether or not you have the right to enjoy something or not?
I'd love to live in southern California, Canada or the Lakes for example, but I've got other things going on in my life as well as cycling. Am I being over sensitive here (because my local hills aren't very gnarly), or is this sort of geographical snobbery a bit silly?Posted 7 years agokennypSubscriber
Yep David, that's the sort of attitude I'm talking about
I think he's yanking your chain. At least I hope so.
Surely they are getting more at the area than at you? I've ridden on some lovely stuff in East Anglia, and been overtaken by lots of "proper" mountain bikers. However I don't think I'm being exactly controversial when I say the riding is places like Wales, Yorkshire, Scotland etc is going to be better.Posted 7 years ago
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