Is there something wrong with me ???
Naaa… I know what you mean matey. I used to live down south – until I was 30 years old, and grew up riding all that lovely snakey woodlands singletrack, which is about as XC as you can get.
As a result, I became completely fixated on that southern XC ‘singletrack’ riding style and the sort of light, fast, short travel bikes that really are best to appreciate this area.
Over the past few years, though, I’ve lived in Tasmania, Sheffield and now Aberystwyth – all quite gnarly, which has helped re-shape my ideas somewhat! In fact, I went for a blast around Coed y Brenin yesterday and actually had to reluctantly admit to myself that my recently purchased 140mm Orange 5 is probably a great deal quicker overall round CyB than my 89mm Giant Anthem – even going uphill, bizarely!
I used to be convinced for years and years that all you’d ever need for anything is a light 100mm XC hardtail. I’m not so sure now!
So I guess, what I’m saying is that it’s horses for courses, adapt your approach (both equipment-wise and metally) to riding these sorts of places and you might find you enjoy them a lot more.
Alternatively, just carry on enjoying all that lovely southern swoopy woodland singletrack! It’s ace. There’s no need to feel pressured into riding anything else if that’s not your bag, despite the endless (willy-waving etc.) nonsense that gets talked about on STW 😀Posted 6 years agoKryton57Subscriber
I’ve discovered riding solo this year (decided to enter some events) and its a bit of a revelation, to the point that the social rides can become a bit of a chore if:
a) You are training to a fitness goal
b) You aren’t mentally in a social mood
Its easy to get pi**ed of at all the stop / start / chatting if you arent in the mood or aren’t er, “au fait” with the group.
The best advice (and I’m trying to re-learn this myself) is to relax and chill out and treat the social riding to what it is – a social event. Either that or shoot off first / last from the group so you can ride sections of trail at your own pace. But be careful of making yourself looking “aloof”.
Nothing wrong with what you are doing though, each to thier own…Posted 6 years agorichieokeefe1Subscriber
I love my xc riding mainly fast flowing singletrack and I live in the chilterns where there is plenty of this, but as soon someone mentions going away for the weekend I never seem happy about going ! I seem to like thrashing my local xc trails for a few hours and not all day jaunts ! Does anyone feel the same way ! I have been to afan , cwarmcarn and quantocks but my local trails put more of a smile on my face !!!Posted 6 years agoScienceofficerMember
I’m going the other way.
I’ve ridden my local trails for the last 7 years, since work and new family commitments reduced my free time. Other than a yearly day trip to Cyb or similar.
The kids are older now and my work has changed, so earlier this year I got to Snowdonia for three days.
All my local riding seems diminished at the moment. I just keep thinking about trails further afield. 😐Posted 6 years agoOCBMember
I only ever ride in the lanes/tracks hereabouts (but I do have a lot of lanes/tracks hereabouts, and quite often … not much time, so it all kinda works out).
I’ve only driven once in the last 18 months to ride somewhere, and that was only a ’round trip of of 8 miles because I was short of time …
I am a surly old misanthropic ascetic too tho’, which might also have something to do with it.Posted 6 years ago
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