Mountain Biking: Why Do We Do It?
I really enjoy the outdoors and used to be a keen hillwalker until I got into mountain biking in a big way and it's got me thinking 'why do I enjoy it so much'. I think you can have the amazing adventures on a bike that you would on foot with added bonuses. You get the exercise, you can see amazing views and wildlife and you get the added thrill of the descent. For me it's the going down hill bit that I crave the most but all other factors considered it really is an awesome hobby.
What are your thoughts on it?Posted 7 years agofishaMember
At the moment, i'm getting a bit cheesed off with it all. I cant seem to go out on a ride without something going wrong with the drivetrain, which can be fixed easily enough out on the ride, but means I mollycoddle it the rest of the ride … which spoils it for me. I'm concentrating on that, and not enjoying the ride itself. Yet out on road bike, I cant enjoy the ride without worrying about the bike.
Singlespeed is calling … ( or an alfine )Posted 7 years agoandrewhMember
It's -3, pi$$ing it down, I've had no food for the last two hours, soaked to the skin, shivering, and I have to mend a puncture with fingers I can't feel and then get the last 30 miles home. I ask myself that sometimes.
Then it's 25 degrees, I've got the sun on my back, a big cloud of dust behind me as I swoop down the cut-gate, hitting every turn to perfection, every braking point spot-on, and then I have my answer.
Also, what Steveh said, I have based my life for the last decade around riding and racing bikes. About this time yesterday I was halfway through a 2hr phone call to my (now ex) girlfriend going through the most painful breakup ever, too much time riding was part of the reason (amongst others) but I can't change. If I did, I'd resent doing it and that's never going to keep a relationship alive. I don't know how it's happened but riding has become my life.Posted 7 years agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
There's the being outside, working hard, building fitness thing, along of course with the fun of the whole endeavour. But to me and my closest riding buds it is about the sheer distance you can travel into the wilderness and back again in a given time. It is amazing where you can get yourself to and the things you can see.Posted 7 years agosaxabarMember
Cos being on two wheels is better than not.
To that I'd have add it's a legal and healthy way of getting kicks going hells bells to raise endorphin levels to the Nth. On the other hand I can pootle with the missus over the hills for weekends away leaving the computer, email and other daily chains a long way behind.Posted 7 years agoNick_ChristyMember
i do it because i just enjoy the outdoors… im an active person and dont like to sit about, i do many things not only ride my bike.
i also took a break from being a kid to recently. bought a bike for my birthday and i enjoy it as another reason to get out the house and lose energie…
that is strong saying that biking is your life… thats real dedication if so….Posted 7 years agoKevinPPMember
For the fun and thrills obviously, but also for me its a fantastic release from the pressures and hassles of every day life. No matter if its a bad day/week at work, money worries, argument with the Mrs, whatever. Ride out to the middle of nowhere, stop and take in the total silence and the fantastic scenery we have here in the UK. And then you realise how none of your problems really matter in the great scheme of things. I find it very therapeutic.Posted 7 years agomansonsoulMember
Because riding a bike is the best feeling in the world. Just rolling, feeling air rush past you, feeling non-stopable.
All bikes are great, but mountain bikes are the best. Because you can't have a better freedom vehicle than a mountain bike. You can ride anywhere, roads, woods, hills, iced over roads that cars and motorbikes can't drive, you can heft it over walls and across streams.
Mountain bikes are liberation vehicles and we are free when we ride.Posted 7 years ago
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