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  • Natural riding vs trail centre riding
  • yetiguy
    Free Member

    Trail centers got me into mtb, but i recently discovered the joy of natural riding (mostly around the lake district)

    Trail centers seem somewhat contrived!

    Maybe its just a phase i am going through ❓

    Blower
    Free Member

    natural as in in the buff?

    vinnyeh
    Full Member

    You know those trails you're riding? They're not really natural. 🙂

    redthunder
    Free Member

    Natural riding… is that naked like ?

    Natural is the best 🙂

    Trail Centres are for benders!

    druidh
    Free Member

    vinnyeh – Member
    You know those trails you're riding? They're not really natural.

    I think you'll find that they are.

    bassspine
    Free Member

    cycling: it's all good

    gamo
    Free Member

    All trails have been made,they dont just mystically appear!

    IHN
    Full Member

    Trail centers seem somewhat contrived

    Amen brother. Can't stand 'em.

    vinnyeh
    Full Member

    I think you'll find that they are.

    Ooh, I'd always thought that the majority of the rights of way were manmade?

    Northwind
    Full Member

    My local "natural" trails are footpaths, sheep paths, sometimes old manmade drainage lines, at least one was a drover's road, other bits are in planted woodland, or around manmade reservoirs, some skirt around the edge of cleared sheepfold, another is the remains of a roman road, some of it was just made by bikes and walkers making a path by riding and walking, but none of it is natural. Say "non purpose built" and you avoid the pedants 😉

    thepodge
    Free Member

    i hear hard tails are better than full suss too

    yawn

    druidh
    Free Member

    vinnyeh – Member
    I think you'll find that they are.
    Ooh, I'd always thought that the majority of the rights of way were manmade?

    And Man exists outside the natural world?

    Northwind – Member
    Say "non purpose built" and you avoid the pedants

    Boo.

    Blower
    Free Member

    Yes a new Name should be made for the normal trails,amen brother…wot should thye be called?

    Northwind
    Full Member

    "And Man exists outside the natural world? "

    Depends who you ask, that's for another thread. But when we build a road, it's not a natural road, it's a manmade road. And when we introduce a species to a hillside and keep it in a pen and chop down the trees to accomodate them, and they make a trail, it's not a natural trail.

    If you're going to argue that these things ARE natural, then so are trail centres 😉

    Rorschach
    Free Member

    Trailcentres provide an important and some would say essential role in 21st century mountain biking……..i.e they keep numpties offa the good stuff.

    nickegg
    Free Member

    Trail centres are great when all your local trails are a unrideable muddy mess and riding them means destroying them.

    I'm staggered at the negativity towards trail centres….i've been biking for just 5 years and are therefore well established in biking by the time i started.

    Each to their own but i just don't get the negativity.

    genesis
    Free Member

    Anything to get people riding is a good thing, but there is an element of 'you have provided facilities, and I now absolve myself of any thought or responsibility- ENTERTAIN ME' with some trail centre weekend warroirs.

    MrAgreeable
    Full Member

    i just don't get the negativity

    Everyone knows that trail centres are just Scalectrix tracks for fat middle managers to haul their overpriced full suspension bikes round. They are so tame that they can be ridden on any bike, be it a cyclocrosser or a Raleigh Budgie, and the only thing worse than the deathly dull trails are the people who have the temerity to charge you for car parking or maybe try and sell you their hideous overpriced food.

    Natural trails by comparison are the most fun you ever have in your life and make all man-made trails seem flat by comparison. You never have to lift your bike over vast numbers of stiles in order to ride something resembling a billiard table made from semolina, or push up a hill for 2 hours in roder to spend 10 minutes riding back down, those are just spurious rumours. If anyone who rides trail centres ever tried to ride a natural trail (not that they ever do) they would be dead within seconds. The best ones are in places that require Native Indian-style tracking and navigation skills to find, so luckily they can never be found and spoiled by the braying masses.

    Hope this has cleared everything up. 😉

    CaptainFlashheart
    Free Member

    + for Bassspine's comment above!

    steve_b77
    Free Member

    You only need a 140mm travel FS for trail centres so everyone one can ride them, natural trails on t'other hand require a rigid Ti SS, so only open to a few.

    Or so I've heard 😀

    loco_pollo
    Free Member

    Oh how us real bikers scoff at the masses on their bikes with too much suspension and their body armour at the trail centres. Those morons wouldn't understand what it is to be a real biker. We are so much better than them.

    Do you know most of these "trailcentre trash" couldn't even tell you the difference between an XT and an XTR rear mech, and they don't know how to strip down and repair their own hubs! Hardly any of them can read a map! They read Dirt Magazine! They don't even know what a Jones is I wager.

    mAx_hEadSet
    Full Member

    Coming from one of those dull impoverished areas of the UK where nature contrived to convince the inhabitants to carve some of the nicest rides ever built, can I suggest trail centres were one of the best things I ever invented as it has kept so many of your badass riding techniques from tearing up our local mountain turfs 😉 Trail Centre riding is as good as it gets, believe me most of you will never need to look further than the next numbered waymark post for a good days entertainment.. relax and ignore these heratics. .they are just baiting you.

    Kamikirk
    Free Member

    Can you not enjoy both for what they are and simply ride them for the pleasure of getting out on your bike and spending time in the company frends?

    Or does this create a paradox that would engulf the world in an apocolypse as the purists on both sides melt down in a critical mass of intolerance and bigotry?

    Northwind
    Full Member

    Some trail centres are great. So are some "natural" trails. But with the rose tinted glasses off I can't think of many "natural" trails that have the same effort/reward payoff as a good trail centre. But it's all just riding bikes.

    vdubber67
    Free Member

    Raleigh Budgie

    – what tyres are you running on your budgie for trail centres at the moment out of interest? I was using Conti Vert Pros but they're getting harder to find in the right size…

    😉

    Rorschach
    Free Member

    Dolmio=Italian cuisine,The Daily Mail=journalism,Big Brother=entertainment,Trail Centres=mountain biking?….Discuss.
    I know Dylan,I know……

    steve_b77
    Free Member

    Internet = global information centre or pron facilitator, discuss 😆

    djglover
    Free Member

    I think the people that don't like them are the people who have failed to develop any skill in mountain biking. They are motivated, as ramblers are, by the view and possibly the social aspect of riding with like minded saga members.

    robob
    Free Member

    i like natural trails.

    i like trail centres.

    shoot me.

    westkipper
    Free Member

    I quite like occasionally visiting GT or Inners, and never fail to leave without that buzzing-big smile feeling, but I have to admit, I prefered them when they were in that transitional phase between natural and full on artificial trail centre- GT in particular had the odd long kill-yourself-fast descent, before it all became switchbacks and hairpins.
    I still prefer fully natural, at least for the (Saga-rambler type) views and solitude.
    I suppose the thing I dont like about trail centres is the mentality it produces- with Mountainbiking being 'something that entails a long drive to a purpose-made playpark' kind of thing.

    daveh
    Free Member

    I find a lot of the new trail centres give you a good beating on a hardtail, which is a bit of a shame. I'm also overcome with car envy at trail centres as I don't have an Audi Avant or VW transporter.

    djglover
    Free Member

    I find that if you rock up in an M5 estate, cover everyone in gravel and then click your carbon santa cruz off the roof (careful not to get oil on your Rapha) then you are rad to the power of sick and everyone wants to be you.

    ex-pat
    Free Member

    I think there's a case for both…
    Trail Centre – you know what you're going to get, you know it's ridable and you know 'roughly' how long you're going to be out. What's more generally they'll be good days out, certainly the riding will be good.

    Natural – unknown largely, could be fire trail could be overgrown bridal path. (for me) the fun is in the OS map and figuring out where to go next. The trails can be proper hard to the point of carrying the bike. But, the reward in completing a section that's new to you is excellent.

    Being in Aus it's all natural riding pretty much. And I do miss Affan etc to be honest, they were great days out. But, riding alone deep in rain forest or similar and coming across mad trail is unbeatable. Mind you, I've had my worst crashes out here – you get complacent over a non-mountain bike trail that's flowing freely, do a drop/jump and the trail isn't there any more*…! Marvelous

    The one thing that is sacrilege is re-work of non-mountain bike trails to make them easily ridable. We've had this out here; trail+grader=car width flat track, i.e. boring.

    Andy

    * Now sporting a broken nose from just such an event.

    andrewh
    Free Member

    Love the 'natural' trails, proper all day middle-of-nowhere, fantastic views and not see a soul stuff.

    However, I shall be off for two weeks of trail centres next month. This time of year something well drained and nicely surfaced kind of appeals.

    There is no 'best', merely 'what I fancy today.'

    ir_bandito
    Free Member

    Yeterday morning I tried to ride "natural" trails in Swaledale, but couldn't because of the snow, so we went to Dalby and rode it all in the afternoon.
    Trail centres won on that occasion…

    Also, many years ago discovered Glentress by chance, just after the trails had been built, but before they officially opened. That was an eye opener!

    BUT: Give me a Lake District bridleway (or cheeky path) any day (except when there's too much snow)

    cynic-al
    Full Member

    Where's JoB when you need him for a pointless argument like this?

    DezB
    Free Member

    I've never been to a trail centre. But would bloody love to be a fat middle manager haul[ing] [my] overpriced full suspension bike round one.
    Just to see what it's like.

    andytherocketeer
    Full Member

    Raleigh Budgie

    That sounds like a fun challenge in fact. Shoot out of the old classics… Budgie might be a bit small, so make it Chopper vs Grifter vs Burner vs Strika on a purpose built trail and a sheep-made singletrack.

    littlegirlbunny
    Free Member

    I like trail centres cos there's no walkers to shake their metal spears at me

    loco_pollo
    Free Member

    Good to see that there are still plenty of people out there with chips on their shoulders.

    Trail centers seem somewhat contrived!

    – do you mean planned, manufactured, manipulated? Well of course they are. How could anything that has been designed and built NOT be?

    Trailcentres provide an important and some would say essential role in 21st century mountain biking……..i.e they keep numpties offa the good stuff.

    – Are you claiming that a group of elite amateur biking gods exists, and that they and only they should be able to ride "the good stuff"? Perhaps there should be an exam to pass and Bike Police to make sure the "good riders" don't have to mix it with the shitheads.

    Anything to get people riding is a good thing, but there is an element of 'you have provided facilities, and I now absolve myself of any thought or responsibility- ENTERTAIN ME' with some trail centre weekend warroirs.

    Yeah, this is kind of the idea. People go biking to be entertained and enjoy themselves. Why is this a shock to you?

    I suppose the thing I dont like about trail centres is the mentality it produces- with Mountainbiking being 'something that entails a long drive to a purpose-made playpark' kind of thing.

    Like it or not, this is the way it is. Only the very fringe sees biking as a lifestyle, most people see it as a fun hobby and they want the most bang for their buck. They want to park the car, ride, shower, eat then go home.

    I find that if you rock up in an M5 estate, cover everyone in gravel and then click your carbon santa cruz off the roof (careful not to get oil on your Rapha) then you are rad to the power of sick and everyone wants to be you.

    You have self esteem issues. You feel threatened by those rich assholes with their nice cars and expensive bikes. Those rich assholes! They probably can't even ride! ARGH I AM SO ANGRY

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