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  • Bred2shred
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    If ever i loose my mojo i usually find it’s down the back of the couch. 😆

    Dont think, just ride.

    Premier Icon Pik n Mix
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    I did something I vowed never to do, bought a full suspension and built a monster of a build.

    I can’t stop thinking about it, I want to ride it all the time, My future holidays are now being planned with the bike in mind.
    Worked a treat for me.

    yunki
    Member

    change change change..

    If you usually ride trail centres try some wild trails or vice versa.. Just go for a gentle ride in the country, put as much effort into enjoying the surroundings as you put into the actual riding.. take a camera and look out for interesting shots..

    Set a challenge to ride to an interesting destination rather than riding in a loop..

    Explore somewhere that you’ve been meaning to have a look at for a while..

    all of these things have helped me in the past..
    the most important thing you can do though, is to sit on your bike and start pedalling.. the rest will take care of itself..

    eruptron
    Member

    the most important thing you can do though, is to sit on your bike and start pedaling.. the rest will take care of itself.

    This seems to be the most difficult part at the moment 🙂

    eruptron
    Member

    the most important thing you can do though, is to sit on your bike and start pedaling.. the rest will take care of itself.

    This seems to be the most difficult part at the moment 🙂

    Buy a road bike

    yunki
    Member

    This seems to be the most difficult part at the moment

    become a full-time stay at home dad*..
    you will soon find that you are prepared to sacrifice pretty much anything (starting with your genitals in all probability) for an opportunity to get out on the bike for a few hours..

    * Don’t actually do this, if you are having problems motivating yourself to walk to the shed and go for a bike ride, then children may overstretch you a bit..

    Holyzeus
    Member

    “Buy a road bike”
    He’s trying to re-find his mojo, not bury it forever….!

    Premier Icon psling
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    Make plans to meet up with a/some riding buddie/s at x time & place.
    You’re committed to going then. None of this ‘shall I, shan’t I’ crap.

    Premier Icon Capt. Kronos
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    I found that bolting my cranks back on properly helped immeasurably! Seriously though, check the bike over to make sure everything is “right” – my cranks had been imperceptibly wobbly and it was slightly throwing my balance (not hugely noticeably) and massively throwing my confidence as a result. There are probably many other bits that could be slightly out and throwing you a lot.

    Since all my kit/bikes are very old and very worn out I am going with the start again option now 😉

    So tell me your stories of how you rediscovered your MOJO.

    Is what the OP asked.

    So

    “Buy a road bike”
    He’s trying to re-find his mojo, not bury it forever….!

    kind of is an opinion

    eruptron
    Member

    singlecrack – Member
    Buy a road bike

    I’ve thought of this. This is how low I’ve sunk!

    eruptron
    Member

    So tell me your stories of how you rediscovered your MOJO.

    I lost the biking mojo a while ago but was running then this slipped about June. Some of it’s been down to bad backs I’ve had 2 this year. I started the year well and lost 10 pounds was back running and a little riding then the bad back 🙁 which put pay to most things for 6 weeks including the diet.
    I’m now starting to feel I want to get going again and stop being a lazy sh1t. Thinking about it isn’t doing it though is it!
    Just wondered see if anyone has any tips

    Premier Icon jam bo
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    Buy a turbo. Simply getting on a MTB will seem joyful in comparison…

    Holyzeus
    Member

    singlecrack – Member

    So tell me your stories of how you rediscovered your MOJO.

    Is what the OP asked.

    So

    “Buy a road bike”
    He’s trying to re-find his mojo, not bury it forever….!

    kind of is an opinion
    Go back to bed and when you’ve woken up see if you have got your sense of humour back…

    vixalot
    Member

    I stopped riding because of a foot injury 🙁 when I started to ride again (4 years later) it was hard work no one to ride with (2 riding friends had packed up).
    So I tried a couple of clubs then found one that was right for me (it had a MTB development group) so I joined in June 🙂 it has been fantastic learned new skills, have a good time, getting quicker and fitter and have new cycling chums 😀 A few of us go out mid week for extra rides too.
    It may be worth a look at some clubs to see if they are a nice bunch that you want to go riding with 🙂

    Premier Icon Sideways Tim
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    Mine went awol for a while. Got it back and am loving riding again now, all thanks to a Pugsley.

    Lost mine after buying a full susser, just hated riding it, slow, weighed more than an MX bike. Eventually decided to build a lightweight rigid SS. Mojo came back, now have more grins per mile than I have for years.

    Premier Icon Woody
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    I think a change is what is needed, be that riding road instead of offroad, different routes/type of riding, or as Tim says, a different type of bike.

    I bought one of these, which may have been a touch on the radical side 😆 but it did the trick
    .

    Premier Icon curiousyellow
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    Loved mountain biking when I had a crap bike but couldn’t get enough of it due to not having transport. Have a great bike now and ride a lot more these days, but for some reason the sense of adventure and excitement I had when I was thrashing about crashing over rocks and mud in Dartmoor seems to have gone away these days.

    I blame it on living in a big city.

    Building a cheap singlespeed from scratch did it for me. It didn’t stay cheap for long, but that’s ‘coz I’m crap, but the simplicity of it brought me back. I built mine rigid to start and used it as an excuse just to have fun on easy stuff.

    hora
    Member

    Relax. Go for a slow ride

    Holyzues ……leave me alone ..I’m still hung over ..

    Premier Icon OwenP
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    First up, i think it’s normal to have these highs and lows of riding enthusiasm; currently in my 4th(?) ‘bike high time’, I try to recognise them for what they are and don’t sell all the bikes.

    For me, fitness and bike fit are important for my enthusiasm. If i’m not feeling fit and every ride is a struggle, i’ll start to think about other things. When my bike was a poor choice that never fit right in the first place, that has had an impact on me too – you mentioned back pain? Anything you could do easily, like a change of stem/ bars, to make it more tolerable?

    Holyzeus
    Member

    singlecrack – Member

    Holyzues ……leave me alone ..I’m still hung over ..
    🙂 Fairy muff

    samuri
    Member

    Just doing something else seems to help me. I’m only commuting at the moment. Riding bikes just doesn’t appeal to me at the moment so I force myself to ride to work at least three times a week (which is 90 miles) and then do what I feel like at the weekend. Had my nephews round this weekend so no chance anyway but I’m hoping next weekend I actually want to go out for a road ride.

    Different types of cycling help too so road riding is a very valid suggestion. I’ve barely touched a mountain bike this year with most of my riding being road and cross so I might get my Chameleon out next weekend. Just thinking about how much fun that bike is encouraging me now.

    saxabar
    Member

    To add to the different route/sort of trail advice, remember that we do this for kicks and fun as well as exercise: not every ride has to be a marathon. Perhaps just head out and enjoy spinning pedals for half hour or so? I find after procrastinating, I know I’ve made the right decision as soon as the pedals start turning.

    eruptron
    Member

    OwenP you mentioned back pain? Anything you could do easily, like a change of stem/ bars, to make it more tolerable?

    Back pain isn’t bike related just unfortunate 1st time digging in the garden the second picking up a wheel at work.

    I’m also not in need of a new bike or project so maybe I need a challenge. what though I don’t know I did a marathon last year and lost a couple of stone prior to that. Which also helped bike fitness. Strangely enjoyed the marathon and was hoping to do this years but the back put pay to that.

    igrf
    Member

    Go and see the Jedi fella, ask for the mojo restoration ‘special,’ the one where you call him a pussy just before he leads you into his XC course.

    That’ll fix it.

    Better than buying a new Covert.

    But buy one anyway. 😉

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    i was in a similar position, so i started this http://a-pic-a-ride.blogspot.co.uk/ to motivate myself, i take one picture for every ride and log the mileage so i have a goal to beat,i.e. beat last weeks total, last week/month etc, now been doing it for 3 years and ride more than ever

    waller
    Member

    I’m the same as rocketdog and also document each ride. Bought a cheap garmin 2nd hand which seems to motivate me. That and the fact that everyday I’m getting older and want to regain my youth 🙁

    hora
    Member

    igrf, why?

    catfood
    Member

    I had to have a couple of ops on my foot about three years ago, it meant I couldnt mountain bike for over a year, the pressure on my foot going up hill was way too painful.
    I could however ride on the flat and so started just going off down the river on nice cruisy days out, I realised I wasnt actually bothered that I wasnt mountain biking as long as I was out and about on a bike.
    I ride pretty much every day but dont ride a mountain bike half as much as I used to, tho having just moved to Wales I expect that may change.

    Dancake
    Member

    I read this thread with intersest as I experiencing the same problems

    I recently built another bike to rejuvinate myself and havn’t even got it dirty yet 😳

    I lost mine so long ago it had taken to calling itself “Jim Morrison”

    doh! double post

    wrightyson
    Member

    Go for a walk somewhere where you know there’ll be folk out on bikes, we went off geocaching today in some local woods, loads of folk out on bikes, some heading for the off piste stuff some just out for a pootle with mates, every one of them was just having a good time. The mrs gave me the “look” and said you coming back up here later on?

    Premier Icon stevio
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    call a mate and ask him to go Trailquesting in a few weeks – you can even bring your new camera???? Always try another weekend away if you want – i’ve plenty of leave still, Steve -another CYB October trip – promise to bring my shoes this time….. and not throw up on the boat, probably

    Your mojo is still there, honest, mate – there have been plenty of times this year i’ve gone out, but once out couldn’t be bothered to ride the bike and just gone and sat somewhere with a view instead….

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Main thing, IMO, is not to force it… Mojos are resilient beasts, but the only surefire way to kill one is to wait til it’s weak then keep beating it with sticks in an attempt to wake it up. I tried that with the motorbike, just meant that when I finally did hang it up, I was so over it that I’m not sure I’ll ever get back to it.

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