- What do you think of while riding?
I look at the trees and landscapes, listen to the birds, squint out the cold or rain, dodge the difficult terrain or look for the harder line, i fight to maintain a good balance point and study the style of the rider in front, i some times look at the lycra clad bottom it’s a lady, or take to the head of the group and find my own pace, I doubt myself and think that i can’t make it and sometime push cursing at my lost fitness, i question why i didn’t wind down my forks to help keep the front down, how i miss only having the one gear.
Then as the trail point downwards all my thoughts are to line choice, speed management and body position, working the bike in harmony with the ground, to not be lazy when i can squeeze in a pedal stroke or two.
When on the flat and the moods there, i just enjoy the freedom of being out there and free.Posted 7 years agorobgarriochSubscriber
“…trundle….trundle… ahh this feels good… haven’t been out in how long… oops some uphill… jeez this hurts… it never used to hurt… why’s Paul disappearing into the distance… can’t… get… on… terms… oh sweet god, what’s happened to my thighs… breath… breath… cough… wheeze… bloody kids… finally some downhill… sh*t didn’t lift the front… and again… and again… pedals level… lean with the berm… AAARRGGHH… trees… bumpy… don’t… clench… teeth… OOFF… wet roots… oh god… gonna crash… HAH HAARGGHH… made it.
Really must do this more often”
Abridged version of last visit to GT.Posted 7 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
Downhill on my own I’m usualy in a far more Zen like state than the climbs.
Downhill in a group I’m usualy focused on getting a wider entry to the corner than the guy/girl in front allowing me to brake less and then brake in the next section as I’m now too close. Anoyingly if I’m on my own I probably don’t make such good line choices so the excercise is fairly futile. But theres still somethig very Zen about being in the middle of a group on a night ride, allthe line choices/speed have been decided by the guy 10 or 20 places in front and everyone else is just following their lead.
Climbing on the SS is one of three things
This is easy, why did I ever use gears?Posted 7 years ago
This is hurting, wish I had gears (usualy at the end of a ride)
F*** HGGGRRRR HMMMMM HEAVE PANT (where the gradient gets silly and technical)OCBMember
It’s the same on the bike as it is off it, so if I’m thinking at all, (rather than being of no-mind) my thoughts are about nothing / everything / anything …
It’s genuinely interesting to read that people do actually think about specific, and/or relevant things whilst riding.Posted 7 years ago
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