Would you cycle no matter what?
If I couldn’t do mountain biking, I’d stop entirely I think. I ride for transport too but really only for the bike fitness. But I could change how I mountain bike, if I had to give up the downhill and other harder stuff I could be happy enough rambling around the hills. I’d be back on the motorbike I expect.
Mind you I already shouldn’t be doing this sort of riding so apparently I’d need some convincing to stopPosted 4 years agobikebouyMember
When I stopped racing roadies I stopped riding, I’d had my fill of pulling on the front for the glory queens. It took 14 years to get back on a bike and it took an old team mate visiting for the weekend to bring down one of his spare bikes for me to ride out with him to convince me I could ride without a) competing b) killing myself for others c) dieing 7 deaths on the bike.Posted 4 years ago
I quite enjoyed it 😉Mostly BalancedMember
Can’t imagine life without riding. Racing or fast techy trails excite me, touring or ‘just rolling along’ chills me out. Busting a gut on my road bike makes me feel good about my fitness.Posted 4 years ago
There are other things in my life that are important too but stopping riding would be very hard to do.scotroutesSubscriberspacemonkey wrote:
Not really sure. As much as I love riding, it’s the ‘being out in the woods/hills’ that does it for me. So I guess that if I did stop riding, I’d like to think I could/would continue running and walking to continue getting my fix of the outdoors.
Sort of that. Cycling is just one way I enjoy being outdoors. Walking and paddling are just as good. In fact, I still think of myself as a walker first and foremost. It’s only really health issues that got me so deeply into cycling. If fitness didn’t permit I’d invest in motorcycling again.Posted 4 years agotonSubscriber
everyone has a certain branch of cycling that they enjoy, be it dh, touring, cross country trails riding or racing, plus loads more obviously.Posted 4 years ago
I know a few old road racers, who when they stopped competing, stopped riding.
obviously some people need to compete no matter what, but what if you could not do you fave type of riding because of illness or some other reason.
would you still ride or find a way to ride, be it a different type of cycling.
could you not function correctly without riding a bike?mikey74Member
To be honest, I’ve kinda given up xc riding anyway, and that has been replaced by trail running. Now, my mtbing is pretty exclusively DH, because I enjoy it. If I couldn’t do that any more, I’d struggle to find something to fill it’s place as nothing else I do gives me the same feeling. I do road ride as well, and would probably do it more, but it is a totally different feeling..
Ultimately, I’d cope. I have other interests I’d probably persue more: I might actually become good at playing the guitar, or photography.
Edit: I would still have to do something outdoorsy, though. Not sure what.Posted 4 years agojambalayaSubscriber
@ton quite a few sportsmen stop when they stop competing, I’ve spoken to a few who’ve explained their reasoning.
Personally I’d think that I’d keep riding offload as long as I can. When I injured my knee it was one of the main activities I told the doctor I wanted to be able to do. My neighbour was still riding his bike into late 80’s (we all thought he should stop as he wasn’t exactly speedy and we were convinced he’d get knocked off but he never did.
“no matter what” is quite broad though.Posted 4 years agorocketmanMember
Personally I struggle to derive any enjoyment by simply being on a bike I cant ride towpaths or fire roads or round fields or ride miles and miles and miles just for the sake of it I have to have a steady stream of challenges to keep my mind occupied.
On the occasions when I’ve had to ride something dull the thought always creeps into my mind that I would pack it in if it was all like that.Posted 4 years agocinnamon_girlSubscriber
To be fair, it sounds as though the majority of replies are from folk that don’t have health issues.
I’ve had rubbish health for four years, there’s been a few times where I’ve stopped riding for a couple of months. Many a time I’ve bawled my eyes out on the bike due to not being able to do what I used to do.
Thing is, the landscape feeds my soul but I need a bike to reach it!
How’s it going with you ton?Posted 4 years agojonbaMember
I’d say I would but then I said the same about kayaking as I used to own several boats, paddle for fun and compete in all disciplines. Haven’t paddled properly in years. Occasionally dabble on holiday. So yes I could see me stopping although at the minute I’m not sure what would.Posted 4 years agoaracerSubscriber
if I couldn’t do one type of cycling I would have to do another, no matter what.
I would even unicycle.
You stole my line – and a potential solution for mattbibbings right there. For those who need a challenge then there’s always a challenge on a uni.
I used to ride to race – the only reason I ever got a mountain bike in the first place was because I needed one for a race I wanted to do. Riding a unicycle has eased my transition into being a more recreational rider (though ironically my attempts to get more sociable have led to me joining a very race oriented club!)Posted 4 years agoneilnevillMember
I am 40 and ride OK..some stuff I ride great but some ….Posted 4 years ago
I have older friends that ride. One in particular comes to mind. He is super fit for his age and great at techie riding but also loves bikes be it road or xc or all Mountain. If I’m him 30 years from now then wow! But…. The biggest thing that keeps him going? Bike? Hills? Fresh air? Or friends? I’d ride with G even if it took all day to go to the end of the street and back. If others will do the same for me then I’d ride until I drop.dan86Member
trail_rat – Member
Hobbies come and go. Biking is always around. Its more a lifestyle than a hobby.
I’ve rode BMX, jump bikes, downhill bikes, freeride bikes, I currently ride mainly XC trails and the odd bit of dirt jumping and downhill. I don’t drive and I ride to work on my road bike 6 days a week. On my day off I go out for a ride… I probably ride at least 360 days of the year.
I quite frequently have different cravings for different kinds of riding, but as long as it has 2 wheels, it just feels natural to me.
Personally, walking almost doesn’t seem natural anymore!Posted 4 years agoTheArtistFormerlyKnownAsSTRSubscriber
Not riding at the moment – haven’t ridden for a month after rupturing my bicep tendon.
Had found my mojo too – missed riding for a couple of weeks, then it starts to fade a bit. Still itching to get out there a bit, but I can cope. If I couldn’t ride mtb, I doubt I’d bother at all.Posted 4 years agoioloMember
I’ve been riding since the early 90s.Posted 4 years ago
Raced xc and dh but was shit at both.
3 years ago I suffered a major breakdown.
I got diagnosed with ultra rapid cycling bipolar disorder.
I haven’t been on a bike since as a switch in my head turned onto no bikes. I would do anything in the world to be able to just jump on a bike snd go for a spin.
the medication I take has made me gain weight and since I was diagnosed I have gained 4 stone.
It’s a vicious circle that I’m currently trying to sort out with therapy.
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