New Year, New You? - Opinion

Jan 4, 2017 at 21:51
by Mike Levy  
Mike Levy


2016 is just behind us, which means that it's time for some of that "new year, new me" bullshit that everyone talks about. You know, going to the gym, more green stuff (Mountain Dew doesn't count) and less bacon, and generally trying to improve as a human being. But let's be honest here: most of us are probably going to continue being the same people we were over the last twelve months, ten-visit gym punch card that you only used three times notwithstanding.

The last year out in the real world wasn't terrible overall, despite all the media fear-mongering that's pumped into us. Yes, some actors and actresses died, a gorilla was shot, and a megalomaniac managed to convince people that he'd be a good leader of the United States, but I feel like it's been a pretty decent year as a whole. You (probably) didn't get drafted and forced to fight in a war on another continent, you (probably) also didn't die from the Spanish Flu or the Black Plague, and I bet that you didn't even need to worry about having enough potatoes to survive another frozen winter. Hell, it was also yet another year that we weren't all wiped out by an asteroid or super volcano. 2016 was pretty good in the grand scheme of things, but my bad if I just jinxed us for super volcanoes in the near future.

In the mountain bike world, however, there were some trying times. We lost some legends long before they were supposed to go, and many tears were shed over them. Probably still are being shed, too. There were many beers drunk and skids laid down for the same reason, though, and I think that it made a lot of us realize how small and tight our little community actually is.

Now that the year is over, it's a chance for us to wipe our slates clean and start from scratch. Supposedly. I'm not a big fan of New Year resolutions. Hello, I know that I can try to be a better person and then fail miserably at it on any day of the year. But, in the spirit of this "new year, new me" thing, I've come up with a handful of mountain bike-related resolutions that I might try and put into action over the next twelve months. Hey, you never know, right?



More Road Trips

I'm extremely lucky to be able to say that I've ridden bikes in amazing locations all over the world, but I also know that all those trips made me realize just how freaking amazing it is in the Pacific Northwest. Over the last few years, I've found myself actively avoiding riding anywhere too far away from home, simply because I feel that I know what I like at this point, and what I like most is located about twenty minutes from my house. Yeah, I do have a smug look on my face right now, sorry. But that's a shitty attitude to have, I know; I do have a great time riding new trails with new friends in new places.

Trailforks is a game-changer for me when it comes to road trips. Last year, during a rushed 1,000 km summer road trip, we randomly decided that we needed a break from driving and pulled over in a small town in southern British Columbia. Using Trailforks, we had a sweet little ride mapped out in mere minutes, and it ended up being one of the better ones of the year.


Rossland


So, in 2017 the plan is this: two weeks on the road in the van, but completely avoiding well-known riding destinations or places I've been to before. The riding will only be in small towns that I've driven through before but never stopped in, besides to get diesel, pepperoni, and Mountain Dew for the drive. Now I know that I can easily find the gold up in those hills.



Be a Grumpier Bike Reviewer

A few days ago, while working on an upcoming 'Ridden and Rated' comparison piece, I spent some time re-reading all of the trail bike reviews that we put together in 2016. If you've ever gone back and read something that you wrote even just months prior, you'll know that it can sometimes be an eye-opening experience, and it's fair to say that was the case for me. What I discovered by reading so many bike reviews back-to-back for hours on end is that we really need to grumble, grouse, and gripe more than we have been. Way more.

Here's the thing: today's bikes are really f*cking good. You may or may not realize this fact depending on how long you've been around, but they really are amazing. They're all stiff, they all pedal pretty well, and their suspension is often near-faultless. It kinda makes me wish that I was reviewing full-suspension machines in the mid-1990s.

It doesn't matter how good the bikes are, though, because they could always be better. And you'll hear more about how they could be better in 2017, along with far more direct comparisons to relevant competitors. They can't all be so damn great, can they? Nah.



Introduce Someone to Mountain Biking

You're probably shaking your head right now if you know me, but I'm being serious here. I've written a lot of words in the past that cover my feelings about how our sport seems to be trying so damn hard to attract and coddle new riders, so I'd probably have to pick my victim, er, newbie, carefully and make sure they're a good sport because I'm generally not the coddling type. But, assery aside, the idea of introducing someone to mountain biking and it being a life-changing type of thing for them, much like it was for myself and probably many of you, is pretty damn cool in a selfish way. Actually, let's call it a win/win for both of us.

I got lucky. When I was a kid I had no clue that people rode bicycles in the forest, and I distinctly remember how my first exposure to the sport was the cover of an old Mountain Bike Action magazine at the corner store. Some time on the internet (dial-up, because it was a new thing) led me to a chat room for mountain bikers where a rider from my very own town, one of probably only six of seventy thousand inhabitants, introduced himself and offered to take me out to the bush. I was maybe fourteen. Just imagine that now: "Mom, I'm going to ride bikes in the forest with this older guy that I met on the internet!" There were barely any trails back then, and we had to suffer like dogs while climbing up the steepest fire road in the world, but everything changed that day.

Now, thanks to some amazing trail builders, a newbie's first ride can start by climbing up a meandering, low-grade singletrack before descending back down on a flow trail, which sounds a whole lot better than grinding up a gravel road with a 40% grade and then being scared stiff while skidding down fall-line singletrack and over wobbly bridges made from treated pieces of 1x1 and old pallets.

Also, the newbie I take out will end up really appreciating those easy climbing and flow trails after their first ride which will definitely be up that steep, shitty gravel road and then down all the sketchy stuff.




Now that you've heard all about my plans for this coming year, let's hear about your own ''new year, new me" intentions. Do you have any bike-related resolutions for 2017?



195 Comments

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 Ride more, bitch less. Dig more. Keep fighting the good fight. Fuck the bullshit.
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 Upvoted mostly because of your username
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 @mistermtb: Same. Best one I've seen in awhile.
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 @mikelevy: Although BatFastard was good too
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 @Husker2112: Yah but not bike related.
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 @VTwintips: idk, i heard he was quite a batfastard than you...
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 @rocky-mtn-gman: Yah but he's not as fast as Steve Peat. (Hey Mike, can you change my username to Steve Peat for like a week or two??)
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 My goal for 2017 is "Turn on, tune in, drop out".....................and ride more bikes
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 @rivercitycycles: "Turn off, tune out, drop in" is mine hahaha
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 @mikelevy: I totally agree with the first comment by ShreddieM but before I apply that line of reason, ... Pinkbikes' resolution should be to answer their emails in a timely manner and also to fix their damn video player! Haha! Pinkbike is starting to become irrelevant. Rant over.
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 @rivercitycycles: *goes to YouTube and searches cracker*
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 @mistermtb: hahaha this comment made me upvote
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 John Peakin, Rager Taylor and Brian Slay still available.
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 Ride bikes, Drink beers in parking lots with buddies... wait, that's the same goal as every year!
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 yay for harsher reviews! makes em worth reading
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 Yes, can't agree more. No dropper post? Zero ! Dh bike not under 15kg? Zero ! Reading again, already think i'm too soft...
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 More head-to-head comparos, too. Or at least link to similar bikes/reviews in an article about a bike test.
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 My goal was to ride more. So I went out on NewYears day and broke a cervical vertebra after 21 minutes. I guess I will have to wait some more. (Still standing though. Could've been much worse!)
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 Heal up n ride more mate.
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 Sorry mate - do all of your PT when the time comes. I regret not following through on PT over the years.
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 To not race a single event. I got way too wrapped up in it the last few years. I want to see what it's like to ride for the sake of riding without thinking about technique, speed, or a clock. I quit the team, I'm not training, and registration dates have come and gone. It feels off, but I've channeled racing energy to trail building and am so stoked on this new trail me and my dad made. No regrets so far.
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 You'll only have regrets when all of your friends are having the time of their lives at Sea Otter racing the worst track of the season and getting their asses handed to them by 10 year old girls.
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 Upvoted you but will you feel the same when you are old and can't have the chance to race anymore. Many missed the chance to be competitive when young and now with a beer belly trying to beat strava with the latest upgrades and new bikes.
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 @gmcgurk: I'm actually really looking forward to coming to Sea Otter and watching my friends race the worst track and get their asses handed to them by 10 year old girls.

@Alex51: You may have a point there, but I actually do most of my riding with an old guy on a new bike who's pretty into Strava and he seems to be pretty happy competing in his own capacity. It's all relative
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 @Jimmy0: my plan is to build and chase a couple local KOMs where I don't have to compete against 10 year old girls to get them
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 It has been really difficult to introduce people to mountain biking in the past. Why? The bikes cost so much! Luckily some of the bikes from a few years ago are hitting that magic $1000 mark for used prices and I've gotten a few neighbors riding. Of course a $1000 bike needs about $500 to replace worn parts. They seem hooked though. Feel free to thank me bike industry.
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 Introduced my mates 14 year old bmx park riding son with a rental last weekend. Within half an hour of acclimatising himself to the dirt, he was clearing jumps I've been trying to clear for years.
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 Get better at jumping, wheelies and bunnyhops -- these are my goals for 2017!
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 Are you me? Or, for that matter, everyone here?
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 Join Ryan Leech website. Lots of great courses,breaking each skill into separate bits, great feedback, healthy competition with other users, no dogmatism, no feeling of joining a church.
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 @WAKIdesigns: That's funny, 'cause I was just thinking about that yesterday… Why not take a few courses from RL (who is a great and very personable person, if you ever met him)? These are cheap and coming from the "master", I think they could be a good step up. Did you take courses yourself?
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 @cool3: yes. I got very good at wheelies, good at manuals, ok at stoppies. I didn't practice bunnyhops too much. I have to build myself an outdoor bike gym for it, like 3 hurdles in a row. I also did his balance course but I need to spend more time on it. Many people learned to wheelie (at least 10), now there are at least 3 guys getting long manuals with several pumps along the way. Few people got excellent at balance skills including pedal hops. There will be a cornering course coming soon. Ryan really gets the online coaching like no one else. Fresh, high quality content coming up all the time. Ryan answers lots of questions himself. Very helpful and civilized discussions among users of the Facebook group. He will try to get more pro riders/ coaches to answer questions. Even Lee McCormack pops in sometimes.
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 @WAKIdesigns: Thanks Waki! Did you get on the Ryan Leech connection (annual membership)?
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 @cool3:I took his bunny hop course online....went from being a silly two wheel speed hopper to a nice bunny hop over a 2x4 in about 2 weeks of daily 10-15 practice in the driveway....I use the skill on pretty much every trail rude to find flow and pump speed...he has some good videos that show you real trail use of the parking lot skill ????...and if it matters I ride flat pedals only
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 @chantalfelten: Thanks for the feedback Chantal. The best bunny hop lesson I've watched to date were Seth's (Seth Bike Hacks on YouTube), but I still want to refine and enhance my technique. And I suck at wheelies. Wink
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 Spend less time on PinkBike and more time on my real bike.
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 What if your bike is pink?
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 @fracasnoxteam: Ironically my bike is kinda pink (matte black Bronson with pink/green accents).

So, fine. Edit to read: "Less time on internet PinkBike and more time on real (kinda) pink bike."
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 @fracasnoxteam: Yes! Got a pink commencal meta sx. So I can be on Pinkbike while I'm sitting on my pink bike Wink
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 @rpartlan: yo dawg, I heard you like pinkbike....
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 Going to register for Megavalanche this year. Wanted to do it for years, but this year it will finally become reality.
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 Money well spent! I've done it 7 times,and will be back for sure.
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 @nozes: jealous of you two. always wanted to do that!
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 @FrozenTreads56: so go ahead and do it! Great experience, but better be careful, it's addictive!
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 @Muckal: yeah it looks like a blast. def on my bucket list
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 What he described in 'More Road Trips' pretty much sums up my life goals.
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 I'm trying to save up for a sprinter van to do just that. But I'm in college so it might be a while for that.
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 @evanwoodard: If you're willing to sacrifice a bit of space, wait on the sprinter and go for an older Ford E-series van. They can be had for... well... a lot less than a carbon bike.
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 @evanwoodard: if you're set on buying new, go for the ford transit over the sprinter. The transits are cheaper and don't rot out nearly as quickly (at least when exposed to the extremely salty wet winters of Southern Ontario). Other wise do as Martis said and just get an E series van, they're cheap and reliable
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 @martis: or you can get a used buss for $500-$1000 Wink
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 @TBLeldarado: Only if the transit had 4 wheel drive because I also snowboard and don't want to stop to put on chains in the winter unless you know a company that does 4x4 conversions for the new transit van then I would buy the transit. I would also e buying used or slightly used for the van.
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 @evanwoodard: yeah, not sure there haha. I'm sure a company does but I'm not sure of any actual specific one. Good luck with it though and I hope you can find one that you like and can afford. Happy shredding!
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 @evanwoodard: You can get used 4WD ambulances, but they do go for a bit more than the buses. $5000-$10000.
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 @groghunter: See, the hippie stigma would never allow me to get one, no matter how cheap they are.
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 @martis: I'm not talking about VW Buses, I'm talking about used schoolbuses: www.govdeals.com
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 @TBLeldarado: thanks I think I might just go for the ford I already have a focus so I like fords and they transit is cheaper too.
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 @groghunter: I knew you were I'm mostly likely go to end up with the transit in a couple years just for the price points thanks for the advice though.
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 @evanwoodard: once I have a steady year round full time job I'll probably get one. I love sprinters and all, but as soon as they hit salt and it drops below zero, they rust like crazy. As well, for the price of the transit, it can't be beat!
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 @TBLeldarado: transit seems like the way to go since then since I'll either be moving to Reno or Salt Lake City in the next year or so.
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 @evanwoodard Quadvan and Quigley are both doing 4 X 4 conversions on Transits.
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 @pdxkid: thank you now I'm 100% going to buy the transit van since you mentioned these companies.
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 @evanwoodard: if you get a euro spec one, it's likely that it'll be a 4x4 too. Although I'm not sure on that.
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 Find some abs on my body. They're down there somewhere.
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 i'll bet you a six pack you won't find yer six pack, deal?
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 ride more than last year.

hit that step down that scares me less now than it did last year.

make better decisions; stay healthy.

advocate for trail access in Marin.

yup, that about sums it up.
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 Be present. Enjoy what I have but still seek new stuff. Show to my loved ones how much I appreciate them. Stop hitting the ground every second ride for no apparent reason.
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 Are we the same person?
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 Mike "more green stuff". Pinkbike, I think I know who is due for a drug test.
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 Going to be legal up here in 2017. He's not hurting anyone. Let him enjoy his lettuce.
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 @WolfStoneD: The Devil's Lettuce is all the rage at the Shuttle Carpark.
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 Continue to hoard 26" tires. Finally upgrade my useless rear shock. Fully accept that I will be riding my current bike for many more years. Ride with my kids. Spend more time rock climbing it's the best thing I've ever done to improve strength on the bike. Continue to not ride my road bike. Sell all the kids toys so we can afford to buy them new bikes. Road trips. Lots of road trips. Thanksgiving out on Sand Flats in Moab. Demo some bikes. Maybe I'll actually ride one good enough to make me sacrifice all other spending for a year or two. So I can actually afford it
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 1 - Ride more, dig more, Strava less.
2 - Enter and finish an #nduro race
3 - Learn to stoppie
4 - Get from the top to bottom of the hardest local trail without taking a foot off the pedal!
5 - Get all the main trails up on Youtube
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 I entered the sea otter enduro and Northstar enduro last season first races I've done and now I want to do more.
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 @evanwoodard: Nice, good to hear it's addictive. I've entered a local race that runs at the end of this month. Mystery trail layout so quite nervous to see how I do. Need more riding time!
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 @ButtersNZ: I was nervous too but after the start gate it was just like riding your normal trails and lots of cool people that meet also.
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 Ride more often with people better than me - gotta learn the "bro lines" on all my favourite trails!

More stretching and yoga - don't want to be the old guy that can't put on his own socks...

Improve my base skill set. It's easy to just get out and ride without mastering the fundamentals.

Grab some buddies and go hit up Crankworx this year! It's only a 7hr road trip to the Super Bowl of our sport!
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 yeah. want to beat my 33 days last summer in the Northstar bike park. Got 32 days in 2015. oh yeah, im 53 years old. need to be responsible, haha, think not!
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 Love the ride. Every one. Go slower. Go faster. Push my bike up a mountain. Try new trails. Stronger core. More stretching/yoga. More time on my back wheel. More time on my front wheel. Do a race.
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 I'll be hopefully taking my enduro game to the next level. Pretty tired of being a back marker & someone who's just happy to be there. I've whittled myself down from 265 to 220, setting new PRs at the gym, more cardio, made some smart upgrades to the Enduro & just going into it with a totally different attitude!
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 as the deep freeze has set in the pnw and thoughts of moving dirt seemed like too much of a challenging task today, i just rode some crunchy frozen dirt goodness up on the local hill instead of digging. that is when it came to me: my goal for 2017 is to spend a larger amount of time riding & sessioning trails than the amount of time i spend working on them. this whole digging lifestyle has brought me soo much joy & satisfaction over the last 8 years, but i'm getting old and i realize i need to maintain & keep my riding skill/radness level in check. riding really IS what it's about.
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 My goal as I leave Durango, Colorado and move to Bend, Oregon is to stay healthy and ride like crazy.
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 Finish my EnduroMTBTraining course so I can be ready for my weeklong vacation in Whistler in July. Gotta get these Texas legs ready to do some real climbing. Then get ready to race a BME in 2018...targeting the EWS round in the US next year. So I can remind myself how much better the pros really are.
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 Come on up! Hopefully you've been before. If not, you're in for a treat.
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 @rrolly: It's my first time...can't wait. It's literally all that I think about. I'm going to do a day trip to Squamish as well to check out the goods down there too.
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 @chrismmason: There is tons to ride in Squamish as well. You may want to contact one of the LBS's there and have them pair you up with a local so you spend more time on good trails instead of looking for them. Of course, there's always Trailforks.
When you're in the Village make sure you go down to the lower part and have an awesome burrito at Dups. It's a tiny place but the food is fantastic.
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 Signed up for the Pisgah Enduro last week so i'll have no excuses to bitch out. Also I've been putting some long overdue digging time in this past week at my local dirt jump spot, gonna keep the momentum going as long as possible. And most importanty I plan to get my son out riding more, last year traveling soccer took over it seems.
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 try to get my 9yr old daughter on her mtb with me, stop running over the trail dog-she'll learn to stay behind, learn to jump bigger, not break my 53 yr old bones! have fun!!
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 ride the same amount as last year but try some different places out and hopefully get involved in trail build days.

Continue to point out poor product concepts on here like so many others and hopefully this will lead to actual product improvements and not silly unnecessary ones.

Case in point 35mm bar diameters = too much trail buzz = vibracore or suspension grips........

alternative just stay away from 35mm bars surely.........but no the manufacturers claim it's amazing and gullible folks and sheep flock to it like they wont look cool at there local bike park without a 35mm bar.

hoorah for harsher reviews but i would like to see more lower end products get reviewed too please. I love seeing the exotica stuff but when thats all i see it kinda makes bikes from the likes of yeti, santa cruz and Evil seem less wow and more meh. Prices are getting silly too when good cheaper alternatives tend to almost not exist in these websites and with more coverage it would help bring more people to the sport. Hopefully in time maybe they will wish to invest in pricier stuff rather than giving of the sense that a good fs bike will set you back several grand is a bit of a kicker to someone looking to start out. Sure we know there's some good cheaper bikes but newbies might just assume there little better than a cheap piece of rubbish. I know if i was trying a new sport that relied on fitness i would like to get some decent kit to make the difficult adjustment easier and since nearly every expensive bike reviews has the "climbs like and xc bike but descends like a dh bike" that's surely tempting people into spending more than they really need to. Diminishing returns are massive in mtb's and your 10 grand specialized is only marginally better than most 5 grand bikes and is kinda crazy when you consider the biggest factor of how fast you will be is down to you the rider not the 5 or ten grand bike you own (obviously it does become an issue if you drop too low in price though i wouldn't want to go back to riding £150 bikes). I did very much like the marin bike review on here recently.
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 Not sure I'll ever beat my time/mileage for 2016. (4,725 mi. and 378hr) but I want to shift from quantity to quality and improve some key parts of riding and health.

1. Go bikepacking. Been wanting to do this for awhile and live in an exceptional area to do so. I think 3-4 days of just pedaling and camping will be glorious.
2. Dig more. Found a few new local trails during 2016 and want to get out and do some trail work on them.
3. Learn to manual
4. Sign up for some #enduro racing
5. Stretch/Core Workouts. Not just ride my bike all the time. I'm about 5 weeks into this goal and I love it.
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 @mikelevy - love the road trip idea. I have become a trail snob since moving to Southwest CO with all the trails here in town and Moab, Sedona and just south in NM. I will def be doing the trailforks thing in the towns I normally speed through as quickly as i can!
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 Moved to SW Colorado 5 years ago from Denver. Best thing I've ever done. Spend significantly more time on the bike and much better trails.
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 Bought the van, doing the build,more road trips for me!!
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 to stop letting my missus control me and ride whenever the fuk i want and lie about how much parts cost and about buying parts alltogether. she wont notice the eagle drivetrain will she? when do women clock the drivetrain? she wont notice the holiday money dissapear to fuk all surely!! hmm these stans flows are nice surely she wont clock the change of rims....will she? ahh what the heck, f*ck her! Wink
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 1)Enter more races.
2)Sleep more.
3)Train smarter.
4)Finnaly practice better jumping/bunny hop/manual better on Full Suspension bike.

My main plan for this year is to work less and just ride more.
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 Take it down a notch, I nearly died too many times in 2016
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 Do more things people say I should not.
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 My goal is to ride more locales. I too have a variety of great riding within a 20 minute ride. Its super easy to just keep it easy and go for a ride around here. But the days that really stand out to me are when I go out somewhere further and get on the bike. I'm still recovering from injury last year, but I'm healed enough to go ride these other places. Maybe not as aggressively as I would like, but just getting out there is half the fun.
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 Don't sell my old ( 2008 ) trail bike, just get a new one and keep both, and fix my rutted-out local lips and landings, trails can stay rough....
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 Mike - keep your reviews the way they are!!!!!

1) Take all my vacation.
2) Take all my vacation
3) Take all my vacation
and when i am doing that: ride, ride, trail build, ride, ride........
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 Get my wife into mtn biking somehow! Has not worked for 4 years, but I won't give up!
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 Gonna try on the gf this year!
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 I dominated last year. I don't want a new me, but thanks anyways!
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 To ride one of my bikes every day this year. Even if i can only get out on the recently acquired BMX for 15 minutes some days.
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 To improve my fitness level from butt filled ashtray to anything better......no i dont smoke just feel like i do......
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 More time riding, less time reading bike reviews and buying bike sh!t
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 I will be building more, attracting people to the sport in my near by communities.
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 Just still go riding, now with my newborn son in the trailer. And finally learn to bunnyhop. Without the toddler in the trailer.
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 My hope is to get myself in the best shape I've ever been in, so that I can tackle longer rides, and one in particular that I didn't have the strength to finish last year.
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 New Years Resolution #1: Move out of my parents basement and start riding my bike
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 I'll forgive the shameless trailforks ad because trailforks is f*cking amazing
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 actually thats one of my goals: add all the obscure but legal alpine rides to trailforks for the area.
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 I'm going to try and wank less. I think full balls keep my bottom bracket low for railing corners.
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 You're living the dream Mike, can't say that i'm jealous, much lol
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 my only goal is too cook microwave minute rice in 59 seconds. Never had the balls to do it but fuck it, this is my year after all !!
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 Be less of a grammar nazi and just let small annoying stuff go. Oh, and ride more.
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 Buy much less, increase dh skill set, get fitter, get injured less.
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 I'm just going to ride more.
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 I like this! Getting tough in the reviews is what we need.
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 Boil water Eat block of noodles Drink boiled water Snort flavouring Fuck bitches
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 Shin Ramyun ftw
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 trully the same and still riding like 26 "
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 More pics of the van!
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 The best thing a mtber can drive.
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 Stop commenting on Pinkbike. PM millenials in the magic time span between the poop and the pornhub.
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 maybe gradually reduce them as your comments have been more useful than most.
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 My resolution is to build core strength so that my poor lower back can hang for longer
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 Foundation Training - check Youtube!!!! It works.
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 @bigredride: Thanks, I'll check it out. Right now I've just been doing planks, leg lifts, and bridges.
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 Deadlift 575, Squat 400, Bench 315. I know this is a mountain bike site, but hey, goals are goals.
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 ^^above translates to....broken pedal spindles, bent crankarms, and warped handlebars haha! but seriously good for you man! those are some big numbers. I could set a tough goad for half those weights this year LOL
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 @billyballa33: Haha, true. I'm trying to get to this level of strength while not gaining much weight (hence the broken bike parts) which is difficult. But yeah, I started out four and a half years ago barely able to bench 135. Gaining strength is a long process, dude!
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 Less xc, more enduro
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 I wanted to do the Crankworx Air DH at Rotorua this year, but given I have munched my thumb in a non-bike related accident....this ain't going to happen.
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 Oh my goodness, maximum jealously achieved. You're a lucky guy! ttp://ep3.pinkbike.org/p3pb11603197/p3pb11603197.jpg
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 BUY MOAR BIKES!!! I got an 8 month old boy I already got his strider but we going to need pedals soon
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 A trail a day. Bitch less, buy lesser.
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 Drink less, ride faster!
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 Try to make my broken ankle heal faster.
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 Good luck with the recovery! I broke my wrist on the last dh ride of last year, so know how you feel.
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 @Marc2211: Thanks, you as well. I did mine on the last DH day of the year, too. I've also broken a collar bone on the first day... I've learned to avoid those two days from now onward.
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 Wow!!! Everyone here seems to need a goal in their life.
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 Riding with #Abi
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 twice an ex roadie, better make it permanent this time and keep it fun.
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 Decades ago I made the only resolution I've ever stuck with: to never make a new year's resolution!
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 At 47 I have more creaks than a press fit BB but I keep hitting it hard every year...More laps down the mountain in 2017!!
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 I'm gonna buy a mountain bike for my fiancee. Or make her split the cost with me.
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 Eat. Pray. Love. Watch More Porno.
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 Ride more, get faster
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 Not blowing the living hell outta my knee. Riding more alpine epics, and hit some new bike parks
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 Start to spend my money on more medical tests to try find out why I'm always tired. That's my only goal.
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 Then steer clear of the conventional American Medical system. It is not designed to make anyone healthy. It is only designed to make a profit.
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 Why I get neg propped? Damn, sorry for being tired.
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 @properp: Well, I don't live in United States.
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 Get fit or die trying. 50 pence.
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 Just get back on the bike. Be it for fun, errands, commuting, just get back on it.
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 No injuries this year
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 more sex, beer and bikes!
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 2017? Make it down the WC DH track. Wheelie a pump track rhythm section.

Read more Pinkbike.
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 Clear all of dreamlike at Belmont
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 Go riding with my kids at least twice a week.
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 Can we please throw bb92 in the fire and never speak of it again ?!
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 Jump doubles not just fat table.
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 Lament that DH bike I don't own...
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 to attempt and land a three
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 Ride more , build up tech skills, and get a new bike.
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 INVEST IN AN E BIKE. I REPEAT INVEST IN AN E BIKE!
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 Oh shit, watch out there's a wave of neg props comming at you!
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 below threshold coming soon!!
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 As Im an old bat fastard, just one littke goal. BACKFLIP
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 Signing up on pinkbike. Check.
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 Enter a race. Any race.
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 learn to manual ...
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 I'm going back to flat pedals on my day-to-day rides.
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 shred til im dead
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 triple the moto
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 Build more trail.
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 250,000ft of vert?
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 I like the potatoe joke
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