Opinion: 5 New Year's Resolutions for Mountain Bikers

Jan 1, 2015
by Mike Kazimer  
Spinning Circles column Mike Kazimer

Resolutions have always struck me as sort of silly, partly because every time I make them they end up swept into some dusty corner of my brain after a few short months, only to be hazily recollected the next time New Year's Eve rolls around. Still, the finality of one year ending and another beginning does make this as good a time as any to jot down a few goals for the next twelve months, so here are five suggestions to help make 2015 your best year of riding yet.

Dropping in.

Explore More

It's incredibly easy to get trapped in a routine, continually riding the same trails, in the same direction, day after day. There's nothing wrong with repetition, and it is comforting to have each nuance of a trail memorized to the point that you could ride it blindfolded, but switching things up every once in a while helps keep thing fresh, and gets those synapses firing in different ways than usual. Venturing into uncharted terrain is an easy way to broaden your biking skills as well; the techniques that naturally develop when navigating foreign trails will likely make you even faster once you return home.

Exploring more doesn't need to entail passports and plane tickets either – it can be as simple as following the faint sliver of singletrack that you've ridden by countless times but never ventured down, or even traveling one town over to sample their trail network. There are thousands of miles of trail out there just waiting to be ridden – all it takes is a little extra effort.

Aggy sending it during qualifying and putting down one of the most energetic runs of Rampage so far.

Go Bigger

'Go bigger' isn't the slogan off of a No Fear t-shirt from the 90s (although it could be), it's simply encouragement to take things a little further this year. What's the longest ride you've ever been on? 50? Maybe 100 miles? Make it a goal to bump that number up even higher, to improve upon what was no doubt an already impressive effort. 'Go bigger' applies to hitting jumps and technical trails as well, and while you don't need to try and top Aggy or Andreu's Red Bull Rampage antics, what about making it a goal to hit a drop that's just slightly bigger than anything you've ever done before, or making a concerted effort to clean that heinous technical section that continually forces you off your bike? If you feel like your skills progression has stalled out, a lesson could be the answer, no matter your ability level. Sometimes all it takes is another set of eyes to help give you the tips necessary for improvement, tips that will help you achieve that resolution to 'go bigger.'

Hitching a ride on the hane train.

Ride With Someone Younger Than You

When I first started riding I was in awe of the older riders that hung out at my local shop. They seemed so confident and self-assured as they walked through the front door, bringing in mud splattered bikes and endless tales of their most recent victories and defeats out on the trail. When I finally got to tag along with them on group rides my awe didn't subside – these guys had seriously impressive bike handling and fitness - but their encouragement helped make me realize that those skills were attainable with enough perseverance and practice. Nearly twenty years later I'm grateful that I had those mentors to help steer me in the right direction, onto a path of full-blown bike addiction. So, sometime over the course of this next year, make the effort to ride with someone younger than you. When you do, it's likely you'll end up making a larger impression than you ever imagined.

Trans-Provence 2014

Enter a Race

I don't consider myself a racer, and these days I'm happiest out on my own or with a couple of friends on a long ride, one where I don't need to wear a number plate or obey the beep of a timer. Despite that, I typically try to enter at least one or two races a year, and I'd encourage others to do the same. Why? Because inevitably, when I look back on a past season, it's the memories of races that are the most vivid, indelibly seared into my brain by the act of pushing my body and mind harder than usual. Racing is an easy way to surprise yourself, and in the heat of a competition, when those endorphins are pulsing through your body, skills that you were unaware even existed can emerge. It's also an effective (and sometimes humbling) method of assessing your fitness and skill level, a way to see how you stack up against the clock and your buddies.

Computer.

Spend Less Time On the Internet

If there's only one resolution that you stick to, please let it be this. Stop endlessly refreshing Facebook, put down the smartphone, and get outside. Yes, it's winter in many parts of the world right now, but even if your trails are buried under feet of snow that doesn't mean you should replace riding time with screen time. Bundle up and do something – anything – active (and no, double tapping photos on Instagram doesn't count). The internet, including Pinkbike, will still be there when you get back, and your body and brain will feel better for taking the time to escape its magnetic pull.




What are your resolutions for 2015?



192 Comments

  • + 260
 They forgot one! Build more trails..
  • + 79
 I seriously envy anyone who has miles of unmarked territory around them just waiting to be shaped into a masterpiece.
Down here in Southern California (Ventura County), its either county, state, federal, or privately owned. Yes you could argue that all forest land is federally owned and what not. But around here there is no flying under the radar. I spent months on end with very little help in the one spot I thought I could shape my own DH line. By the time I was half way done I was given the boot because of hikers calling me in. Months of sweaty days gone down the drain. I could go on and on. All I am saying is take advantage if you have the land to get away with it, and no one to complain about it. To add to this, a DH trail that has been around for 15 years now has people taking pick axes to nearly every feature, and park rangers staking out waiting to nab riders as they come by and imposing a "15mph speed limit" on the trail. What has this world come to? This is a trail known as Suicide with names like Danny Hart, Curtis Keene, etc marking their spot on Strava. My resolution will be to ride as many hiking only trails as possible this year. Maybe not, but you feel the frustration!!
  • + 9
 don't get me started. i hate hikers!
  • + 16
 on the subject of the internet-i've actually gained a lot from watching pros shred on vimeo/youtube/pinkbike vids. and bike set-up and repair web tutorials can be pretty useful as well.
  • + 5
 @somismtb i feel your envy, it makes things so much harder if you cannot drive to the places that have that untapped territory, and every time i've tried to build my house it gets shut down within a week. And it is so incredibly hard to build a decent trail when you're the only that ever works on it. I know that i don't have it like you do where all the land is owned or govertment land but i feel the same pains.
  • + 9
 It's sad to read somismtb - my friends had similar issue but in national forests in Poland. They've built a sweet trail with features, but every now and then foresters and loggers were destroying stuff. No1 I will never get it why authorities waste my painfully paid tax money on fighting bikers, climbers, of piste skiers, whoever that is. They spend so much effort to stop a bunch of guys from having a few berms and jumps. No2 I will never get it why hikers and runners get such freaking PC props, while is it most likely them littering trails. No3 I know several cases when a trail is kept from overgrowing only due to MTB traffic because very few hikers go there, No4 - when a sweet old trail erodes and gets enough attention with bans on cyclists or horse riders, f*ckers on tax salaries will get the budget to invest in it's development and maintenance, and in a few cases I know, that means turning a rocky, rooty, narrow path into a 2-4m wide gravel fireroad that costs shaeeeet loads and does nothing more but ruins it for everybody with damage to nature in the first place. The common sense is lost when people are put into groups and categories, so instead of being a man able to damage or improve a trail, he is judged if he sits on bike or walks on his feet. So to sum up, whenever I hear about a cop waiting at the trail bottom, I feel like I want to cheat when paying taxes, and give 100% understanding for people doing tax frauds.
  • + 20
 Improve many existing trails, and less talk about it on social media/strava/igram etc!
  • + 5
 I'm going to try to finish the trail I started 4 summers ago....stupid work & other commitments/distractions.
  • + 4
 Hikers even ruined some of our legal trails, making sure no more could be built
  • + 22
 I don't mind hikers so much as the freaking horse riders. here in the SF bay they tend to be a self-entitled, trail-destroying lot. my New Year's resolution is to poop all over trails.
  • + 3
 @WAKIdesigns No.1 - I completely agree, the vast majority of people that are involved in our sport, or other physically demanding sports are usually decent human beings with morals and an understanding of the way of the land. Just people trying to enjoy their share of this planet.
No.2 - Hikers as a term is so broad, it could be an old expedition guide to a group of young punks who DO litter their sh*t all over the place.
The frustration will never end, its just like democrats and republicans, you side with whichever ideals suit your life best. Unfortunately for us, Hikers and Horseback riders are teamed up and work well together, not saying we don't do our best to work with them as well. But at the end of the day the people on horseback are seen as the mature, supreme beings that have lots of extra currency floating around and pull much more authoritative power in their favor. Just after our little storm hear in so cal a few weeks back, I went out and the trails were completely destroyed. Hardly from erosion in comparison the the 6 inch deep hoof prints scattered along for miles. Yet I am not allowed to build and sanction my own mtb specific trail in the same state park ? I call bull sh*t. The older I get the more I start thinking about running office of some sort just to make decent changes in the world.
  • + 9
 As an avid mountain biker I understand the frustrations. But while I am usually found riding the bike on the trails, today I actually hiked in Dupont State Forest in NC (fantastic trails). I was telling my fiance that while we may have the right of way, it is a whole lot easier for us to get out of the way, then the mountain bikers coming down at mach 3-I know this because I love doing that.I was always met with smiles and waves at the passing bikers- I think it is nice to have perspective when you use the trails in multiple ways- you have appreciation because you've rode in their shoes before. Maybe the next step to better trail systems is better understanding of each other? I think hikers and bikers can get along very well-now horses may be another story Smile My two cents. Cheers.
  • + 7
 I moved out of a big city into the middle of nowhere, in this island, im the first one to hit these ancient trails on a bike, i get to build, little by little and i feel like an embassador of the sport, I wish you all could have this oportunity and the freedom it gives you, cheers from the Chiloe Island, Chile and happy new year!!!
  • + 8
 People coming on here saying they hate hikers etc. is not the right attitude. I'm lucky enough to have a bike park within an hour of me, so when i want to go mach dick and goon it up, i know i can do that there. If some dick is trespassing to run the trails for his upcoming spartan race, then I'll get on him, but out on public land theres no reason to be a dick to hikers, they're generally harmless and are just as excited about people using the trails. Yes some of them are dicks that want the land to themselves, but whatever. In my opinion we need a few places/trails that are designated for just bikers, just horses, or just hikers, and myabe some where dogs are allowed off leash. Then we all need to obey that and not bitch when we run into other people on general use trail systems.

That said, horse riders should still pick up their shit, thats just f*cking gross.
  • + 2
 I feel the pain somismtb.... I rode down there a bunch of times when I was surfing in that region. Even though you are legally riding in those areas you get that evil "stink-eye" from a lot of hikers. I lived in Phoenix for years...the parks departments and rangers(people who are not environmentally qualified) shut down a lot of our hand-cut mountain bike trails and even existing 40year old motorcycle trails on forest land. We did have a house representative that helped start an OHV program to help keep and maintain these epic trails open in several of the central AZ counties. That is still going strong and they have even opened up brand new trails like in Flagstaff and other northern areas. There were several mountain bike groups that got involved down in the Phoenix area that did trail maintenance and started going to these park trail meetings. The only thing I can see is to get involved....show these LEFT-WINGED-SELF RIGHTEOUS-WANT TO BE A MOVIE STAR that there can be some harmony between mountain bikes, horses, hikers, and the ever popular environment. It would suck having to deal with those FREAKS down there. Otherwise...move up here to Northwest US where I live now and experience almost endless single track and somewhat free run of the land.
  • + 1
 hatton - you are right, I am hating on people in power who see hikers as the only righteous users of the trails, closing an eye for real causes of land erosion, read (sadly): land capital devaluation. But well, who can be arsed about that really, when many mountain bikers themselves like to segregate and exclude each other, like that clapping to MOABs electric bike ban, while reality is that e-bikes in the form that is currently accepted by law, simply cannot increase any real physical damage to trails when compared to "analog" riders. What erodes trails is bad technique, too much of fake stoke and traffic. What kills trails is lack of maintenance. There is a great solution: education - teach more people to ride well. Every time you take skills clinics and share your experience you are contributing to state of some trail, somewhere on Earth. Advocating and legalization of trails as commons and giving right and freedom to local community to work on them is the best way to keep the nature in good state. When people are given the opportunity to feel that something is owns by them to some degree, they start to care for it. There has to be space and possibility for undisturbed organic local organisation, relying on on centralized forms like IMBA is not working. You need such authority as much as grassroots. But a situation where only a few men are given right to take care of stuff and punishing others for trying to do so, is just not going to work.
  • + 1
 I'm in Bay Area too man they are stuck up for sure! But obey them or is bikers are gonna get banned! They're rich enough to ride horses for cryin out loud they're bored and rich enough to shut our asses down.. But I agree, poop on trails, don't shut your ass down. : )
  • + 4
 Not many hikers here in Chernobyl.
  • + 3
 Or horses
  • + 73
 I love riding bikes
  • + 7
 Cheers to that
  • + 3
 I second that! That really is the main principle they are getting at in this article. Just enjoy riding more!
  • + 36
 Ride with somebody older than you.
  • + 121
 Someone better than you*
  • + 2
 does more than just leave an impression to be honest. There are so many tips and tricks that even the most eager amateur can't discover online or by themselves. Stuff like actually having the right seat post, the right handlebar position and tons of other small details that other more experienced riders have learned from time and experience.
  • + 34
 Riding with anyone is one of my goals. I always ride alone.
  • + 4
 I'm curious... what Is the "right" seatpost
  • + 4
 I'm pretty sure height was the intention. You should be curious about other stuff. Like how some fat kid from Luxembourg can't figure out how to exercise a warranty.
  • + 5
 Whenever I ride I almost always ride with someone who's better than me in a certain aspect, and that is the reason I try to improve. I've recently learned that climbing doesn't always suck.
  • + 1
 the right seatpost is anything but the one I got off my walmart bike
  • + 1
 Climbing always sucks
  • + 35
 Stay with Aluminum and 26"
  • + 15
 See bikes, not wheel sizes...
  • + 32
 maybe you should go with "stop being a dick about wheel sizes and concentrate on riding" instead
  • - 2
 No, I used all variations of that sentence a several times and it did not make me feel smarter than those who still argue, but if it works for you... I like that concept anyways, assuming that people chose to argue instead of riding. Yes, there is nothing I want more when sitting at home with my kids or at work, than to write sht on internet, instead of going to ride a bike. Oh how clever is that: just go out and ride. I would like to see the average age of people saying it - let me guess: 12-25? I assume that up to 50% of those people don't even wash their clothes after the ride, mum does that.

So yes, I'd put it more or less like that: "go for a ride and be a dick about it".
  • + 16
 I honestly have no idea what your point is...
  • + 1
 I truly hate "just go out and ride", and can't deal with it. I want to take Miley Cyrus to Phnom-Penh and kill her with lemon grass
  • + 1
 ^ lol cheers waki Smile
  • + 4
 Pick your favorite element and be a dick about it
  • + 5
 Ok, I'll try to pick my element... Heal the world make it a better place - FIGHT POVERTY! That homeless woman sitting every winter day by the entrance to the supermarket - fight her! Kick her sht up!
  • + 2
 negprop bitches be having their panties in a bunch today
  • - 8
flag tmdjdh (Jan 1, 2015 at 23:00) (Below Threshold)
 #waki4presedent
  • + 35
 Quit smoking.
  • + 23
 smoke more weed
  • + 29
 convert asthma inhaler to flame thrower....
  • + 1
 Finally, make this the year when I successfully find some magic mushrooms. Been saying it every year for far too long...
  • + 3
 magic mushrooms are overrated....
  • + 5
 Quit man, do it!
  • + 2
 Learn Autofellatio?
  • + 1
 Tried weed, went for a ride the next day - my lungs felt like they were gonna die during and after that ride - not doing that again! Not worth it.
  • + 1
 Renew My NO- CRASH policy that did not fufil its contractual agreement last year. This year the policy has been improved and revised!!!!
  • + 1
 No Crash policy sounds like a good way to crash hahahah
  • + 3
 @alexhyland Wander around the hills of Trefforest in Wales for 10 minutes Wink
  • + 2
 I smoke, but not that kind of chain smoker. (1-2 pack(s) for a week).
I train my lungs with playing basketball 3-4 times a week.
The result?
It's much better than doing nothing.
  • + 2
 quit
  • + 1
 I smoked for over 13 years. Most ever, over a pack a night, least one cig every few months. Back then I would smoke before a run and right after. Few times I'd smoke one as I paddled out to surf. Mostly did it to see if I could make it to the lineup without getting it soaked. What a dumbass right! When you're young your body can take it. As you get older that sh$t comes back at ya. Quiting was almost as hard as getting my masters. Beyond health, do it for the freedom. If you think about it, you just my find, you think about it far too much. Freak'n freedom man! Besides, you'll ride better and save that cash for bike stuff.
  • + 2
 @Dally666 I did quit, but that was 2 years ago.
I start smoke again few months ago.
Yes, i'm just 25 years old.
And i start to feel it right now.
hahaha

But, i still trying to stop it (again) because everytime i play basketball or even long ride with my bike, my lungs and heart pumped really heart.
  • + 25
 Ride with someone sexier than you
  • + 48
 there's no one sexier than you...
  • + 5
 Darnit, I'll be on the internet all day with comments like these..
  • + 24
 Spending more time on the off the bike fitness.
  • + 6
 *getting more results from*
  • + 22
 Stop to always concentrate my bike's weight and concentrate more on my own weight. Try to be a better rider every minute i spend on my bike. Explore and build more.
  • + 3
 Right on!!
  • + 22
 Stop to think of all the ants i have run through..
  • + 16
 The last one is the most important to me. Probably should spend less time on pinkbike more time pedaling.
  • + 12
 Filling a bucket list this year - going to Moab to ride for a week. Been talking about it for too long. Bought the plane ticket yesterday. I know there's probably better places to go but this is one place I just want to ride once.
  • + 1
 I dunno, you might be pretty impressed. I sure have been diggin the new Moab.
  • + 3
 Your going to love Moab! Stop by Moab Classic Bikes, best coffee in town and classy rides. If your going for a week you might want to spend a day to check out Fruita or Grand Junction as well..
  • + 15
 Vow not to write "Spend less time on the internet" in next year's comment.
  • + 8
 Making my resolutions public might add pressure to complete more of them, so here are mine (for no one's edification except my own).

- Definitely a couple of races. Not because I'm competitive, just to push myself. Sign up for the Test of Metal today, maybe another one like the Gearjammer or JABR or one of the BC enduros.
- I know people don't like Strava, but I love it as motivator. Can I hit 1500km this year on my mountain bike? Can I climb 45000m this year?
- Already booked a trip to Bend, OR this year to do some riding and guided tours - some with the family, some by myself. Can hardly wait. Maybe more of these.
- Do I deserve another bike? Maybe one of those really capable 150mm+ machines? Altitude? Spicy? Enduro? Nomad? HD3? SB6? Better start saving. Or at least do some demos!
- More trail days. Did a couple, had a blast, won some socks. Would like to become a more productive member of the local mtb community.
- Ride more with my kids but don't push them too hard too fast. I love seeing their enthusiasm and joy...except when they hit a climb. Sigh.
  • + 8
 New years resolution for me? No ER for the year seems good, after i pretty much sliced off part of my finger the other day on my brake rotor. Not riding for at least 3 weeks sucks when its due to an injury from cleaning my bike.
  • + 4
 I laughed way harder at that than I should have. Sorry bro, get well soon.
  • + 1
 Perfectly acceptable to laugh at hahah it was so stupid. I was cleaning my brake rotor with a towel and my finger just got cought and sucked in between the rotor and the fork. Cut straight through the bone and everything. Oh well, at least its winter and i dont need my finger for snowboarding.
  • + 10
 To stop being brain washed by bike manufacturers into believing carbon is a wonder materiel to justify its mega expense.
  • + 18
 Or work smarter/harder so can afford said wonder material?
  • + 10
 Yet another brain washee. I can afford it thank you and even if I was a millionaire I wouldn't spend 2k in a set of cloth and glue wheels!
  • + 8
 Only pulling yer leg. But not sure what brain washing your on about. It's a scientifically proven fact that it's lighter and stronger given proper design and application. My carbon bars help with my knackered wrists. Life is short, It's only money. I never used to be a to afford f all now I can I'm enjoying myself and it makes me slightly faster. What price I put on that is up to me. I'm not forced into anything. I wouldn't spend 2k either on wheels, well not yet I'm not that rich. Hence why I'm waiting for my light bike wheels not ibis ect What you call brain wash I call perspective.
  • + 1
 Hum, matt76 I agree with you to a degree, carbon is expensive and for that I can't see me buying a frame/wheel set in carbon. As for bars, well I've nearly gone for one on several occasions when they have been on offer! But the biggest thing I can't get over is this. I'm in non distructive testing, and with metals I can see when/where there is/can be a potential problem, but with carbon the first thing you may know about a problem is when your in hospital with broken this and that!! Happy cycling!!
  • + 3
 I think bars like the Enve DH bars are like the strongest things on the planet.
  • + 12
 it's the 1st day of the new year. resolve not to get into internet brouhahas with people you don't know. particularly the carbon's too expensive blah blah blah
  • + 2
 I would buy carbon components, but I break too many things to spend that much money.
  • - 1
 You should watch the FSA factory tour... maybe then you'll understand why carbon is so expensive. Then again, if you don't like it, quit crying and don't buy it!
  • + 1
 Who said I'm crying knob head? All reputable component and bike manufacturers put their steel and aluminium products through hours of rigorous testing as well. It's not just cloth and glue products that gets this testing. They just like to shout about it more to convince people like you to spend a shed load of cash on it for very little gain.
  • + 8
 Dawww, maybe you're new years resolution should be to not lose your wittle pacifier so much.
  • + 4
 I resolve to go out and ride my carbon bike asap. I dig it. Love the feel. To each his own Smile
  • + 5
 My resolution is to not bicker over trivial bull shit.
  • + 5
 screw that, my resolution is to get in as many pointless internet arguments as possible. Oh, and to smoke at least one cigarette with my ass.
  • + 2
 I think people should just ride whatever the fuck they want to ride. If riding new carbon shiny bits get you excited to ride then do it. If you really don't care for carbon, think its a massive bike industry scam or whatever then don't spend your money on it. Its easy to get stuck studying the meaningless minutiae when what really matters is what you get most enjoyment from tup Salute
  • + 1
 Session603-you sir, might be on to something! smoking a cigarette with your ass-LMFAO! regular or menthol?
american spirit, i presume. 100% organic...if you smoke a cigarette with your ass, will you still get smokers breath?
  • + 0
 Lol you all bite so easily. It's like lighting the blue touch paper ha ha.
  • + 10
 My goal is to A) ride more B) travel more C) ride with people D) try an enduro E) go to a bike park.
  • + 11
 I only ride with younger folks but that is just because I an old ...
  • + 6
 I resolve to take someone who has never mtn biked before( and could benefit from a new hobby both physically and spiritually), on a mtn biking ride that they will (if I plan it correctly) thoroughly enjoy. I am lucky enough to have the means to provide them with everything mtn bike related that they will require, their only need is to appear on the agreed date.
I will take them on a trail they can handle, I will celebrate their victories, and brush them off if they fail. I will show them the beauty of the country that I live in that is accessible by bike, and attempt to surprise them with challenges they can overcome and rewards they deserve- hidden beers mid ride. Sssh. I will endeavour to provide someone with the enjoyment of mtn biking that I covet and hopefully they too will... Get hooked.

Then I'll sell them my nomad they rode for a profit and buy a carbon one.
( I keed I keed. But yeah, I'm taking a total noob for a ride this year. I promise.)
  • + 10
 Backflip
  • + 3
 I want to push the towns in my area to allow for the building of bigger and better trail networks. We all get stuck with the occasional forest ranger giving us the boot as we try to build. No more! I want more trails, as the only one I have is not very good to start with.
  • + 8
 I love the Internet
  • + 7
 My New Years Resolution is.... 3440 x 1440p Wink
  • + 5
 I'm 43 and my son has inspired me to race DH this year. It's going to be an epic year.....
  • + 4
 mine is to travel at least 9,000 miles to ride this year.last year was 8,000 miles and I got to 8,329.so its time to up the game again.
  • + 3
 oh,and this is all car travel too.not by plane
  • + 1
 i want to know what 3 things you would put into a 2014 time capsule? Me? 1. A picture of my favorite Copper Harbor flow trail because I missed it in 2014. 2. An apology to my bikes for ignoring them in 2014 due to too much work. 3. My 2014 Pinkbike calendar to represent the days I both read about my favorite sport and at the same time missed opportunities...
  • + 1
 One goal I have is to go on a two day out and back excursion with my dad this summer. I will be going off to college next fall, so I want to do some awesome stuff this summer. Now I just need to find a trail system long enough in the northeast Ohio area.
  • + 1
 Set yourself realistic goals, remember that being too lazy is better that trying a bit too hard, have courage to leave project not as perfect as you'd like it to be, stop shoulding, do one thing at a time, but most of all: CHIN UP! LOOK FAR AHEAD DAMN IT!
  • + 5
 "Spend Less Time On the Internet".

Not possible.
  • + 1
 Solid set of suggestions. Would have liked to see "Volunteer at some trail days" and "Support local trails associations in every place you ride" as part of this list; just seems like basic common sense and a good karma thing. Happy 2015 everyone.
  • + 5
 Ride more Enduro and less All Mountain.
  • + 1
 I'd love to do more exploring, but east anglia is one big flat wood-lacking dust bowl, so that means using the car, which means petrol and that stuff is expensive. Local trails it is.
  • + 2
 New year resolution. ... keep moaning at tracks getting easier and uphills in nationals but really be happy inside that I get allowed out of my old folks home to race.
  • + 5
 Gap jumps
  • + 2
 Bought a DH bike, touring the bike parks in the Rockies this summer, then deciding which place to call my new home. So long flat Texas!
  • + 4
 Buy a klunker and skid the fu$k outta anything in my path!
  • + 2
 Cool.
  • + 4
 Mine is buy a new downhill bike
  • + 9
 Buy my FIRST DH bike!
  • + 4
 I'm going to complete my first DH bike soon that I started in late 2013.
  • + 2
 Happy New Year! Thanks for the suggestion Mike I guess I really should get out of my home area more. More squamish trips in 2015.
  • + 0
 After having bought 5 frames (/bikes) last year, replacing most of them within a couple of months, it is now my resolution to not buy any new frames or bikes in 2015, except when I break / bend one.


This being said, out of my 5 bikes, 2 frames are broke (one has cracks, the other one is bent), so I'm allowed to start the year buying 2 new frames lol
  • + 3
 I thought it was five bikes. You should either loose some weight, hone your skills, hit a transition, exercise a fuckin warranty, or stop posting this dribble.
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 The main reason for all the switching was that due to some serious permanent injuries I had to stop riding street after 10 years. It took me almost a year to find a riding style that I was able to do and enjoy enough to take it seriously.

Due to this search I switched frames too often, so I want to stop changing set ups too often and just stick to what has been my favourite so far.

My weight is not a problem, I only have 8% body mass, above average muscles, and am in very fit shape. As someone who's been team rider for some of the big international companies my skills are also not what's lacking.

Both broken frames were bad luck with 2nd hand deals.



My point was to spend less time changing set ups, and spend more time riding my bikes.
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 Okie dokie
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 Who were you riding for? Never heard of you and there aren't that many big/international brands. Racing enduro? XC? DH? If so what happened to your team bikes? Why not ride those?
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 Ya bro... And didn't you make any connections? You'd think you would know someone that still helped you out to some degree. At the very least a rushed warranty. Small, medium or large. That's three not five choices. From there you set and jet. 10 years on any bike and you should be able to tell pretty quick what's not right and fix it.
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 I only rode street, so nothing that's related to riding in the mountains. I was supported by companies like PSBMX.COM (the biggest street blog), Black Market Bikes and KRK Protection. I don't expect anyone to know me though and to be honest I never saw myself as a great rider, but I'm not a beginner either (rather a very passionate rider). Also it's a very different scene / industry as where people actually ride their bikes in the mountains.

I rode a small 24" bike with a 10" seattube, slick tyres, rigid forks, and no brakes.
That is a massive switch to anything road or mtb related.

My first switch was towards xc, but had to switch pretty much immediatly to a fully frame because my back didn't like the bumpy rides. But since The Netherlands is all flat, xc trails are very rare and not very exciting. I kept this bike though for mtb rides every once in a while or for trips to Belgium and Germany, where they actually have some hills.

So now my focus is on fixed gear racing. Mainly (not-so-legal) races through the traffic called 'alley cats', but also criteriums.
Because it rains a lot in The Netherlands, I also want to ride more and more in the Velodrome. But they are very strict with what bikes they allow, so I needed a second track bike to be able to ride my own bike in there, instead of spending €10 (14 CAD) per ride to rent one.


It just took me a bit too long to figure out what to ride next and I feel like I spent too much money and time figuring this out, and trying different things and different set ups. Now I want to focus as much as possible on riding again and trying to worry less about the bike I have underneath me.
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 What the f*ck is happening here? Your post gave me a nosebleed! Stop!
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 You asked, I answered Wink
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 Ha,ha,ha! I got yelled at for riding at a cool steep rocky hiking trail close to my house ! I'm going to try running over some hikers next time KKKKK!
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 Ride faster, get fitter, do my first race and ride as many different places as possible
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 Resolution: Be in better shape for my two week DH vacation. Unfortunately all I have to work with is the gym and cross country trails...and less time on the internet...bye.
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 To enduro less and DH more...that was a boring year on a all mountain bike
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 Guide the uninitiated. Support your local bike shop. Hate less. Shred more.
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 It's hard to support the local bike shop when they charge you $34 for stans and a blast of air in your wheels.
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 You need a better LBS!
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 my goal is to ride more this year. shouldn't be too hard… l am getting a new bike!! (transition patrol!) already ordered and on its way!
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 Make good riding mistakes.
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 Buy a fat bike
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 Or a ski bike if u live in a cold place
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 Or get both
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 I effin love my ski bike.
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 Fat bike for me! On one fatty I think!
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 Get a E... Nah...
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 what's a ski bike? new google search. love the internetz..
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 To upchugyyeager ski bikes are awesome you take your bmx dirt jumper full suspension and take out the pedals, wheels,rims,cranks. All that sort of stuff and put pegs where the front gears were add skis to where th tires and rims used to be and voila!
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 50 mile of trails a week for the whole year
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 That's something along what I try and do, but I aim to just cycle a min 50 mile a week, but not all of it is trail as this includes getting to them!
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 I think it will include getting to them but that is only half mile or so as I love in grizdale . I think 50 is a alright target as always busy at work haha. Do you manage to hit your targets ?
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 95% of the time yes. As you though, work dose get in the way but only on the odd occasion. As you, I only live about 3 miles from cwmcarn, but on the weekend I'm normally up the Forest of Dean.
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 Just have fun on my bike and stay healthy
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 Definately ride more, I have recently moved so can now ride to work more , 20 mile round trip so will help with fitness for sure.
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 New year new me Smile
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 New year new bike*
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 Try to double the amount of descents....more the merrier
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 Don't spend the best part of the season out with injury...
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 I can't believe I just read " ride more enduro and less all mountain". Your riding on the same trails!!!! Pfft...
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 Just cut out enduro completely and ride an all mountain bike on long, epic rides. Enduro is not racing. XC? Yes. DH? Yes. Enduro? No.
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 it was sarcasm
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 How about "have more fun"?
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 Yes!!!
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 Now you made me stressed. I know i should get more fun, everyone says that, but I just don't know where, how do i know if I am having enough fun, if I am having the right kind of fun? What is fun? What am I supposed to do? Oh no, all the insecurities from puberty are back!!!
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 @WAKIdesigns: Just relax and fun will find you. Not any fun, but the correct fun. The fun that you can track in strava, or shot in gopro, and which you can later on share to everyone on facebook.
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 Waki, I swear I heard your voice crack. Don't worry. It is easy to know if it is the right kind of fun. Just ask yourself "will the cool kids think I'm cool for enjoying this?" If not quit immediately and go to Starbucks for some coffee, then buy some trendy clothes and call someone on your iphone 6 to complain about your iPhone 6.
These are all approved fun
Good luck out there.
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 But what if I indulge exposing the obvious that each coin has two sides, even the most trendy one, because I know that it does upset people when their cow gets butchered, especially those who think that this time, this one will save the world from all sorts of pains? It is fun for me to ruin it for people, to watch their castle burn... I like to set worlds on fire... if only for a moment. Devils biggest delight is not the worship of the damned, but a fall of the righteous...
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 New Knolly Podium ordered. BOO YaHHHH!!!
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 Build your won bike, preferably around a steel or titanium hardtail frame!
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 montar bicicleta
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 Think of all the beer I've drank while riding
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 Try and convince yourself 29ers aren't bad
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 29ers are great. Just like a 26 DH bike is awesome in its habitat, the 29er is supreme on the never ending ups and downs. And just to let you know I'm not biased towards any wheel size. 26 Devinci Wilson 27.5 Kona Process 153 29 Enduro. They all work wonders in their own ways.
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 Agree, they all have there place. I have 3 26" wheeled bikes, 3 29ers and a 650b. The 29ers work well for me as I'm tall and so make for a more stable ride. But having said that I do like 650b, best of both worlds and my first ride I KOM'ed a strava section!
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 I have a rigid 29er and it is awesome. Light, stiff fast. Its great for more smoother trails
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 agreed, they all have their place. if you have the dough, a quiver is the way to go. 5 bikes in my lineup, thinking about number 6 (fatbike).
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 Ah, yes, fat bike! I was 29er curious, now I have 3 of them I'm now fat bike curious!
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 different bikes are just another way of enjoying riding.
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 Yeh that is true. I'm really biased towards 27.5, but I think I need to try said 29er before I make any grand statements
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 If I had cash to throw around I would get a fat bike as well just simply to toy around on and ride down to the store and back, possibly some all day adventures I typically wouldn't take on my "skinny tire" bikes. Going back to the 27.5, it hasn't crossed my mind once that I was on any different wheel size, it just feels natural. Completely unnoticeable in comparison to a 26, but very noticeable when comparing it to a 29 back to back. That's nothing new. I still have a lot of strava PR's I haven't even come close to touching on my 27.5 when the trail gradient is mellow and pedal friendly. I couldn't care less though, I am enjoying every second on my Process 153. If I had to choose between the Process and the Enduro 29, it would be the Process 153 simply because it is a much more comforting platform for me to push the envelope on. The 29er makes you work hard.
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 Ride more period
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 Loose 20-30 lbs.
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 loose weight,,,, Frown
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 Ride more: Talk less:
Enter an Enduro race.
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 forgot move to whistler
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 Get a freeride bike :/
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 Remember, if you are gonna race, enduro isn't racing. Go to a DH or XC event, the only two true forms of racing.
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 Nothing over 27.5 and nothing fat. Ew.
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 27.5 mm? they say it ain't the size of tha wave but tha motion of the ocean...and yet that is just too damn small ! : )
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 To ride Hannah Barnes or with her . I love her more than carbon and titanium combined
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 Always ride 26 " Wink
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 Here here! I second that! I used to get new bikeitis every two years....not anymore. I'll wait until they bring back 26" bikes as the original but now newly improved and best wheel size. Which will inevitably happen. Until then I'll save my money which is nice.
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 Not gonna happen...
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