Opinion: What Are Your Worst Bike Habits?

Nov 23, 2022
by Mike Levy  
Mike Levy


I'm typing this while laying on the floor, my feet propped up on the end of the couch in a futile effort to drain the cramp juice from my twitching quads and hamstrings. There'll probably be a Levy-shaped salt stain on the floor if and when I ever decide to get up, but I'm not going to start thinking about that for at least a couple more hours. I'd like to tell you about how I just rolled in from some massive epic into the alpine and had the best descent of my life on rowdy singletrack...

But that's not what happened.

The truth is far less glamorous. I was pedaling back to the house on the road when I spotted two other riders ahead of me. Without realizing it, I suddenly found myself four gears higher while my eyes locked onto their backs like a wheezing, sweaty guided missile closing in on its target. My pace rose from a leisurely spin to "I can sustain this for another two minutes,'' and the gap closed from three hundred feet to two hundred to twenty while I pictured myself looking like Nino hunting down another last-lap World Cup win. Which is when I looked through the red mist and noticed my prey's Chariot trailer, complete with two kids inside, and that the riders I presumed were racing me were actually two grandparents out for a spin on their townie bikes with the grandkids in tow.

I rolled by them sheepishly just as we crested the climb; "Beautiful day for a ride!" they both said to me happily, but I was too smashed to reply with anything more than a cursory nod while hoping they couldn't hear me breathing through my eyeballs.


One of my worst habits is chasing other riders who don't even know I'm chasing them.


I have a couple of good habits, like looking after my drivetrain, making sure nothing is about to rattle off of my bike, and I do love a good stretch session. But I also have many bad habits, such as resorting to complete meat-head mode anytime there's someone in front of me or behind me. It's good to be competitive and driven, sure, but Rick, Nancy, and their two grandkids all think I'm an idiot. That in itself is fine, but I often make a bad habit worse by letting the outcome of those efforts dictate my attitude during and afterward. So, if I manage to reel in 'ol Rick and Nancy, it'll likely be a good ride and I'll feel just enough self-worth as a human to try bikes again tomorrow. And what about if I can't close the gap to that Chariot trailer? Then I'm a piece of shit who should have stayed at home, and I'll spend $20 on dollar-store candy that I don't want to eat in one sitting but will definitely eat in one sitting.

Anyway, to keep this from turning into a solo therapy session disguised as me meeting my article quota for the month, I thought I should ask the PB editorial team about their bad habits...

"Not lubing the chain, not putting air in my tires every single ride, and not changing my tires often enough," Sarah told me sheepishly, possibly because I've been known to yell derogatory comments at anyone who goes for a ride without checking their tire pressure. "And maybe a habit of riding the same trails all the time," she quickly followed up with, something that I'm also guilty of. We all seem to click with certain trails, be it because they're close to our house and the access is easy or because it has that one section, or even just one corner or jump, that resonates with how you like to ride a bike. I bet you have that trail you've basically memorized and know where to absorb and when to pop, the fast way through those rocks, and that inside line that puts you in the perfect spot for the next section. Riding blind is fun, but riding committed down a trail you know by heart is even better.

Still, it's all too easy to choose what you know rather than risking your limited free time to ride something farther away or that you're not as comfortable on.


Group rides? Obviously no fun at all.


You might have read about how Henry really hates group rides and other people in general, a feeling he says comes from his dislike of having to wait for other people to sort their shit out. "My worst bike habit is impatience. People needing to stop to tie their shoelaces and I'm there telling them to go f*ck themselves and I hope them and their family rots in hell," he told me with a straight face. "When I first started mountain biking I considered group riding to be the be-all-and-end-all, and it's something I carried through for many years. You simply have to enjoy it, right? Friends, nature, complicated coffee orders, and things taking five times as long as they should. Ah, perfect."

I'm on the same page as Henry - roughly 80 or 90 percent of my rides involve having Bob Seger in my headphones as my only companion, often while riding a bike with not enough travel and not enough tire. Which is another of my questionable habits that's bitten me in the ass more than once. I love being under-biked for all sorts of reasons, ranging from misplaced pride to "I better not try that move on this downcountry bike," but there's far less room for mistakes on a bike that's got too much head angle and not enough suspension. That's precisely why they're fun, of course, but it's also why I'm looking into double ankle transplant surgery while wanting to inject acetaminophen directly into my back. But hey, downcountry is fun, right?


Yeti SB115 review Margus Riga photo.
Not enough travel... or clothing.


Something else that's high on fun and low on being responsible is skidding. I'll just say it: A big unnecessary skid can feel damn good, and even more so when you're using it as a legit technique instead of just leaving trenches down the middle of your local singletrack. Ride don't slide and all that, of course, and there are many locations, trails, and situations where locking your rear brake is wrong and you'll be a terrible, terrible person who'll then need to follow up with a virtuous social media post to re-balance your chakra. With great braking power comes great responsibility, so try to only be a dumbass when you know that your skid marks won't be there for twenty years or need to be filled in by an overworked trail builder who's tired of your shit. Don't skid, okay? But if you do skid, skid responsibly and skid long.

While I could easily write a 10,000-word dissertation covering only half of my bad habits, it's sunny and I'm sure there are some complete strangers on the trail that I need to chase down before cramping terribly and stopping at the dollar store for candy on the way home.

What are some of your bad habits?


329 Comments

  • 525 3
 Commenting on pb when I should be working is my bad habit.
  • 40 1
 The CTRL+T+P keys on my keyboard are definitely way more pressed then they should be.
  • 13 0
 @aug7hallak: What do those do? asking for a friend
  • 53 2
 @DizzyNinja: CTRL+T (new tab); P (pinkbike is the 1st site that appears for me - I dont know about the rest of you)
  • 40 1
 Same tho
  • 5 1
 @aug7hallak: Oh I thought T+P was a thing. I just click the scroll wheel on the pb icon on chrome dashboard, it's like way faster
  • 147 0
 @aug7hallak: the first P site that comes up for me is something uh… different
  • 10 1
 and on NSMB....
  • 13 49
flag carlwheezer69 (Nov 23, 2022 at 10:24) (Below Threshold)
 YEAHH my worst riding habit is probably when I accidentally leave the house for a ride with clothes ON. Big bozo move! As the werewolf stalks his prey in the light of the full moon, I too seek the full moon when I am on the prowl for some loam. "AHHHHHHOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH! AAAHHHHHOHHHHHHH!" I howl as my full moon is in full phase, it provides me all the protection and companionship I could ever need. It's like my late grandfather, Majique Mike, is still breathing on me, propelling me and my gliding figure through the groves and valleys. @100percent have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and let's not be strangers. #staywokepal #staynudepb
  • 18 1
 @drakefan705: Pfacebook?
  • 4 0
 @aug7hallak: its part of my morning routine at this stage
  • 30 0
 @drakefan705: image being able to confidently type P in the search bar and only pinkbike coming up
  • 6 1
 pretending i have a clue about riding bikes on PB and then commenting in the comment sections like I ever rode my bike in the last 10 years
  • 17 2
 Hating on Yeti when its press release time
  • 26 2
 taking a shit on brands like Santa Cruz and Specialized when in fact they make a fine bicycle that is highly capable of shredding and creating smiles
  • 8 0
 @bmxbackground69: my bad habit of going on the porsche.com configurator has saved me a few times when typing in the address bar
  • 1 0
 @drakefan705: potatoes? That’s weird man.
  • 2 0
 @bmxbackground69: lol, that’s why I use private on my phone but then you still can’t get away from your mates sending you that pesky videos that seem interesting then a bloody screaming orgasm nose screams out lol
  • 5 0
 Checking tire pressures by feel.
  • 5 0
 Riding tons without doing an equivalent effort on trail building/maintenance.
  • 1 0
 @bmxbackground69: Lol, I can! Only time I get burned is when it goes to the buy/sell before the home page.
  • 1 0
 @scallywagg: screw both of those profit obsessed brands, and i ride a demo lmao
  • 144 4
 One time I blew myself up trying to catch these jerries I identified from a half mile away. It took me 8 miles to finally catch them and a lot of "Why TF is this so hard" only for me to find out at the very end that they were on ebikes.
  • 73 0
 Been there. I'm terrible for when I hear or see someone catching me and try to speed up, only to eventually see them pass me on a damn e-bike. I'm blown by that point and it's 100% on me haha
  • 65 0
 Mine is deliberately chasing e-bikes - like a demented puppy... it will kill me eventually.
  • 67 8
 @lancet-muffler: I usually try to block them on the trail or road, weaving back and forth until I run out of watts haha If your bike has a motor, you better have a sense of humor.
  • 70 2
 @mikelevy: Mine is almost ruining a good ride on our trails wondering when I'm going to see an illegal e-bike zip past me silently. We have several places they are legal, but in our specific national forests, they aren't.

I'll ruin my only reason for going in to the woods (relieving all the pressure and stress of life) & spend half the ride hearing the whine of batteries in my head.

Last week I was tortured up a climb by a guy blaring music on a speaker way back down this steep climb. Kept looking back waiting for Mr. Bar Blaster RadioHead to catch up. 5 minutes later & furious...I realize somehow my phone was playing music in my back pocket. Beer
  • 1 0
 Thanks - spontaneous lol.
  • 14 1
 Chasing roadies up a road climb is fun, especially if you stay in front of them.
  • 6 0
 @blowmyfuse: I read your comment, and thought “this sure sounds like Pisgah” and sure enough!
  • 2 0
 @fartymarty: I overtook a (young) roady once... on a Brompton; and he never managed to catch me up Smile
  • 4 0
 @fartymarty: chasing ebikes up a climb is equally as much fun, esp if you can hang on with all your hard earned roadie fitness...
  • 4 0
 @Muzled: Sounds like my cup of tea. Then you slay them on the DH.
  • 4 0
 @lancet-muffler: Ah, but there's a reward there. I once got towed for about 2 miles by a guy on one who was wearing headphones and didn't notice. It was windy, so I guess that made it easier for me to hide. I grabbed on to a strap hanging from a satchel attached to his luggage bag rack thing. It was a coastal cycle path which meant very few starts and stops. However, he must have noticed his battery took a particular beating that day.
  • 17 25
flag dirtyburger (Nov 23, 2022 at 15:34) (Below Threshold)
 Seriously what is wrong with youse types?
This behaviour is the most annoying aspect of MTB for me, brain dead bell-ends that wanna race and be bros just cos you’re riding… and they’re riding.

Just f*ck off already and go place mid-pack at an actual race rather than blowing your load on folks doing their own thing.
Joeys.
  • 4 4
 @dirtyburger: Why so mad, Bra?
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy: When a riding buddy feels like a damn dog all of a sudden and has to pedal harder chasing the guys who passed like their his master, leaving your conversation stalemate and you riding solo until he settles down; then squirt water from your bottle as hes foaming at the mouth so he can lap it up! lol
  • 3 0
 Did the Test of Metal some (many) years ago. I thought I was doing pretty well, passing some folks, keeping up with people that looked seriously fit. Then a guy on a Rocky RM6 and a Super T passed me on a service road climb like I was standing still. Damn you Canada! Haha
  • 23 0
 @mikelevy: I was cruising home from a movie on my roadie. Saw this couple on road bikes, subconsciously found myself with missile lock engaged. Caught them and sailed past, then as passed the husband, I heard a click of a shifter. From that moment on we engaged in possibly the best passive aggressive bicycle race ever witnessed. Which it came to a close, his poor wife was barely in sight behind us. Felt sorry for the guy, as he had no choice. His goofy cyclist brain forced him to engage. Now he had to sit up and take the heat for his decision.

One of my old cycling sales reps is big on cycling etiquette. He commuted to and from work along the same bike path, at the same times. He knew the regulars going the opposite direction. He’d wave and all but one would wave back, rarely would even look up. Guy would ride the yellow line and never wave, how inconsiderate. So after a few months of this, my mate just locks onto the yellow line. Played a game of chicken, of which they both lost. Just a full speed head on collision. Cyclists are dicks. We all are.
  • 1 1
 We go for Wednesdays night every week if weather allows it, yesterday there were more ebikes so I've climbed more than 500 vertical meters in about a hour (by far my best time ever for that climb), second part with a pretty nasty steep gravel... Im pretty done right now, ngl Smile
  • 4 0
 If there is someone in front of me I usually wait a bit to increase the distance before I start to chase. Yes somehow it is irresistible to chase. But I also hate to spend too much time too close behind someone because I feel it kills the flow. If our average speeds are comparable, often I'm quicker in the corners and they are faster on the straighter parts. So that would require me to hold back in the corners and then pedal on the boring sections. If I start from way behind, either I'll never catch up which is perfectly fine. Or I catch up but then soon overtake and be done with it. Just to not spend too much time too close behind someone.
  • 3 0
 The smug smile when they pass you is worth it when you tell them “onyerleft” on the way down
  • 1 0
 @skiwenric: Nah, I don't like having to pass people in the fun sections as I always have to compensate somewhere. Either hold back somewhere to find my spot where there is room to safely and sensibly overtake, or go for the dick approach (overtake unsafely or going wide causing widening of said fun section). Again, if I expect to be faster I rather wait at the top to increase the distance and make sure I actually have room to enjoy the descend. It doesn't always work out if the rider in front is descending really slowly and suddenly appears right in front of me. But my descends aren't really that long so usually this works out fine.

And yes I make for a horrible racer. Waiting for someone in order to extend the distance is not done in that scene.
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: priceless!
  • 120 2
 Hating people with 2 ear buds in that are oblivious to anything around them, be that from behind or in front. And bluetooth speaker guy, hate him too. These are my bad habits, don't plan on breaking them.
  • 78 1
 Your bad habit is hating douche bags?
  • 15 2
 @DizzyNinja: Hating does not sound like a habit at all, but making people with speakers disappear in the woods could definitely be one. And ebikers, especially ebikers with earbuds ]:->
  • 26 1
 Ugh! I'm with you there @krka73. I'm not out here in the woods or desert to hear your music, I should not have to suffer because you can't be alone with the thoughts in your head.
  • 11 42
flag Mkrol (Nov 23, 2022 at 10:31) (Below Threshold)
 Do y'all really get bothered by someone who rides by with a Bluetooth speaker? I rather hear someone's music for 1 minute then try to get someone's attention who's riding with two earbuds in. I can understand getting a bit irritated if Bluetooth person is directly behind you on a climb, but how often does that happen?

It's not like peeps are riding with a 2.1 setup with a car battery in their pack powering the speakers.
  • 3 1
 I totally get it if they have music in those two earbuds and they can’t hear anything….that’s definitely a problem but I ride with two earbuds in because I’m constantly listening to audiobooks or podcasts on the climbs and can hear everything in my surroundings.
  • 2 0
 @Mkrol: I think it's because they aren't using a 2.1 with a car battery that it sounds especially bad. You can't even figure out what song the scratchy audio sounds were trying to be until after they've gone by, then when you do you have that scratchy version of the song stuck in your head the rest of your ride.
  • 33 0
 Bluetooth speakers on MTB rides. Why? Why do people do this?

I go to the woods to get away from that shit, not to be subjected to someone else's taste in music, crackling out of a glorified headphone.

Do you guys think you're enriching my experience? Do you think, that I think, that you are cool? Do you think that your overgrown headphone is doing any justice to the music that is wheezing out of it?

If you answered yes to any of the above, I hope I never ride with you.
  • 11 3
 My Bad habit is riding with earbuds when I'm on a solo ride - I can't be alone with my thoughts, otherwise they will win. Cheers! I don't plan to stop...
  • 14 2
 Uh oh... I now fear I may be that douchebag... not the speaker guy... F that guy. No... I'm an ear buds guy. I understand being aware of your surroundings etc. and I think you can do that while wearing ear buds and still enjoy listening to music. For me the music helps me find that elusive flow state on the way down and a good podcast helps me learn while I churn on the way up. I don't feel headphones are the thing that make you the douchebag... the thing that makes you the douchebag, as is the case in all other domains of douchebaggery, is the lack of awareness for others and your surroundings and not acting in a way that appreciates that your behaviour impacts others. If you can hold those pieces... then you do you.
  • 3 1
 @excavator666: You're really digging in on this one.. I'll show myself out
  • 4 0
 @snl1200: switch to bone conducting headphones.

You will hear the cougar as it rips into your neck.
  • 10 0
 My favorite is runners on bike trails with earbuds in...especially when they are running down a downhill trail. So they can't see or hear you coming....
  • 1 0
 I wouldn't put the guy with the Bluetooth speaker down. Where I am right now, they use that to prewarn hikers that like to stray into the mtbiking trail and who usually tend to stay in the blindspots. Prewarn slow bikers or motivate those of us who are exhausted, most of the time we don't like being pass by a guy with a Bluetooth speaker. Also to scare off wild boars, they're the obvious danger over here, we've had bikers blindsided by them, etc.
  • 3 0
 @DrSam: doesn't the speaker tell the wild boars where you are so they can aim better?
  • 1 0
 @lkubica: In my area, it’s usually the Lycra-clad XC riders who think they open the mountain who have the earbuds in. They somehow can’t hear my bell and only move when they look back because they sense someone angrily staring at them.
  • 4 0
 @gnarnaimo: And then it's somehow your fault when you "surprise" them....
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard: Typically if you can hear the Cougar it's either too late or not a problem... I have been meaning to try some bone conducting headphones though.
  • 1 2
 I bike alone regularly and having music playing helps the animals I don't want to encounter hear me coming long before it becomes a problem.
  • 1 0
 @fabwizard:
Surprisingly no, I mean even without the speakers we're not that quiet but they tend to move away when there's some loud techno stuff.
  • 4 0
 @DrSam: I'd move away from techno too. Lol.
  • 67 1
 Being a snob about bikes, when my skill level is on par with walmart bicycles.

"sram is garbage, marzocchi is shit" Yeah buddy, that's why you didn't get the rainbow jersey this year.
  • 67 0
 Buying stuff I don’t need for my bike under the guise of needing to “be faster”. Faster compared to who/what?!
  • 1 0
 The homies, obviously
  • 3 0
 To who: your past self
To what: your past self with 6 months old crappy parts/bike of course Smile
  • 63 1
 Do you even drift bro? The feeling you get from a perfectly timed scandi flick is a guilty pleasure I’ll never tire of.
  • 4 0
 Amen and Gobbless
  • 51 0
 One good corner can make any ride good.
  • 4 0
 Yeah-the skid is crap, a cutty is hooligan glory!!
  • 4 0
 @wyorider: I'll take a skid and a cutty, please. Both are fun.
  • 54 0
 My bad habit is keeping old parts. I have a file cabinet in the garage full of old bike parts, many of which there is zero chance I will never use… multiple sets of cantilever brakes from 1980’s department store bikes, plastic pedals with shot bearings, squishy gel seats, rusty BBs, square taper cranks, etc.

I do the same thing with my other hobbies. I have piles of Jeep parts in the backyard.
  • 19 0
 If there's a bike co-op in your area they might appreciate any outdated but useable parts you have.
  • 30 0
 Jeep parts? That's just a Jeep.
  • 47 0
 Practicing manuals on every semi smooth fire road descent and looking like a demented penguin
  • 25 0
 There are two groups of mountain bikers... The first talks about wanting to manual and watches every YouTube video known to man, and the second penguins their way along a fire road. It takes a lot of practice, but the second option is the way.
  • 2 0
 Remember to practice them on trails as well, different animal. Shouldn’t take too long to be able to sustain a manual on a smooth descent, but when you bring them onto the trails it can get spicy.
  • 3 0
 @HankHank: thanks for the encouragement!!
  • 49 2
 Farting on riders behind me.
  • 12 0
 The one who downvoted you was probably behing you Smile
  • 1 0
 **Laughs** Oh man... Guilty
  • 35 0
 Day 1 - See something bike related you want, but its expensive, and a cheaper version would easily suffice. But, it's really highly rated....and shiny..and maybe red..
Days 2-3 (longer if required} Spend the waking hours procrastinating, researching all the other options, reading reviews whilst occasionally flipping to the tab with the original item, and not buying it. Decide to buy cheaper alternative. Definitely. Absolutely. Don't need the expensive version. No sir...
Day 4 - Buy original item with glee.
Day 5 - Fit new item with some mild sense of guilt.
Day 6 and onwards - Admire said item, trying to ignore the price nagging in your mind and hoping you don't scratch/snap/lose/hate it.
  • 12 0
 I've had the Atherton order page open for 3 months
  • 2 0
 Yup. Guilty of this. Once thought of quitting biking altogether due to borderline ruinous obsession with gear, farkles and endless tweaking.
  • 7 0
 For me there’s often another step where I buy the cheaper version (after way too much research and price shopping) only to find that, as usual, you get what you pay for. And if you value your time, you’d have been better off buying the original at full price than spending hours or days looking for a lower price or cheaper alternative.
  • 1 0
 @preston67: you won’t. I triple double dog dare you.
  • 39 3
 Secretly loving PB Autoplay.
  • 32 0
 You monster.
  • 29 2
 Not giving a single fuck about my bike
  • 19 0
 Counterpoint: doing a full rebuild because maybe something could be a little smoother, cleaner, or quieter. As I sit covered in degreaser, lubricant, cleaner and sweat with the innards of my bike spread all round me and a whole box of shop towels used up... yeah... I have a problem.
  • 1 0
 @pixelguru: me too. . . Mee too.
  • 27 0
 smokin the reefer
  • 12 0
 I too am addicted to safety.
  • 3 0
 you can eat it instead.
  • 4 0
 That's a great mtb habit of mine. Especially good for those days where you're already pretty whipped, and probably not capable of your personal "glory speed".
  • 5 0
 Makes a big climb that much more enjoyable even though I suck more. Time travel!
  • 18 0
 That whole riding the same trail over and over thing - is that really a bad habit, or a fun, reliable base line? Sure, it's nice to be adventurous, open minded, and try new things. But if you've got an hour to squeeze in a ride, and it's been one of those days or weeks, getting a reliable flow fix/mood lifter will make you a better person for the people in your life. Kind of like when you're in the Pacific Northwest and eating out, salmon is not a very inspired choice - but that doesn't mean salmon isn't freaking awesome in its own right.
  • 5 0
 I'm guilty. I have a "go to" trail that I simply love and ride most often. It has everything - fast and flow, rocky-technical, berms, flat corners, hairpins, a few drops/jumps, open exposed areas as well as trees. It's challenging enough that I never tire of it and it makes for a useful baseline for both climbing and descending.

I love riding new/less frequent trails as well - but its fun to be able to push hard on a trail that you know well.
  • 7 1
 For me, it’s a matter of practicality. If I want to ride at lunch, I have one option. It’s either that, or nothing. Simple choice.
  • 5 0
 I was going to write the same thing (about trails, not salmon). I have pretty much named all the rocks on the trails that I have ridden so often in the past 15 years. I don't let it bother me. I usually ride new stuff when I'm out with buddies. But yeah, it's like playing that same tune on the guitar because it's comfortable.
  • 3 0
 I call it my trainer. F indoor and swift.
  • 4 0
 Oh yeah, to optimize my ratio of riding time vs travel time (and possibly fuel consumption) I ride my local stuff most of the time. There is more fun stuff a 30 to 45 car drive from home but I feel bad about the fuel consumption. Plus I like rides under two hours as I can then push harder but the time ratio feels skewed. Yes I rarely do epic riding, just short hard blasts. It is like fast food. You know what you're getting, you're not going to be surprised, there is better stuff to be had when you dedicate more time/money/effort but it feels good enough when you're at it.
  • 4 0
 I begin almost every ride with the same loop. The trails near my house aren't that great so I made a track of if the best sections, on top of that I time myself did the first lap everytime. If conditions are good it will usually take 48 minutes, I never liked racing bikes but I am always racing myself. If that makes sense
  • 2 0
 @TheR: Totally agree. My lunch situation as well. Ride > No Ride.
  • 1 0
 @tkunkel: And it’s not like it’s no fun! I ride great trails in a nearby park. Mix up a few options. Better than a kick in the nuts, for sure.
  • 18 0
 No putting my tools away when I do something to my bike. I've got like 15 duplicate tools because I thought I lost one and replaced it, only to find the first one again.
  • 2 0
 Ooh yeah my wife just loves when I do that!
  • 18 0
 Spending hours preparing my bike and then bailing on my ride plans last minute bc I don’t have enough time.
  • 3 0
 That’s dismal actually
  • 15 0
 I find that I often won't want to go on a ride alone, with 3/4 of the times I don't even get up off the couch. But then, when I get a group together, I always find myself complaining about the group for one reason or another. Motivation is hard sometimes.
  • 36 24
 Warning. This could be triggering.

I bought an ebike a couple month back (aaaaaaahhhhh!!!! Cheateeerrrrr!!)
I use it on weekdays where I wasn’t able to ride before (50hrs job, kid, family and stuff). I do ride my enduro and my enduro hardtail on weekends, but on weekdays it’s ebiking or no biking at all.

Nevertheless, time is precious - especially on weekdays.
Which means, I do ride my ebike almost exclusively in turbo. And I do crank the pedals simultaneously as f***ing hard as I’m able to, just to scratch the 25 km/h assistance limit as often as I possibly can, or at least come near to it.
So, it’s training and timesaving at the same time.

My favorite home trail is about 500 meters of steep climbing and a very sweet rough decent. (Bering from Austria, it’s obviously illegal, as almost anything here that isn’t a bikepark). On the enduro it takes me about 45 min up and approx 10 min down.
On the ebike I’m up there in 15 min. Meaning up / down / shower fits into my lunchbreak.

Basically, I’m cranking the s*** out of my ebike to cramp as much riding trails into as little time as possible.
Im cooked afterwards and as „dead“ as you can be after a 30 to 70 min workout session (depending on the trails I go to).

Nevertheless, every single biker I pass by on my way up - while sweating like hell - gets a nice „hello“ from me.
9 out of 10 are not greeting back.
As they assume that I’m a shi**** cheating ebiker that doesn’t know how to ride a „real“ bike.

That’s what I hate!

A: you don’t know the reason why somebody is ebiking
B: you‘re not able to judge how much effort and training they are putting into their ebike ride
C: you‘re an as****** in assuming the worst of people you know nothing about
D: just let people enjoy their way of riding (as long as it isn’t poluting, trail destroying or reckless against nature, animals or other riders). One of the most important reason why riding Mountainbikes is still illegal in so many European places, is because we as Mountainbikers judge other Mountainbikers by our own personal and subjective standards, instead of being happy that someone enjoys mountainbiking too, despite it being an alternative form of Mountainbiking. No matter if it’s E, DH, XC, or whatever, that is not your personal favorite type of riding.

Acceptance and an open mind would help all of us. So that we unite to get trails legalized and riding zones opened.
Hopefully, this prejudice bull**** will change sometimes in the future. But I doubt it …

Now, go on, and hate …
You’re welcome
  • 16 18
 Anyone that is still anti ebike likely hasn't tried one out. They're ridiculously fun and can be extremely utilitarian. There will always be haters though. I was fortunate enough to use one while filming an enduro in the fall (50+ pound camera bag on my back, probably did 35+ setups and teardowns that day). And somehow, I was still being called out by riders that were mid race for passing them on the fire road. Definitely made me chuckle, and my typical response would was "I'll only trade bikes if we can trade bags too!"
  • 12 20
flag mcozzy (Nov 23, 2022 at 12:09) (Below Threshold)
 I pedal extra hard on my eeb when I sense a hater , so I get to pass them even more times on the way up. Just to rub in how much more of the fun downs I get compared to them.
  • 17 1
 I don't think you understood the topic it is about Bad habits you have, not what you hate.
  • 27 17
 I’m triggered! Smile
But honestly, ebiking is not mountain biking. It has a motor.
Your only reason is because you want more.

But if more is your medicine…sure. But for me, (subjective) the big medicinal/ relaxing part of mtb is how time dissapears all entirely.

Sometimes i think ebikes are for the kind of people who think they can have it all…
  • 17 21
flag intuitioncinema (Nov 23, 2022 at 13:35) (Below Threshold)
 @housem8d: eh I disagree! It's definitely still mountain biking to me. There's lots of competing theories about how earning your descents makes a ride more savoury sure, but I don't think that makes it a different sport. Should people that only shuttle not be considered mountain bikers? Seems kinda sus to me.
  • 8 0
 @intuitioncinema: yeah, tough to argue against that one. I’ve ridden a couple modern ebikes, and i’ve always had trouble feeling proper satisfaction. Maybe shuttling/ chairlifts and ebiking are more about adrenaline and skills; whereas pedalling is more about just accepting the suck, which draws more parallels with everyday life. I appreciate that.
(If i’m just having fun, i must be stupid) ;p
  • 2 1
 @housem8d: I think I can get onboard with that!
  • 1 0
 @housem8d:youtube.com/watch?v=gxR50HxH48E
  • 6 0
 My bad habit is definitely judging other riders rather than just being happy people are out in the woods and share my passion. That being said, the eeb rider who literally ran into my derailleur trying to pass me in a switchback corner while climbing definitely got judged hard. Luckily he quickly apologized and complimented my bike before I laid into him for being a twat.
  • 16 11
 E-bikes are not bicycles. They're mopeds. People can tell themselves whatever they want. But that's the truth. Hell, ride them to your hearts content, but you're riding a moped.
  • 7 0
 I don’t have the energy to give a cheery hello to an ebiker passing me on the up but am quick to give a friendly greeting to one who scoots over for me on the down (:
  • 5 2
 Who's making assumptions here? Maybe they didn't return the greeting because they were out of breath. You know, from riding a bike (instead of a motorbike) uphill? Why are you assuming that they're judging you? That's just you judging them.
  • 9 5
 I can relate, I got an ebike a few months ago for medical reasons I won't go into. I am able to ride again with my friends and yes by myself. I must say "F__k all the haters except 1 and F__k him twice.
  • 3 0
 @fred-frod: true.
But as so many posts above were about bad habits against ebikers, I thought having a discussion about if ebikes are a bad thing and if my ebike riding is a bad habit, would fit here
  • 3 2
 @housem8d: if that is your take, riding a chairlift up a mountain ist not Mountainbiking eighter?
  • 1 1
 @barp: fair point. But, as I'm riding the same uphills on my not-motorized bikes too frequently, and as in these instances the ratio is reversed (9 out of 10 bikers that I pass on the uphill (yes, I do pass riders on the uphill too if I have no assistance) greet back), I feel that my assumption is fair. It isn't based on a scientific study though ...
  • 2 0
 @KingPooPing: king of poop is that you?
  • 1 2
 @pargolf8: It is. Smelly but necessary.
  • 3 1
 @KingPooPing: I ride an e bike and a normal bike. Both are bikes. Quit being so so narrow minded. Or jealous.
  • 14 0
 @mikelevy this chasing down people is perfectly normal; 2 people riding together is called a race, whether they know it or not
  • 8 0
 You understand
  • 2 0
 Hahaha. Thiiiis
  • 10 0
 I have a bad habit of messing with my bike. Suspension, stem height, saddle position, etc. Instead of letting my body adjust to where it's at my first instinct when I feel discomfort is to change something. I also just want excuses to work on my bike and hide in my garage.
  • 6 0
 I feel with you haha I currently have 10 bikes in my unheated garage and whenever I don't feel spending the evening in front of the TV with my wife, I go for a cold one and find something to mess with. Usually bleeding my brakes or taking care of my kids bikes.
  • 2 0
 @Baderfrank: bikes don't sleep outside
  • 10 0
 I always try to beat some weight weenies on their xc or gravel bike on my 6 year old enduro bike up the climbs. It brings me pleasure to see them looking over their shoulder and trying to speed up but then getting overtaken by me anyways.
  • 16 0
 Or the opposite. Bombing past over-biked Enduro bros on an XC bike down a descent.
  • 2 0
 @Ktron: this is it! Even more fun on a hardtail.
  • 2 0
 @Muckal: I used to love doing this in the Surrey Hills. I had a battered Hardrock and there were lots of guys from London with extremely expensive bikes Big Grin
  • 10 0
 Telling myself 'it's just a cruise' and I'll just 'take it easy' so I don't need kneepads, water, bike check, etc., and then end up pushing my limits to come home dehydrated, cut, bruised, etc.
  • 1 0
 Since when have you needed kneepads on a cruise?

I mean the ones on ships, what on all earth were you thinking Smile
  • 16 4
 My bad habit is hating 29ers
  • 2 0
 So what about mullets? Neither agree nor disagree?
  • 3 1
 My bad habit is loving square wheels, which is more or less the same thing.
  • 1 4
 I think that’s warranted. Bikes should be exciting and versatile, 29ers are watered-down and heavy.
  • 1 0
 @emptybe-er: Are you talking about DH bikes, or 29ers?
  • 1 1
 @Leppah: Anything with 29” wheels. Larger wheels aren’t as versatile, they’re boring compared to smaller wheels. It’s no coincidence that all the banger edits and interesting riding is 27.5 and 26.
  • 10 0
 Forgetting where I put the bolt/screw/grub nut/etc. mid job. I have spent more time looking for a part I misplaced than I have ever spent working on bikes.
  • 9 1
 Walking with the gf and dog in a new wood and trying to convince her I could ride that steep cliff off to the right, knowing that if I had my bike I wouldn't look twice at the possibility of it. Also applies to walking up steep jump faces to scout....knowing inwardly I wouldn't hit it in a million years.
  • 8 0
 One thing I noticed in Ontario, bunny hopping. I had no idea people had so much hate for it. About 5 times this year I heard other riders on the trails get upset and say Keep Your Damn Wheels on the Ground. I had no idea this was a thing.
  • 7 0
 Were they mountain biking on shopping carts in a grocery store?!
  • 1 0
 @bikebanjo This is a thing? If you like bunny hops and havent been, I would recommend you check out the pines in Woodstock..I don't think you'll hear that.
  • 1 0
 I thought the entire point of mountain biking is Keep Your Damn Wheels off the Ground as much as possible. Are you sure they were telling you the opposite?
  • 5 0
 Never imagined that would be a thing. Id tell them the truth...that they suck at bikes and have terrible personalities
  • 2 0
 Do you guys up norté not have trees that occasionally fall across the trails? This is by far the strangest one I’ve read yet
  • 3 0
 Anyone that thinks bunny hopping is at all appropriate at my home trails in Ontario has ANOTHER THING COMING. You better watch yourself if you plan on pulling some slick sht.
  • 2 0
 This reckless practice needs to stop. Keep our local trails safe!
  • 10 0
 Reading PinkBike articles.

Followed closely by "Reading PinkBike comments section".

Followed even more closely by "Posting comments on PinkBike articles".
  • 9 0
 Braking into corners. I know I shouldnt, I tell myself get off the brakes, yet I find myself riding the brakes in too many of them.
  • 12 0
 Not riding enough.
  • 8 0
 Using flat pedals on my hardtail and spinning far too fast in a too-low gear on bumpy terrain. Due to the relative lack of torque on the pedals, a big enough bump can lead to a foot coming off and a pedal to the shin.
  • 13 3
 Demolishing a sixer on the drive home
  • 3 3
 So... drunk driving? I hope you hurt only yourself when you inevitably crash your car.
  • 3 0
 Finally an honest bad habit that isn't passive soft bragging. "My bad habit is beating the roadies up the climb on my Enduro bike" give me a break.
My bad habit is going for an after ride massage and with shame and self loathing saying yes to " happy ending 10 dollar?"
  • 3 2
 The beer calls to me after every ride as well. And I don’t wait till I get home either
  • 9 0
 Thinking about my bikes geometry when I should just ride the damn thing
  • 2 0
 You're not alone Buddy Wink
  • 8 0
 watching too much Netflix over the winter and then realizing biking season starts tomorrow!
  • 5 0
 I don't like "slowing others down" aka being passed. I got in front of a fast group on a long uphill last summer and nearly melted down staying in front. I was completely destroyed for the rest of my ride and the next 48 hours.
  • 7 0
 But you were probably stronger on your next ride. Sounds like a win for you!
  • 6 1
 I’d like to think that I’m pretty chilled when out on the trails, but I’m pretty sure that I’m subconsciously compiling a list of things that really irritate me, such as…

Being overtaken by ebikes on a climb, only to be held up by them on the descent
Riders taking Strava-lines, because they can’t corner….if you want to ride in straight lines, become a roadie
People not using their brakes correctly, locking up their wheels and skidding on trails…..as a trail volunteer, this point and the Strava lines one, are a real bugbear.
Littering, you likely carried your bottle or can of drink and snacks in a bag, so put the litter back in the bag and take it home with you.
  • 7 0
 Crashing is my worst habit. Also purchasing unnecessary MTB related stuff.
  • 7 3
 A numerous occasions giving a e-biker a shuttle to the top of the mountain because their battery died, telling them to stay off e-bikes, and handing them a beer as I drive off.
I don’t mind helping someone out, or telling them kindly that regular bikes are wayyyyyy cooooler, but I got to stop handing out beer. Uhhhhhhhh
  • 4 0
 Getting sucked into measuring my ride satisfaction and rider performance by the clock. I said strava was stupid and I hated what it was doing... then I found that trailforks gives you times too, and I looked at how I was doing. Shit.
  • 1 0
 You know what i do? Leave my phone in the car
  • 1 0
 @pargolf8: Agreed. But addictions are addictions! (Some more harmful than others obviously). It would be as simple as not clicking "record activity" on my watch or phone.
  • 7 0
 I just keep buying those godamn bikes
  • 3 0
 How can you not? I mean... just look at 'em...
  • 2 0
 That's a bit Meta...
  • 4 0
 Doing a years worth of cleaning/maintenance late at night the night before an early morning ride, and then the next morning when its time to go ride I'm super tired and my knees and back hurt........rinse and repeat
  • 3 0
 recent bad habit - replacing a perfectly functional bike which my body fully appreciated with something newer & less forgiving. then going through that one & another equally substandard rig afterwards in a sideways path to repurchase the same model that i originally owned. f*cking stupid ego upgrade syndrome...
  • 3 0
 I’m sure it’s been covered and I’m to lazy to read that far down the comments but I have a certain affinity for spending incredibly large amounts on a bike I paid $600 for of the pink bike buy and sell and the not riding it this whole year only because I started another bike project that I once again paid $600 of the by and sell. And to be completely honest have now sunk close to $3000 and still have yet to get paint and anodizing done. And yet I’m looking at another beautiful ride I’ll probably do the same with. I do plan on riding them all next year though.
  • 6 0
 My worst habit is using my brakes too much.
  • 4 0
 Somehow, I always seem to have the none bike gang over for beers and bourbon the night before a century or a 1km of climbing day.
  • 2 0
 Hang on, we're talking about bad habits here Smile
  • 2 0
 Telling my wife my next bike will be the last one I ever need and I'll be able to make money on it when I sell it because it's such a good deal. I always seem to come out ahead, but when the purchase price for the new bike doubles each time, I don't think I'm saving money.
  • 3 0
 my worst riding habit is not riding enough. last week I realized it had been almost 10 weeks since my last MTB ride. Had been on the commuter and gravel bike plenty, but no mtb....
  • 3 0
 You should see yourself out. Don't make a scene, just leave.
  • 2 0
 Making sure my wife’s bike is dialed….to be fair I’m way better now, but I remember 4 or 5 years ago when she was complaining about having way too many pedal strikes and being the POS hardtail rider I was at the time I just brushed it off and said “you gotta time your pedaling better” just to realize in another couple rides that her shock had lost like 50% of its air over who-knows how long. Now I’m OCD about all her shit. Ongoing bad habits consist of riding tires for far too long and telling everyone that the ibis Ripmo V1 is still one of the best bikes to come out in the last 4 years. Great article Levy - I’m gonna nominate it for a Pulitzer!
  • 3 0
 As I get older I've realized that my worst habit was not to take the time to appreciate a view or just chill in favour of a better time or some notion that I'm not exercising if I'm not in pain.
  • 5 1
 Constant unnecessary wheelies leaving me exhausted by the top of the first climb.
  • 4 0
 Sliding when I should be riding, and having backups of backups of backups of replaceable components.
  • 2 0
 oh the back ups to back up the backups....I know this affliction
  • 1 0
 Made me laugh! I always pedal harder and descend quicker than normal when other riders are around. One mistake I consistently make is under biking. Getting back into MTB I bought a hard tail carbon fibre then realised I needed full suspension. That got stolen and I bought a 130 130 trail bike and quickly realised I needed more travel. Still paying it off for the next three years so stuck with my mistake. 150 to 170 would be ideal. Buying gear that doesn't work is another mistake. I've gone through so many mudguards! Just ordered a Mudhugger for the rear and hoping that keeps my bum dry when standing up. Breathable waterproofs and shoes for the winter after years of buying the cheaper stuff. It's not worth buying cheaper stuff for a British winter. They just don't work! Spend once and buy wisely or keep spending badly. With the price of petrol I'm kind of forced to ride the same trails on my days off and even then it's a 55 mile round trip for either the New Forest or Queen Elizabeth country park. I'd say on balance the biggest mistake is not understanding my needs and not researching the products to meet them. Lots of wasted cash.
  • 3 0
 Purchasing small things, like those ParkTool mini multi, patch kits, stem bolts, lock on grips( I think I have 8 sets now), SPD cleats, fancy cycling socks and chamois!
  • 2 0
 Falling off my bike from time to time,that´s my worst habit. Getting off your bike at speed is not a good one,way worst than pressure washing your bike at the gas station,or not lube the chain.
  • 4 0
 Getting hurt trying to go faster in a competition with absolutely no one except an online scoreboard.
  • 4 0
 Worst habit: not trying shit until I'm years past being able ride it. Wimp disease.
  • 3 0
 My worst bike habit? Sucking at riding them. Can't break the habit no matter how much I try, on the contrary, I get suckier every day.
  • 1 0
 I now have competition for being the #1 suckiest rider on this thing.
  • 3 0
 Never replacing the one difficult to use presta valve I have. Too lazy to buy a $7 part to make the $5000 bike easier to maintain.
  • 1 0
 clean the calve with rubbing alcohol.
  • 2 0
 @enduroelite:

It’s bent, difficult to operate in general, that’s how bad I am. Technically doesn’t leak at all, just a pain to use.
  • 2 0
 Every riding "skill" I have is basically a bad habit. Many years of doing it all wrong and now I struggle with the basics all these years later and it continues to make me a bad rider.
  • 1 0
 Stalling I the parking lot when I see others arriving as I am ready to go so I can pull a Levy on them . I call them rabbits. And people never pass me, they are just unlapping themselves. I can rationalize any failure to my ego's favour
  • 1 0
 "unlapping" I'm going to use that one...
  • 3 0
 Forgetting to tell my partners we are stopping for some trail work mid ride. I now get asked what tools are in my pack prior to riding.
  • 1 0
 My bad habbit is putting tongsheng tsdz2bs on everything. Then wiping the floor with top end ebikes up and down hill. Funny how thay hate you coming by on a DIY job bolted to 2007 specialized enduro - but are happy to skim by Normal bikes. Stick that in your dental records..
  • 4 0
 Probably not packing tools.
  • 2 0
 After a crash in the spring, enduring a long & slow shoulder recovery, I've got into the habit of NOT riding, and being fearful on the occasions I do ride.
  • 3 0
 It'll get better!
  • 4 0
 Seventy-four beers the night before a ride.
  • 1 0
 ....Ya ya ya ya, Drink yourself more bliss, Forget about the last one, Get yourself another \m/
  • 1 0
 At that point, just round it up to 75.
  • 2 0
 @enduroelite: you trying to give me a hangover?
  • 1 0
 Not caring about my bike or body, then ending up with both of them broken, waiting for the wounds to heal or the new parts to arrive, but 50 quid for knee pads seems like so much when your browsing the Interweb.
  • 1 0
 I've a bad habit of pretty much not stopping on the downhill trails when people are riding up. But I have a good habit of always stopping for people coming down whilst I'm climbing.
Am I wrong? Serious question!!
  • 3 0
 Climbers have the right of way. Descenders should be looking far ahead.
  • 2 0
 Getting home from even the shortest of rides and immediately eating what ever I can find. Usually it's just ingredients too!
  • 1 0
 Riding my bike when I know that that rear shock hasn't been serviced in two years and is making horrible squelching sounds. I know it's cactus but I can't afford to replace it and I'm sure it's beyond saving now.
  • 1 0
 Seeing a great price on a gently used bike on PB Buy & Sell, thinking that's the one, mulling over the decision overnight, then seeing it has sold when I check the next morning. Repeat monthly.
  • 1 0
 I have a bad habit of digging and building my heart out and then not having the energy to ride. Feels bad man. I need to get out and ride the trails I build and not worry about making ever rock or corner perfect
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy judging by your story, your bad habit is not drinking enough and/or not enough minerals. That's why you cramp. Chasing anything you can aim for is just a normal thing to do but stop with those pesky cramps !
  • 1 0
 Scandi drift. But try to mostly only use when need to sweep the trail off with my back wheel like this time of year with all the leaves down and accumulating on the turns/berms
  • 1 0
 I break spokes. No idea why besides just not checking the tension very often. I believe this is from the disillusion that I generally pick good lines and ride smoothly. Most other things are good,on the bike at least.
  • 1 0
 After riding clipless for almost 10 years, my bad habit is thinking I'll switch to flats at the beginning of every season so I can brush up on skills, going on one ride, and then switching back to my spds.
  • 3 2
 My bad habit is look with contempt at those who shout "yiiiiuuuuup", "braaaaap" and those who wear goggles with xc/enduro helmets... c'mon guys, where are your snorkels??
  • 1 0
 Good builders can built a berm that is impossible to skid, and build some purposely built to be slashed. Good riders can tell the difference
  • 3 0
 Trying to avoid riding in bad weather (often with great success)
  • 3 0
 Buying bike stuff that I really don't need.
  • 3 0
 There is no such thing as bike stuff you don't need. Bikes are fun projects.
  • 1 0
 @Hoeperjoe: Oh, they are totally fun projects, but I just can't leave well enough alone. It's not quite a case of "If it ain't broke, fix it til it is" more a case of "doesn't need upgrading, but upgrade anyway. "
  • 2 0
 I understand that. I bought a $60 titanium seat collar which I never ended up using.
  • 2 0
 Cleaning my bikes and thinking about unnecessary upgrades. I spend way too much time obsessing about this stuff.
  • 4 0
 Strava
  • 3 0
 Procrastinating about where to ride.
  • 1 0
 Making excuses at the start of each ride. Nobody cares if my chain is stretched or my shoulder hurts or I ate too many nachos last night.
  • 3 0
 Having one bad ride and immediately deciding a new bike is the only answer
  • 4 0
 Zwifting!!!
  • 3 0
 sup
  • 2 0
 Buying parts at the LBS and when I get home to sort it all out realizing I already had 2 or 3 of that same item.
  • 3 0
 Just adding more and more tyre sealant instead of fixing the rim tape.
  • 1 0
 My bad habits are Caring about industry standards like hub spacing, bottom bracket types, internal cable routing, wheel size or mullet set up, new frame materials.
  • 1 0
 Spending money on old school DH/freeride bikes and parts rather than on new or modern parts. Also, riding tires for way too long.
  • 1 0
 After listening to the podcast with Joel Harwood, I'm gonna go with body positioning. Chin over stem? It's more like chin over saddle for me.
  • 1 0
 Scowling at people as they ride past me as I work on trails. It's my natural reaction, not sure it if should class it as a habit though.
  • 3 0
 Going big in proportion to the size of the audience.
  • 2 0
 My bad habit is not warming up and not properly cooling down nor replenishing fluids post ride.
  • 2 0
 not getting around to fixing the bike because it takes away from riding time
  • 2 0
 Buying bikes meant to pedal uphill when I really only enjoy tearing it up going downhill…
  • 2 0
 Carb loading for tomorrow’s ride that I know won’t happen. I’ve got a few years of carbs stored now…
  • 1 0
 Bad habits? I think is going out by bike alone, but it's easier to agree on timetables and preferred downhill trails with yourself.
  • 1 0
 I like to turn up to a group ride without air in my fork. Only for the "expert" of the group to work out my fork is coil. Dad jokes are my most annoying habit.
  • 1 0
 My bad habbit- (trying to) solve problems in literally any other part of my life by disappearing from real life for the day on my mountain bike
  • 1 0
 @mikelevy / take one 1500mg vegan glucosamine tablet everyday (Put the container next to your tooth brush). 6 months later, your ankles will be gold. Thank me later.
  • 1 0
 oh definitely forgetting TP before an epic ride and then getting to the unsanctioned trailhead and having to take a dump or even two when they are freeride trail days.
  • 1 0
 Mine is rushing through a trail, trying to be fast and efficient only to regret not slowing down and sessioning or playing on obstacles after im done riding.
  • 2 0
 im bad at not checking bolts and washing
  • 2 0
 My worst habit is not being quick enough.
  • 2 1
 I change bikes probably more than I change socks. If I changed wives as often as I changed bikes I'd be Henry viii
  • 1 0
 Doing wheelies in the wind with clipless. It’s fun until you’ve cut open your elbow.
  • 2 0
 Buying things I don't need, having a bike way above my skill level.
  • 1 0
 There's nothing wrong with that. A lot of people have STIs that suck at driving and will never drive a rally. Having XTR brakes or a shifter is just having a quality stuff.
  • 1 0
 I’m the opposite, when I’m out with my son on the MacRide we have to overtake people.
  • 1 0
 I should probably say: riding without a helmet. But while I got scars all over my body, my head is actually fine.
  • 2 0
 The 9 year old in me LOVES to skid - especially on hardtails. #skidtowin
  • 2 0
 This is my worst bike habit. Wasting time....
  • 2 0
 I'll lube my chain before my next ride........... I won't.. Repeat
  • 2 0
 Living upnorth... Worst thing!
  • 2 0
 Depends which side of the country you're on...
  • 1 0
 Wrenching my bikes on the deck and dropping bits between the deck boards. Every. Single. Time.
  • 2 0
 Treating my suspension pivots as if they're maintenance free tbh
  • 4 1
 Ebikes.
  • 3 0
 riding with other people
  • 2 0
 Being an f'ing chicken and not committing.
  • 1 0
 I got nasty habits, I take tea at three Yes, and the meat I eat for dinner Must be hung up for a week....
  • 2 0
 Having an expensive bike and never riding it.
  • 2 0
 Crop dusting. The little extra boost stuns the riders on n the back
  • 1 0
 Poor bench-cut trail ethics. Slashing/busting off the uphill side into the wilderness off any hint of a lip.
  • 1 0
 I have a bad habit of riding hardtails and single speeding, mindfully I bought a reeB SST for the antidote.
  • 1 0
 Doing damn near everything damn near pefectly. Well, except spelling and maybe gammar!
  • 1 0
 My bad habit is being fat. Then not pushing just a little bit further on my ride, because I'm fat.
  • 2 0
 Blowing gas while the guy behind me is chasing me.
  • 1 0
 Only having two hands during bike maintenance that could do with three. Every time.....
  • 1 0
 Not saying anything when a buddy keeps everyone waiting while he obsessively cleans his chain.
  • 2 0
 Getting Hurt.
  • 1 0
 following to close and crashing into the guy
  • 4 3
 Tossing off in other people's water bottles.
  • 1 0
 "Free protein shake, ask me how"
  • 1 0
 I don't change my chain enough
  • 1 0
 Putting my hands out in front of me when I’m crashing.
  • 1 0
 Forgetting to clean my bike
  • 1 0
 breaking into corners sadly.
  • 2 0
 *braking
  • 1 0
 Leaving the bike behind the car
  • 2 0
 Turbo mode
  • 1 0
 Enjoying a close call with hicker on the mtb trail.
  • 2 0
 Crashing spandex parties
  • 1 0
 Funny AF!
  • 1 0
 Skids are not a crime! If you whine about skids, you're a nerd.
  • 1 0
 Explain and fixing everything like a know it all. lol
  • 2 2
 WTF is "a virtuous social media post"?
  • 1 0
 pretty much most of them
  • 1 0
 A ham sandwich without Rum
  • 1 0
 Commenting on PB
  • 2 0
 Add to that not even reading the article or the comments before I comment and then leaving a comment about commenting habits on my own comment.
  • 1 0
 I suck a cornering
  • 2 0
 Try sucking a lemoning than
  • 1 1
 My best habit is not caring what other people’s opinions are.
  • 1 0
 I have to agree, I wear chamois butter so my ass doesn't get chaffed from all the kisses.
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 Mine is still riding my 26" XC bike when I have a E-Bike.
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 Hey whatever bike puts the biggest smile on your face is the best bike imo!
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 Never cleaning my chain.
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 yapping when excited
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