Picture this: you're out doing some shuttle laps with a few buddies and it's been a great day full of big jumps and big laughs without any crashes or mechanicals. You all rode some rowdy stuff and got away with it, but then Marty says, "Let's do one last run!" while loading his bike at the bottom of the mountain. Do you jump in for the final lap of the day? Or has Marty wrecked it by tempting fate? According to Matt Beer's poll about our mountain biking superstitions, around fifty-percent of us are either a little stitious or at least stitious enough to not join Marty for his last run of the day. Scrolling through the comments under that poll also reveals that many of us have some sort of pre-ride ritual that almost feels mandatory... or else.
Episode 126 of the Pinkbike podcast sees Brian Park, Mike Kazimer, Sarah Moore, and I talk about why it never rains when you bring a jacket but always does when you don’t, why I need to take the same 20-something-year-old multi-tool with me or disaster might strike, and a bunch of our other weird superstitions and pre-ride rituals.
Do you have any mountain bike superstitions?
THE PINKBIKE PODCAST // EPISODE 126 - "ONE MORE RUN" AND OTHER MTB SUPERSTITIONS June 9th, 2022
Sorry, but I absolutely refuse to do "one more run" with you.
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When I return home at 5pm the gods always wish me luck……..
even 4 days ago.. taking it slowly back to speed during the day, arriving at a point where I fel I was riding good.. did that for a couple of runs then decided to call it a day and do only one more run. 100m into trail I lost the front and hit/scratched/cut my shoulder a bit. 200m after I slipped of a rock and went sideways.. then, 300m before the trail end, I took toooo much speed on a vertical wich ended with a drop that goes to flat in less than 1 meter and the bike slingshot from me, straightening my arms making not possible to turn into the berm, actually using the berm as a ramp and took of into the forrest...; lucky me, I landed onto some small pine trees that acted as a safety net. I never seem to learn that when we call for the last run, I should not go up again. 2 broken helmets, wrist, nose, multiple bruises... all of them on my last runs yet, I still pretend(believe) it is just a coincidence.
Most of your vocal audience wants "print" media to continue, at least in long article form on the internet. I think we've all noticed that original video media has been taking precedence... Not a trend I personally want to see grow on the PB homepage. Hope you guys continue to keep/expand your writing team regardless of Outside's initiatives.
Also... I haven't seen a lick of news or updates on the homepage about this weekend being a doubleheader XC/DH race? I only found out XC was happening today via a RedBull Instagram post.
As for the XC/XXC we missed a bit of tech this week but we've had a decent number of stories in the run-up. For example:
PS: One of the main reasons why I paid for Beta is to support the Pinkbike DH Team. I do not regret that and that money is not lost.
Plus it might just blow the minds of the conspiricy theorists on here that pinkbike poll data might actaully be valuable to serving an audience and making money
@misteraustin: Agreed, Palmer is great and I'm sure we'll work with him again in the future.
Such a shame to see the way beta have been treated, they all seem like great people. If any of them read these comments I hope they know that what they did was appreciated.
Robin and his cronies on the other hand, what a two faced lying weasel, a pathetic excuse for a human being. It really speaks a lot about a person when they talk the talk initially and then treat people like that. Outside will be getting exactly zero of my dollars and pounds from here on out. f*ck you Robin. It's also totally out of order that you got Brian and the PB crew to talk about how this take over would be good for us and sell it to us, all the while planning this crap. Remember the work Brian did to get beta mag shipped overseas to subscribers? You've made them look like total mugs.
And for what it's worth, written articles and podcasts are the media I want, if I wanted videos I'd be on YouTube or watching TV. If video is the future that outside want, I will not be there with you whether it's free content or not.
I feel like outside is finally showing it's hand, and it's the crappy one we were all worried about. It won't stop here, PB will look very different in a few years.
Again, f*ck you Robin.
I don't need a refund on anything if I can be assured the money is going into PB Racing or some other wholesomely good project. If it is tossed into Outside's general revenue - ahhhhh, man, I may want a refund
Your comment perfectly encapsulates what I want from PB:
@brianpark: “And for what it's worth, written articles and podcasts are the media I want, if I wanted videos I'd be on YouTube or watching TV. If video is the future that Outside want, I will not be there with you whether it's free content or not.”
So are outside + members still going to get what listed when we signed up?
Digital is relatively inexpensive for publishers, the news and info is immediate, and you can access it all in the palm of your hand. Digital is just better, and print is dead. I know a lot of us might miss it, but it’s purely sentimental.
As for you, @brianpark, I think most of us don’t expect explanations from you, or any apologies. We know you weren’t responsible for the big decisions here and that you can’t speak to all the reasons behind it.
Print is also tactile & you can literally hold in your hand, read without batteries & power whenever you want. Doesn't always require electricity & light to have to read - or what when hackers take down the history of the internet (I'm exaggerating but anything is possible). I get it though - online is all just where the money is as the internet grows - things change so for me this makes print all the more valuable.
Still - I effin' HATE forests going down for paper & butt wipes, its a pathetic outdated waste of not just a resource, but THE source - nature and vast complex ecosystems. But freehub - mtb print is baller. The recent Ep1 pub from Downtime Podcast and Misspent Summers is unreal - totally not onlne... timeless, and I've read some of those articles 5-10 times. But just like digital - not all of it is classic or much more than a glance - and bike ads are kinda funny to see later but even then the snapshot in time on paper is a riot.
Its a conundrum, but in a sense - the lack of paper pubs makes the existing ones even more precious to some us - I'll pay out the nose for them. In fact I just sold a few years worth of mint-cond Thrasher & Transworld skate mags from the 80's & early 90's for $500 a set - so yeah, there's some $$ in it.
Everything you said all comes down to the emotional and sentimental. From a practical purpose, there’s no real reason for any of it, and from a corporation looking at a bottom line, they see the cost of printing and postage, and it’s easy to cut. Especially when the demand is dwindling. That’s just the reality.
Anyway I'm part of the digital demand - I like it & its prob 90% of what I view, but I also support Freehub and so do many other 10's of 1000's of riders so that's floating quite nicely - I pay well for it. I'd pay 4-5 or even 10x as much for it b/c living w/o emotions or sentiment, for me, doesn't have market value.
To kill them just use logic & think about things. Bad shit happens constantly - by the billions -without anyone doing or thinking anything, just going about their days because that's life: good & bad shit happens constantly without cats, mirrors and #13's.
My rule these days is when I start feeling tired and/or riding sloppy, I'm done. It doesn't matter how much time is left on the lift pass. I've also called a park session after 4 runs when my head just wasn't into it. Yes, it was no small amount of money wasted, but getting hurt costs more.
That said, I agree it's hard to keep up. I would like to see less and better projects from bike brands. I think we'll probably post fewer of them in the future (or maybe just on slow weekends). I hate to see filmed-in-a-day low effort edits pushing bigger, better projects down the page.
Same thing about wearing the same stupid socks are saying "last run".
Closest thing I have to "rituals" is habits to make sure I don't forget stuff. Like always leaving my keys and wallet in the same place so I won't lose them from faulty memory, not because I think there is some sort of significance to those habits.
Why do downhill racers cut down mud spike tyres rather than just running something like a shorty? And if so many of them do cut them down why don’t tyre companies just make their mud tyres with shorter tread?
I have never found a superstition that has worked for me enough to continue to us it. The one last ride thing is more in peoples head than anything. The reason i dont send it on my last ride is i am tired and usually ready to call it a day. I will always take one last ride, i am just smart about it.
As far as the Outside /beta stuff, its tough. We all want this to be something that we rely on and hope they are doing this as a nonprofit for us. It is not. It is a business the same as any other business. Companies buy other companies and make adjustments every day. We grow attached to the people and stories so when things or people changed, we tend to take these personally. I guess that is a measure of the success of PB, the readers/viewers feel ownership. Keep on doing a great job PB.
So yeah, can say you saw a deer or a dove & were filled with innocence or a bear or jaguar and were filled with courage (whatever) - but that actually has zero to do with their lives, their thoughts & ways of being and honestly - its not even recognizing the behavior (or lack of) the animal is even exhibiting which if you're watching - is far more interesting than attributing "beliefs" or emotions to. I'm not even saying yr dumb or wasting yr time, but just to consider that not everything - and in fact the majority of everything - does not at all relate to what humans think. We are just stroking our egos with this type of thought. I'll be the first to say I use to think like this all the time - it's enitrely Polyanna and idealistic.
never call last run.
And of course never say: ah glad we havent a flat tire yet....
Haha, I loved @sarahmoore understanding of a no-hitter.