Video: Having a Blast Riding All the Bikes

Jul 28, 2021 at 7:21
by PEARL iZUMi  

RIDE ALL THE BIKES
Written by Korey Hopkins. Photos and video by Brice Shirbach.


Ride All the Bikes feat. Korey Hopkins

Fences are used to keep in or out unwanted people, animals, or other creatures. Basically, they create a boundary that you have to stay within.

The purpose of fences makes me question why I commonly hear other cyclists say they are bound to one form of cycling. At their heart, bicycles are relatively simple machines, and it is that simplicity that aids in their ability to transcend a rider seeking recreation to nirvana. For me, the diversity in riding multiple disciplines helps keep the flame bright that comes from pushing pedals.

Dirt Jumping
Derived from Isaac Newton’s Third Law of Physics, the classic saying “what goes up, must come down” is in full effect at dirt jumps. The thrill of achieving maximum air time on dirt jumps is probably what Newton had on his mind when exploring the realms of Physics and Calculus.

Striving to get air time, followed by aiming to do it with style, is what riding dirt jumps is about from a riding standpoint. The never-ending quest for maximum air and maximum style is partly what keeps the laps in a session going. The other part of the equation is the community around the sculpted dirt. Riding with others that are equally looking to progress is a fantastic feeling. It is almost impossible not to get hyped up when someone else accomplishes their goal for the day while you watch them try over and over between your runs.

Ride All the Bikes feat. Korey Hopkins

Ride All the Bikes feat. Korey Hopkins

Ride All the Bikes feat. Korey Hopkins

Gravel
Dirt jumps are heavy metal while gravel is a mellow R&B. Just to spin and admire the scenery is a complete 180 from all that makes jumping a bike fun, but still fun in its own right. Nature is stunning. Being able to admire nature with fewer stimuli from the bike and terrain helps in connecting with the world around me.

Crashes happen. When progressing in a sport where the bike and body fight the confines of gravity, one is bound to cross the threshold of being safe and hit the ground at some point. Without the added complexities of gravity pulling you back to the ground, as is the case in dirt jumping, riding gravel is a lot easier on the body and bike. When riding a lot, saving some wear and tear on the body and the bike can save a lot of stress and money.

Ride All the Bikes feat. Korey Hopkins

Ride All the Bikes feat. Korey Hopkins

Ride All the Bikes feat. Korey Hopkins

Ride All the Bikes feat. Korey Hopkins

Mountain Biking
Mountain bikes are the pinnacle of cycling for me. The east coast delivers a lot of technical challenges to conquer, making the riding extremely dynamic and rewarding. The best way to describe it is organized chaos. Whether it is the rocks aplenty or root balls that may or may not want to take your front wheel from under you, it can feel like nature (or some crazy trail builder) is working against you.

Finding the flow and rhythm in it all is the most exciting part for me. At first glance, it may seem like an almost impossible task to carry momentum through a very technical section. Still, when you make it to the other side unscathed and going faster without pedaling, the adrenaline flows freely. Timing a jump from one sketchy rock to another sketchy rock that flows as smooth as gentle ocean waves is an almost therapeutic experience.

Piecing it together
Have you ever ridden a single-speed dirt jumper up a hill to bang out more laps?
Have you ever bunny hopped potholes or pumped the backside of rollers on gravel roads?
Have you ever steezed up airtime off of a small roller in the woods?
Ride all the bikes. It’ll make you better while having fun while doing it.


59 Comments

  • 31 0
 You missed:
Fixies - mad skidz and clipping pedals
Rental bikes - step thoughts are cool again, bonus point when you leave it in a canal
Eeeebs - pedal less or go further (ignore the snark)
Tall bikes - just because you can doesn't mean you should
Clown bikes - how can something so funny be so stupidly difficult
Unicycles - because one wheel is enough
Penny farthing - for when the vintage Raleigh just ain't cutting it on the tweed ride
  • 3 0
 Vintage MTBs - ride the expensive bike you could not afford when you were 15y old Retromod Gravel - tranform an old 90s mtb into a gravel bike just by changing the handlebar with a road one
  • 4 0
 at 6'5" Clown bikes is covered when I try to ride a BMX. Light the hoop on fire!
  • 2 0
 the canal drop is an underrated move IMO
  • 19 0
 pick a bike and be a dick about it
  • 5 0
 pick a bike and be depressed over the price tag
  • 6 1
 @quesoquesoqueso: Pick a bike and be depressed because your LBS tells you late 2022 delivery.
  • 2 0
 @quesoquesoqueso: Don't pick a bike and be even more depressed.
  • 1 0
 @nozes: 100 percent, nothing better
  • 3 0
 @rivercitycycles: pick a depressed lbs who wont be around in late 2022
  • 17 0
 This is the content we need. Never heard of you Korey, but blown away by ALL your skills. Can't wait for more, go get it!
  • 10 0
 It's hard to believe anyone would have anything even slightly negative to say about this video/article...then again, it is PinkBike. I see nothing but fun and skills on and off the bike. If you're ever in New Mexico, I'd be happy to join you for a rip.
  • 14 1
 "Have you ever steezed up airtime" fellow kids?
  • 9 0
 Moto to MTB checking in. Nice little clip and really parallels my journey as well. Spending a couple hundred bucks on a thrashed dirtjumper was the best bang for the buck yet. Haven't gotten to gravel yet, but it's probably just a matter of time.
  • 4 0
 I used to road race sport bikes. Once I saw all the $$$ that went into racing club level expert after I got my bump, I quickly bowed out Smile Riding the woods bike once in a while is still fun, though.
  • 2 0
 @okayh: did we just become best friends? Very similar path (street, track, dirt, mtb).
  • 9 0
 Dude did a good job at making me want to go ride any bike I have. Well done.
  • 7 0
 Yeah Korey! Very cool. Happy to get to ride with you on occasion!
  • 5 2
 I had to watch a couple of Chris Kovarik videos after watching this- feel normal again
  • 2 0
 Yo, is that DJ photo from Rockburn? See you on the trail! From another Corey…
  • 3 0
 Good eye! Rockburn, Leesburg, and Shed are featured here.
  • 2 0
 @okayh: Thought it was the Shed! Glad the DC-area trails are getting some love - great vid
  • 2 0
 Great video... I'm definitely a fan of riding all bikes! Each one provides a unique experience!
  • 2 0
 Nice one Korey. Looks really fun. I could see myself spending time at that local jump park!
  • 3 2
 Also missed Trials Bikes BMX Balance Bikes Trikes Recumbents. I am sure there are even more.
  • 6 0
 We ran out of SD cards for recording all of that. Had to pick the top 3.
  • 3 0
 wow you know so many bikes, creators of very literal videos like this should definitely consult you before doing anything
  • 3 0
 legit....!
  • 2 1
 What about “Paying for all the bikes” and “Convincing your family that the bikes are more important”?
  • 3 1
 Should have titled “Break all the bikes”!
  • 3 0
 Hahahahaha shhh
  • 2 0
 ☝ beat me to it
  • 1 0
 @okayh: hmmm apparently PB doesn’t let you comment emojis. But yes the real reason to ride all the bikes is you always have something to ride when the rest are broken!
  • 1 0
 Another guy who rides without gloves. I just can't do it, I guess I value the skin on my hands.
  • 2 0
 i really enjoyed this video ... and wish i brought my bike to work
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah Korey! Hopefully get to see you this year at the Snowshoe World Cup again!
  • 2 1
 Great riding and message! Awesome to see the versatility of riding in the mid-Atlantic region showcased here!
  • 1 0
 Terrain looks pretty cool there. Bit of elevation too, I wouldn't think you need any help from a road bike, haha
  • 3 0
 @jesse-effing-edwards TBH, drop bar bikes help keep SOME abuse off my MTBs and body so they last a bit longer Smile
  • 2 0
 @okayh: I can accept that excuse, haha
  • 1 0
 Love the vibe of this video. Just go pedal and leave the bs behind, doesn't get more simple than that, love it!!
  • 2 0
 Awesome vid, great job!
  • 1 0
 BIKES
  • 1 2
 you must get your bikes for free
  • 9 0
 That would be nice. I paid for every bike pictured with only getting some slight help on pricing by wrenching on bikes part time at my LBS.
  • 1 0
 @okayh: haha youre hooked. nice
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