'Tis the season for tuning up the bikes...and bodies...for another rad year in the saddle. But, let's not forget, it's also the time to tune up the trails and make sure Old Man Winter didn't completely wreak havoc on your local riding spot. Christina explores ways we can stop holding our trails back and how to support them better! From easy access stuff like volunteering on trail dig days up to what to carry for beginner trail users and maintainers. It all starts here, but it's up to you where to take it.
In memory of an amazing trail crew leader, the late Dave Reid ❤️
Everything was done over email except for the skill testing question. There was no contact though my account at all.
#2: Make features impossible to clear without holding a race pace
#3: Ensure the whole system is 100% downhill (no climbs)
Puts gaps on flat sections.
Does not put gaps over water crossings.
Drops to 160° turns.
There’s weird junk more around here
1.1 - Slag off the better rider that build a double that is too big for you as you are really crap but want to swing your little weener around and think you are better than everyone else.
2. Build features for race pace and be a complete ass about it.
2.1 - Slag off the better rider that built a feature that is too hard for you coz your race pace is joey pace, swear you are never gonna ride that trai.
3. Ensure that because you cant carry speed there is nothing remotely uphill
3.1 - Slag off the better rider who rides faster, builds bigger features than you can handle.... see 1, 2 above.
This is the truth of this post.
Build and rides stuff for everyone who can ride a certain grad of trail, have some aspirational lines (lets call lines, B-lines, A-Lines and Pro lines) let people progress and ride together, have fun on their bikes and not worry about that 30ft double that is gonna have you going around it forever.
Build with it a secret or publish it everywhere as that can keep most folk off it anyway as they get to follow the progress.
But seriously, show me a video on Pinkbike that isn’t an advertisement.
Better yet, find anything posted to the front page of Pinkbike that isn’t an advertisement
And what fork was that?
At least Trailforks, who in my opinion have single-handedly eroded more of mountain bike etiquette, trail culture and respect than any e-bike ever will (joke) is trying to educate its users with this ‘content’ but in some areas were almost too far gone for that. Entitlement’s cancer has taken hold in our sport, and it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing widespread negative consequences. Look at the recent closure of Kingdom trails in VT as a prime example. Just because you own a bike doesn’t mean you’re entitled to trails!
What upsets me further is the disparity between how much PB uses their local trail network in Squamish for content and how little they support SORCA, the local advocacy organization ($5k/year aka middle tier sponsorship). In 10 years of living in the corridor, and two season on SORCA trail crew I’ve seen little effort beyond the bare minimum from this media Goliath.
Furthermore, they have set a poor example of truancy that’s being replicated by all the internet’s favourite influencers. Take, take, take & give the bare minimum in return, and only when someone asks. Mountain biking won’t get better with this attitude.
I know their annual campaign does raise a boat load money for trails, but this is USER DONATED $$$. Trailforks are just providing the platform to donate easily. It’s not their money. A quick trail karma month search reveals they have raised $496k in donations (however it’s unclear if this is all time donations or results from their last initiative). Assuming this figure is all time donations, programs like Santa Cruz PayDirt and Specialized’s Soil Searching’s annual contributions eclipse Trailforks annual contributions. Marketing doesn’t appear to be the motivation behind either program, it seems like the people behind them just want to make mountain biking better. I don’t think the same can be said for TF.
Pinkbike and Trailforks constantly mine us for data, this and our attention is their product. As consumers we need to demand better.
Dear Pinkbike, DO BETTER.
No shade on Henry or Christina they are just doing their jobs.
Nice nod to Dave Reid though.
Anything for engagement I guess.
Funny thing is when they do post an insightful article, or anything that isn’t one of Seb Scott’s “5 things” lists the comments are filled with pleas “more content like this” but alas these don’t “perform” as well.
These thoughtful articles do however build culture, share knowledge and inspire, something that Seb’s lists generally lack.
I hope that the big brands start to shift their advertising dollars elsewhere. Ideally back into trails, the ‘community’ that actually sells them bikes.
They don’t need PBs audience, they have their own. Specialized, RockShox, Santa Cruz & Canyon all have over 1M followers on their own IG accounts. Brands like RideWrap have proven that if your product is good you don’t need to advertise on PB to grow a business, so why are others continuing to pay inflated ad prices for poor conversion rates? The price of a single one day PB homepage takeover is nearly the same as Pemberton’s (BC) annual trail maintenance budget. What would you rather see? Some shit ad designed to sell you stuff, or a big brand spending money to make your local trails better?
Hopefully the looming recession will correct all this for us.
I replied, you just suck and you’re on a hard tail.
He’s getting better tho.
2. don‘t maintain a trail unless you really know the person who built it no longer maintains it (hint: one person‘s issue section is another one‘s joy)
3. don‘t overmaintain trails - let the trail age gracefully
As for number 2....it depends. I would say cutting back face slappers (overgrown branches) and removing debris (even a nice raking) is universally welcomed on all trails.
How many trails are built from passion and absolutely no monetary incentive. Almost every trail on the planet .
Trail builders are saints .
Mixed emotions about people " fixing" trails .
More trails (and all bike parks) are built with cash and I reckon more people ride these organized and established trail centres (at least in North America) then any of the trails you’re talking about.
Then the city decided to sell the land to developers and now everyone wants the trails to be known and saved.
Build an illegal trail, tell exactly nobody.
Wait, no....ride them when wet so they have a fighting chance to settle and AVOID them in the dry season.
I say most because there are areas like National Forests, some wilderness or national monuments that are similarly highly regulated in North America. But they're dwarfed, especially in the West, by public lands that have much less restrictive, well, restrictions.
its probably true most receiving donations dont really know how to manage the $
Here in Canada, many organizations are non for profits & the rules for maintaining this status are pretty strict. If you don’t like what they are doing it’s pretty easy to buy a membership, get your likeminded friends to buy memberships and elicit some change. I don’t know about the US though.
Now when it comes to board compensation that's a trickier subject, there's no rules really limiting them how they pay.
If the ED sucks and they aren’t worth their salary, fire em! I know this is easier said then done, but a coup of a small trail advocacy organization can’t be too hard can it?
I don't have any legal trails in my area and due to the complex laws for building in the forest it usually takes years of planning/approval and a good amount of money for the process to make something happen. Luckily rogue builders are there to bridge the gap but connecting with individual trail builders is difficult in this very individual sport and doing any work always carries the risk of being caught and getting fined.
Any content on sustainable building with limited manpower/tools, getting drainage right, choosing terrain/lines would be very interesting and probably more helpful for most of the audience.
Trailforks might be useful in some areas but here I only have a few most popular trails listed and the good stuff happens without snitching on digital platforms.
Best tool out there to rule them all.
From cutting grass, clearing brush to cutting branches and 8 inch logs. Fits into an Evoc backpack.
Every time someone buys a mountain bike, this video should be shown as part of the welcome kit. Great video. And I'll go ahead and ask, because he's probably too shy to ask himself--can Levy borrow the fairy wings for his next review? Kthx.
but funny to see that the "Tool kit I have" is full of almost never used tools. When I look in my garage or the places in the forests where I hide them those tools are beaten as if they went through hell...
Maybe for the next time: instead of doing an ad like this invest the hours of filming, cutting, changing clothes in the middle of the forest in rebuilding a trail, do a timelapse and a 10sec ad at the end... this would be heart-warming
If you want to be the only person maintaining your trails and complaining about that too, well- carry on about people trying to help but making very minor mistakes.
The biggest blocker to progress in building and maintaining trails, is getting enough people to give up their time. If every rider gave up even just one morning to assist, it would make a big difference. It would also give them an appreciation of just how much work goes into maintaining a trail, let alone building new ones.
To keep trail builders happy….1: Don’t cut corners. If you want to ride in straight lines, go ride a road bike. 2: if there’s a puddle in the trail, don’t go around it, as this only makes the trail wider. 3: if there’s a feature in the trail that you can’t ride and there’s no chicken line, don’t create one. Maybe it’s an indication that the trail might be above your pay scale (tongue in cheek).
Trust me, shovel and rakes are the most affordable parts in the whole MTB.
'I didn't watch it but IMBA is ruining things'
'No dig no ride'
'I only ride park'
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