If you asked a thousand mountain bikers from all around the world to explain the main reason they ride bicycles in the dirt, you're likely to get a ton of different answers. For some of us, it has to be the feeling of being in the air, be it off of a two-foot drop or over a gap that you could fit a small apartment building in between. It's about all-out speed for others, which is an entirely different test of skills and nerve that's judged with a stopwatch rather than a tape measure. Or maybe you're a person who lives to race against others for a few hours at a time, both up and down the mountain, instead of on your own for just a few minutes. I suspect that the most common reason for riding bikes, however, is just to ride bikes. This is a very, very good reason.
Regardless of your motivation for being on a mountain bike, I'm willing to bet that almost all of you are usually trying to improve in one way or another. Yes, even the people who only ride bikes to ride bikes want to be better. It's how our brains work - if you enjoy doing something, you probably want to do it more often and to do it even better than the last time you did it.
This is not a trait that's seen only in sports, either. People who love to cook will want to make better tasting food; artists practice for hours on end to improve their skills; those who sit on their ass and watch television probably want a more comfortable couch or more Cheetos.
I know that I'm not alone when I say that applies to me. Not the Cheetos part, but rather just wanting to improve. I love just being on my bike, but I sure as hell want to be better, and I bet that's a familiar feeling for a lot of you. So, with a new year upon us, can you name one aspect of your riding that you would most like to improve in 2016?