Trail building; without it, we wouldn't have much of a sport, would we? I guess we could bomb around on gravel roads, but it just wouldn't be the same, which means I may have already answered my own poll question. But I'm sure it's not that simple for a lot of those beautiful souls who pick up a shovel, rake, chainsaw, or some other tool in order to birth some singletrack. Or maybe it's to fix or maintain an already existing trail or create their own one-hit wonder.Video: billmclane
There are probably just as many types of builders as there are riders. I know some people who simply like to be behind a shovel just as much as they do a handlebar, which is quite a thing, and there even a select few who are actually professional builders. I know a guy or three who might admit that shame plays a role in them being out there fixing and building, further proving that guilt can be a good motivator. Then again, getting to ride something that you've built yourself can feel pretty special, much in the same way that saving up for something you want, like a bike or even a car, can feel so much more rewarding than borrowing the money to get that bike or car even sooner. Sometimes you can't simply ''borrow'' a trail - building your own is the only option.
Thanks, whatever your motivation might be.