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24 Rules of the Trail: Commandments of Mountain Biking

There are certain rules every mountain biker should live by on the trail. Let’s run them down…


1.Pay It Forward – Tubes, quick-links, a helping hand. You’ll need it one day too.

2. You brought it out…you bring it home – No one likes a litterbug. Keep the trail clean.

3. Know your role – Fast climber? Get up front. Slow descender? Get in the back.

4. Bike worth does not equal biking ability – Everyone loves the latest and greatest…but it doesn’t increase skill.

5. Be Self Sufficient – Always bring what you need…and sometimes more.

6. Know Basic Bike Maintenance – Be able to fix your own flat…


7. Treat Other Riders Like You Would Want To Be Treated – No one likes a jackass.

8. It’s Only A Race If The Other Participants Know They Are Participating – You didn’t beat your friend on the climb if you are the only one that knew it was a race.

9. If A Rider Catches You…It Doesn’t Mean They Want You To Ride Faster – Move to the side and let the rider by. Also see #3.

10. Music While Riding Is Great…Unless You Are Oblivious – If you are going to wear earphones while riding, check around you constantly for other riders.

11.Know Your Abilities – Don’t get too far over your head.

12. Just Because You Can’t Ride It…Doesn’t Mean Others Can’t – Mountain biking should be a progression. Not all trails can be wide and groomed.

13. You Have Zero Room To Bitch If You Didn’t Work On The Trail – Try not to be a backseat driver to trail work.

14.There Is No Cure For UGI – Upgradeitius is a serious disease for which there is no cure.

15. Beware Of Rider Recommendations – The best bike for a friend may not be the best bike for you. Everyone thinks they are on the best mountain bike on the market.


16. Don’t Be “That Guy or Gal” – You know the one…the guy/gal that brags about their time on local loops and doesn’t ride anywhere else. Enjoy your ride…it isn’t a contest.

17. In Shape Does Not Equal Technical Ability – You are in shape…awesome…but that does not make you a better rider. It just makes you able to ride longer.

18. Riding Keeps You Young – Yes…that guy/gal that is twice your age will still drop you.

19. No One Looks Good In Lycra…Especially Mountain Bikers – Bring a change of clothes…lycra is not “going out” wear.

20. Mexican Food Is The Perfect After Ride Meal – Don’t know why…it just is.

21. Diversity Is A Good Thing – Different bikes, different styles, different personalities. It would be dreadfully boring if we were all the same.

22. Any Holiday Is An Excuse To Ride – Why are we riding today? Because today ends in a y.

23. Support Those That Support You – Support your local IMBA and local advocacy chapters. They do more than just work on trails.

24. Riding Is The Best Therapy – Self explanatory…



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Agree x 24. Love this list. Well, except for #19 maybe. I think Lycra could be a good look for me :)

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All very good!
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Agree x 24. Love this list. Well, except for #19 maybe. I think Lycra could be a good look for me :)



LOL! - not sure I agree totally with the lycra comment, but it depends on whos wearing it!! :D :D
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The rules should be amended to clarify that any rider who attempts to convert another rider from 26" wheels to 29" wheels shall buy the beer at the post-ride dinner.

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The rules should be amended to clarify that any rider who attempts to convert another rider from 26" wheels to 29" wheels shall buy the beer at the post-ride dinner.


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im all over the lycra. especially if you are out of town on a ride and you stop by an "out of the way" snack shop on your way home. all is well as long as there is no bango music.

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Lycra day is is my chance to blend in with the freaks at WAL-Mart. :) UUMM... if youre sitting a moterized chair yyoure thigs should not drag the ground.. there only rated for 650 lbs!! I SAW the sticker!
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I love it
as for lycra...road use only

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Correction:
16. Don’t Be “That Guy or Gal” – You know the one…the guy/gal that brags about their time on local loops and doesn’t ride anywhere else. Good riders come and go, barneys accumulate.


25. No Skidiots. Ride it, don't slide it.
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JD are you back to hitting the dirt?? Im in flagstaff these days..Truly underrated for the riding here
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"19. No One Looks Good In Lycra…Especially Mountain Bikers – Bring a change of clothes…lycra is not “going out” wear.

This is acutally something I've been seriously thinking alot about over the last couple of years. I'd like to design a whole line of biking apparel that is presentable when riding and when not riding. The whole Lance Armstrong look needs to be replaced with a more "hetero," casual style look where you can ride your bike somewhere and actually walk amongst the general population without looking like Richard Simmons.





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