Posted 12 January 2012 - 02:51 PM
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…
Posted 13 January 2012 - 11:07 AM
Posted 13 January 2012 - 12:41 PM
Happiness is only achieved when shared.
Posted 13 January 2012 - 04:15 PM
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!!
Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:34 PM
Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:48 PM
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.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 07:31 PM
Posted 01 March 2012 - 12:22 AM
Posted 04 April 2012 - 09:09 AM
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.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:29 PM
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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