As a Mountain Bike rider (as opposed to someone who just talks about MTB riding), here’s a few things you may want to do at some stage. I was going to call this post ’11 things for Mountain Bikers to do before you die’ but felt that was a tweak too far on the nose of Fate.
If you have anything to add, you can stick it in the comments.
- Visit a foreign country to go Mountain Biking. Please note that Scotland and Wales don’t really count even if, like us, you’re based on the North Downs in Surrey.
- Visit a different area of the UK to go riding with local riders. For your own safety and self esteem, never, ever overstate your riding abilities beforehand. Best to respond to queries about skill level as vaguely as possible.
- Visit a purpose built MTB trail centre. These are built by Mountain Bikers for Mountain Bikers to offer weekend respite to riders with young families, providing you leave them at home.
- Learn to manual and wheelie on your bike. Accept that for many of us, this is just an aspirational statement.
- Buy yourself your dream bike or a completely pimp component when there’s a perfectly usable alternative. This may actually be the point of Mountain Biking.
- Go night riding. Exaggerate the dangers wildly to your wife but omit to mention your route goes past a pub.
- Take part in a 24 hour race. There may be some humour in this but you’d have to wait for the pre-dawn hallucinatory stage first.
- Try road biking, if for no other reason than to buy a new bike and set of clothing. Understand that road biking involves pedalling for more than ten minutes without stopping to admire the view or eat cake.
- Consider (briefly) the benefits of singlespeeding.
- Ride in to work, including the ‘walk of shame’ through the office dressed in your riding kit. Optionally, forget to pack your underpants and/or deodorant.
- Ride in the snow. Fall off repeatedly but still find it funny when your companions do the same.