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   More to trail bikes than the riding.

    Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Author: Valerie Pretzel

I have realized that the activity of trail bike riding is actually only made up of 50% actual riding – it is 15% bike and gear maintenance (Pretz would argue that I wouldn’t know much about the bike maintenance part!) – but the other 35% is time spent researching, reading, watching and talking about “so what will the next bike be”.

When we go away for a weekend or a week of riding with our riding crew, most nights are spent pondering the next bike, pros and cons of 2 stroke versus 4 stroke; a 250, 350 or a 450? are Husabergs just blue and yellow KTMS? What do the new models have? and the value of steering dampners, recluse clutches, pivot pegs and dozens of add-ons. Then for additional value you can have the same conversation about your child’s bike and which bike they should have next.

There is also the ride planning, trail mapping, bench racing and whilst I am personally not that into it – I am reliably informed by a number of riding mates, much excitement over the Ballards catalogue.

So the trail biking is far greater than the riding activity itself. There is a trail bike culture that provides an interest and a hobby even when you are not on the bike.

So what will you be doing this week – the riding, the maintenance, the ride planning or the dreaming about the next bike?....or if you are really lucky, all of the above.