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    New Biking Etiquette - Rules Have Changed!

    The new standard of mountain biking etiquette is officially here. Please read up and educate yourself so you can stay safe on the mountain. The new etiquette has become more prevalent over the last few years, but now it is in full effect. So read up!

    Old Etiquette - all downhill riders yield to uphill riders
    New Etiquette Ė all riders, regardless of direction of travel yield to Strava, spandex, and very expensive bikes.

    In case you want to dispute this, let me spell it out for you real clearly: I am a superior rider, my bike is superior, I look superior in my spandex, and my time on Strava is more important than your safety, and decades of established etiquette. Pretty much, you donít even deserve to be on the trail with me. I spent more on one small component to save 20 grams than you spent on your entire bike. So when Iím coming down the hill, and I see you coming up in your baggy shorts and t-shirt, you should get out of my way. You arenít even on Strava, so donít worry about your time and energy it takes you to get off your bike. That being said, this is about much more than just Strava.

    Some would argue that the old etiquette was flawed; people say that from an efficiency standpoint, it doesnít make any sense for the guy going the fastest to come to a halt. Others say it is way harder for the guy going up the hill to get started again, therefore the etiquette is spot on. In reality, etiquette isnít about efficiency, it is for safety. If the guy coming down isnít in control, and aware of what is below him, it gets dangerous for everybody. Especially on blind corners! But with the new etiquette, all of that is fixed. Those for whom the new etiquette was written are superior in every way, especially riding skill. I can ride past you on a single track at top speed and no one is in danger. If I meet you on a blind corner, you will be amazed by my agility. So if you see me coming, get youíre a** off the trail, (and be privileged to witness awesomeness as it blows by at horrendous speeds. If you want you can even delay getting back on your bike and watch my perfectly formed buttocks as it flows jigglessly in spandex down the mountain.)

    I know some of you donít want to embrace this new trend. But count yourself lucky that I am even willing to let you on my mountain. I would end this post with a friendly ďsee you out thereĒ but honestly, I probably wonít see you. And if I do see you coming up the trail I will pretend that I donít. So I will leave it at, ďhope you enjoy seeing me out thereĒ

    Regards,

    D-Bag Biker

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    Thank you for saying what needed to be said. Nothing PMO more than some Fred who gets in my way.
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    Its lycra, not spandex.

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    jigglessly. Brilliant.

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    Actually single speeders trump everything and always have the right way.

    No other discussion needed.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    How can anyone who's been riding as long as I have, be so slow???

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Actually single speeders trump everything and always have the right way.

    No other discussion needed.
    Lol, how could I have forgotten about the single speeders...

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    Yawn....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubye View Post
    Lol, how could I have forgotten about the single speeders...
    It doesn't matter, we just take it anyways and keep on going. You never know why we blow past you, just that we do.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    I'm with you 100% on the racer lycra strava boys. They never smile or say hi. I wonder if they're even having fun or enjoying the beauty of wild nature.

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    It is really annoying when you're going uphill and then a racerboy comes down the hill and forces you off the trail. It's happened to me before, on a steep narrow trail next to a ledge. Thankfully I was on the inside, near the hillside. And of course the rider was from Quebec, and it happened to be my fault for not yielding.
    But then again I hate it when the trail is wide enough for two bikers to go on it, one up and one down, and yet I am yelled at when I don't completely stop.
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    Yes, it is Lycra and not spandex. But the word "spandex" has such a wonderfully negative connotation to it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kneecap View Post
    I'm with you 100% on the racer lycra strava boys. They never smile or say hi. I wonder if they're even having fun or enjoying the beauty of wild nature.
    Be careful with generalizations. I'm a 'racerboy' who is on Strava but I will never compromise my safety or your safety for the soul purpose of Strava time. I ride hard and fast when it's safe. When it's not safe I slow down, smile and safely pass.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    It is really annoying when you're going uphill and then a racerboy comes down the hill and forces you off the trail.
    Did he hip-check you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guppie58 View Post
    Be careful with generalizations. I'm a 'racerboy' who is on Strava but I will never compromise my safety or your safety for the soul purpose of Strava time. I ride hard and fast when it's safe. When it's not safe I slow down, smile and safely pass.
    do you wear spandex though? in his generalization it is a requirement.

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    Spandex only works for lavender yoga pants .........

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    It seems the in thing now with road bike and mtb bike is to wear all black
    spandex suites , I guess its that pro training look thats all the fashion now
    but it makes them harder to see when they are racing fast downhill trying
    to beat strava times

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    The rule is be ready, there are more idiots on the trail

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Bubba View Post
    Spandex only works for lavender yoga pants .........
    i beg your pardon sir i happen to own a pr.

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    Everyone's definition of fun is different. There is a pervasive thought by many that someone going hard or pushing themselves (regardless of attire) is not having fun....wrong....
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    And why does lycra ALWAYS end up in these conversations?
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    Because real mtber's don't truck with that nonsense.

    (as he prepares to go to Big 5 for some cold weather gear)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Everyone's definition of fun is different. There is a pervasive thought by many that someone going hard or pushing themselves (regardless of attire) is not having fun....wrong....
    +1
    For years I had a more or less casual approach to my rides and had fun. Now I'm not happy unless I am riding full tilt, and it has nothing to do with Strava, lycra, or feelings of superiority. Its just more fun to ride faster, uphill and downhill and across the flats. And I don't need you to get out of the way. Just hold your line and I'll take care of the rest. Oh, and just when I might feel a small degree of superiority, someone drops me like I'm pedaling backwards. It's all relative.
    Consciousness, that annoying time between bike rides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    And why does lycra ALWAYS end up in these conversations?
    Lycra is awesome....under baggies where it belongs.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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