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    Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    For me, it was switching back to flats on one bike. What about you? Have you ever felt like you were just going through the motions and then, all of a sudden something changed, and you found yourself with new challenges eager to learn, re-learn, etc. Maybe an injury, financial issues, moving, new job? I like to hear people's stories so, if you don't mind sharing...

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    ya, cancer. Laying in a hospital bed wondering if i would ever see a trail again or see tommorrow for that matter. That did it for me. Get in every ride i can now not knowing if i will be back in that hospital. sorry to start you thread this way, don't wanna sound bitter cause i'm not. Just happy to be alive and riding again.

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    Wow! Awesome thank you for sharing and best of luck to you.

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    I have never lost the want to MTB, But it was always a bit of a battle to go away with my wife saying so I will just stay home & baby sit then.

    Best thing I have done is at the beginning of the year I brought a camper van.

    On Monday we went away for 3 days MTB & got back 9pm on Wed night, my wife was in a hurry to get the MTB all cleaned up so quite a late night.

    Before we went to bed that night she said I want to go back tomorrow for another 4 days.

    I was raining the next day so we just got our gear all ready & will head off for 3 days in a couple of hours.

    Some times its more about making it easier for everyone to enjoy.
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    Haha and in my case, going back to flats, it was about making it harder! Love it.

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    New parts and upgrades are awesome to keep the fire burning. But I know eventually I will run out of stuff to buy if I buy it all at once. SO, I plan for each holiday season to upgrade one aspect of my bike. THis year I got a whole new frontend..AWESOME. Been riding 5 times a week eversence I did it.
    THis winter = Drivetrain
    Next winter = Brakes
    After that = WHeels
    After that = ........

    THere you go 5 years worth of modivation and planing :-)

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    Haha awesome.

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    Re: Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    When I discovered single speeding it quickly became an obsession just as regular mountain biking had been when I first started.

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    Moving to a place with better access to trails. This time two years ago, I had to drive 30-50 minutes to get to trails. Add time getting my bike and gear loaded and unloaded, and it was probably a once-a-week thing.

    Last year, I moved to a new town. I now live ten minutes' ride from some really awesome trails. There's also a riding spot about ten minutes away from my new office. I'm able to ride my mountain bike three times many weeks, and do some running and a little road riding too.

    My commute's a bummer, but all life is compromise. I'm thinking about looking around a little and finding a job within riding distance of home.
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    Time in the clink/state-mandated sobriety for me. I rode when I was a kid, but got too busy being a **** up for way too long. Jail time was the perfect wake-up call; I was already clean, just needed something to do in the afternoon to replace sitting on the porch and getting drunk. Quit everything with the one-step program; just found something to replace it. Now bikes run my life. Its a lot like being a drunk, but quite a bit better for you as it turns out.

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    Re: Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZomblibulaX View Post
    Time in the clink/state-mandated sobriety for me. I rode when I was a kid, but got too busy being a **** up for way too long. Jail time was the perfect wake-up call; I was already clean, just needed something to do in the afternoon to replace sitting on the porch and getting drunk. Quit everything with the one-step program; just found something to replace it. Now bikes run my life. Its a lot like being a drunk, but quite a bit better for you as it turns out.
    I'm the son of an alcoholic /opiate addict who's got 6 years of amazing recovery so I really appreciate you sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by muzzanic View Post
    I have never lost the want to MTB, But it was always a bit of a battle to go away with my wife saying so I will just stay home & baby sit then.

    Best thing I have done is at the beginning of the year I brought a camper van.

    On Monday we went away for 3 days MTB & got back 9pm on Wed night, my wife was in a hurry to get the MTB all cleaned up so quite a late night.

    Before we went to bed that night she said I want to go back tomorrow for another 4 days.

    I was raining the next day so we just got our gear all ready & will head off for 3 days in a couple of hours.

    Some times its more about making it easier for everyone to enjoy.
    If your watching your own kid, I don't think you can call it baby sitting.

    I said the sitting thing once back when... didn't go over too well with the wife.

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    Doing some trailbuilding.

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    Simply riding my bike did it for me. I hadn't been out in over a year as life just got in the way. One day I went for a ride and just thought "holy **** why aren't I doing this more often!".

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    I rode a 6 inch full suspension bike, it reminded me how much I love my rigid singlespeed. I ride uphill too much for full squish. Also, the legs are coming back, that's getting me pretty stoked.
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    I've always loved being outside, riding just makes
    it more fun.

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    Going from a hardtail XC 29er to a full suspension trail 27.5" totally changed the sport for me. The right bike makes all the difference.
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    Once in, I've never gotten out, but definitely peaks and valleys in terms of ride stoke. Learning a new skill helps reignite it for me. After putting some work into step ups and side step up to skinnies, among other things, suddenly everything in the forest and city seems doable. Like a kid in a candy store, I am.

    Also, spring time trail clean up, turned stunt building. I leave every possible log skinny, log over, etc... in a place where I can ride it. The challenge/reward cycle of learning and trying new things is addictive to me.

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    Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    Went away to college, didn't ride for 2.5 years except a times when I was at home briefly. Finally brought the bike back last spring to school, and it's become the best destressor for me. Now biking is my primary motivation for doing work durning the week
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    Quote Originally Posted by joeduda View Post
    ya, cancer. Laying in a hospital bed wondering if i would ever see a trail again or see tommorrow for that matter. That did it for me. Get in every ride i can now not knowing if i will be back in that hospital. sorry to start you thread this way, don't wanna sound bitter cause i'm not. Just happy to be alive and riding again.
    Hat's off to you; keep riding and keeping fighting

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    Too many of friends have had sudden health issues and decided it's time to live life at it's fullest.
    "Live for today for there may be no tomorrow"
    Started riding a little over 2 years ago and have had the time of my life.
    I now have 9 bikes in the garage and am looking at getting another for AM riding.
    I'll be 50 this year and I won't let life pass me by.
    BTW My fiance is just as excited about riding as I am. That makes it easier for me to get new bikes and parts.
    I may also change career paths now too.
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    To the fiancé support: Yeah mine is the same, we just ordered her a kick new carbon girly bike (giant lust 2 advanced) and she couldn't be happier.

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    Riding with my kids (5yr and 3yr). Seeing the fun of riding bikes through their eyes is the way it's meant to be! Everything is new, every little challenge conquered is a huge celebration, and it's all about having fun!

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    Winter. After five months of cold and lots of skiing, I'm ready for spring and riding. By November I'll be tired of riding and looking forward to skiing.

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    Anything reignite your love for MTB?-img-20140424-00680.jpg

    Oh One more thing!! Finding this ^^^ or anything "new", if it's awesome....go back!!
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    I took my bike with me to college but it did nothing but sit for the first couple of years. By my junior year I had gained a lot of weight and used the bike on a trainer to lose it, but didn't do any trail riding. My senior year though I found some local trails that were right down the street from my apartment that were fantastic. Using those trails to get away for a while, plus the trails themselves being a whole lot better than what was at home at the time when I stopped mountain biking, brought me right back into the sport.

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    Re: Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by TWilliams42 View Post
    Riding with my kids (5yr and 3yr). Seeing the fun of riding bikes through their eyes is the way it's meant to be! Everything is new, every little challenge conquered is a huge celebration, and it's all about having fun!
    This was also the case with my fiancé. Before September she'd never ridden a bicycle in her life. Now she's completed a 45 mile sanctioned road ride and loves to hit the trails (she is moving on to intermediate stuff too!) keep it up man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoNin9r View Post
    I'm the son of an alcoholic /opiate addict who's got 6 years of amazing recovery so I really appreciate you sharing.

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    I don't mean to trivialize addiction by comparing it to MTB, or by saying it was easy to kick, but having The Man make the decision for me was a huge help.

    I prefer to think of it as seven years on the bike rather than seven years on the wagon.

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    I put the bike away for a decade after I got married the first time. Divorce, and new outdoor loving friends got me in a bike shop for new tires for the old bike. Walked out not with new tires but a new Epic. Four years later I'm totally addicted. A fat tire bike this past winter was huge. I was able to ride out of my backyard almost every day vs the usual hour drive to find trails. It's an addiction/distraction that has helped me maintain my sanity the past year as my wife has been battling cancer. The ability to go out and think only of the trail ahead of me for a few hours has been invaluable.

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    Re: Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by ZomblibulaX View Post
    I don't mean to trivialize addiction by comparing it to MTB, or by saying it was easy to kick, but having The Man make the decision for me was a huge help.

    I prefer to think of it as seven years on the bike rather than seven years on the wagon.
    No not at all. Plenty if people wake up with government intervention.

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    I do the occasional race just for fun, and after each one I'm super stoked for riding again.

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    Never really lost the passion for riding, but the fatbike has opened up more possibilities than I ever thought. Snow, beach, random exploring, great fun.

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    Re: Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Never really lost the passion for riding, but the fatbike has opened up more possibilities than I ever thought. Snow, beach, random exploring, great fun.
    Yeah that's kind of what I mean by reignite :-)

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    "Re-ignite" wouldn't be the right word, but when my kid got into NICA high school MTB racing, I definitely got out on the trails more, stepped up my fitness a couple of notches, and riding became even more enjoyable. (Except for the last hour of weekly team rides, that is. Them highschool kids be fast.)

    If you have a middle or high school kid, definitely check this stuff out:
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    Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    Found a trail system about 2 miles from my house. I get out 2-3 times a week now. Before, I'd wait until I had the time to load up and hit the trails.


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    Doesn't take much for me. Every month, when my Decline and MBA magazines arrive in my mailbox or when I watch a video of someone biking online.

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    I have been passionate about mountain biking since my first off road ride 25 years ago. However I have had to live in places where the riding is not great, winter too long and work interfered with it. The last 15 years I have always headed South, usually to Utah to ride over Christmas holidays and this has always been the highlight of my year. I filled the time with road, commuting, and less epic riding until last summer. I retired last summer and moved to Cumberland, BC and now have two great trail systems within riding distance of my house. One is literally five minutes away and the other is a thirty minute pedal. They have a different feel which keeps things interesting. I have met some great guys to ride with and also do quite a bit solo(which I love). Now it's all mountain biking, all the time.
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    Spring fever got a hold of me like a mofo this year after a seemingly endless winter. Quitting smoking has me obsessed with riding too. Replace smoking with riding. Actually, I quit the trifecta of cigs, weed and drinking all at once. Biking is a good motivation and replacement for all that. Maybe I'll be able to have a beer again some time without it making me want to smoke, but right now I just want to ride. Too bad I live in one of the worst places for mountain biking. Moving back to Montana has been on my mind heavily.

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    When my doctor told me I had to stop drinking, I pretty much stopped enjoying Manhattan. That got me started on the path that has led me back to the West Coast.

    Still miss getting trashed on occasion, though.
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    Re: Anything reignite your love for MTB?

    Quote Originally Posted by shining_trapezoid View Post
    Spring fever got a hold of me like a mofo this year after a seemingly endless winter. Quitting smoking has me obsessed with riding too. Replace smoking with riding. Actually, I quit the trifecta of cigs, weed and drinking all at once. Biking is a good motivation and replacement for all that. Maybe I'll be able to have a beer again some time without it making me want to smoke, but right now I just want to ride. Too bad I live in one of the worst places for mountain biking. Moving back to Montana has been on my mind heavily.
    Are you in Florida like me? Lol

    Quote Originally Posted by AndrwSwitch View Post
    When my doctor told me I had to stop drinking, I pretty much stopped enjoying Manhattan. That got me started on the path that has led me back to the West Coast.

    Still miss getting trashed on occasion, though.
    Glad that you're healthy, though.


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    A new bike always helps to keep the enthusiasm level up. Going 650-B soon.

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    Funny, I'm thinking about doing that to my old Hardrock. It has more clearance than it needs. Probably.

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    I have been riding Mtn bikes since 1990. I was fortunate to go to college in Colorado and just got hooked and rode all the great places. I switched to Kayaking for a number of years but always came back to the bike.

    The first FS bikes really made it more fun for me, but then I built up a hardtail and that was fun too.

    What really got me into it was starting to ride DH. At first it was on my regular bike, but once I got a true DH bike it became an addiction. Every year for the last 5 years I go on a road trip from CO to Whistler and hit many place in between. My skills on the bike have improved dramatically.

    I find DH to be like another sport almost and its nice to have 2 (or 3) bike related sports. I pedal during the week when I have less time and try to DH on Sundays. To me its a perfect blend that keeps me excited either way. If I feel I am getting burnt out on one aspect of riding, I just switch it up. I like to take the Dirt Jumper out too from time to time.

    Variety.. I guess that is my main point..
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoNin9r View Post
    Are you in Florida like me? Lol
    Ha, no. ND/MN border. Flat like Florida but freezing 6 months out of the year.

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    Like Muzz and the others, never lost the passion for it, just small island, not many involved in making/maintaining trails, so they can get old, getting new guys into MTBing who are passionate and have been helping with trail building and finding has helped a lot.
    Also got a Banshee Prime 2 years ago and it brought some serious fun, but then it also took it away as it was just such a monster truck, bit too easy, even on the hard stuff, just got a Banshee Phantom, don't miss the 25mm less rear travel or 20mm front, but do enjoy being more connected to the trail and having to work a tiny bit more than with the Prime and the efficiency of the shorter travel. Recent long, 4 day weekends with 2 good days riding with some passionate friends, who don't complain on my slaughter routes, certainly has also helped with the stoke.

    Screen grab of me enjoying the Phantom on yesterdays 5 hour bank holiday ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider View Post
    A new bike always helps to keep the enthusiasm level up. Going 650-B soon.
    Go fat not 650/27.5. Same sense of adventure you found nearly (gasp) 40 years ago. Go new places that you've always wanted to go on a bike but those skinny tired steeds weren't up to the task.

    This, and my kid getting into NICA racing has kept my enthusiasm up. It had been a long long time before this winter that I wanted to gear up and go for a ride in the woods when it was 12*. Now I'm finding the fatty to be so much fun for general trail riding I want to go when it's nice, when it's raining and pretty much all the time. Beach riding next!

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    The thing that got me a bit energized is not some altruistic idea or some glorious idea but just that I finally beat someone on a bike. I have always been the fat slow kid (and adult) so while I would ride, it was always the group waiting for me. I always had a good time, but after working out hard and losing some weight I finally got to where I could actually *gasp* beat someone up a climb who is fatter or at least slower than me. That may sound dumb but if you have always been the fat slow kid, it is a monumental shift to actually have others gasping and sweating more than me.

    Oh and fast flowing single track just makes everyone giggle and want to ride.

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    Strava. Love it or hate it, it's a heckuva motivator.

    Also, studded tires and sub-zero temperatures....the challenge of commuting all winter, and the bonus of being in shape right at the start of spring is a sweet deal.
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    I rode as a teen in Ontario in the early 90's (Trek 850 anyone?) I loved that bike and the riding... I moved out west to BC in 94 and despite living in a mecca of mountain bike riding life took me places I didn't always want to go. Last year my mum passed after a short and horrible battle with cancer. She enjoyed barely a year of her retirement I miss you mum.

    That experience crystallized in the most visceral way the shortness of life. I promised to focus on the important things in mine, my family, friends, myself. My mountain biking rebirth has been just so awesome, I'm so thankful to the new friends I have made, the time in the woods, the wrenching in the garage, this community... Its all good.
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