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    i would KILL to ride your trails lol!

    i'm down here where my choices are Markham, Amelia, Quiet waters (blegh), and Oleta (blegh).

    count your blessings!
    no seriously though good luck with your journey, whatever the outcome.

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    Quit your job, sell all your stuff and move to Colorado. Aside from Spearfishing and biking are there other things you like to do? For me if I can't mountain bike every day. Or ride any bike every day. Are there any rock climbing gyms near you? How about running, or more kayaking?
    I like to ride bikes.

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    Elevation does not necessarily equal fun riding, just as lack of elevation doesn't preclude it. If you've been mostly just taking the 'go-fast' route, try going slower and screwing around more on some rides. And yes, taking in the sights and just enjoying cruising around in the woods. Make a point to regularly do some exploring, take scenic breaks, bring the camera, bring the dog, bring beer.
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    I would say that if after 3 pages of posts you are not able to find reasons to continue riding and or ways to not be bored riding it might be time to give up on the sport. Best of luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kar Spear View Post
    Hey everybody,

    This is my first post; I created an account to get some feedback on something I'm experiencing.

    After 2 years of riding, I can rip through all my local trails and no matter how fast I'm going, I just don't have fun anymore.
    Remove your brakes - that would be heaps fun.

    Other than that maybe try fixed and rigid MTB!

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    Give it up.

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    bored of mt biking ? bro I live in Arizona..... enough said...

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    Try a road bike. Its a totally different sensation. The speed is riveting and can offer a breath of fresh air if you're getting sick of the mountain scene. Or a cross bike on dirt roads. Similar, but has the versatility to be ridden on singletrack which adds a nice little challenge.

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    Without reading anything but your first post, I must say something. I rode Boyette twice around Thanksgiving time. Since then, I cannot get back on my bike without wishing I was there. I'll be in Ft. Lauderdale in April and will take a "little" detour just to ride Boyette! So for you to say you are bored, is heresy. Now, I'll read the rest of the thread.

    Edit: I rode Red Shirt. I rode at about 7 mph and it was thrilling. If I ever got bored, I'd try it at 8 or 9 mph.

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    boredom sets into the boring mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwan naride View Post
    Exploring new trails with a friend or two always re-ignites my passion for riding.
    Also, joining a faster, more skilled rider and trying to follow him does wonders. Your fitness/technique will improve this way too.
    Better still, join up with a faster, more skilled rider and try to keep up with HER.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thickfog View Post
    To me you've missed so much of the reason I mt bike.


    I love to be in the woods with peace and quiet.
    Love looking at the foliage.
    Love the dirt, sand and grit.
    Love the smells, the air and different look of the forest at morning, noon and night.

    Mt biking for me is a time to get some fresh air, relax while having fun. Decompress and just enjoy what we've been given.

    My riding is not just about riding. It's the whole experience.

    You seem to be looking for an adrenaline stew. You'd need to move to the mountains. But you may even still get bored it sounds.
    You've hit the nail on the head. I ride for the same reasons, only I've got desert not woods. Adrenaline is good once in a while, but feeding the need becomes a problem.

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    As it has been suggested, get a different bike, or four. I have been mountain biking since '91 and try to ride every day, weather permitting (I live in Tahoe, so too much snow on the ground means BC ski instead, but I always would rather be mountain biking)

    I have 5 different bikes going all the way back to my original '91 steel full rigid. I also have a hard tail with linkage fork, a 2x2, a 3x3 and a 5x5. Having such different bikes really changes things up. I generally ride the same local singletrack trails everyday since this is also when I take the dogs out for their walk, but never get bored since I switch my bikes up all the time. I will go adventure the many, many miles of singletracks around me when I can, but I have just as much fun everyday across the street from my house.

    Only the '91 steel and the 5x5 I bought new, the others are all used and span from '95 to '04. Searching for a cool used ride, researching the old school parts and specs and fixing them up is all part of the adventure. Taking them out on the everyday trails makes everything seem different.

    Check out your local CL or thrift store and get something good from the 90's. Completely different geometry, better cornering IMO, and a totally different feel to the ride. Check out the VRC forum for ideas on quality classic mountain bikes. I can tell you, those guys never get bored over there.
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    Ride urban. There are endless drops, skinnies, jumps, and technical terrain if you look for it. Great way to expand the skill set when local trails don't call for it.

    Never ridden in Florida, but I ride in Michigan, which is flat to rolling terrain. I take 3 mountain biking vacations(week at a time) a year, to the rocks and terrain to the South and East. I build my skill set EVERY RIDE for those trips. Unless your name is Chris Akrigg or Danny Macaskill, there are endless new skills to learn.

    Don't allow yourself to be complacent. There is no way you've mastered mountain biking after two years. No way.

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    Variety really is the spice of life. Find some new and challenging trails. Plenty of them out there!

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    If someone has to tell you why to enjoy it, or how to enjoy it, maybe it's just not for you.

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    I get bored when I am not mountain biking.
    I don't use Strava. Don't need an application to tell me I am slow because I already know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawson Raider View Post
    I get bored when I am not mountain biking.
    Yep. Me too. If it starts to get old, I just go faster and/or take more chances.

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    OP, your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is to go back though this thread and compile ALL of the suggestions into a list.

    I was going to "2nd" and "+1" a few posts until I saw how many good ideas appear here.

    My only suggestions are to ride those all-too-familiar trails in reverse, maybe at night - and to start linking trails together where you ride a trail, then ride to another trail and ride that.
    Check out some local club rides.


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    I use all of the above and mix it up to keep it fresh. I'll trailride one day, the road bike another day, ride the singlespeed, practice my pathetic jumping skills, take the downhill bike to the bike park on the weekend, take a road trip and explore some new trails. In winter I look forward to riding the fatbike, and 3 years ago I took up snowboarding on the weekends, which I love. If none of that works then it's time to put the bike away for a while, try some hiking or a camping trip. In the middle of the summer my work hours go through the roof, and at times it's a struggle to get motivated for anything, so I know what you mean. Good luck!
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    Take a 6 year sabbatical from riding. Then take it up again at age 50. All those ez obsatcles are now challenging, the 2 ft drop offs now terrifying, and the hills seem steeper. Ask me how I know....

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    When I lived in Florida, I was able to ride from the parking lot out to ridgeline, do ridgeline twice, and ride back to my car without putting a foot on the ground or stopping in less than an hour. Miss that ride, and I never got bored of doing it. I rode it at least three times a week.

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    Night ride. It will make the trails like new. Harder. More exciting. Cooler temps at night, too.

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    If you like being on a bike, there are endless variations that you can consider. Just mix things up -- road, night, group rides, solo rides, etc.

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    Take up running, you will soon grow to appreciate cycling.

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    If I lived in Florida I don't think I would be into mountain biking either.

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    Buy less junk, channel said funds from not buying junk into trips to other places to mountain bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iamrockandroll13 View Post
    Buy less junk, channel said funds from not buying junk into trips to other places to mountain bike.
    less is more

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    Work is a lot more boring that riding ANY sort of bicycle ANYWHERE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kar Spear View Post
    I just wanted to know if anybody else here as experienced the same thing, and perhaps how you overcame it. I would really appreciate any input.
    I bought a road bike

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    If you have any competitive spirit in you, why not go racing?

    This is something that has always helped me when I started to lose interest in a hobby (RC cars, motocross, MTB, running). When the thrill of just practicing fades and I think I've reached the pinnacle of my speed I like to put myself back in my place by racing. I find this does a couple things for me.

    First, it encourages me to go ride during the week and challenge myself to ride my current trails faster. That usually translates to a better finish at the next race and that feeds the next period of training trying to better that finish.

    Second, it gives me a chance to ride new trails since the races I've entered are on trails that aren't typically open except for races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Elevation does not necessarily equal fun ridin
    Odd, I can't think of a ride I've done over 7000 feet that wasn't fun.
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    Quote Originally Posted by z400jt View Post
    If you have any competitive spirit in you, why not go racing?

    This is something that has always helped me when I started to lose interest in a hobby (RC cars, motocross, MTB, running). When the thrill of just practicing fades and I think I've reached the pinnacle of my speed I like to put myself back in my place by racing. I find this does a couple things for me.

    First, it encourages me to go ride during the week and challenge myself to ride my current trails faster. That usually translates to a better finish at the next race and that feeds the next period of training trying to better that finish.

    Second, it gives me a chance to ride new trails since the races I've entered are on trails that aren't typically open except for races.
    Also, it's an eye opener the first time you race how slow your fastest really is compared to the really really fast guys. I was always a pretty strong road racer but my first MTB race was a true WTF moment when I saw how fast those guys were. The technique thing is massive. If you think you know how to ride a mountain bike fast but have never raced go do a technical XC race and prepare to have your mind blown.

    All in all though racing is a blast, fast, slow, or in between. Mountain bike racers are, in my experience, a very chill bunch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jugdish View Post
    Odd, I can't think of a ride I've done over 7000 feet that wasn't fun.
    so true...

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    I will never be bored cause it's the only time I truly feel free.
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    change your lines. dig(volunteer for trail work. a good way to appreciate what you have and maybe help create new lines). ride urban. ride bmx @ a track. that'll check your skill level real quick.

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    Sometimes, giving up a hobby isn't bad. If you aren't having as much fun riding as you are doing something else, then you are a fool if you keep at it.

    Giving up a hobby doesn't mean you can't pick it up again in the future either.

    Its your free time. Maximize it!

    My suggestion is cut back on your riding time and do your diving or perhaps something entirely new. You may enjoy the more infrequent ride more..

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    Try riding the same trails at night.

    Or just accept that you are bored of your local trails.

    Try something new, get away from mountain biking. Mountain biking doesn't define you, get out and expand the definition of "you"

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    Bored of Mountain Biking...?

    Quote Originally Posted by dompedro3 View Post
    Try riding the same trails at night.

    Or just accept that you are bored of your local trails.

    Try something new, get away from mountain biking. Mountain biking doesn't define you, get out and expand the definition of "you"
    On a unicycle ...

    Or just quit and move one.

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    i'm in the same boat! been mountain biking since 1985 and really have no passion to ride my mountain bike or road bike at all of late. Could be the "polar vortex" winter in CT or maybe I'm just due to take some time away from biking?? Gonna do some hiking and try running again. Sold my 29er and listed my new Cannondale CAAD 10 on ebay.
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    Look, that's it! Enough of the this BS thread.

    If you are bored of MTB, then go sook somewhere else! I don't need to read your whining looserism and I'll bet I'm not alone.

    MTB is the spirit of life. Psychiatrists cater to the perpetually emotionally dissatisfied.

    Mods, please close this depressive POS post and get back to the real stuff.....

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    Re: Bored of Mountain Biking...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ridnparadise View Post
    Look, that's it! Enough of the this BS thread.

    If you are bored of MTB, then go sook somewhere else! I don't need to read your whining looserism and I'll bet I'm not alone.
    The only BS in this thread is your post.

    The OP was asking legitimate questions. If you don't like the discussion there are plenty of other threads you can go read.

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    how about this one;

    Markham Park Mountain Bike Trail in Sunrise, Florida || SINGLETRACKS.COM

    It's closer to where you live.

    Also I agree with the travel to N. Ga, SC, NC. They are not all that far and offer many different types of riding!

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    why do so many people bash others in forurms like these? Some are just stating opinions and others are quick to judge and bash them. That's why I shut off facebook and don't post much here, too many haters and douchbags!
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    Re: Bored of Mountain Biking...?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kar Spear View Post
    I just wanted to know if anybody else here as experienced the same thing, and perhaps how you overcame it. I would really appreciate any input.
    The answer is simple. Race.

    I've experienced some form of what you described in several contexts. Skiing, road biking, and mountain biking. At first it's awesome but as you improve your skills the adrenaline decreases. Without the challenge of learning new things it doesn't have that edge any more. Just being in the fresh air is deeply satisfying for some, but not for you. You find it nice and all, but you want more.

    For me racing solved all of this. Rides now have a purpose: training. They are still fun, get me outdoors... all that jazz, but they underlying objective is to get one step closer to winning races. And all of a sudden the rides become fun again.

    And for me the adrenaline of racing itself is huge. I got near the pointy end in triathlon (I'm giving MTB a shot now after a running injury) and I would start getting excited about big races weeks before. And the race itself... the adrenaline of winning a race is unreal, for me anyway.

    Some people need a purpose. Racing does the trick for me.

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    I ride Santos when I come down visiting my Dad every 2 years. Nice trails and a nice change for me, especially since it is winter up here that time of year. Speed and cornering on some of those trails would be hard to master, at least for me. Seems that the faster you ride, the more skill is needed to to hold the corners. Also, have you done much in the tech/rocky sections?
    Night riding changes trails, it's night and day.
    Group rides if you don't already do them. Riding with a group opens up new challenges and you might even hear about trails you haven't ridden before too.
    It is entirely possible that you are just plain done with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dompedro3 View Post
    Mountain biking doesn't define you, get out and expand the definition of "you"
    I am an avid mountain biker. I have other hobbies. None define who i am.

    Explore other things, lean the bike against the wall and let it collect dust for a bit. You will eventually come full circle and find a desire to go for a ride. Nothing you try now to artificially inspire your self will match the "wow, i forgot how fun this is!" you will experience after taking an extended break.

    Life is all about the journey. Enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LCPL Motivator94 View Post
    I started riding trails back in Georgia and now Im in Japan ripping up trails in Okinawa and I love it. A change in terrain and scenery definitely spice up riding.
    So the answer is move to another part of the world, OK.
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    If you loose your passion for mountain biking, try doing something else. I started road riding and racing cyclocross in the fall. I also race dragon boat. A hobby is just a hobby and you don't need it to define who you are.

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    Get a library card and immerse yourself in the literature of ennui and existentialism. Wallow in it. Start chain smoking unfiltered cigarettes. Wear black turtlenecks and black skinny jeans. That's kind of where you are in terms of mtn biking. The thrill is gone. Sigh. If you are experiencing this in other aspects of your life, mtn biking is not the problem.
    So take a road trip to somewhere totally different from Florida. Utah is the anti Florida, or AZ or Colorado.
    Start cross training and do an XTERRA race. Stir it up and shake it up already.

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