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  • Bikes (All things Bike, new ones, old ones, bike parts)

    20 12.66%
  • Work (Some of my best ideas come to me on the trail, or crap...I can't stop thinking about work)

    14 8.86%
  • Speed (All that matters is how fast I get where I'm going)

    25 15.82%
  • The trail (I am in the moment and enjoying life through the ride)

    125 79.11%
  • Women (All wondrous things about women and their wonderfulness... and will there be some yoga pants around the next corner???)

    44 27.85%
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  1. #1
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    What do you really think about while on the trail?

    What do you really spend your time thinking about on the trail?
    Me to my riding buddy, "Want to ride this afternoon?"
    Him, "I can't. I have to chop this guys foot off at 2".

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    I make a strong effort to just be in the moment of bombing along on the trail...but usually thoughts of work and food prevail!

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    What do you really think about while on the trail?

    Riding

    Wheee

    Riding

    Keep pushing

    Riding

    Wheeee



    Something like that.

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    Re: What do you really think about while on the trail?

    Damn. Am i in low? Yes.

    Damn. Am i in low? Yes.

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    Riding rigid ss is great because you HAVE TO focus on the trail...

    SPP
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    Rock, breath, rock, root, pace yourself, turn, lunge, gasp, made it! (alternatively, sh!t!, splat)
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    It's not what I think about. I'ts what I don't think about. Mostly work.

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    Don't think, feel...
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Re: What do you really think about while on the trail?

    This is awesome..
    ****!!! brakes!!!!
    cool I missed the tree
    Faster,faster, crap.... hill
    Sweet down hill!!!
    Son of a b**** how'd I not see that tree.
    Damn my arm hurts now, stupid tree
    Wow this trail is fun
    Another loop????
    Yeap but let's miss that tree the second time through.

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    I ride because I don't think.
    At high speed it's either think of the trail or crash.

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    Riding with a friend:
    -Constantly looking back and thinking "damn hurry your a** up!!"
    -Saying to self, never riding with this fool again
    -A week later rides with that fool again cause no one else has a bike.

    Riding solo:
    -Whatever song that's stuck in my head, usually the last song on the radio before I turned the car off
    -While bombing downhill; "plus no animals running through my path, please no animals running through my path!"

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    Shut up, legs!

    a couple people already hit this nail on the head. a lot of the time i ride because it's the only time i'm NOT thinking about stuff. whenever something's bothering me, i ride it out of my head. sometimes i have to pull a little harder, hit a few more hills, but eventually i reach a point where there is no thought, just speed and balance and flow.
    Don't buy all the lies that they feed ya.

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    Yesterday I was thinking about the nature of religious radicalism, and what causes people to tread that path... especially after the events in Woolwich a few days ago. I reached the conclusion that it is down to the human ego. This is the cause of many, if not most of our problems, and religious radicalism is a good case of this ego run riot...

    I find that riding alone in remote places helps focus my thoughts, especially when I feel a desire to pay attention to a particular thing that has been bugging me. This causes me a lot of comfort.

    Sometimes of course, I just think about mundane things, and that brings comfort too...
    It's all Here. Now.

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    LOL. Good question; I don't think I think actively about anything except getting down the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ddprocter View Post
    Damn. Am i in low? Yes.

    Damn. Am i in low? Yes.
    Haha too funny. I am always looking for one more gear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sup3rman27 View Post
    Riding with a friend:
    -Constantly looking back and thinking "damn hurry your a** up!!"
    -Saying to self, never riding with this fool again
    -A week later rides with that fool again cause no one else has a bike.
    I wonder what he's thinking?

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    My mind goes to random mode. Sometimes I think about technical aspects of riding, gaps, apex, etc. Today, I could hear the cicadas...then my mind had this on replay:

    Jon Secada - Just Another Day (Best Version & HQ Audio) - YouTube

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    Hoverbikes and how they would change trail riding. You know hover things are going to happen eventually.
    Slightly faster than a speeding snail.

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    What do you really think about while on the trail?

    Don't crash don't crash don't crash don't crash

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    I think about speed and how to attain the highest possible speed through a given section. Not how fast my lap time is, but rather top end speed.

    And when not thinking about that, I think about the trial and nature. Or nothing at all.

    When on my road bike I'm always checking out the ladies who also happen to be out and about that day!
    SS ==> Nut up or Shut up!

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    Swear words. A _lot_ of swear words
    "Why did I come here? There isn't even a trail here. This sucks!"
    Or
    "I hate this! WHY ARE THERE ROCKS ON THIS PLANET! F**knuggets!"
    Or
    "Uuu a downhill section! Ok, hold hold hold... I have grip.. phew, well that was fun... 50km/h! Cool!"

    So I do it for the downhills mostly

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    Usually in this order.

    1. Just enjoying the trail

    2. Damn a better bike sure would make my joints hurt less.

    3. Oh My God she is fine!... OH SH*T ROCK! Ouch.

    4. That was a great ride, Why do I have to go to work tomorrow.


    So pretty much all of the above
    Just some yahoo on a Wahoo

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockerc View Post
    Yesterday I was thinking about the nature of religious radicalism, and what causes people to tread that path... especially after the events in Woolwich a few days ago. I reached the conclusion that it is down to the human ego. This is the cause of many, if not most of our problems, and religious radicalism is a good case of this ego run riot...

    I find that riding alone in remote places helps focus my thoughts, especially when I feel a desire to pay attention to a particular thing that has been bugging me. This causes me a lot of comfort.

    Sometimes of course, I just think about mundane things, and that brings comfort too...
    In lieu of rep, which I must spread more of.
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    I try not to think while on the trail, clearing my mind is what I long for while on the trail.

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    Usually thinking about my tires in the dirt, but time to time I think

    "Damn, I wish someone could've seen that."

    -F
    It's never easier - you just go faster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    "Damn, I wish someone could've seen that."-F
    Or, "Damn, I'm glad no one saw that"
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fleas View Post
    Usually thinking about my tires in the dirt, but time to time I think

    "Damn, I wish someone could've seen that."

    -F
    I bought a contour cam so now people can see what I did be it clean a wicked section or bite it hard. I want to get another one so I can face it backwards on my seatpost and catch the **** going on behind me. I am nomaly out front and miss all the good wipeouts.

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    My thoughts are scattered.

    Would another bike be better for this trail?
    What's all the fuss about 29" wheels?
    Can I afford to live somewhere else?
    Why would I want to live somewhere else?
    Where should our next vacation be?
    What's for dinner?
    Will I wreck on this bridge/log/rock garden/stream?
    Where should I ski this winter?
    Do I really need new skis?
    Where am I going to fit the SUP I plan to buy?
    What would my wife think?
    That old girlfriend - wonder what she is up to now?
    Any bears waiting?
    The meaning of life?

    I have a very spastic mind you see............. it refuses to focus on one subject when it is being bounced around in the woods.

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    Mostly sex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Low Pressure View Post
    Mostly sex.
    Funny...that's what I think about the whole time I'm NOT riding...

    SPP
    Rigid.

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    Fun Fun Fun Beer....
    Fun Fun Fun Beer....
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    I'm surprised no one's differentiated between climbing and descending. When I'm in the attack position I try not to think. the exception to this is when I'm consciously trying to change or exaggerate my technique (cornering,hoping,etc,etc).
    While seated, my thoughts run away from me the same as when driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bfletch1310 View Post
    Don't crash don't crash don't crash don't crash
    This!!!!

    But, yoga pants is always nearby....

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    Stop being a little ***** and pedal......

    Faster, faster... Ohh look at that girl, nice......

    Ohh **** Im slowing down, faster faster......

    Stop being a little ***** go go go.....

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    Bikinis.
    Me to my riding buddy, "Want to ride this afternoon?"
    Him, "I can't. I have to chop this guys foot off at 2".

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    When that big a$$ tree fell, and nobody was here to hear it...I guarantee you it made a sound.

    More bug spray would be handy.

    Does a bear sh!t in the woods? Confirmed.

    Hmmm, not exactly sure where I am. Well, north it is.

    Where is that goddamn owl?

    Whoever built this trail is the shizzle.

    Ewww, I need to take a picture of that.

    4096, 4097, 4098, 4099...why the hell am I counting?

    ^Stuff like that

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    I often get bits of music stuck in my head. On yesterday's ride, I had the riff from "Spoonman" in my head for most of the ride. Not the whole song, just the main riff over and over again.
    Speed solves all problems, except for those things it makes worse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    4096, 4097, 4098, 4099...why the hell am I counting?
    I do that too, I think it keeps me from thinking. See my initial post above

    I do the same thing to fall asleep except I go one thousand one, one thousand two, over and over - saw that on "The Mentalist" and it works for me.

    I have not yet fallen asleep on a bicycle yet.
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    This is what i think about.
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    The Colorado version of duck duck goose:

    stick stick SNAKE (pedal like hell) stick stick.....

    And the infamous 'don't puss out on that rock you $#!%!#$'

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    Food. All I think about is the food I get to eat when I get home.

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    Spinning.
    My breathing.
    Soft-spots with blatant tire-tracks though.

    Previous-post covers the other part well - grub!
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    Skid marks just before corners from people who have no idea how to ride, don't skid it ruins the trails'

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    I think about the next obstacle and what I need to do in order to complete it. On easier, fast flowing parts, I think about what I features I want on my next bike or how I can make my bicycling experience better. But when the going gets rough, all I think about is how I'm going to beat the next obstacle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SlowPokePete View Post
    Riding rigid ss is great because you HAVE TO focus on the trail...

    SPP
    Absolutely. No energy spared in thinking about other things, either climbing (whole body experience, can't afford to sit and spin) or descending, where a misread section could mean a shattering experience. Never allow mind to wander and think about an upcoming section (have paid the price before with skin) even in easy flat sections.

    Must admit that some things might distract me:

    Animals in the trail, specially horses, (don't come too close to those hind quarters), loose sections that remind me to get better tires, legs dying on a climb (shouldn't have surfed so long yesterday), searing heat and dizziness (where's the beer) and my wife's legs when she leaves me behind (come back, i want to stare at your "pistons").

    99% concentration !!
    Simple, not easy.

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    Really weird $h*t, especially after a little bubble bubble bubble, clear, exhale, cough. The best part is when you are thinking of some totally off the wall wildness you have never though of before and you realize you are bombing through some rock garden and then all you can think about it "Why am I thinking weird $h*t right now, I bombing a rock garden!" then you can't stop thinking about how you should stop thinking.
    I'm bored and at work or else I would be riding

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    I think about work alot while I ride because I can't help it.

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    Whichever track is playing on spotify and one of each from the above poll.

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    I have all kinds of thoughts while I am riding. I like to ride solo most of the time.....it eliminates the need to interact with other human nervous systems.

    So, yeah, all kinds of thoughts pop up. I let 'em, but I just don't pay any attention to them. Eventually, they go away.

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    Nothing. Biking is zen.

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