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    The Mountain Bike Life
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    What do you think of?

    What comes to your head when you think of The Mountain Bike Life?

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    This is not an easy question, or at least it is not easy to answer.
    Personally I associate mtb freedom and opportunity to visit wild places faster than walking.
    I am not so interested in the technical aspects of the bike, I think the bike should be simple and should never have technical problems.

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    For me, it's the cycling life. As toscano mentioned, this is a very hard question to answer but some words that pop into my mind are: Adventure, exploration, self expression through the bicycle, pain, sweat, a great sense of accomplishment (particularly when racing), many weekends away, cycling trips with friends and finally working hard to achieve personal goals. Oh, and beer.

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    BEER!

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    Something I wish I could do but food's bad power over me and a weak will power in that area impedes me from it. Instead I am Very selective on the events I do around here of which I'd like to be able to do many.

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    doing things and going places many people just don't do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudpuppy View Post
    What comes to your head when you think of The Mountain Bike Life?
    I sometimes wonder, “Why did I decide to have kids when clearly I am only enjoying life when riding the trails?”
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    Playing with the trail and gravity. I always got the rush in winter on skis. On a bike it's just as much fun and I can bring the dogs, camp and more friends involved. Some of the special tech trails are as much fun as a powder day. Downieville, Gooseberry, Little Creek, 50 Year Trail, Gold Canyon K-Trail, Sand Canyon, McKenzie River, Clarkfork River Trail, Penatente, the list of great trails is long and FUN!
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    I would expand that to simply "bike" life. It is simply building your free time around the act of riding a bike. Riding for the simple joy of riding. Bonus points if you can incorporate bikes into your obligations such as work. Triple points if you can include your kids, wife, parents, or other significant folks in your life.
    "There are those who would say there's something pathological about the need to ride, and they're probably on to something. I'd wager though that most of the society-approved compulsions leave deeper scars in the psyche than a need to go and ride a bicycle on a mountain." Cam McRea

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    See that mountain? Climb that mountain. People who don't take risks might live longer, but they don't climb as many mountains.
    I hope you have a big trunk... cause I'm gonna put my bike in it!

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    Cogs, coffee and kegs

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    perfect, I was looking for a thread I might dump this in



    I like to mountain bike, and I really mean that. There’s something about it, something that lets me feel perfect long enough to dissolve all the other pieces of life that make me unhappy. When I set out, I try to leave my troubles at the trailhead. Not every ride is perfect; I get cut up and have found myself feeling stranded, unable to get up, on scorching hot days with a concussion. But you know, it’s for the moments where I can remember myself snarling, grinning, full of focus, looking down the trail feeling like everything in my life is worth just the next few seconds of my tires keeping traction that I spend countless hours fretting about how I’m going to fix up my ride-make it better, to feel better. It’s become an external representation-a clear reflection of my own mental health. Cheers.

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    Friends and nature, adrenaline and excitement: never a dull moment. The mountain biking life is full of great memories and the charge of looking forward to the next ride. While riding, all is well in my world

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    A break from the grind of work/family/chores when it's all about me. A break from the everyday routine to see/experience new places. Adventure. Freedom.

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    Awesome posts so far everyone, thank you.

    For me it is a life of fun, adventure and great people. Riding my bike is an outlet that I can not find anywhere else, when I am on my bike the worries of the world just float away, all that exists is me, my bike and a thin piece of brown in front of me....it is an amazing feeling and one that lately I do not get to feel enough.

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    One thing only.

    I'm stupid.

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    The Ride, lifestyle. Well, this is from 2011, but still runs true. Bikes, Laughs, Friends, Pizza, Beer, Coffee, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pine Scented Sunshine, Dew covered Grass, Granite under Tires, Attempts Made, Attempts not Made, Smiles, Grimaces, Stories of "remember when...", Stories not yet made....


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    A mental break from regular life. I'm so concentrated on what Im doing there isn't 1 second my mind is on something other than riding. Pain. Will power. Physical exertion. Mentally detaching yourself from what your body is feeling.

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    The quiet. I just love being out there 50 miles from anyone, 10-12 miles out on a singletrack trail, and surrounded by nothing but quiet.

    Which also explains why I think people who ride with those portable backpack speakers deserve a special place in hell.
    Mountain bike with 15k miles, Road bike with 10k miles, breaking in my 29er by riding the entire AZ Trail

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    Freedom, peace and the love of nature!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookiedough View Post
    The Ride, lifestyle. Well, this is from 2011, but still runs true. Bikes, Laughs, Friends, Pizza, Beer, Coffee, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pine Scented Sunshine, Dew covered Grass, Granite under Tires, Attempts Made, Attempts not Made, Smiles, Grimaces, Stories of "remember when...", Stories not yet made....



    That's what I am taling about!! Thanks for sharing!!
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    Is something that I often take for granted, but then think about and appreciate. I realize how long I've been living it and how many times it has morphed over the years. Enjoy.
    Gone are the days we stopped to decide,
    Where we should go,
    We just ride...

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    Your question actually made me think...

    It means going anywhere a person would normally walk, but faster.

    This was my goal when I started MTBing and prob'ly why I can't do gap jumps - 'cause you can't walk gap jumps. I really feel there is a psychological roadblock there.

    The fun and thrill and freedom and the mental decompression are all incidental - not the goal. The goal always seems to be "getting to that place" - an actual physical place. It might be difficult, it might be fun, it will likely be both, but the goal is to get there, hopefully without taking a foot off the pedals. And that doesn't mean I have to be in a hurry, and "That place" doesn't have to be 40 miles away either. "That place" might be the top of the next hill, or up on that wall, or the other end of this log.
    Everything is done in pursuit of that goal from what food I eat, to what shoes I buy, to how much air is in my tires, to what moves I practice, and maybe even to with whom I choose to ride.

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    Fresh air, peace, skinned knees, clipless fails, refreshing water crossings, mashing an uphill, bonking, and doing it all over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja's Son
    You may be happy to hear that my dad has kicked cancer's ass. Now he's looking for whoever sent it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trail Ninja View Post
    hah, funny and true at the same time. Love the posts here, keep it up.

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    Cookiedough, great video.

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    Having an activity i engage in that stills my mind and narrows my focus to the here and now for hours at a time.

    The joy of hurling my self over terrain as fast and long as i can push is secondary.

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    Seeing new places, getting fresh air, and not burning gasoline like most of my other activities.

    ... and once and a while scaring the crap out of myself.

    Second on the awesome video cookiedough!
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    Riding hard and getting dirty
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    This !

    Yep!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyclelicious View Post
    Riding hard and getting dirty
    + watching the sunset enjoying some beer with friends.

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    -Working part time at a LBS
    -Very active in trail maintenance and race volunteer
    -Working for a local trail builder when needed
    -Living 6.5 miles from Pisgah
    -Many local breweries abound

    Oh wait, that is my life......

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    Fun, exercize, community, passion, nature, sweat, dirt, I love my bike!, problems - what problems?, how old will I be when I can't do this any more?.

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    freedom
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    I'm a better person because of it, physically, mentally and spiritually.
    Just circles turning circles....

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    To be young. Young and free.

    I’ll expand on that. I am 39, was an avid MTBer about 14 years ago, but gave it up for the life that was beginning…..a wife, kids, a house, a career, and more. The bad apart about that life was my physical well-being, it wasn’t given any attention, and in turn the mental well-being suffered. I was looking for something, something to bring me out of that funk. Don’t get me wrong, I love my wife, kids, and all that the time in question brought me, but I needed something.

    Fast forward to spring of ’11. An old riding buddy of mine in the similar funk, gets a bike and says he is going to start riding again. A couple months later of hearing about his solo adventures on his new bike, the bug bites me and I jump in with a new ride, hoping that this would be the something I was looking for. It certainly was! Now here is where the “young” portion comes into play….

    Flying down a single track trail at breakneck speed, makes me feel like a kid! I have the biggest smile on my face, the adrenaline is rushing, and I don’t want that feeling to ever end! I feel like a kid on my BMX bike ripping through the neighborhood! All of life’s other stresses and worries, disappear for a while without effort while I am riding. As much as you have to be focused and in-tune when riding like this, I find that it is equally meditative for me, and how easily the bothers of the day slip away. That, that right there also makes me feel like a kid, when you had no worries other than being home on time for dinner. That right there is the freedom aspect too. For those few hours that I am out on the trail, I have nothing to worry about other than the next corner or the upcoming root drop that I haven’t cleared yet.

    So why do I ride? Because it is fun. Because I am a young 39 year old kid, that can’t stop playing. To me, that is the mountain bike life. The mountain bike life, as you call it, fits remarkably with my favorite quote as seen in my signature:

    “The true object of all human life is play.”
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