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    Boorrred at home!

    Right basically guys, recently I haven't had much time to go DHing or trail biking or anything so I'm just stuck at home rotting. I still get mega urges to go out which normally leads to me just messing about in the street on a 8" DH bike (weird I know) trying to do manuals and wheelies etc. This greatly annoys me. Do any of you do anything if you can't hit the trails for ages? There are hardly even any slopes/stairs/drops near me so I sometimes bike somewhere 15 minutes away just to mess around on a big flight of stairs. I'm going crazy not being able to go biking!! What can I do?
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    Whiskey, beer, illegal substances, B.A.S.E. jumping, etc.

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    Buy a nice cheap used BMX bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DustyBones View Post
    Whiskey, beer, illegal substances, B.A.S.E. jumping, etc.
    Haha very good thinking

    As for the bmx idea, i did toy with buying a cheap trials bike to mess about on but i decided I don't really have room for another bike :/ And I need to spend money on my DH bike, let alone buying a whole new bike! :P
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    I've been laid up with an injury (nearly tore my foot in half on my last ride) for the past couple weeks and it's gonna be at least another week before I start riding again. It's been torture sitting on the forums and watching vids on pinkbike and vitalmtb, but I'm making peace with it.

    I second the Beer, Whiskey, etc. ideas if you literally CAN'T ride or do anything, but that gets old quickly too. Video games are good too if you're laid up, and (gasp) reading isn't a bad choice either. I find the more mtb stuff (vids, pics, articles) I look at, the more it reminds me I can't do what I love.

    When I'm healthy and can't ride, I usually ride my longboard skateboard. I was a big skater back in my teens, but hung it up for bikes and other sports in my late teens/early twenties (I'm 31 now). I find that having another activity to suck up the times I can't ride works well. I don't do anything crazy on the longboard, but it's fun to have another adrenaline outlet when I can't get on two wheels.

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    when I lost my spleen I was up in the mountains digging....limp, crawl, whatever but do some trail maintenance....we got guys with broken collar bones, arms, ankles, knees and legs digging

    GET OUT AND WORK AND QUIT BIATCHIN
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    I feel your pain. Do what I did 11 years ago. Move to were the riding is. Think your in a bad place google "Gibson, LA". It's five feet below sea level in most spots.
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    i got to agree with S,M,T there,,, if your bored get out in the local wood's with a spade and dig some trail's.... or get out on existing trail's and do some repair/maintenance.

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    I would, but unfortunately the nearest wood with a slight gradient is about a 40 minute drive away, and it would suck going on my own. The reason i'm saying this is cause I refuse to go DH biking on my own in case i get hurt. And who i normally go with is away until June so i can't go anywhere near as often as normal. It's not so much i can't get out, more i have no-one to do it with so i don't want to go and hurt myself, also my parents wouldn't let me go on my own. I have a couple of mates that do XC that will go every now and then, but it's not the once every 1/2 weeks that i'm used to. Not been biking for about 4 weeks now :'(
    I also find myself watching videos and getting annoyed i can't be riding!
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Grimmer View Post
    I would, but unfortunately the nearest wood with a slight gradient is about a 40 minute drive away, and it would suck going on my own. The reason i'm saying this is cause I refuse to go DH biking on my own in case i get hurt. And who i normally go with is away until June so i can't go anywhere near as often as normal. It's not so much i can't get out, more i have no-one to do it with so i don't want to go and hurt myself, also my parents wouldn't let me go on my own. I have a couple of mates that do XC that will go every now and then, but it's not the once every 1/2 weeks that i'm used to. Not been biking for about 4 weeks now :'(
    I also find myself watching videos and getting annoyed i can't be riding!
    ed to find more riders...how to find them....hang out at bike shops that cater to your riding style...so hang out 40 minutes away at a bike shop near that area...and leave your number plus riding style and ability at the shop and search local bike forums...

    bottom line you need more riding partners....but till your friend comes back...DO SOME TRAIL MAINTANCE
    the trick is ENJOYING YOUR LIFE EACH DAY, don't waste them away wishing for better days

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    Hmm, people are so different, I love to maintain trails and make some new ones and just walking in the woods alone. Same goes with riding, prefer to do it alone, if not then with a maximum of two good friends.
    Every day when I come home from college I choose a longer way through my local woods, just to envision me riding there and creating new lines, might spend hours there with out noticing the time fly by.

    Anyway, if you're not that kind of person, or as you said have it difficult to get to the woods you could just study hard, boring I know but you won't regret it once entrance exams or tests start to pop up.
    Reading is also good for practicing your language, see things from different perspectives and to broaden your vocabulary.
    Or then just start watching a new tv-series, read forums, visit facebook n ****..
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    buy a trials bike

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    Lie and say your meeting or going with people. That's what I did. I'm afraid of getting hurt too, just take it easy. No big drops or pushing the limits.

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    I'm with SMT. Go dig in the dirt. It's a fun and creative process, it allows you to build a trail that you will like, and it gets Karma on your side.
    Go ride your bike.

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    When I don't ride I do Trail Maintenance



    I even stop to help whenever I can


    I practice Hot Yoga too (No pics)
    I don't get bored
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    Haha, thanks a lot for all of your help guys! I really appreciate the input. I think I will go and help with trail maintenance/building and perhaps take my bike if there are people there that do it regularly Unfortunately It'll still have to wait till weekends, as it would be dark by the time i got there after college :/
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    You could find/buy/steal/rent a girlfriend...

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    As everyone mentioned this is no excuse not to be riding. Meeting other riders should be easy. If you do what other ppl have recommended you should have new riding buddies in no time. The more time you spend in the riding environment (trails, shops, movie premiers, etc.) the more riders you'll meet. Good luck and have fun!

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    i say keep sitting around whining that you have nothing to do or nowhere to ride. it seems to be working for you so far...


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    Quote Originally Posted by fryed_1 View Post
    You could find/buy/steal/rent a girlfriend...
    I can't imagine that being good for his ride time after his buddies get back...
    Build.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schneidie View Post
    I can't imagine that being good for his ride time after his buddies get back...
    Well it sounds like he doesn't want to ride solo or do anything on his own so ride time is a dead stick. After rereading he sounds like he's young so the girlfriend option at his parents house is likely out. Though if he doesn't have the motivation to get out and put some trail time in solo then finding a girlfriend is likely just as dead a point. Doesn't even have the option for alcohol yet to alleviate the boredom.

    So looks like Internet porn and a box of Kleenex for you kiddo!

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    HAaa you guys crack me up. I have had a girlfriend for over a year now so that's not an issue And as far as drinking goes i only have 2 months before i'm 18 -and yes, i live in England so i can buy alcohol at 18 And a lot of you guys seem to be making the assumption that i'm some sort of lazy arse that won't bother going out and doing stuff, infact i'm quite the opposite. All I'm saying is i always have a few hours after school, when i'm not doing school work, where I get bored and want to go riding!
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    So go ride...

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    Go ride, or move somewhere closer to trails!. Also, longboarding is fun. Or get a good 24" bmx cruiser, those are fun in the streets and you get bigger wheels than a standard bmx.

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