Mountain Biking 101: A Cautionary Tale

mountain bike walking uphill

I suppose there will be heck to pay for this one, but you know sometimes sacrifices must be made for the greater good. There is an old saying, simple and direct that has been applied to anything humans do, or have done - use it or lose it. Cycling possesses no special immunity to the maxim. And so...

There once was a woman who rode all the time. That blue Motebecane got around and it carried her where ever it went. She met her husband due to cycling. She rode with their son to school, though by now that Motebecane had become a pink Bianchi, or a pink Marin depending on how she felt, where she rode. She rode to the grocery store, the post office, to the sporting goods store, soccer games, Little League games, school meetings, and on recreational rides with various groups. Then, for one reason or another, her riding took a slack turn, so much so, that her old riding friends began to wonder what had happened. Her son warned her that she better get out or she would lose her fitness. Weeks went by with barely a turn of a wheel for each of those seven days, and seven more. And Seven more.

When, eventually she did hop on that pink Marin, it was to discover that in the passage of weeks, mountain biking, had somehow become mountain bike walking instead. Don't let this happen to you. Don't let mountain biking become mountain bike walking, don't let group riding become forever chasing the back of the bunch. Don't let this PSA go to waste. Get out and ride.


mountain bike walking uphill (with spectator)

mountain bike walking downhill

mountain bike walking downhill

mountain bike walking uphill

Well, she did make it to the the concrete capped summit of Mt. Beverest.

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