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    Why I don't mountain bike.



    from: The GrindTV Blog article on the Red Bull Rampage.

    My 61-year young body wouldn't be able to handle much of this anymore.

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    Video URL updated, courtesy of El Segundo (post #15).
    Last edited by volosong; 10-10-12 at 10:57 PM. Reason: figuring out how to post a video
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    How did you find my video. That fall realy hurt, but I am OK!

    Really - I just don't understand . . .

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    Good gawd, the bottom nearly fell out of my stomach a few times, THEN he hit the big drop and big jump, holy cow! And to come out of it relatively unscathed. Amazing.

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    Yeah, Mountain Biking and doing a jumps did this to me. The wife wants me to get a trike now. My new mottoes are act your age and Gravity is a good law, don't break it.
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    16 years of MTB's and in 2006 I decided that my favoured form of it was too much for me. I was into enduros- Long distance treks and I know my last one had a bit of adverse weather with it- but I decided at 59 that it was time to settle into something more sensible.

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    Carried on mountain biking and still do occasionally but instead of bouncing when I fall- I now go "Thud".
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    I did some mountain bike racing in the early 90's. The last race I did, I came off a two-foot drop with the bike nose-down. Broke the frame in half, almost broke my neck. That was enough for me; I haven't ridden a mountain bike since.

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    I ride maybe three times per year up at the Fair Hill preserve in Cecil County, MD with my old college roommate. His MTB skills are finely tuned. Mine...not so much. The single track there isn't nearly as dangerous as most younger folks ride, but still, I'm pretty tense during most rides. I used to enjoy the thrills of log ramps, jumps, rocky stream crossings, root and rock-garden climbs, etc., but now I worry about the risk of injury. I still ride, but a with a lot less bravado...

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    Some things just hold absolutely no attraction for me. The activity in that video would be on the short list. That's a half a step away from walking into a South Philadelphia bar wearing a New York Giants jersey after they've kicked the Eagles butts. What do you think is gonna happen? Yeah, you're gonna get hurt.
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    I'm 65 and love mountain biking, but my riding is a million miles from the type of riding on the video. To my mind that's more akin to trick riding, and I just don't have the skills for it. I like single-track and forest trail riding and the occasional trail centre ride - but I know my limitations these days and don't bounce when I hit the floor anymore. It took me almost 4 months to recover enough from 2 torn knee ligaments on a trail centre tumble to ride again and I just don't want to waste that sort of time again.

    In my area I find road riding much more dangerous due to narrow roads, pot-holes and inconsiderate drivers. I think if I lived in the States with the wide open roads I might do more road stuff as well as the mtb riding
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    The Red Bull Rampage is about as close to the type of mountain biking we do as... well it isn't remotely the same. There are only a handfull of guys in the world who do that event.
    The mtb riding I do doesn't involve leaving the ground if I can help it.

    I also agree that road riding is the most dangerous thing we do.

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    Give me a full-body airbag system, and I might consider doing something so patently insane... Nah, never happen!

    Meh. "This video has been removed by the user"
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    I went MTBing last month in Colorado. I eyed every death cookie with suspicion, and I really sensed that I was too old to be doing that kind of thing. That, and the altitude. I'm lucky to be alive.

    It was pretty cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Bierbaum View Post
    Meh. "This video has been removed by the user"
    That's too bad. I showed a rider with what looked like either a helmet mounted camera or a chest mounted one. He rode down this ridge about 12-18 inches wide, a pretty steep slope. He hesitates at the crest of a ridge, then barrels down to a jump ramp across a canyon ... and doesn't quite make it and falls to the canyon floor below. No major injuries, but couldn't compete the next day.
    Deut 6:5

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    Mountain bikes, they just need fenders, racks, lights and street slicks to be perfectly wonderful bikes.
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    Thank you, kind sir. OP updated with your URL.
    Deut 6:5

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    "Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders - The most famous of which is 'never get involved in a land war in Asia'".
    - Vizzini during his "battle of wits" with the Man in Black

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    Looked like fun until the steep downhill section, but I know better than to try riding anything technical myself. I am far too clumsy and would get broken! I do love my mountain bike, even though the poor thing mostly gets ridden on pavement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Mountain bikes, they just need fenders, racks, lights and street slicks to be perfectly wonderful bikes.

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    The thing is, this isn't mt. biking. It's extreme downhilling.

    Mt biking is when you ride UP that hill, then go back down. !

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    I spent most of my 20's racing Motocross, riding Enduros then Trials on various motorcycles. I find the throttle on my MTN bike far less responsive. Only problem is I sometimes ride now, like I did then and believe me, it can get exciting real quick. And yes, I go thud as well.

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    Luckily, I spent most of my life trying not to get hurt. So far it has worked fairly well for me. I enjoy watching the x games and such but it is not for me.

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    I got through most of my death-wish activities in my early years and luckily survived. Now the challenge is to survive the nincompoop drivers on the road.

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    I know you are kidding(or hope so). Nothing says you have to do that kind of stuff. I ride a mtn bike all the time and rarely leave the ground. I hear people all the time say they wouldn't mtn bike "because it's dangerous". I feel a LOT safer on the mtn bike averaging a whopping 6-8 mph than the road bike going 40 mph downhill on unforgiving blacktop............... but that is just me.

    THIS is mountain biking. Me videoing my friend in front of me. Scary!....not:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQCDj...3&feature=plcp
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    I gave up mountain biking when I started breaking stuff with too much regularity. Sometimes it was something on the bike that got broken and sometimes it was me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbadwullf View Post
    I know you are kidding(or hope so). Nothing says you have to do that kind of stuff. I ride a mtn bike all the time and rarely leave the ground. I hear people all the time say they wouldn't mtn bike "because it's dangerous". I feel a LOT safer on the mtn bike averaging a whopping 6-8 mph than the road bike going 40 mph downhill on unforgiving blacktop............... but that is just me.

    THIS is mountain biking. Me videoing my friend in front of me. Scary!....not:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQCDj...3&feature=plcp

    Now that's what I call mountain biking!

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