After several weeks of following this forum, I have arrived at the conclusion everyone that enters the Mountain Biking area of this forum is doing different things. If you own a mountain bike, does this make you a mountain biker? What if you have a mountain bike and your nearest mountain is 600 miles away?
What if you have never, hucked, jumped or whatever else you call it? Are you still a Mountain Biker? I have a mountain bike and when I descend over a curb I go VERY slowly over the curb. (Don't want to bend that rim you know.) This certainly doesn't sound like a mountain biker. Still my ride takes me off road and onto different sorts of terrain. I ride fast and hard but do my darndest to avoid getting hurt. (job to keep, kids to raise etc.
Maybe there needs to be different designators for different kinds of MTB riders. I would probably earn an Angela Landsbury designation no doubt. Seriously it seems that some of the advice that is offered in this forum applies to different things. For example somebody may trash a certain MTB because it performed poorly while jumping off a 6' drop. However it may be a very capable bike for the casual trail rider. After having spent the last 15 years working on mechanical things, it is obvious to me that most things are not meant to be abused. I would dare say, even mountain bikes. Maybe they are "meant" to be abused but they certainly won't last as long if they are as compared to something that isn't abused.
Well the more I type the more confused I get. I just wonder if owning a Mountain bike makes you a mountain biker any more than owning a piano makes you a piano player?