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Old 08-19-08, 05:37 AM   #1
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why do you like mtb?

for me its the fresh air.
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Old 08-19-08, 06:24 AM   #2
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I like nature and seeing it up close. A bike gets me there.
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Old 08-19-08, 09:51 AM   #3
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its the best of both worlds of hiking and biking.

and i like adrenaline.
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Old 08-19-08, 09:56 AM   #4
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Let me put it this way: road biking= BORING
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Old 08-19-08, 10:06 AM   #5
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Road biking is not boring at all.

Mountain biking is just more fun.
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Old 08-19-08, 10:17 AM   #6
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Road biking is not boring at all.

Mountain biking is just more fun.
Perhaps my comparison was too harsh. I do like my road bike. But you're right, the fun factor ramps up quite a bit on the MTB. Road is smooth, fast, constant. MTB offers varied challenges, more adrenalin. Both are great workouts.
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Old 08-19-08, 10:36 AM   #7
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For me it's about being in the moment. When I road bike (Which I enjoy for other reasons) or run on the road or pavement my mind is free to wander. I think about work, personal problems, junk. But when I'm mountain biking or trail running my mind has to be in the moment. I'm not worrying about tomorrows business meeting or how I'm going to get the kids to school and still get to work on time. I'm thinking what gear do I need now, can I clear this log, some brake but not too much, stuff like that. It is actually relaxing.
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Old 08-19-08, 10:38 AM   #8
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I do it for the girls.
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Old 08-19-08, 02:26 PM   #9
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I like blast through the woods at a high rate of speed. I also like watching hikers diving for cover with a look of panic and fear in their eyes. I like spooking horses to the point of throwing riders into briar thickets. I like running down small animals. It's the simple things that make me happy.
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I like smacking into the trees...the blood...the animal poop that flies up from the trail from my meaty 2.35's.

Poop and blood for me.
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Old 08-19-08, 03:30 PM   #11
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I love the freedom and adventure aspect

Also the challenges. I think the fact that my family goes off-roading in our four-wheel-drive quite a bit also has a large contribution to the fact that I love going off-road on my bike
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Old 08-19-08, 07:05 PM   #12
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Cause when I crash it's softer to hit dirt than asphault.
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The technical aspects and skill involved are fun. I'm a big fan of built features on trails.
Road biking isn't so bad. Criteriums are great fun, there's actually a lot of skill required, both in terms of technical and mental. That said, I also do XC running and track which are boring as hell, so it may be like saying your new Wally-World bike is the best thing ever after coming off a penny-farthing.
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I like finding new ways to hurt myself...
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Old 08-22-08, 12:36 AM   #16
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There is a lot to see in this world that we are in.
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+1 to what's been said already (-1 for the poop and +5 for the girls)

also, it can be cheaper than other sports, like indy car racing, or yachting
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After dominating simple, average sports like lacrosse, I decided I needed a challenge.
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Old 08-22-08, 07:38 AM   #19
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Riding in a straight line on a road bike gets boring sometimes.

(But I dont have an MTB coz I dont wanna spend time cleaning the bike up after a muddy excursion - I like in UK and it's always muddy when off-roading).
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For me it's about being in the moment. When I road bike (Which I enjoy for other reasons) or run on the road or pavement my mind is free to wander. I think about work, personal problems, junk. But when I'm mountain biking or trail running my mind has to be in the moment. I'm not worrying about tomorrows business meeting or how I'm going to get the kids to school and still get to work on time. I'm thinking what gear do I need now, can I clear this log, some brake but not too much, stuff like that. It is actually relaxing.
I couldn't have said it better.

Roadbike = Too much time to think
MTB = Thinking about the rocks, logs, line I will take. I forget about my day and live in the moment. NO CARS, no noise, no smog.
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Simple.

Mtbing takes my mind off of things. It puts you in this numb, focused, synchronized with the bike sort of feel. It's the rush. It's just flying through the woods and not really thinking about anything but your bike and what you're doing.
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I used to love the outdoors, fishing etc. until I moved to SoCal. To many people everywhere you go, not like Montana where you have peace and serenity when outdoors. Then I found mtn biking....or it found me, i am not sure which. Now I can go for a ride and never see anyone if I choose and just enjoy the wildlife and scenery in peace, or get together with some friends and ride. The only time I truly look forward to being around a lot of people is on race day.
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I love it because it gave me back blasting through the woods and racing - - neither of which my wife would have been too crazy about if it was still aboard a dirt bike.
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I love it because it gave me back blasting through the woods and racing - - neither of which my wife would have been too crazy about if it was still aboard a dirt bike.
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I'm strictly a road biker. However, I often drive my Jeep onto dirt mountain roads in the forest in the summer. When it's dry, it stirs up dust from the road. I started braking for mountain bikers. I stopped driving past them at 30-40 miles an hour, churning up enough dust so they can't see see anything for 3-5 minutes. Now I shoot for 5-10 mph.
I guess this is getting back to the "fresh air" pickle357 mentioned.
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