Rules? Do we need any stinkin’ rules? Well, yes, we do.

the-geekFrom the reasoning of the Dawg name to the best comic book authors, from the history of the Hot to a timeline of industrial music, Cory has the trivia, and the opinions to mouth off about it.

Many crusty old mountain bikers will tell you about the “good ol’ days.” This sort of revisionist memory is wrong, and should be punished with great severity – except for maybe one facet. You see, these people conveniently forget about rigid forks and u-brakes. They forget about crappy clothing, and uncomfortable, terribly vented helmets. Seven speed top bar shifting? It wasn’t as good as you’ve been told. Trail access was terrible, and the trail quality was generally much better.
The one thing that might have been better was that trails weren’t as crowded. But with those crowds came the better trails, better equipment, and the awesome bragging right that we as mountain bikers have of seeing Chester Cheetah pictured on a mountain bike on his bag of “food.” I know I’d be happy to have slightly more crowded trails in order to see a true hero like Chester on a mountain bike!

Since trails are more populated, and running across another mountain biker, hiker, or group of either is more likely, there are a few rules that need to be followed. Yeah, I know, bummer, but it can’t be all “dude bro brah sick gnar” all the time.

1. Yield to uphill riders. Really. This experiment will demonstrate why. On a downhill, stop. Now start again. Pretty easy! Now try it going uphill. Not so easy.
2. Stay in control. If you’re not in control, you’re damaging the trail by skidding around, and you can really get hurt or hurt someone else flying into blind corners.
3. Sign says no trespassing? Don’t trespass. Same for no bikes.
4. Don’t litter. If you were thinking about littering, you’re probably a jackass.
5. Be nice! This mountain biking stuff is fun, and that’s why we’re all doing it. If you’re trying to set a personal record, or are training, you can still smile, wave and say hi. It’s good for the planet.
6. Lastly, check out IMBA’s real rules of the trail. They know what they’re talking about way better than I do.
Most of this is basic, common sense stuff, but based on a few exceptions I’ve run into, it’s either not or those people lack common sense. Okay, so one of those guys actually has a restraining order against him on a local trail system because of his trail antics, and recently screamed obscenities at a buddy that passed him on an uphill climb, but for most of us, it’s common sense.
Have fun out there!

One thought on “Rules? Do we need any stinkin’ rules? Well, yes, we do.

  1. I haven’t forgotten about rigid forks, 6 speed thumb shifters and chainstay-mounted u-brakes! But yeah, more crowds brings more acceptance and more strength in numbers.

Comments are closed.