Being a mountain biker is a curious thing. It’s something that starts out as a simple hobby but eventually becomes part of your identity. Instead of indulging in sour patch kids and hours of netflix, you spend your free time debating things like riding position, stem length, and clipless vs platform pedals. Here’s five reasons you should join the club.
It’s An Amazing Workout
Some of you may be saying, “You’re not helping your case..” but remember last week when you were catching up on Game of Thrones and thinking, “I should really get some exercise”? Well, here’s your outlet. Forget trying to find an open, non-sweat-drenched machine at the gym, or spending hours each week running on the most monotonous piece of equipment known to man (a.k.a the treadmil). Instead, spend time being outdoors, exploring the world around you, discovering places you didn’t even know existed.
You Spend Time Outdoors
Remember what your mom used to tell you as a kid (or for some of you, what you beg your kids to do)? Get outside! Get some fresh air! Spend time riding to a secluded place to watch the sunrise. Ditch the crowded gym and hit the outdoors.
Modern Day Exploration
From finding new and cool places in your own city to travelling across the world to hit up trails that bring the travel channel to life, your bike is a tool for exploration.
You’ll Make New Friends
Simply put the biking community is great. You’ll meet new people in new places that you never would have imagined. You could head out for a ride by yourself and leave the trail with a couple new friends who know and will introduce you to all the cool restaurants in town.
You’ll Grow As A Person
There are few things more satisfying as making it to the end of a grinder or cleanly riding down a steep and windy trail. Whether you’re a beginner or grow to be an advanced biker, the challanges never end. There’s always new trails to ride and new places to see.