Its not bike technology that aggravates us. We can get over flimsy "toilet paper" carbon frames and all the different wheels sizes and trends. This isn't a problem cause all of the different styles have there place and who doesn't like buying new stuff and trying new ideas in an effort to being faster than your buddies.
What you don't screw with is our trails. "But it is to bumpy, slick, technical, fast and scary!" Then don't ride the damn trail. "No we should make them easier."" They are washed out and water just runs off." Whoopty fucking do is all I have to say to all that bull shit. I can remember growing up going to trails where people were scared of trails. Trails such as Hard Rock, Lakeland, Redick, and Gatorback would have people worrying/ dreading racing there. Though we still have Gatorback and few other old school trails, I feel like regulations and jackasses have control of our trails.
Yes trails do need reroutes and trail work after awhile but it doesn't need the jackasses.
Zak's Definition of Trail Jackass:
- One who rides through trail on their own will/desire and crashes then find someone to sue.
- One who finds that the trail they are riding to hard for them and goes back and "fixes" the problem.
- One who thinks they know how to do trail work and doesn't know jack shit and makes it worse or more dangerous.
I usually try to keep my old man syndrome in but today I just had to vent. And to be completely honest I erased a couple of paragraphs on our recent trail work trends of machines and clay use but I decided that might be a little much and would turn into a lot of cursing.
But on a positive note I am feeling good on the bike and its nice to know the speed is coming back. Being able to notice the speed coming back just adds to the motivation and desire to keep training.