Top 7 worst things about being a mountain biker

It's the best sport in the world but...

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Getting a flat tire’s in muddy terrain with dog poo in your tire is not a favorite thing.

It’s not a hobby but a great lifestyle right? There are so many great things about it that there are always minor annoyances here and there. We often forget about them but it’s ok to point them out and complain now and then.

There are a lot of absolutely amazing things about our favorite sport. But there are a few things that every mountain biker dreads, from forgetting your tools, to riding with a parking lot laggard, which our GMBN friends refer to as a ‘faffer’.

When it’s going well, mountain biking can be the absolute best sport in the world, nothing beats the feeling of really hooking up your favorite trail. But there are a few things that can make even the most dedicated rider despair. Here are Blake of GMBN’s worst things about being a mountain biker.

What are your worst things about being a mountain biker? Is there anything you think missed?


About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • GuyOnMTB says:

    Faffing – This is what potheads do.

    Foggy goggles – Get some JT double-panes. Don’t fog and have higher puncture/breakage resistance. Apply Rain-X to the outside pane and mud will just flip right off. Also, get a front fender if you know you are in mud.

    Punctures – Go tubeless.

    Tools – Forgetting those, just stop biking.

    Dirty gear – I played speedball paintball up and down the west coast for 6 years getting far dirtier than MTB has ever gotten me. So, get dirty, and dirty, then clean yourself. Or stay home.

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