Video: 10 Things A Mountain Biker Should Experience


Well this is making the rounds today. It seems to be from Europe… Switzerland to be exact but they’re really hitting home with mountain bikers across the globe. Give it a view and see how you score.

I think the real title is not ‘Should Have Done’ but ‘Should Do’. For mountain biking, like all great disciplines is about looking forward and planning great adventures, and doing them over. ‘Rinse, Ride, Repeat’ are words to live by.

But this is just one person’s list. What’s on your list of Top Ten Things a Mountain Biker Should Experience.

Here’s FC of Mtbr’s list:

10. Go on a road trip and hit the Bend, OR area or the Sedona, AZ vortex with your best riding buddies.
9. Ride with your kid. Ride with your dad.
8. Ride during sunset, and sunrise.
7. Ride for seven days straight, sometimes twice a day.
6. Hit a stream crossing so hard that you get completely drenched.
5. Ride a flow trail or a pump track.
4. Have a post-ride bbq in the woods.
3. Have your favorite beer/IPA waiting for you after the ride. Or mid-ride.
2. Ride with so much joy that you forget what bike you’re riding or what day it is.
1. Ride so focused that you completely zone out for about 30 seconds.

And here’s our resident endurance hammer Mark Gouge’s list:

1. Ride a single speed
2. Ride the White rim trail in a day (100m in Moab)
3. Ride a Fat bike in the snow
4. Put a bell on your bike and see the smiles hikers give you for ringing it
5. Trail work
6. Ride in the Aspens when the colors are turning in the fall
7. Set a goal of riding a 100 m race in the summer and train towards it.
8. Put together a team with 3 buddies for a 24hr race
9. Ride an IMBA classic trail
10. Ride fast downhill while your buddy videos

What’s on your list?

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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  • Anthony says:

    Trail maintenance should be on the list. Too many riders take advantage of others’ laborious efforts without ever contributing…

  • stonebite says:

    the most important point is missing – natural justice and technically clean trails to ride on. every biker is traveling at each section is a curve driven with a locked rear wheel. the trail is destroyed within one to two years – certainly here in Switzerland – just because there is too much biker who can not bike

  • Evil E says:

    I would add..ride with some newbies. Get new riders into the sport, but more importantly, teach them the right way…good technique, trail etiquette, etc.

  • Francis Cebedo says:

    >>I would add..ride with some newbies. Get new riders into the sport, but more importantly, teach them the right way…good technique, trail etiquette, etc.

    Absolutely. Ride with noobs and make them luv it!!!

  • LuisM. says:

    Ride with passion and appreciate the abundant beauty that brings us back to those places. Take care of them and give back.

  • Julie says:

    That’s it? Nooo! I’m not ready to retire from MTB’ing just yet! I guess I haven’t crossed a big mtn range in Switzerland yet though. Definitely trail work, volunteering with the local mtb advocacy club, and helping newbs be more confident and safe on the bike are all very intrinsically gratifying. I’d add riding with FC to the bucket list because he has the best post-ride beer selection. 🙂

  • Bill says:

    Grow the biking community by selling one of your bikes super cheap to someone who really wants to ride but can’t afford a new rig.

  • JoeNamat says:

    How can you ride down to the sea in Switzerland … which is in middle of Europe with no shore at all! It just has lakes … but ok for having riding Switzerland and even crossing it on the scenic Alpine Bike trail, it’s an amazing country !

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