The first MTB trail you ever rode. Bike: http://amzn.to/2aDKuU3
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As a mountain biker, you might remember the first trail you ever rode, and the clunker of a bike you were likely riding. You might have better equipment now, more endurance, and experience, but you can always return to that first trail and relive the day you started riding bikes in the dirt.
I'm back on Long Island for the weekend, so let’s take a ride to Stillwell Woods Park, the place where I first went mountain biking over 20 years ago. I'm positive that my dad and I rode Stillwell without helmets, gloves, or any gear beyond water bottles. Back then I wasn’t aware of the finer points of mountain biking—none of that really crossed my mind. It didn’t seem like there was much room to improve this otherwise perfect activity. My ignorance was blissful.
Over the years I’ve gained experience, become more opinionated, and spent a lot of money on bike stuff. This tends to happen when you become obsessed with something. While I think we can all agree that getting new stuff is awesome, sometimes you need to make due with what you have. It's during those times where you should think back to your first ride, and all the fun you had on that clunker of yours. Nobody can ever take that smile away from you, then or now.
It’s been about 10 years since I last rode Stillwell, and a lot has changed. New sections have been added, and the trail has become more fun overall. As the sport, the gear, and the riders evolve, so too do the sanctuaries that trail builders carve from their respective hills.
The Internet has made techniques and repair advice available to anyone, technology has made bikes vastly more capable, and generations of athletes have pushed the boundaries of what’s possible to do on a bike. I think we all have a lot to look forward to.
So the next time you’re back in your home town, or wherever it was that you first rode a mountain bike, take a ride on those trails for old time’s sake. Reflect on how far you’ve come, and all the other trails that followed. Let it serve as a reminder for why you started riding your bike in the dirt in the first place.
Thanks for riding with me today, and I'll see you next time.
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