I’m bike shopping but I can’t decide between a cross country and an all mountain bike. I came across this funny and also helpful description of the different types of ‘off road’ bikes and types of riding:
Downhill: A race to see who can coast the fastest on a motorcycle that's had the engine removed and then riding a ski lift back up.
Free ride: Downhill without a time clock.
Urban Assault: Trying to justify spending all that money on a mountain bike for riding on the pavement.
Dirt Jumping: Falling off cliffs while holding onto a bicycle.
Cross Country: Riding skinny little fragile bikes expecting to be able to do everything downhillers/free riders do on bikes built with the strength of a road bike.
All Mountain: Overweight XC guys who ride bikes with too much travel and too much weight to really be useful.
I should be insulted since I do a lot of urban assaults but it’s a funny and somewhat true description since I have a way too expensive ‘off road’ bike that spends most of it’s time on asphalt. But I live in Orlando so our overpasses are our hills and we enjoy them the best we can!
Cat ‘for this much money they should have a motor’ Cathy