My Local Mountain Bike Trail Is Boring! | MTB Problems Solved With GMBN

My Local Mountain Bike Trail Is Boring! | MTB Problems Solved With GMBN


– So your local trail is boring, now that could be a big problem. And what is scary is this
could happen to the best of us with the best of trails, well most of us because that
does look pretty good actually. Trails can be boring for many reasons, for example, not all of us can
enjoy the hand-carved trails of a famous bike park,
in fact, dare I say it, most of us ride trails that
don’t even resemble a bike park. Most of our trails are quite
tame, lacking berms and jumps, they can be over-pedally, long on climbs, short on downhill action and in most serious of cases, they don’t even have a view, yuck. (dramatic music) Even if you do have that
dream trail as your local, even then there’s no guarantee that you can resist
boredom from setting in. Simply overdoing it, just
riding the same spot too much, can take the joy away, make it stale. Imagine living so close
to an incredible trail and somehow it loses its mojo. Oh, that sucks so bad, but that can happen and once it does, then you’re in the same boat as someone with no trail at all. Big problem so let’s try and solve it. First up invite some friends to come and ride your trail with you. No one is going to
spice up your local spot than a gang of mates ripping it up. Every line you’ve ever seen will be suddenly put under scrutiny, new gaps will be found. A fresh set of eyes can breathe
new life into old trails. Riding with your friends is one sure way to rejuvenate any trail,
including your old faithful. The level of excitement is bound to double just because you have no idea what your friends will make of the trail that you’ve got so much to owe
to in terms of your riding. There’s two eventualities here, you’ll either be booming with pride as they gush about how they’ve
enjoyed such a great spot. With this outcome you’ll
be pretty chuffed. Of course you may get the opposite result but at least you’ll know
which bit of the trail sucked and what needs some improvement. It might be time to get the old spade out and do some trail maintenance. If your local has corners and berms, then chances are there are
some sick gaps to be had. You’re looking for the
moments in the trail where one corner can
be connected to another via jumping out of the trail and then landing back in the trail, essentially leapfrogging
a section of the track. So look for those gaps. These little treats
won’t be on every corner and if you discover one,
you’ll need a certain amount of skill and technique to make it work but that’s what makes these
gems so valuable, so precious. They’re like the points in the video game where a new skill opens
up a whole new element of the game itself. Once you can link those gaps, the track itself will take
on a whole new character. Next level, push yourself
to clock the very best time on your local lap or trail. This side of riding is
not always for everyone because the competitive
mentality can be quite stressful but if liven up your local
trail is on the agenda, then this is the perfect
way to bring it to life. Set that initial time and you’ll have a marker to ride against. I’m confident that as soon
as you’ve started racing against yourself then you’ll
find new lines, new fitness, and a fresh new attitude
towards your riding spot. Setting good times is
all about line choice and managing your pace,
especially if this is a big loop. in fact, trying to go quick will test you and it doesn’t stop with
timing laps or runs. After that you can dissect your
trail to create mini stages that are reliant on a
more sprint-based attack. Of course you can go the other way with it by setting times for multiple loops. Either way, timing your
riding is a great strategy for breathing life into your ride. Trials is where I cut my teeth so I’ve always got that side
of my riding on my mind, but even if trials isn’t
something you understand or know about, you can
still use the basic concept to create a version of trials that will essentially be
a whole new discipline to unleash on your trail or riding spot. The idea in trials is
riding to keep your feet up and challenge yourself
with that basic idea is enough to test your riding ability in a fantastic and fun way. To get started, think
about what you can ride without putting your feet
down or dismounting for. Then start trying to find
ways to conquer those points. The feeling of achievement you experience as you tick these challenges
off will be awesome. At the end of the day
each section you conquer will also be another
level up in your ability. Useful trials obstacles and
challenges you can look out for are logs, rocks, steps, and
routes, all of those work. Also look for things like picnic benches and street furniture that could bring your local loop to life. In trials, anything goes really, the only no-no is putting your feet down. (horn honking) Can you ride the entire
local loop completely clean, not a dab in sight? Go on, I challenge you. Ride it backwards, this
is almost so obvious you could easily overlook
this as an option at all and if you’re thinking that
it won’t be that different, you’re in for a surprise. This negative version of your trail is going to be completely
different, riding so differently that you’ve essentially just discovered an entirely new trail
hidden in plain sight. You’re welcome. Now one thing to remember,
it’s really important actually, is whether your local can be
ridden in both directions. If you start riding
towards oncoming traffic, especially when that
traffic isn’t expecting you, it’s going to end badly. The same goes for riding up
an exclusively down trail, attention needed. As good as this idea is, it isn’t worth that
danger if that’s the case, but if this is a multi-directional trail then make sure you turn
things on their head and ride that new direction. You’ll have broadened the
potential of your trail in a massive way. So there you have it, a few
options to breathe new life into that old faithful trail. I really hope it helps and let me know in the
comment section down below and also in this poll above my head, did I solve the problem? And if there’s something I’ve missed that could help a fellow rider, then make sure you put it in
the comments down there too. Help that rider get some extra enjoyment from their local trail
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