Thursday, June 04, 2020

Downhill from There


I have owned a mountain bike once, it was not terribly practical for around town riding and I parted with it. These are serious downhill machines, full hydraulically dampened suspension, reinforced frames, heavy duty disk brakes, these machines are build for riding down a mountain side. In this case trails and slopes at a ski resort.  They go to the top in a ski lift, and ride back down.  I think I could do that, I'd have to take it slow, ride the brakes, pick the less bumpy trail.  Then do it again and again.  The bike school provides tips on how to lesson the chance of dying on the way down.  I'd want to go to school. And you have to sign a waiver that starts out in bold print YOU MAY DIE!  

Would you try it once? 

13 comments:

  1. Hell no. The most bike excitement I ever had was riding in a motorcycle sidecar and that was enough.

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    1. The thrills you could have in a sidecar!

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  2. Mountain biking never interested me.

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    1. There are some amazing downhill trails.

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  3. Not for me. Talk dirty to me about electric bicycles and not pedalling.

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    1. I've played that game a couple of times, out across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.

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  4. Not likely. Too hard to carry a walker to use once I get off the bike!

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    1. There is a former downhill cyclist in England developing a the wheel electric off-road bike.

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  5. "Would you try it once?" Are you kidding? I can't even ride a regular bike that has the simplest of gears. I can only ride a "one-speed" bike.

    The first time I realized that ski resorts were used for mountain biking in the off-season was a few years ago when I was in Whistler in the summer time. What a boon the cyclists have been to ski resorts!

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    1. Expanding to the summer season must help. I worry that the bikes are hard on the mountain side.

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  6. nope, I ain't THAT adventurous!

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    1. It could be fun to sit in the bar at the bottom with binoculars and watch.

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  7. I guess not; I've reached the age I worry about hip fractures.

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