22 Jan Ian – My Ride in MTBWA
While every mountain bikers journey is different, from the trail head every rider shares a common path. MTBWA wants to celebrate you, the riders!
MTB is a lifestyle where both rider and steed (bike) share adventures across the landscape. It is a culture of getting outside, hitting the trails, and breathing in the outdoors. Our machines sit ready and waiting for the next experience. Be it as our therapist after a bad day at work, or to sneak an opportunity to meet with mates. It is all too easy to get swept up in the fast pace of life, the next race or the next shiny new ‘must have’ item that can make us forget the whole reason why we jumped on a bike in the first place….To.Have.Fun #MTBYourWA.
So this is a celebration of you, the riders and your machine. From industry faces to weekend warriors, MTBWA wants to hear about the bike that has given you that grin from ear to ear.
Why this ride? Specialised Fuse 27.5+ hardtail. It’s a fun all-purpose machine. Even better with the upgrades!
What’s your fave can’t live without bike related item? My van. I can transport a few bikes, pick up mates, drive to the trails and it’s set up with a bed, cooking and storage for weekends.
Natural or man made? Somewhere in between. The old school, hand built trails are my preference.
Fave place to ride ever? France. Did a solo self-supported bike tour along the Loire, Doubs, Saone and Rhine in 2011.
How long have you been riding bikes? Seriously, since 2007. Did a 750km group ride in 2008.
Fave bike you’ve ever owned? I’d have to say my Surly Long Trucker. I built it from scratch and that’s what I used for my Euro tour. It now lives in the UK.
Other hobby or interests? Guitar and ukulele, kayaking.
Rocky rooty or fast and flowy? Hmm. Difficult. Not mad on rocks, but I’m not fast either! How about a ‘spectacular bush with interesting windy trail with some natural features’?
What got you interested in MTB? Dave and I discovered Kalamunda trails by chance in 2012. I’ve been choking on his dust ever since…..
Strava or for the fun? Fun, but Strava nags me to do my 80km a week.
Last thing you purchased for riding? A new bottom bracket. Those things are the achilles heel of mountain bikes.
Photo credit : All photos provided by Ian.