As spring approaches and I get back into the mode of almost everyday riding, I have been thinking a lot. Maybe its because my mind wanders a bit too much at work but I have been thinking of what excites me on two wheels. I have always been a DHer and might always be. But here is what I’m realizing. A day of DHing is actually a lot of sitting around. For example, a full day of practice at Snowshoe is 6-8 practice runs and if each run is 5 minutes I am only on the bike 30-40 minutes. Don’t get me wrong, those are an intense 40 minutes but the setup to ride a DH bike is a lot of work. You need a highly specialized bike, a shuttle truck or lift, a hill, and easy access from a road. That seems like a lot of layers for 5 minutes. The problem is I am addicted to it. But, what if you could get that same feeling but for much longer? What about a trail bike? Some of the best and longest DH runs I have ridden aren’t near roads or lifts. A properly setup trail bike can get you there. Yeah you got to pedal there and it may not be fun but you get the added bonus of exercise. Now what about a dirt bike? This past Saturday I rode 50 miles and had that intense feeling for closer to 5 hours not minutes. Maybe I just need to man up and get over having to race for 2-3 hrs.