If you’re a city dweller, who lives and breathes mountain biking, you’re probably really starting to feel the pain of the lockdown now. Heck, even if you live somewhere remote and have been sneaking in some rides as part of your allocated exercise time (please, for the love of god, stay safe out there) it’s probably not been the same has it? No real vibe. No proper atmosphere. No collective excitement about hitting the pub with your mates afterward.
Anyway, here’s 10 signs that lockdown is beginning to get to you. Talk about deeply relatable content, am I right?
1) You’ve Turned The Living Room Into A Trail
We see you over there. Sticking the 10 best GoPro mountain biking clips of 2019 up on your telly, and “riding” your bike towards it as if, yes, you were the rider in the clips. It’s almost as good as mountain biking isn’t it? Almost. And by almost, we mean it’s nothing like mountain biking in real life and is… essentially… an absolute husk on the enjoyment front.
2) You’re Spending A Lot Of Your Time Staring
The other day you somehow managed to spend 78 minutes just staring at your bike. You know it was 78 minutes because, after 78 minutes of staring at your bike, your girlfriend came into the room and said “you know you’ve spent 78 minutes staring at your bike, don’t you?”
You didn’t know that, and you didn’t care. Time with the bike is sacred.
Other days, you’ve just pulled a chair up to the window and sort of looked out forlornly at the clouds in the sky; imagining untouched trails, muddy berms, and going to the pub afterwards with your mates. You’ve done the tinny thing with your crew on Zoom but it’s just not the same, is it?