Journey of a Malvern rider

Journey of a Malvern rider We have been riding for almost 15 years and and have continued to see it as one of our favourite past-times. Other sports have come and gone – football, snowboarding, climbing . . . but biking has remained at the forefront of our active hobbies and we believe it is the versatility of the sport that makes it seem to grow with us. As young teenagers, a bike was an effective method of transport to go and see mates when our parents weren’t up to driving. It was used solely for the purpose of transport, with no inclination to explore its off road capabilities (mainly due to our ignorance of mountain bikes). Once introduced to the concept of suspension and being utterly fixated by it, the purpose of transport soon expanded into more of an off road adventure. We enjoyed riding across the local hills and places such as Forest of Dean on family holidays with our newly fitted riser bars, wider tyres and suspension forks. Still with an appreciation for how it got us from A to B, we explored the idea of applying a bike journey to raising money for charity and pedalled towards a rewarding sum for a children’s hospital. The bicycle became a method for doing good, having an impact on others whilst providing us with a sense of achievement. Regularly venturing over the hills after school introduced us to the adrenaline aspect of riding and basic stunts such as bunnyhopping and endo turns were explored to help overcome trail obstacles. The ability to manoeuvre a bike soon grew and pitiful attempts at wheelies became a regular method of trying to show off in front of girls. Reverting back to a fully rigid steed, trials riding then became the focal point of biking as we started to learn to hop on a back wheel. Riding a bike over urban environments in the most fluid and stylish method possible became the next agenda. Following this and soon realising we missed the thrill and invigoration of off-road, we explored the downhill approach and indulged in a full on downhill beast for launching off things we wouldn’t normally jump off on foot. Massive fun and brilliantly invigorating, we gradually pushed our potential with both speed and lines, soon flying over tracks we would previously have over-cautiously negotiated. Nowadays we tend to have different bikes to cater for the different disciplines, but the common theme is what the bike represents to us – a sense of sheer freedom to roam and explore wherever and however we want.