A quiet mountain bike is a happy mountain bike. Still, even the most dialed chariot rattles and clicks down the trail.
Loose terrain is soft, amorphous, and a bear to ride. Climbing up will leave your legs and lungs burning, and descending is a sketchy proposition at best.
Being prepared for a mountain bike ride means bringing a lot of stuff, and remembering all the pieces can be a challenge.
Analyzing the mental math that goes into deciding when to take a risk on the trail, and when to take a pass.
Mountain biking is a risky sport, and with risk comes reward. It’s also a lot of work, and when you work hard, you deserve to play hard, amirite?