If you have watched Full Metal Jacket then you may recognize the title as a modified excerpt of the “Rifleman’s Creed”. It’s a creed which I think can translate well to resonate with most mountain bikers.
Here is the mountain biker’s creed
I’ve added some description so we don’t take it word for word
This is my Bike. There are many like it, but this one is mine.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen 2 of the same bikes. We modify our bikes to our own style that they are all unique in some way
My Bike is my best friend. It is my life.
I consider this as mountain biking being your passion
I must master it as I must master my life.
Don’t go in half-hearted, always look at how you can better your riding and riding experience
Without me, my bike is useless.
Your bike is your tool, you’re the rider and you’re in control
Without my bike, I am useless.
Look after and maintain your bike. If your bike fails, you fail
The rest is irrelevant unless you plan on defending your country with your bike.
The reason I put the above on paper (or online) is because each line resonates with what mountain biking is and means to me.
Mountain biking has become a huge part of my life and without it there would be a large hole which would be difficult to fill. Outside of my family life, it’s my place where I can shake off the excess baggage life throws us on a daily basis.
And my bike, it has become a part of that. My Giant Trance is a 2012 fatty with 26” wheels and by today’s standards is a grandpa. But I don’t think I could ever be rid of it. I’ve realized that it’s no longer a just a bike but there and emotional attachment. Why is that?
Over the years I’ve had highs and lows with that bike. I’ve watched it cartwheel off the back of a friend’s car while going 60 mph down the motorway, which it survived and still rode at Forest of Dean the same day. I’ve put time, money, blood and sweat into making it mine and there is no other bike which is the same. Why on earth would I sell it?
We can easily take riding and our bikes for granted which leaves us not getting the best experience possible out of our riding. We get lazy.
Hopefully it resonates with the rest of you but as a side note on the bike love. I believe an attachment to a bike comes from a good start. If you start out with a bike unsuited to you it can turn into a bad marriage.