Singletrack View: Feeling Groovy

by GROC on April 21, 2019

It's an old 60s expression meaning, "It's all good, man," best said while wearing striped bell bottoms and a fringe vest like the one Roger Daltrey wore at Woodstock. And a headband. And it is indeed good to be 'in the groove' when you're killing it on a local trail. But sometimes being "groovy" isn't a good thing. So what's not groovy about being groovy? We've all seen grooves in trails resulting from bike tires have lost the plot on a turn and broken free. Or they can happen when you're coming in hot and you need to scrub speed off in a hurry, so you squeeze the brakes as if you're juicing a lemon. Hey, it happens sometimes. But almost all the time, skidding is avoidable.

Skidding can create grooves that can catch rainwater, accelerating erosion and causing damage. And only a rolling tire has traction. Too much groovy-ness can spoil line choices for other riders too. Sure, it was really fun on a Schwinn back in 1978 on your dead-end street, but on our trails these days, it's a reason for someone to point out damage that can be attributed to bikes as an excuse to ban their use. It's up to all of us to roll with some love and preserve our precious local resources, because if we lose access to these places, it'll likely be for good. So kiss those trails—don't rub them the wrong way.

So when you're killing it, sometimes you're killing it for others in the community, so go easy when you have to and strive for some technical prowess and control rather than sheer speed that can result in the dreaded skid. Because dude, that's so uncool. And definitely not groovy. What would Gregg Brady say? 

We need to show the community at large that we, as off-road bikers, care about preserving the trails for all users. Skids are for kids!

See you out there!

Johnny C
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