Clash of the 'Classes'

Posted by Paul​ Walton on January 29, 2009 0 comments

sharing your route with horse riders, ramblers and general walkers can make life on the trails very irritating
Life of a mountain biker is always full of enjoyment and adventure. Especially out in the middle of nowhere or on a hillside, with no one around but you and your bike.
But sharing your route with horse riders, ramblers and general walkers can make life on the trails very irritating!

Mountain bikers got a lot of flack for their general disregard for the country side and tearing up the trails with the bikes. That's all changed now, "I hope" I just wish our respect for each other would change as-well!

The way people speak or don't speak really gets under my skin! Sometimes all it takes is a simple hello, thank you or sorry. But instead you get some high & mighty horse rider say to her horse, "it's OK, it's only a cyclist with mud in his face!". As she passes me and my stationary bike! Arr, if another person comes along with a comment like that I'll,,, With that another person approaches on horse back.

I stop to allow the horse and rider pass as I do not want to spook the horse, it's only a narrow trail and those animals are so big! As the horse and rider pass, the rider looks at me and said, "Ooh, that looks like hard work!". So with a bee in my bonnet I reply, "it wouldn't be if I didn't have to stop and start all the bloody time!".

Why are people like that? Is it because they think that money gives them the right to look down on people less fortunate than them? Or is it because they're just 'stuck up old money twits', for want of a better phrase!
Whatever the reason may be, horse riders are no better than the rest of us who use the trails. At least I can safely say that my bike bike won't leave shit everywhere!


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