Whats a squid filter ?
Ok, so put the funds in one of those crowd sourcing things. Pick a tight woods venue. That is, after all, what I ride. Everyone brings their WR. No violence. No bad behavior. No guns. GP1K rides a stock CRF 230. I get the funds upon showing up with my bike. We ride, we have fun.
Any chance we could bring Shane Watts into this and do some training ?
I'm dead serious. Would love to meet you guys and ride with you.
What, you expect us to fund your entire trip?
Not gonna happen.
We are just trying to open your eyes to the realities of real riding.
Not 20 sec hill climbs up a slippery wooded hill.
A squid filter is a trail that tells all those around you just what kind of rider you are, in a matter of minutes.
It lets everyone know what kind of ride can be expected from that point forward, and possibly splinter rides will result for those who don't want to sit and wait, or help you through tough sections.
Not so much that if you can or can't do it, but how you react to real trail issues.
This is not to pass judgement, but to set the tone for all around you so they know what to expect.
The ride is for everyone, not just one person.
Do you down shift and paddle and fail? Squid.
Do you throw the bike away as it gets steep? Squid.
Do you moan and bitch when you fall, and whine for help? Squid.
If you get pinned under the bike, do you panic? Squid.
Do you worry more about the anodized garbage getting scratch than how you are holding up the group? Squid.
Do you upshif and stand up? Baller.
Do you wheelie up the waterfalls? God.
Do you go up, say something like 'that was hard' even though you did it without dabbing, so you turn around and do it again.... Taddy-style God.
The ride I went on last week with Stevethe, I did sweep almost all day.
The squids did not follow the rules, got lost, took their helmets off every chance they could, stopped and talked, did'nt give hand signals, didn't heed the riders behind them, didn't know where the riders were behind them, etc.
We took them on grade 5 (out of 10) squid filters, and everyone made it, without any real drama.
So, once we get them to understand that this is a 'GROUP' ride, and they need to keep up mentally and spiritually, more than physically, so we don't have to baby sit them, they will be invited back on more rides.
Not everyone rides at the same level. That's not the problem. It's that every rider needs to be equally considerate and aware, and keep up with the program.
I didn't have to ride the sweep position, but I could see that we would be worse off, sending out endless seach parties for the brain-dead ones, if I didn't.
I did pass everyone on the fireroad on the way back that I could, until we ran out of road.......that was satisfying, even if no one else knew we were 'racing'. .......
Edited by Kah Ran Nee, September 23, 2014 - 07:46 PM.