safety: track or trail?
Posted September 09, 2002 - 02:25 AM
my dad taught me to ride like 5 years ago. then it was exclusively trails and backyard. i started racing a couple years later, and this year i got him into riding some mx. now it seems
like he likes that a lot more than trails. (don't get me wrong, i love mx, it's just that sometimes it's more fun to just go out and be-bop around in the hills with friends, no pressure of racing than to race mx)
i asked him why he likes mx so much, rather than trailriding so much now, and he said it's a safety factor.
here's what i can reason outa that:
1) flaggers and medical staff on hand
2) more controlled conditions
3) eliminates chances of getting stranded
but in opposition, i came up with why i think it is safer to trailride rather than mx:
1) jumps (crashes=broken appendages/bumps/bruises/etc...)
2) if you ride with a buddy, you don't gotta worry bout being left in the woods alone, hurt, with no one knowing any different
3) no pressure. when trailriding you can ridie your own pace, and have a more enjoyable time(therefore riding in more control) cuz you don't gotta worry about being landed on by some nut doing a triple when yo only double or being run over on the track.
just the way i see both sides of it.
what does snyone else think?
Posted September 09, 2002 - 04:52 AM
Posted September 09, 2002 - 12:03 PM
Posted September 09, 2002 - 06:54 PM
Oh yeah. Check out this thread, too.
Posted September 10, 2002 - 04:27 PM
Some valid reasons have been given before, and I have some more -
MX track riding is in one direction (no head ons)
You don't need to contend with other non-bike vehicles such as 4WD's, mtb's, quads etc
No chance of wildlife strikes (wombats, kangaroos/wallabys, emus here in Oz) or horse collisions
No unseen rocks, ledges, ruts, trees etc.
You can get lost, breakdown or run out of fuel in the bush and require assistance
You are more affected by the elements such as excessive heat, cold or rain (and floods) when trail riding.
However I still enjoy the experience of riding with a few mates in the bush the most. We just take precautions such as "cornerman and tail end charlie systems"; take spares, food and fluids, a first aid kit, a mobile and an EPIRB.
The other alternative is to ride in an organised event such as a DSMRA ride.