I like to think of myself as a minimalist. In today's world that is a statement full of contradictions. I type this on my MacBook Pro while listening to my pop punk Spotify playlist while drinking a $3 cup of black coffee as I communicate with friends on my iPhone. Hypocrite.
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Ahhhhh ... bike parks. Who doesn't love them? They are popping up all over the place in the US and Canada, Europe, South America, and more. If you're a mountain biker who loves lift-assisted runs, big bikes, hi-fives, big air, and lots of stoke then bike parks are the cat's meow. Leading up to the opening weekend of Whistler Bike Park this year it was fun to watch social media blow up in anticipation. Count-down timers, re-posting pics from last season, pics of tuning bikes, yearly passes purchased, and the excitement was tangible.
I have an affinity for obscurity ... off-the-beaten-path places, no-named bands that fill my Spotify playlist, and simply the innate desire to go upstream. Fortunately or unfortunately the same applies for my tastes in bikes. You see, for a number of years before moving to the Pacific Northwest I rode a singlespeed XC bike at a time when most were not. I was drawn to the allure of singlespeed riding simply because it was "different" back then. But I had help.