Mountain bikes are a whole world of money and time I don't have. I'm already about to lose my job from all the training I do on the road. How anybody with a semblance of a job and/or a relationship can mountain bike AND be decent on the road is way beyond me.
What I don't get about mountain bikes is how ridiculously expensive they are. Strange I know coming from a guy with a bike that would retail for like $8k. But a road bike, if ridden ideally, isn't going to crash. Of course disaster can strike. Road bikes seldom crash, but when they do, it's costly.
The first (and only) time I rode a mountain bike, I had good fun, but I crashed like a gazillion times. I've been told that if you aren't crashing, you aren't learning/progressing/having fun/whatever. I imagine that as I progressed, I wouldn't crash any less, I'd just be doing it at higher velocities, and I 'd be breaking a lot of shit. Hydraulic brakes and carbon everything just don't make much sense when a stray branch on that "wicked" descent can snag a brake line, cover you in oily goo, and subsequently snap your carbon frame like a Haussler'd front wheel.
I have respect for people who can do things on a bike that I can't.... i just don't get it.
and yea, I know this doesn't really follow the "rules" format. Honestly I'm running out of rules. There really aren't too many of them, just a ton of violators. Suggestions?