“That’s why I like mountain bikers,” said my friend Maggie. “They’re more sociable than road bikers.”
The club we’re in is a road biking club, although some of the members mountain bike, too. We never organize any mountain bike rides to supplement the road biking we do during the week. Some of the mountain bikers will put together an ad hoc ride among themselves, but there won’t be a general call to the membership to join a mountain bike ride.
Meanwhile, because of our weekly road bike rides, a large social circle has developed. Many of us see each other outside of riding activities, and many have developed close friendships.
But Maggie maintains that mountain bikers are friendlier. She’s gone so far as to say road bikers are “elitist.”
In her experience, mountain bikers are more willing to talk with new riders about the sport, more willing to offer advice and coaching, and generally nicer to be around.
I’ll echo her comment about them being more willing to share information. Earlier this year, I headed out to a trail I hadn’t used before. At the trailhead, I wasn’t sure which way to go.
I asked a mountain biker nearby. He looked like he had a lot of trail miles under his belt.
Instead of the expected, “That way,” and a point to the start, he told me of the protocols on that trail, what to watch for, and offered some encouragement.
Okay, so that shows that I’ve been lucky enough to meet some nice folks who happen to mountain bike.
As a group, though, are they more sociable? What do you think?