rusto88, to MountainBiking avatar

in Rhode Island today.

developerjustin, to MTB avatar

If there is a a bad time to live in a national park, I haven’t found it yet.

Waterfall in the woods backlit by the sun

ai6yr, to hiking avatar

Conejo Open Space Conservation Agency: "12/24/2023 - Limited ReOpening!
Looking to get out of the house in the next couple of days? Here’s a PRO TIP! Head over to the Los Robles open space area for a breath of fresh air and some pleasant hiking and riding! Other open space areas like Wildwood, Lang Ranch, and Hill Canyon are still quite muddy from the recent rains. Help protect those trails from damage by giving them a few more days to dry out. Remember: if you leave tracks, turn back. Thanks, and Happy Holidays!"

pauldotbike, to Youtube avatar

It's cold outside! Wondering what to wear to keep riding? Check out the second video in my three part series on cold weather wear.

thedridge, to cycling

36 miles, 3,000 feet up and 300 feet down. Finally tackled the Mt. Madonna ride yesterday. Felt great. Sore today.


neilgall, to Scotland avatar

Looking down the Tay from the top of Birnam Hill, just outside Dunkeld. Horrible ride up but worth it for the views and descent.

stshank, (edited ) to MountainBiking avatar

A good day (and into the night) mountain biking at "Skeggs," aka El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve. Enormous banana slug! Noodle knees today after the grueling climb back up from the creek.

ruth_mottram, to MountainBiking

Mountain biking in the beech forest - the trees are still green even though we're past mid-October now.
Still warmish but cooling down and the winds of were starting to blast the forest.

So privileged to be able to access this forest by local train...

neilgall, to MountainBiking avatar

Blowy with snow on the hills at the top of Càrn Daimh on the Glenlivet Estate today.

Panorama video from a hilltop. The sky is very grey and there is snow on distant hills. Wind howls in the microphone.

nateshore, to MountainBiking
eclectech, to photography avatar

Day 11 of and the themes are "from an altitude" and "inside out".

This is an inside room that's outside (part of a Nevis Range mountain bike course) at an altitude of around 650 metres, just up from the Aonoch Mor gondola station.

stshank, to MountainBiking avatar

You can see the spot (lower center) on my mountain bike ride yesterday where my phone fell out of my pocket, then a short gray line showing where some good Samaritans carried it. I was retracing my ride backward — imagine my delight when I saw a hiker carrying a phone in his hand and it turned out to be mine.

redknight, to MountainBiking

Ab in den Nebel

JohnSullivan, to MountainBiking avatar

Paul takes a break riding the Nebo Spirit trail on Bailey’s Trail System in Wayne National Forest looking down from the woodland ridge top landscape.

hikingdude, to hiking avatar

Redoing an after a couple of months:
Hello, I'm Franz from Germany. I'm here to share my outdoor adventures: , , and the enchanting beauty of through my . The essence of my journey is about capturing the and inspiration nature offers to me. Together, let's traverse trails, conquer , and find serenity in the wild. Let's embark on this adventure of exploration and appreciation for the great !

skybert, to MountainBiking avatar

Got up early this Sunday to bike into the midst of the forest. It's so beautiful to watch it wake up: the mist on the water, the sun coming through the branches

It's been many years since I biked this far, but the funny thing is, I feel more energised now after coming home from my 42k than I did starting out.

Have a nice Sunday everyone!

Beautiful forest lake
Waffle, hot chocolate and vørterøl (a Norwegian think, I believe).

longreads, to LongReads avatar

"None of these seemed good for a person with a 55-year-old body and a well-seasoned frontal cortex, someone for whom “full send” sounds more like a FedEx shipping option than a recreational choice." —Tom Vanderbilt for Outside Magazine.

EricDWarren, to MountainBiking
BikingViking, to MountainBiking avatar

Trail features. Near Big Pines, CA.

Trail features. Near Big Pines, CA.
Trail features. Near Big Pines, CA.

BikingViking, to MountainBiking avatar

Fun trails in Tehachapi, CA.

cyclingeu, to bicycling avatar
andreasrutz, to MountainBiking German

Ein super Tag auf Tour 236 "Inneralp Vorderalp Bike" in Obersaxen. Von der Alp Gren bis Miraniga ging's dann fast komplett auf Single Trails nach unten.

darren, to MountainBiking avatar

My cousin Loren and his partner Jen have run Dakota Cyclery in for many years, offering tours on the trail through the .
They are one-of-a- kind people, and take care of 'ers and cyclists who come to ride the famous trail from all over the world. It was great for us to spend time with them yesterday on our trip across ND. Tell them Cousin Darren sent you.

grissallia, to gaming avatar

I'm not one for "New Year's resolutions", but I am one for overly ambitious projects.

For 2023, Project365 is "One New Game Per Day".

Given that I have 634 unplayed games in my Steam account and {mumble} unredeemed bundle Steam keys, there's a reason my unplayed collection is tagged "Pile of Shame".

I'll pin this to my profile, and give a brief summary here each day (or x, if I miss x days due to work or stuff).

I'll play 15-30 minutes of (at least) one new game I've never played before (or played less than 15 minutes of). I'll give every game at least 15 minutes, even if I hate every minute of it.

I'm also open to suggestions; if you reply to this thread with a game, I'll schedule it, or tell you what I thought of it.

One of the things that's come up is that I have a bunch of games that I've played once, and not touched again.

Unplayed games:
Trying a game again:
Going live on Twitch:

I'll hashtag these with so you can mute it if you're not interested.

grissallia, avatar

August 24, 2023 - Day 236 - NewPlay Review
Total NewPlays: 256

Game: Shred! 2 - ft Sam Pilgrim

Platform: Steam
Release Date: Dec 18, 2018
Library Date: Aug 9, 2023
Unplayed: 15d
Playtime: 19m

Shred! 2 - ft Sam Pilgrim is a 2.5D mountain bike game. I'm not sure simulator quite fits.

Firstly, I don't know who Sam Pilgrim is, and I don't really care to find out. I assume he's the mountain biker you play in-game.

I got an email for a 5-game bundle from Fanatical a couple of weeks ago, and as I wanted one game in the bundle, and $8.00 for 5 games was cheaper than that game on its own, I bought the bundle.

I have a terrible sense of balance which means that riding a bike is a chore, and pulling stunts or tricks is utterly impossible.

Riding a skateboard (or anything with small wheels) is a non-event. Yet I lost countless hours to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, & 3 (even 4, to a degree).

I also got invited to the Rider's Republic beta, enjoyed it enough to buy the game when it went on sale. In both the THPS games and RR, I've managed to pull some pretty wild stunts and had fun while doing it.

None of that mattered in Shred 2. Shred 2 wants you to pull technically correct tricks... perfectly timed. Fail? Start the level over.

I started a lot of the tutorial levels over. The restart level button on the controller is the Y button, which meant I started more than a few levels over because I hit the wrong button.

When I started playing THPS2, I found it incredibly frustrating, but the risk/reward balance was just enough to keep me in the "One more try" loop, and I kept improving.

This was less of a loop, and more of a grind, and it just didn't feel like fun.

It actually felt a bit like OlliOlli World, but without the sense of humour that underlies that game.

Oddly enough, the closest comparison I can make is Forza Horizon to Forza Motorsport. I own Forza Horizon 1 through 5. I've sunk countless hours into Forza Horizon, and I'll tell anyone who'll listen how it converted me to playing arcade racers.

I also own Forza Motorsport 7. I think I've raced three laps, if that. Forza Motorsport is technically demanding, requiring focus and discipline, and understanding the technical limitations of your car and the track.

Forza Horizon, I just press the accelerator on the controller and steer the car, and have a lot of fun.

Shred 2 feels like Forza Motorsport. If I had excellent hand eye coordination, and the ability to repeat the same bio-mechanical movements over and over, I might be able to enjoy it; unfortunately, I don't and I can't.

For me, Shred! 2 - ft Sam Pilgrim is:

2: Meh

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