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    This year I set a goal to learn how to manual on my mountain bike… but admittedly, I didn’t make it happen. I did, however, learn to bunny hop without the use of clipless pedals which was something I always wanted to do, so that’s my consolation I guess. 🙂

    Anyway, in 2017 I’m hoping to explore more trails here along the east coast, including checking off a few more iconic Pisgah rides like Farlow Gap. Also hoping to make it to Eurobike in Germany.

    Is anyone else setting MTB-specific goals for themselves in 2017?


    4 of 5 of my 2017 goals are related to MTB:

    1. to finish network of singletracks I’m worinkg on
    2. to start my own outdoor agency (specialized for MTB tours)
    3. to ride Mustang Valley in Nepal
    4. to get Jefssy AL-2 YT industries
    5. not related to MTB


    1. Ride more

    2. Ride more with the kids

    3. Try DH


    <b>Arkinet hit the nail on the head. I’m adding increase my “my trails” list to the goals as well</b>


    My goals are:

    1. learn how to hold a manuel for more than five seconds [I feel ya Jeff!]

    2. do a 20 foot gap

    3. do a suicide no hander clap

    4. race an Enduro race

    5. race an XC race without embarrassing myself with my lack of endurance

    6. do a tailwhip and/or 360 .

    Those are my bike related New Year goals.


    I want to:


    1- Mountain bike more often, see more trails around Utah

    2- Gain confidence in areas I struggle (steep switchbacks)

    3- Teach my older brother how to ride and successfully ride a full trail with him

    4- Not quite mountain bike, but I want to participate in the last leg in an office relay for LOTOJA this summer



    Go Joel.  Cool stuff.  You are an emerging stud.  Keep us up to date on your progress this year.  Here are my goals for 2017:

    1.)  Buy a second bike so I have one in the US and one in Mongolia; I don’t want to continue traveling back and forth between countries with my bike.
    2.)  Find at least 10 new trails in Mongolia and record them on the Singletracks database. I posted nine in 2016.
    3.)  Ride at least 3 times per week on average (12 per month) between March and October for 100 rides and 1000+ miles (1600 km). Any rides in Jan, Feb, Nov & Dec will be gravy.
    4.)  Do a remote multi-day bike-packing ride either through the Hentii Mountains of Mongolia or circumnavigate Hovsgol Lake on the Mongolian Siberian (Russian) border (biking & kayaking required).  This was a goal I had for 2016 but didn’t happen; none of my buddies were up to it.
    5.)  Do some trail work on a couple of my favorite rides in Mongolia.  Mostly I just need to cut away some large trees that have fallen across the trails.


    and will add:

    4. enroll in a skills clinic

    5. join a race, maybe xc 🙂


    For me the very last day of 2016 influenced my 2017 goals a bit:

    1) Install a trailer hitch and rack on my new car. ( No trunk racks as I actually have good paint now.)

    2) Teach my son how to build and ride dirt jumps (we found a badly decayed jump on our ride around town and we tried it out a dozen times but my son wrecked after each attempt. Pulling on the bars  rather than throwing his weight)

    3) Add at least 3 new trials to “my trails”

    4) More rides with my kids

    5) Get my hands on a DJ bike so I can dedicate my MTB to trail riding and not thrash it on the street rides.



    Great topic! I just spent some time digging through my statistics from 2016 yesterday. Here’s what I found.

    One of my personal goals for 2016 was to consciously place value on all of the adventures that I partake in–not just the two-wheeled variety–and to diversify the sports that I participate in. While obviously most of my adventuring was still on my mountain bike, I started an adventure journal to log all of my adventures and give them an equal footing in my statistical analyses (I love nerding out over stats).

    As I look back on the year, I’m happy to say that I’ve really diversified my adventuring into many different sports, and despite having ACL repair surgery and months of rehab, I embarked on 159 distinct adventures! Not only that, 2016 was up by 23 adventures over 2015. (I retroactively went through my Strava data to pull adventure numbers going back to 2012, when I began using Strava. My record year during that time was 173 adventures in 2014.)

    As far as new exploration, across all my adventures I explored MORE THAN 211 new-to-me trails, and adventured in 28 new towns and 4 new countries (plus traveled through 2 new countries with no adventures in those countries).

    Besides all of the obvious mountain bike adventures across the US and all throughout Europe, one of the highlights of the year was my first backpacking trip in 8 years, summiting three 14ers in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness!

    For the curious type, here’s how I personally defined an “adventure”:
    -Any time I got on a singletrack trail, even if it was a short hike.
    -Any time I got out on the snow, ex. skiing.
    -If I rode the road bike but took it onto dirt, that also qualified.
    -Other obvious adventures, like rock climbing and whitewater rafting, although I don’t think I got in any of those in in 2016.

    What I didn’t count as an adventure:
    -Road rides 100% on pavement.
    -Road runs, even if on dirt roads.
    -Dog walks, unless it included singletrack hiking.
    -Other general exercise, like calisthenics.
    -100% motorized excursions, ex. riding four wheelers.

    As to your original question, while it’s entirely too early to forecast what 2017 has in store, fingers crossed that it’ll have even more adventures than 2016!


    Good reminder Arkinet, I need to add riding goals for my kids. 🙂

    – Get the boy riding a pedal bike (he got one for Christmas, already kills it on the Strider)

    – Get the girl a bike with gears and teach her to use it. That way, maybe we can start riding places that aren’t completely flat–ha!

    Onefastfattie, you going to install the hitch yourself? I did this a few years back and it was pretty satisfying!


    the only MTB goals I have are the same as I have had, ride as much as spare time and my old body will allow.


    I’m completely new to riding, so:

    – Ride 50 miles/week (minimum of 2 short rides during the week, and 1 long ride on weekends.  2 kids under 3 yrs at home means i have to be realistic about my mileage – at least until it’s light for more than 8 hours a day…)

    – figure out what’s wrong with my knee, and what needs to be done to fix it (MCL pain …I think)

    – Get my fitness up to a point where I can complete a 50-mile offroad ride without worrying about injuring myself, etc.

    – Have fun.

    I’d like to get into racing, and I have a fat-tire snow ‘race’ on my schedule for 1/28/17 already, but that’s just to keep me motivated and remind me how much harder I have to work to really be in shape.  I’m sure I won’t be very competitive in XC events on a fat-tire bike, but there’s a fat-tire division for the fall CX races, and if I do all 9 or 10 rounds of my local series.  If I’m happy enough with my progress during that series, I will rationalize a CX bike and/or a hardtail for the 2018 season 🙂


    Started Mountain biking in May 2016.  Been having a blast riding trails. My goals for 2017 are

    1.  Ride at a new location and new trails at least once a month.

    2. Enter my first cross country race!

    3.  Learn to manual, bunny hop and wheelie on flat pedals.

    4.  Not get poison ivy! ????

    5.  Volunteer at my local MTB club and help with trail grooming in the winter and builds in the summer ensuring goal 4 is met!

    6.  Do one road trip. Bentonville, AR would be a great one!


    @JoelDH do you want to “hold a manual” or “hold a Manuel”? Because those are two very different things! 😉


    Wouldn’t that be “Hold Emanuel”?



    4.  Not get poison ivy! ????

    Haha, that’s a great goal! Not sure it’s achievable for me, but a good goal nonetheless. 🙂


    @Mobettah Totally!! i hate getting poison oak (we don’t have poison ivy on the west coast) That is definitely a goal..

    1: Ride more

    2: Ride as many new trails as possible!


    Considering that of my and my husband’s goals this year was to find a joint hobby that we both could enjoy annnnnd that led to us deciding to give mountain biking a go… we  bought our bikes over the weekend.  These are my goals:


    1:  Get out on trails once a week.

    3:  Ride the roads 2xs a week.

    4:  Focus on strengthening my core

    5:  Go bike packing once a season.




    I’m really very new to mountain biking, so goals are pretty basic:

    • grow a pair
    • learn to manual – then actually use to unweight front wheel over obstacles
    • learn to bunny hop – then employ on a trail to avoid obstacles
    • use even 10% of my bike’s potential!

    And a stretch goal… just how hard is it to do an endo?

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