Every year, these holiday wish lists get harder and harder. It’s not that there isn’t a wealth of worthy candidates – for me it’s the opposite. I’ve always been drawn to just about anything with two wheels and as I’ve gotten older it seems to have gotten worse. Deep down, I’m probably still a mountain biker with roots in dirt jumping or downhill, but I’m just as likely to be found on a road or cyclocross bike as I am a mountain bike on any given weekend. And then there’s fat bikes.
Fortunately, when it comes to bikes now more than ever, there are more options than you can shake a tire lever at. Narrowing it down to your favorite pieces is the hard part. In the end it’s all about having the most fun on a bike and I think the following selection is a perfect representation.
No matter what I’m riding, I always seem to have the most fun on a downhill bike at a bike park. For that reason, I’d have to say my first choice would be a week at Whistler. Somehow over the years I still have not managed to make my way up there, and after a recent trip to Mountain Creek Bike park (also very good), I’m itching to get back on the DH bike. Seeing as how Whistler is known as the downhill mecca, it seems like a good place to have on a wish list like this.
Runners up would include any mountain bike adventure that involves a new-to-me part of the world. One of my absolute favorite parts of this job is the ability to travel to new locations and take in the local culture, food, and surroundings.
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