Social media is such a big thing these days, it’s hard to imagine a world without it.
The wealth of information that is at your finger tips is simply astounding.
I have never been much of a reader or a writer though, I’ve always preferred looking at pictures.
I was introduced to photography at an early age, and I quickly found myself wandering off, observing the world through a viewfinder and capturing a slightly different perspective to those around me. Landscapes have always captivated me, especially shots that show the vastness of the amazing places we can reach without much effort.
The world of mountain biking and the accompanying social media scene, shows the vastness of the places we can reach with 2 wheels, quite often carrying the horse up the hill! We also get to see everything else, right down top the tiniest details of the strangely beautiful grooves in your machined solid block aluminium handlebar stem!
With social media and photo’s, come hashtags. For a long while I thought it was all just a load of rubbish and made no attempt to even comprehend the existence of such a thing. If I remember rightly it was Geordie Shore that changed my perspective. Yes, that’s right. I actually watched Geordie Shore. More than once, I might add!
Anyway, back to the matter in hand, I soon came across #lifebehindbars which was originally a series of shorts featuring freeride / slopestyle mtb legend Brandon Semenuk and his pals. This, along with various other hashtags soon had me going out and stopping in random places to take a photo of my handlebars!
It’s one of many strangely influential things that can motivate you to get out and ride your bike, and lets be honest, it doesn’t really matter what your reasoning behind it is, as long as you’re getting out and doing it.
Weather you’re just going for a quick blast on a local cheeky trail, heading out into the hills with a few mates, or visiting a trail centre to smash out a hot lap, in most cases you’ll be plugging in to a gps tracker, you’ll most probably stop to take a selfie, or you’ll take a photo of the trail or your bike, and once again the hungry animal that is social media will have it’s needs met and people all around the world will feel that little bit more connected, because they too love bikes and now, seemingly, you too!
Is there any better life than a #lifebehindbars?