Sarah Rebolloso McCullough works as the Associate Director at the Center for the Humanities at UC San Diego and completed my Ph.D. at UC Davis in Cultural Studies with a project on the origins and growth of mountain biking.

This project began with a simple question: Why do people like to bike? This apparently simple inquiry led me to study the bicycling boom of the 1970s and its most important legacy–mountain biking. Along with studying the history and culture of mountain biking, I am also examining the growth of bicycling in urban transportation, the expansion of do-it-yourself bike repair spaces, and the rise of various bicycling “lifestyle” subcultures.

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Get in touch with me at smcc at ucsd dot edu or at rebollosoriding at gmail dot com.

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  1. I found your blog from a link on “Savage Minds,” and I just wanted to toss out something that I had found disturbing at the time. A year ago, I was talking with two Colorado state wildlife biologists, and the subject of various outdoor user groups’ reactions to temporary road/trail closures (in order to protect elk calving areas, for example) came up.

    Which group was most obnoxious over having a trail closed and demonstrated the greatest sense of entitlement? Was it the “motorheads,” the ATV riders? The hikers? The trail runners? No, they said, it was the mountain bikers.

    Surprising? Or not?

  2. My experience is that mountain bikers are today quite vocal in working to prevent trail closures to mountain biking. I’m sorry to hear that they are now expressing the same sense of entitlement that they critiqued in the early years of the sport. Given the sport’s growth, I’m not surprised but hope that they work toward better cooperation with land management.

    Historically, mountain biking was banned from many lands in a process where many mountain bikers did not feel their voices were properly considered. In places such as Marin county (where most of my research is based), they argued that hikers and equestrian riders refused to share the trails without considering the other perspective. As the sport has grown, so has the sophistication of their advocacy. They work hard to demand a seat at the table in any land management decisions, and this may at times come across (and be) obnoxious and entitled.

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