Updated August 31 2019
I tend to ‘not like’ many Sur Ron FPV videos. I just find them boring. I know the people who make them like them because it reminds them of their ride, but for me it is like being invited to someone’s home to watch their vacation videos….yawn! LOL. Anyway my friend Lee sent me this video by Barefoot Expedition shot at Indian Bread Rocks Arizona, showing the incredible climbing ability of this bike. PLUS this couple is doing what I plan to do next year!
Original Post August 20 2019
When I talk to some bicycle riders, both MTB and road riders, they inquired about why I chose to buy my Sur Ron. “It’s not really a bicycle and it’s not a motorcycle either. What’s the attraction?” To which I reply: “Do you own an iPad or tablet? If so why, you already have a cell phone and a laptop right?”
Then there are ‘some’ who ask why I’m not using my Sur Ron the proper way, you know off-road only, motocross, big jumps, rooted terrain, large boulders, you know REAL HARDCORE MANLY STUFF…blah blah blah…
Yet there are others who ask me why I don’t use it more for the street, or to commute to work….
And of course the ICE riders who have never ridden, considered, etc. a toy bike like the Sur Ron. I believe it may be in the same vein as when my Dad, Uncle and I would be deep sea fishing to catch albacore. We’d scale and debone the fish, open up our bento boxes with rice and start to eat our freshly caught sashimi. “Man you boys are gonna get so sick eating shit that way! We call it bait when you don’t cook the fish!” Yeah the same mentality which later may be converted, or may not….and not my problem.
I’m a person who likes options. I like to go to a restaurant where at that time it’s the food I want to eat that day. I like to choose movies I feel like watching, clothes I want to wear, and people I feel like seeing. You get the picture.
In all of the cases I’ve sighted, each one of the individuals simply wants to know why I’m not currently riding the way THEY ride. Last I checked I didn’t buy the bike and modify it to their liking… And unless ‘they’ follow me in every type of riding I do, how would they even know if I don’t ride in the situations they’re presenting to me?
The fact is with the exception of not using my Sur Ron to commute to work, I ride in every one of the situations they are asking me about….and more they haven’t imagined riding in themselves… or even thought of riding in.
I recently read an article that is completely unrelated to the Sur Ron, but applies to human behavior:
“The mind loves to generalize, group and sort, to make categories where they might exist and impose them where they do not. It’s simpler this way; superficiality releases us of the presence of complexity, contradiction, and inconsistency that are the hallmarks of life. Once sorted and filed, we can rely upon confirmation bias to avoid the painful discomfort of ignorance.” – Miss Rosen
My point is the bike allows me so many more options than I had with my ICE or pedal only bikes. This summer I have enjoyed dinner rides with my girlfriend. She is riding on her ebike and me on the Sur Ron. We go about 18 miles from home to a ‘secret spot’ where she hangs up her hammock between two pine trees and I carry my camping chair. We set up shop and enjoy the sunset and dinner we’ve packed with us. And then we enjoy the night ride home when everyone else is at home.
When I’m riding by myself (my preferred type of hard riding) I blast down and up dirt fire roads or along trails. All of these things I can do but with different bikes. Now I only need one to do all of these things. Incredible!