I rode to the shops the other day, but I didn't stay on the pavement! I dropped of the kerbs, and bunnyhopped up them, and rode against the traffic, and I even did a skid. Now that's freeride. GNARCORE!
I was carrying a plastic bag on the way home so I was far less rad.
To (hopefully) add to the discussion... What do you think is more "important", or "freeride".... STYLE or SPEED?
I don't race, I am slower than everyone else but I'll usually hit anything anyone else does. (Unless it's just plain obvious that I'll hurt myself). I may do it slower, but I try to do it with a little style.
Am I freeride yet? Or should I go back to the lounge?
There's a phrase that's been around for years that somehow got replaced by "freeriding." It's called "mountain biking."
Seriously, there is no accepted definition of freeriding. Some think freeriding means going out and hitting the nastiest, burliest stunts you can find. Some think it means riding off of designated trails. To me it just means doing what I've always done: Getting out for a ride, any ride, and pushing personal limits focusing more on flow, style, and air than absolute speed. It's about getting my kicks rather than winning. Or make that, rather than making someone else lose.
Did anyone read Mike Ferrentino's article in Bike a while back called Payriding? It's the opposite of freeriding. Instead of getting a 4k bike and finding the nastiest trails, you find the cheapest, worst bike possible and try to ride a normal trail.
Instead of getting the balls to do a 20ft gap, you can get the balls to do the downhill section of your local loop with a old cruiser, front flat, no chain and one pedal.