I am an avid outdoorsman and recently got back into mountain biking. I often find myself in Zen like moments in my outdoor recreational pursuits, and this is the main fuel of continued interest in the outdoors. I am currently addicted to biking, as I have found I can get into the Zen Zone pretty regularly. Its hard to say how much the bike performance, the trail, or even my attitude and energy play into it on each ride. Its tempting to consider spending a much greater wad of cash on a "better bike" to enhance the experience, but I wonder if the Zen Zone is fleeting anyway. Perhaps I should just spend more energy on my riding skills and fitness level, what do you guys think? Is it the bike, the trail, or your own skill level that keeps you in the Zen Zone?