as above, which one you do?
push, dont get injuried, always got chance to try again. but looking at it dont make u improve or learn from experience
ride, might get injuried. sometimes so badly that you cant ride for months. but feel great if you can clear.
Depends whether I'm racing or riding. When I'm racing and find something I know I can't clear or something that I will have to go really slowly or paddle over, it's often quicker to jump off and run.
I've passed plenty of people on really steep hills by running with the bike and it gives the muscles a bit of a rest.
I will gladly push the bike to avoid injury. However, I practice hard to stay on the bike and, so far, I never had to push my bike through a technical section in a race. I wish I could say the same thing for pushing uphill (I race singlespeed).
Am I riding alone or with others who can help? If I'm alone, I'm far more likely to take the cautious approach.
What are the fall zones like? If a fall is going to result in sliding down a steep slope of rocks or off a significant ledge, I'm more likely to be cautious. If I'm going to land in some nice soft grass, well I'm going to give just about anything a shot.
Am I in the backcountry and not likely to have someone else come by soon, or am I in a crowded area where others will almost certainly be coming by soon?
Do I know the trail and tough feature so that I know the line to take, or is this my first time seeing it? If the latter, I am much more likely to be cautious and check it out on foot before riding it (or trying to ride it).
I've had a lot of these choices to make this week, riding alone in the backcountry on mostly technical trails that I don't know well (or at all). I've ridden probably 99% of the trails I've been on--with only a little pushing--but there have definitely been some sections I looked at and said no way. After pushing my bike through some sections, I'd say that in hindsight I could have probably ridden half of them, but the risk wasn't worth it since I was out there alone.
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