BUC and Gravity Karma

Hello

BUC was amazing (thanks to everyone who helped organize the events),
especially the muni! I was very impressed with Joe’s navigational skill on
the night ride.

On the all the muni rides I did at BUC just about all the Brits were talking
about “gravity karma”. I just wanted to know what Gravity Karma is exactly.
Could some please explain it me.

Thank you

Jeff

Not completely certain, but I think its along the lines of traditional karma, ie that doing good things means good things will happen to you.
More specifically, going up hill gives you better / more gravity karma, as it allows you to then have great fun going downhill. Going downhill, on the other hand, is bad for gravity karma because while great fun it then generally means you have to go back up a big hill, which is less fun.

I think.

Guru John

As Joe M said while we were trekking up the hill on the sunday muni ride… “it’s strangely similar to potential energy”…

Phil

Ahem!

For gravity karma you need to speak to Joe Marshall who introduced the idea to me.

From us the idea, being a good one, is slowly spreading.

the idea as i see it is:

two kinds of karma that must be balanced:

Up Karma : Hard and painfull to obtain and easy to loose as down karma

Down Karma : Easy to obtain - usually very quickly and messily

The reason XC riders never have accidents is because their karma is balanced.
Downhill riders on the other hand…

Up karma is best spent on the finest singletrack rides and can only be obtained through riding or walking uphill (walking gains it at a lesser value)

The big concept is that there must be balance else bad things happen

As for navigational on the night ride, I think I must have navigated myself into the ground face first at one point because I’ve had a cut and a bruise on my cheek. I can’t quite remember the details of the whole ride, but I do remember things seeming really steep cos I was a bit drunk.

That was almost right, except that you don’t get gravity karma from walking up hills. That’s why Joe crashes more than me (although maybe not now he’s doing the fitness thing)!

Up = more karma, down = less karma, the more you have the better you ride. Simple as that. That’s why it’s worth riding uphill to get better downhills.

It’s also a good reason for at least trying to ride all the uphills rather than being a cheatypants and walking uphill.

Joe

If I ride up my legs are so knackered that my down hill suffers. I’d rather have a lift to the top and forget about any karma stuff.

Gary

Re: BUC and Gravity Karma

Joe, I like this concept a lot. Today I got 3000’ of great gravity karma! I
spent it well too. It all balanced out in the end, and voila, no crashes!

—Nathan

“joemarshall” <joemarshall.mpghc@timelimit.unicyclist.com> wrote in message
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>
> As for navigational on the night ride, I think I must have navigated
> myself into the ground face first at one point because I’ve had a cut
> and a bruise on my cheek. I can’t quite remember the details of the
> whole ride, but I do remember things seeming really steep cos I was a
> bit drunk.
>
> That was almost right, except that you don’t get gravity karma from
> walking up hills. That’s why Joe crashes more than me (although maybe
> not now he’s doing the fitness thing)!
>
> Up = more karma, down = less karma, the more you have the better you
> ride. Simple as that. That’s why it’s worth riding uphill to get better
> downhills.
>
> It’s also a good reason for at least trying to ride all the uphills
> rather than being a cheatypants and walking uphill.
>
> Joe

Yeah, what a cool concept!

I think quite a lot of mountain bikers round here talk about gravity karma, that’s where I got it from.

Joe