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I’ll stick to paved areas, thanks.
In the first place, there’s street biking, which isn’t all that safe to begin with. Then there’s offroad biking, which makes up for a lack of careless motorists with countless natural dangers. Finally, you have the sort of extreme biking that entails using the side of a mountain as a customized obstacle course—a radical stunt you can experience for yourself via GoPro camera.
It’s all a bit dizzying and bone-rattling, but don’t feel bad: even the cyclist has to pause once to collect himself, later emitting a worried “Whoa!” when he comes off a particularly diabolical ramp.
Public service announcement to would-be daredevils: it may feel, after watching that, as if you can execute a mid-air 360º spin over treacherous rocks on a mountain bike. But no, you can’t.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'