Summary Table: Mountain Bike Rider
Preferences for Recreation Settings and Experiences
|Preferred features of mountain bike riding.
(as rated by riders)
|The attribute of exercise/fitness is particularly important for these riders.||Attributes of speed/excitement/risk; physical challenge; skill/technical challenge; and developing and improving skills become more important for these riders.||Increased preference amongst expert riders for speed/excitement/risk; skill/technical challenge, and racing/training (latter reflects race-entry sample selection).|
|Statements of most preferred riding features.
(from open-ended question)
|Prefer gradual/easy uphills; tracks being smooth/easy/open; tracks being not difficult/few obstructions; and rides 1-2 hours duration.||Preference for technical difficulty/challenge; downhills being fast/smooth/open and fast/technical/tight; harder uphills; and tight/narrow/winding single-track.||Increased preference for technical difficulty/challenge; downhills being fast/technical/tight; and tight/narrow/winding single-track.|
|Track-Type Preferences||Greater preference for sealed roads, and more tolerant of gravel roads. Much lower preferences for single-track.||Emphasis shifts to less-developed routes, and single-track in particular.||Distinguished by much stronger preference for single-track.|
|Track Condition and Difficulty Preferences||Greater preference for tracks which are smooth/benched/open/clear. Much lower preference for obstructions/difficulties on tracks, or for pushing/carrying bikes.||Preference for rougher tracks/more obstacles; and rough/uneven/tight/narrow tracks. More tolerance for pushing/carrying bikes.||Similar preferences for rougher tracks, but less interest in wet conditions and mud. Even more tolerance for pushing/carrying bikes.|
|Downhill Attribute Preferences||Strong preference for slow/gentle/easy downhills. Least preference for speed/excitement/risk.||Preference for fast/rough/technical downhills. Increased preference for speed/excitement/risk.||Increased preference for downhills which are fast/rough/tight and slow/steep/more technical, and for speed/excitement/risk.|
|Uphill Attribute Preferences||Strong preference for gradual/easy/relaxed uphills.||Increased preference for uphills with short/hard/steep sections. Little specific preference for easy uphills.||Increased preference for more difficult uphills with short/hard/steep sections, and climbs which are long/hard/steep.|
|Social Encounter Attribute Preferences|