TRF:Hi Matthew. Welcome to the TRF! By all accounts you’ve been busy getting some Green Road miles under your belt. How did you find us?
Matthew:Thank you, it’s been a very warm welcome from everyone. I have indeed been busy, my first ride out was in late June and since then I’ve been out almost every week with some mid week jaunts thrown in for good measure and a riding holiday out in sunny Spain. I had no idea how addictive trail riding would be. I knew of Green Laning, but didn’t know how to go about doing it legally and responsibly. When you start to look this stuff up, the TRF is clearly the place to go and as my brother commented, these guys have got the s**t together. So I joined. I’ve ridden bikes for over 10 years, starting life on a little Vespa 125 [which I still own] then quickly made my way up to bigger, faster more terrifying machines, but I had never ridden off-road until this year.
TRF:I guess you spent a bit of time figuring out what bike to get?
Matthew:Actually, I chose my bike very quickly and had even decided before I received my TRF membership card. I went for the Honda CRF 250L, a popular choice I’ve since come to learn and managed to find a 2014 model in great condition that had only been used for commuting. I chose the Honda as it seemed a good toe in the water that wasn’t going to cost the earth. I knew it would be reliable, allowing me not to worry about the bike too much and just get out and enjoy the trails. I must admit though, it felt strange picking up a bike I knew I was going to mangle.
TRF:What would you say have been the key things you’ve learned in your first few months riding Green Roads?
Matthew:Say ‘yes’ as often as you can. You need to get involved quickly and throw yourself into both the riding and the club. The more active you are as a member, the more riding you will do. It’s as simple that. You dictate your involvement.
TRF:So you’re getting quite involved then?
Matthew:As I said, you have to say yes. That’s not just, “yes I want to go riding today” but yes to helping out within the club and volunteering when you can.
TRF:It’s great to have energetic new members on board. Thank you and keep it up!