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Bike (USA) - - Contents - Gar­ret Mechem and Owen Marks. Ap­tos, Cal­i­for­nia. PHOTO: IAN COLLINS

KINSHIP. CA­MA­RADERIE. A CON­NEC­TION. So much of our mo­ti­va­tion to ride can be traced to a de­sire to form mean­ing­ful relationships with other hu­mans. We’re all search­ing to feel like we be­long, and we ride be­cause it helps us find ‘our people.’

Our dirt com­pan­ions of­ten change over the years—full-day mis­sions shared with a group of bud­dies un­teth­ered of re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and un­bound by time con­straints are even­tu­ally re­placed by laps with the kids at the neigh­bor­hood pumptrack or a stolen hour at dusk with a co-worker—but it all means the same thing: Miles ped­aled to­gether equate to last­ing bonds.

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