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These are interesting days in our world what with globalization, the internet and the election that recently happened. We understand there is (and has always been) a divide among humanity regarding political views, but there may be one thing on which we can all agree - mountain biking is pretty darn cool. As mountain bikers, it is our duty to protect our two-wheeled endeavor from the evils of the outside world so we never have to utter the phrase, "Make Mountain Biking Great Again." What started out as an article on the insanely ridiculous MTB photos found on gettyimages.com has turned into a sure-fire tutorial on how to keep our sport so, so incredibly great and very, very winning.

Troy Brosnan photo by Fraser Britton editorialized by gordo.

Take advantage of the latest MTB technology

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Blowing your budget on your phone so you can post the best pics to social media is always more important than paying a mechanic to make sure your fork is facing forward. Phone budget should also trump helmet budget because a selfie with a bloody skull has the potential to go way more viral.

A moratorium on stem baby research

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This controversial behavior may get a laugh when a World Cupper does it on jump, but the repercussions may lead to long-term damage to our sport when used inappropriately by amateurs on fat bikes near cow skulls. #banstembabiesin2017

Drain the swamp

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Pretty much sums up how your brain feels after looking at Instagram.

When you can't ride, just carry your v-brake-equipped Walmart bike into the mountains

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Shitty bike and no trail? No problem. Just carry that 40-pound death trap up a hill and take a pic and share on social media. It's almost as good as pedaling.

Stay stoked

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Never, ever post something on social media that indicates you may have had a so-so time on your bike. Let everyone know that your time was incredibly epic or a catastrophic failure. The reality of an average day has no place in your feed.

Silhouettes don't hide reality

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The silhouette won't hide the fact that you're sitting on a dirt pile at a construction site with your Walmart bike.

Ride in places that may make you uncomfortable

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Beavis and Butthead would go.

Elbows out

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Especially when you're standing there eight feet off the paved trail at Garden of the Gods.

Don't forget the puffy vest

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Vogue reports that the puffy vest will be officially out of style in 2017. Since mountain bikers are generally about six years behind fashion trends, now's the perfect time to get a shiny sleeveless covering while track-standing your fat bike next to a park bench on a nature trail.

Show those hipster hikers what's up

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There's nothing better than politely and safely rolling by a group of hikers with a mountain biker in it who's thinking, "that could be me."

#panshotfriday

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No matter how horrible the shot, always #panshotfriday

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