My friend JC has his own company making durable, handmade in America gear bags, backpacks, fanny packs, and stuff. I have one of his wallets. It’s pretty nifty.
Recently he launched a new product, a super-durable mesh gear bag so you can fit all your riding gear in a single smell-free platform, and he asked me to share it on TR. Normally I wouldn’t post this sort of thing, but the kickstarter video brought up an important subject that needs delving into.
A memorandum to the mountain bike filmmakers of the world: You’ve had your high five privileges revoked.
If you have a fixed camera position and two riders roll into frame, right in front of the lens, come to a stop, then initiate and complete the entire high five process before remounting bikes and rolling away, that sucks.
“How do we wrap up this sick trail ride edit? I want to send a signal to the audience that, like, we just had the sickest shred, and like, we’re totally stoked to be riding together, but at the same time, I want to give a sense of finality, that the shredding has drawn to a close, you know? How do we communicate these multiple diffuse themes with one simple action?”
“Let’s high five!”
Normally I’d make an exception for actual high fives between friends in a candid moment, a la Wheel Love, where both parties aren’t visibly self-aware that they’re being filmed. But I think this is a drastic situation calling for drastic measures. High fives need a good, solid three year rest, across the board. No enduro high fives, obviously, but no 50:01 high fives either.
It’s not that I hate high fives; far from it. I continue to be a huge proponent of off-camera high, low, and Top Gun fiving. It’s that high fives in bike videos have crossed the point of diminishing returns. Like the three crop system [Ed note: three field system] revolutionized agriculture by rotating crops and leaving fields fallow to rest the soil and keep it healthy, I think we need to let the high five rest for a while.
No more high fives in videos until 2021 at the soonest.