I have been noticing quite a few braking ruts appearing on some of the single track around the place and was thinking why does there seem to be a rapid increase in them when these trails have been ridden for years with minimal impact. Well I think my query has been answered. In the last couple of weeks I have seen 3 different groups of riders that are only braking with there rear wheel, skidding down sections of trail that there is no need to skid on and making a mess of the trails. I think these groups based on the type of bikes and gear they are using are probably new to mtbing and don't know any better, I hope that's the case anyway. So if you see people out there tearing up the trails please try and have a polite word to them and educate them about preserving the trails by not skidding and keeping their bikes under control.