PREPARATION

WHAT SHOULD I BRING?

YOUR BIKE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER

If you aren't sure about the condition your bike is in, be sure to take it to your local mechanic prior to lessons for a tune-up.

 

HELMET IN GOOD SHAPE

If you've had your helmet for 4-5 years or more, if it's been in a crash or two, or if you've noticed that it doesn't fit you well, it is time to replace it. We are going to add to the wealth of  information in your brain, please don't risk losing it! 

ADDITIONAL PROTECTION

We advise at a minimum knee pads and gloves. We have also found that elbow pads and shin guards can help while learning too.  Your safety is our number one priority but it doesn't hurt to add some extra protection.

FLAT (PLATFORM) PEDALS

We have found that flat (aka: platform) pedals and sturdy flat-soled shoes make it safest to learn and practice during the skills sessions so we strongly encourage this set-up.  We will give you tips and strategies for safely riding on flat pedals but keep in mind that everything we teach you on flat pedals can be translated back to your clipless (aka: clip-in) pedals. If you prefer to ride and practice in your clipless pedals that will be fine too.

EYE PROTECTION

Not necessary but recommended.  Riding glasses, sunglasses, goggles, or just some cheap safety glasses from the hardware store.

ADJUSTABLE SEAT POST

To maximize your fun and safe learning during the lesson we highly recommend that you can lower your seat post to get your saddle at least 2-3" out of your way while learning certain skills.  The best option for this is a dropper seat post (like a RockShox Reverb) which can adjust your seat up and down with a lever. Another acceptable option is to have a quick release seat collar (as opposed to bolt-on) that allows you to easily and quickly drop and raise your seat. If you aren't sure about how to lower your seat please check with your local bike shop prior to your session.

EXTRAS:

Water, snacks, spare tube, extra layers, sunblock.

Mountain biking can be physically demanding and combined with potential adverse weather conditions can reduce energy levels significantly.  We also recommend bringing replacement inner tubes in case you get a flat tire and some extra layers of clothing for warmth and protection from adverse weather.