What To Prepare For The First Mountain Bike Trip?


You are new to mountain bike trips, you as the rider want to develop your ability and confidence, at the same time reinforce safety awareness. We have the following suggestion for you.

Your fitness level

Off-road riding is by its very nature is more demanding than, say, riding along a canal or road. You will need a basic level of fitness which can be gained by a few aerobic work-outs per week: riding outdoors, stationary bike or spinning classes are perfect. Remember riding a bike develops specific muscle groups over a specific range which other forms of aerobic work-outs might not.

Your knowledge & techniques

You should know the basics of bike set up and maintenance, trail tips, drop-offs, breaking techniques, riding positions and many more essential mountain biking skills such as.

Your bike preparation

  • Use your own bike and bring with them a spare set of brake pads/blocks.
  • It is strongly recommended that your bike be fitted with front suspension and off-road tyres.
  • It is strongly recommended that the bike be fully serviced by a competent person prior to the trip. 

Who to go with:

You should go with someone of more experience than you, join a group with riders of mixed levels, or a beginner course. Throughout the time, you will benefit from instruction by qualified mountain bike instructors, develop your skills alongside people at a similar level and great off- road riding at this excellent venue.

If you are considering taking a mountain bike course, typically these are what you will learn at different levels:

  • Beginner Level
  1. Mountain bike preparation (safety checks)
  2. Correct use of gears
  3. Riding position
  4. Drop off’s
  5. Front wheel lifts
  6. Climbing and descending
  7. Cornering techniques
  8. Riding single track
  • Intermediate Level
  1. Mountain bike preparation (safety checks)
  2. Steep descents
  3. Slow drop-off up to ½ meter high
  4. Faster drop-offs at speed
  5. Bunny hops/bike lifts
  6. Climbing and descending in advanced rocky / stepped terrain
  7. Faster cornering techniques
  8. Riding single track at speed
  • Advanced Level
  1. Mountain bike preparation (safety checks)
  2. Steep technical descents
  3. Slow drop-off more than ½ meter high
  4. Faster drop-offs at speed
  5. Climbing and descending in advanced rocky / stepped terrain
  6. Faster cornering techniques
  7. Riding single track at speed
  8. Advanced negative riding position (descents)
  9. Advanced positive riding position (ascents)

If you are interested in the following topics, you may want to book a special 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 course

  1. Had a crash and lost confidence
  2. Reduced fitness levels
  3. Looking forward to adventure multi day mountain bike trips

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