BEST 10 TIPS FOR GROUP MOUNTAIN BIKING RIDES

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2. BE PREPARED

Make sure all riders are self-sufficient or that there are a couple designated riders that can assist with trailside maintenance issues. To avoid maintenance issues, do a bike check before leaving the trailhead and have each rider check the following:

  • check the tire pressure
  • check the quick release skewers to make sure they are locked
  • test the brakes
  • lube the chain
  • check the shifting

Ensure all riders have the appropriate safety gear to ride and have the basic tools to fix a flat tire or a broken chain.  Here is a basic list of items each rider should have:

    • water
    • trailside snack
    • spare tube, patch kit
    • hand pump
    • multi-tool with chain breaker
    • chain lube
    • tire lever
    • spare derailleur hanger (especially for longer rides)

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3. IT’S NOT A RACE

Ok, depending on the group maybe you want to race!¬†There will always be faster riders and slower riders. It’s important to respect and manage different paces appropriately to make sure everyone has a great riding experience. After all, it’s not a group ride if the fastest rider speeds ahead all the time and doesn’t wait to regroup. Identify stopping points along the trail for group members to reconvene. Plus, the moments when riders come together are usually the best – it gives people an opportunity to talk about the section of trail they just ride, laugh at their near-miss wipeouts and pump each other up for what’s ahead.

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