Are you leading groups out on mountain bikes?

Did you know that you really should be qualified, to protect the group and yourself!!!

There is nothing worse than organising a ride and having some major issue that you don’t know how to deal with. What do you do when…

  • someone gets lost or separated from the group
  • you have a mechanical breakdown, can you fix it?
  • someone in the group is air lifted off, what do you do? How do you manage the situation?
  • your group don’t have the skill for your planned route and some of them want to go the easy way, how do you manage it?

These are just a few things that can be thrown at you as a ride leader. Having the skill and knowledge to react appropriately can make the difference, and believe me with mountain biking it can go pear shaped very fast.

 

We offer courses that result in an internationally recognised qualification for leading groups out on mountain bikes. These courses are ideal for teachers, youth group leaders or anyone who is involved with a MTB club. In fact everyone who attends our courses leave feeling more confident and assured they are prepared for the trails. From developing more skills to stay on the bike, understanding the basic trail maintenance repairs to get you home, having some first aid knowledge and much more.It gives you the skills and knowledge to keep your group safe whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

It gives you the skills and knowledge to keep your group safe whilst enjoying the great outdoors.

For more information about the courses we offer why not get in touch on 07739 041843 and we will explain more about them.

Getting Your Bike In Shape

If you haven’t ridden your bike in a year or more, before going out for that first ride, put your bike in the car and head first to your local bike shop and have a qualified mechanic give you a tune up. Because the bike is a complex machine with many moving and integrated parts, there is an increased risk of injury when using a machine that is not in proper working order. even if you’re mechanically inclined, there are many subtle and not so subtle adjustments an experienced mechanic will make that will not only improve your overall experience on the bike, but will increase your speed and efficiency. It’s relatively easy to recognise a flat tyre, but far less easy to determine a loose and dangerous a loose and dangerous bottom bracket or head tube. And many components on new bikes have very specific tensions and torques where over tightening could lead to dangerous failure or cause stress cracks and fractures.

Depending on the condition and age of your bike, expect to pay between £30 to £80 for a tune up, which can include adjusting or replacing cables and housings, overall cleaning of the entire frame and cassette, chain, cogs, lubrication the chain, overall inspection to adjust shifting and braking ability, replacement of brake pads, handlebar tape, or cracked and worn tyres.

A tune up will typically take a few days, and should never be overlooked or substituted. care will also be given to use proper lubricants specifically designed for bike parts; common household lubricant is neither intended for nor useful in cycling applications.

Taking good care of your bike will result in your bike taking good care of you.