Preparing for a mountain bike ride

Mountain biking is an action sport, which can be dangerous if you are not adequately prepared. To get the most out of the experience, make sure you have a read of our quick guide below and get ready for the challenge!

Fitness level

drop your weight towards the back wheel when descending over rocky terrain

drop your weight towards the back wheel when descending over rocky terrain

Intermediate fitness recommended.

Minimum age of 16 recommended (minors must be accompanied by an adult).

Our bikes fit riders 5 ft 3 or taller.

Skill level

You should be able to handle a bicycle comfortably and confidently on the road before going mountain biking.

A good litmus test is how confident you are at jumping off and hopping on curbs, because you will be going over rough terrain on the trails.

Always to remember to select trails that best suit your bike handling abilities and it’s good to head out in pairs at least if you are not familiar with the terrain.

a MTB helmet is included but remember to bring a backpack for the rest of your gear

a MTB helmet is included but remember to bring a backpack for the rest of your gear

What gears are included

We will supply you with a mountain bike specific helmet (Fox), a multi tool tool, a pump, a tire lever and a spare inner tube.

Check out the mechanical section below if you are unsure of how to handle punctures or other trail-side repairs.

What to bring

Wear comfortable closed toe shoes with good grip.

We recommend riding in shorts and a breathable t-shirt or jersey made from active sports fabrics. Don’t wear jeans since they will restrict your movement and don’t wear cotton t-shirts since they will get heavy with your sweat.

Energy bars or some trail-side scroggins are great for keeping your energy up throughout the ride.

a basic understanding of MTB mechanics now may get you out of a pickle later on down the line

a basic understanding of MTB mechanics now may get you out of a pickle later on down the line

Bring plenty of drinking water, we recommend a minimum of 1L for a 3 hour ride on a chilled day. During the summer, you should bring at least 2L for a 3 hour ride.

Lastly, don’t forget to bring a comfortable backpack to carry your gears and snacks. Ones with clips around your waist and chest are great for stopping them bouncing around over rough terrain.


Navigation

We have a trail discovery page to help you select a ride, the data is provided by the awesome community over at Trailforks. They have apps for both Android and iOS that allow you to download their maps to use offline.

A lot of trails in Sydney do not have cell phone service, so don’t rely on Google maps or any online based service for navigation.

For your safety, tell a friend or a family member where you are going and when you expect to be back.



Dealing with mechanical issues

No matter how well maintained the bikes are, tire punctures and mechanical breakdowns do happen on the trail. It’s just the nature of the sport. Here are a few videos by the folks at GMBN to help you with some basic trail side repairs.