Mountain Biking

Requirements for Mountain Biking Leadership

See the list of current leaders, here.

TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS: A LEADER MUST BE ABLE TO:

  • properly size and adjust a bike.
  • properly size and adjust a helmet.
  • remove and re-attach the wheels.
  • ‘single speed’ a chain – if a rear derailleur breaks, a leader must be able to break, shorten, and re-attach the chain to create a single-speed.
  • patch a tire with what is available – for example, cover a hole in the tire so that the tube doesn’t poke out and flat.
  • adjust a rear derailleur.
  • be able to read a topographic map and read a compass.

BIKE SKILLS: A LEADER SHOULD BE ABLE TO:

  • be in control of his or her bike at all times.
  • ride within their abilities and limits.

LEADERSHIP AND SAFETY SKILLS: A LEADER SHOULD ALWAYS:

  • have trip members wear a properly fitted bike helmet at all times while biking a trip. No exceptions.
  • have an appropriate sense of the trails and conditions before a trip. This includes, but is not limited to: checking the weather, downloaded and printing maps for everyone on the trip, and talking to other riders that have been to the place.
  • establish some system of staying together (leader/caboose, for example). and allow for regrouping if people become separated.
  • yield to hikers and equestrians unconditionally.
  • yield to uphill riders.
  • inform the group of risky terrain ahead when possible.
  • recognize when either the bike or conditions are unsafe to ride.

ON THE TRAILS BIKING ETIQUETTE: A LEADER SHOULD ALWAYS:

  • leave no trace.
  • ride on authorized trails only.
  • be mindful of the pace of your ride and the abilities of other riders.
  • be concious of the fact that mountain biking is extremely vulnerable to other people on the trail having bad encounters with mountain bikers.
  • avoid riding in wet conditions (or other) that could possibly damage the trail.
  • make sure gear from trips is returned, cleaned, and ready for the next trip.
  • notify the biking chair if gear is damaged.

EQUIPMENT AND GEAR: A LEADER SHOULD ALWAYS BRING:

  • a first aid kit.
  • a tire pump.
  • bring a bike repair kit for every 2-3 people on a trip. Bike repair kits are pre-assembled in the bike room.
  • one spare tube per person on the trip.
  • any other equipment in order to facilitate a safe and productive trip. This includes, but is not limited to: car racks, spare tires, gloves, and shin-gaurds.
  • extra food and water.

A LEADER SHOULD ALWAYS HAVE OTHER RIDERS BRING:

  • a properly fitted helmet.
  • a properly fitted bike.
  • plenty of food and water.
  • appropriate clothing for the trip. This includes, but is not limited to: gloves, appropriate footwear, and warm clothing for winter rides.

*In order to qualify for mountain biking leadership, a person must have fulfilled the first aid requirements.

 

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