If you’ve survived a number of years of mountain biking a fair bit of wear and tear will have been inflicted on you and your bikes and you’ll have dealt with plenty. If you’re a little newer to the sport and not yet fully conversant with how everything works it all might be a bit daunting. On the pages in this section, we’ll try and bring something for both groups.
Since the bulk of things we all need to know stem from experience and common sense, being clever and unique is not what this area of the site is about. It’s here simply to allow access to information that will keep bikes moving on the trail. Imagine a biking trip with camping involved, and the checklist you will need to go over for the safest experience. Did you check your lightweight tent, waterproof clothing, sleeping bag, air mattress (for overweight?), and think about carrying all the stuff with you all day through the trail?
Most of all we want to help lessen the chance of you being caught out miles from anywhere with an unridable bike to push home.
Some of the tips, techniques, and hints have been spotted on the Internet, others from the comics, picked up from fellow sufferers and yet more have been acquired through hard-won experience. What they all share is that they’re based on sound practices that actually work in the conditions likely to be encountered on the trails. The fixes will be doable with trail tools. The riding advice (when we get round to posting it up) is aimed at mortals and should help improve both fitness and confidence.
Top among the things that actually work is sound preparation. The old adage “Fail to plan and you plan to fail” is worth remembering. So, staying away from the problems in the 1st instance will always be the main tactic. In addition to advice in that regard, easy maintenance drills and ways of performing routine tasks will feature as well as ways of sorting problems when they do crop up.