Beginner-Friendly Introduction to Night-Riding II

Fairland.  In the dark.  With lights.

This is the sequel to the outrageously successful "Beginner-Friendly Introduction to Night-Riding."  I wanna do it again and give the folks who missed it last week a chance to try it, if they like. 

Speaking of lights, here's a link to a writeup I did regarding a popular light:

http://www.meetup.com/dcmountainbiking/messages/boards/thread/37776092/0#[masked]

Here's a link to Kem's Fairland night-ride video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcQ1tSBS6K4

Not to worry, we'll take it easier than this video.

Ride Leaders:  Brian & Leah

Numbers: BRIAN (seven-o-tree...tree-too-tree...for-for-o-fife) & LEAH (fife-sevin-won...too-for-fife...fife six-too-oh)

Please call if you suddenly can't make it or are running a few minutes late. Try to be ready to ride on time (good idea to get there 30 minutes early to get lights sorted, etc). If you've never been here, it's a good idea to get here even earlier so you're not late and stressed out.  We will try to accommodate everyone, but will leave the lot promptly 15 minutes after the listed time.

This will be a beginner-friendly ride (no-drop) with mostly smooth, packed-dirt trails. There are a few small climbs. We're really patient with pace, etc, so you won't feel lots of pressure. BUT, realistically evaluate your fitness, and if you feel like you can ride for a few hours without too much trouble, you're good to go. If you have questions about this point, post below.

A few bits of advice for true beginners:

We will NOT be riding on pavement!  It's all DIRT, gravel, sand, etc.  Again...we will not be riding on paved trails!

Dress appropriately (No sandals, wear a helmet, dress for the weather, etc)...it IS mountain biking, after all!

Bring water and a little food (even if you don't think you'll need it).

Evaluate your fitness level before you sign up, because even beginner-level mountain biking is a good workout, and you'll need to be able to ride for at least 9 miles over undulating terrain. Prepare for at least 1.5 hours of on-the-bike time.

Directions: Though we're riding Fairland, we'll need to park at the Ice Arena because the park will ticket us.

What to bring:

Helmet (no helmet, no ride)

Mountain Bike (Hybrid bikes are usually sketchy on trails)

Lights (unless you love living "on the edge"

Water

Snack (salty will help avoid cramps)

Multi-Tool (although you can borrow one)

Patch Kit

Extra Tube

Finally, a word on etiquette.  It's an issue that's come up recently, so give this a read:

http://bouldermountainbike.org/content/trail-etiquette

Note: Please read the document "Meetup Ride Waiver" (found under menu: More > Files > Meetup Ride Waiver) before attending this event. Mountain biking is an inherently dangerous sport, and by attending this ride, you acknowledge and have read, agree to and fully understand the aforementioned waiver.


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  • Jen

    Planning to join, but will need to cut it short and leave at 6.

    November 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey, we are canceling. Sorry for the inconvenience.

      November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gonna cancel this one, since we're all toast from the hike. Hope you understand.

    November 23, 2013

  • Nate

    Sorry guys, I am not prepared for the ride tonight so I have to cancel... Have fun!!!!

    November 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    theres a possibility that i may be able to join this nite party =)

    2 · November 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeeaaah!

      November 23, 2013

  • Nate

    Excited to go!!!

    November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Trust me...it'll be OUTRAGEOUS.

      1 · November 18, 2013

    • Nate

      Sweeeeet!

      November 19, 2013

  • Kem C.

    I was really considering attending this, but I just got word today that my little niece is having a birthday party that evening.

    November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Have fun and don't eat too much cake before Sunday!

      1 · November 19, 2013

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