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:
Here's a link to Kem's Fairland night-ride video:
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"
Snack (salty will help avoid cramps)
Multi-Tool (although you can borrow one)
Finally, a word on etiquette. It's an issue that's come up recently, so give this a read:
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.