Lower SFU (Burnaby Mtn) - Beginner Ride

Welcome to a new season of mountain biking!

This is a Beginner* ride that will introduce you to single track trail riding. Each week in April will cover different mountain bike topics including:

1. Stance and Balance 

2. Operations of Controls (gears, shifting, brakes) and Gravity Management 

3. Cornering & Line Selection

4. Wheel Lifts


This ride is more cross country riding than downhill at this stage (but there is a couple of downhill sections near the end of the ride). This ride stays on the Lower sections of SFU.

Route: We'll head up and then come down North Road, Dead Moped.

Depending on the group we'll decide whether to head all the way down North Road to Jim's Jungle and back up to Lower Snake to finish.

*Beginner

You have limited experience with trail riding on a mountain biking.

You have reasonably decent general riding skills and good fitness.

You have done some road riding.

 

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Waiver

All organizer(s) are volunteers who do not accept responsibility for rider safety and health state before, during and at any time after this event.

Your Assumption Of Risk:

By agreeing to participate in this ride you acknowledge that mountain biking is considered a high risk activity and injuries are a common and ordinary occurrence of the sport. These risks include and are not limited to equipment failures, weather conditions, collisions with natural and man-made objects, including, but not limited to exposed rock, trees, snow, ice, earth stumps and man-made obstacles on or adjacent to the mountain bike terrain, collisions with other cyclists, pedestrians, animals, et al; becoming lost or separated from the group; failure to ride safely or within your own ability, and you accept these risks and the possibility of personal injury, death or property damage and the loss resulting therefrom due to any cause and without limitation. In the event of injury or loss, you and/or next of kin waive all future claims against the organizer(s), et al.

Organizer(s) reservations:

The organizer(s) shall reserve the right to turn away any participant who shows up without RSVP, unprepared and/or ill-equipped to handle this ride. A helmet, water, good sense of humour and a sense of fun are required no exceptions. Other required items are appropriate clothing, armor, food and a trail side repair kit.

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  • Jeff B

    Wheel lifts, check! Get out there and practice and nothing will stand in your way (not even little dogs)! Good job everyone!

    1 · April 26, 2014

    • davemud

      Anne remember to kick your butt with your heels. Think of your feet moving in an arch backwards and up. You can also rotate the bars forward with your hands. Back in the day before clamp on grips the best trials and technical riders grips were visibly twisted on their handle bars.

      April 28, 2014

    • Anne b.

      Thanks for the tips Dave, now I want to go home on my lunch hour to try them out!

      April 28, 2014

  • Kyle

    Question: What is in my hydration pack?

    A spare tube (unless your a ride leader, then a couple)

    Tire levers (big yellow ones, easy to hold, easy to find when you drop them)

    A good pump (fold out foot stand, extendable hose, are nice features to have)

    Water + food bars

    Multi-tool with chain breaker (or a separate chain breaker; some of the newer designs are much easier to use so shop around, ask to see what other people are using and what they like and do not like about their tool).

    Spare chain links

    Spare derailleur hanger

    Leatherman mutli-tool (optional, but has come in handy)


    Richard, Jeff, Dave, and Andrea et al. can expand this list I'm sure.


    I also carry an emergency blanket, a few zip ties usually, some items vary for the season and time of year and where I'll be riding (spare gloves, latex gloves, tape, heat packs...) — some tools for ablution get included for longer rides away from the amenities of civilization as well.

    2 · April 26, 2014

    • Andrea

      This reinforces that it generally is not a good idea to just follow Jeff...including in pack supplies (unless Kyle comes too!)

      1 · April 27, 2014

    • Kyle

      Cell phone — GPS, fitness tracker, photos, and calls to/from your ride mates that went left when the should have gone right.

      1 · April 27, 2014

  • davemud

    Richard and Jeff are great instructors! Great day, people and ride. Nice to see and chase Arturo up and down the mountain.

    1 · April 27, 2014

  • Claudio

    Thanks to Richard, Jeef and David. It was a great morning. Looking forward to the next one.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Dirty M.

    Richard, Jeff and Dave; thanks so much! Another great day.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Warren

    Thanks Richard, Jeff and Dave!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Christine W.

    Richard, Jeff the number of people who came out speaks volumes for your dedication to helping us all improve & enjoy mountain biking.....thank you.

    4 · April 26, 2014

  • Richard

    Great group to wrap up this month and week #4 Wheel lifts! Here is a link to the GPS track: http://connect.garmin.com/dashboard?cid=6327136

    Next week we'll start all over again. Feel free to come out and join the fun again.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • SarahK

    Thanks guys it was fun. I came home and practised a bit. Going to try some more with the kids in a

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • SarahK

    Thanks guys it was fun. I came home and practised a bit. Going to try some more with the kids in a

    April 26, 2014

  • SarahK

    Awesome ride as per usual. Great, encouraging and friendly people.

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Emiliano

    Good stuff learned

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Colleen

    Best ride yet. I took my wheel-lifting tricks onto Dead Moped and loved it. Thanks Jeff, Richard and Dave!

    1 · April 26, 2014

  • Gerry W.

    Sorry guys. Realized I had to leave to be elsewhere around 20 mins into the ride. Next time.

    April 26, 2014

  • Paul

    Few mins late I'll catch up. Phone wouldn't let me post anything for some reason till now

    April 26, 2014

  • Mackoy

    Aorry guys i cant make it today .

    April 26, 2014

  • Jeff B

    Dave and I are doing a pre-beginner ride lap up to Nicoles. We are meeting at 8. If you feel like joining us feel free. Keep in mind it is rated as advanced trail and we will be riding with minimal stops/breaks. Meet at the normal parking area on North Rd.

    April 25, 2014

    • Paul

      What's the climb like up to Nicoles? I'm sure I've done it but I might be too slow haha

      April 25, 2014

    • Jeff B

      About 25 mins or so depending on speed. All up! Some steep sections for sure.

      April 26, 2014

  • Claudio

    Aproximatelly, what's the duration of the ride?

    April 25, 2014

    • Richard

      1:45 to 2:00 hrs - There is this week's session first then a ride - all close to the parking area if you need to leave early.

      April 25, 2014

    • Claudio

      Thanks for the info. 2 hrs is perfect.

      April 25, 2014

  • Barbie F.

    Richard will not be able to make it as I hurt my rt wrist on Thursday night ride so will need to rest it. Barbie

    April 25, 2014

    • Richard

      Sorry to hear... take care of your wrist! Hope to see you another time.

      April 25, 2014

  • Emiliano

    Hello guys, what protection gear is required for this beginners ride, full helmet or just standard? Knee/chin and elbow pads? Please advise. Also is it fine front suspension or better double . Thanks

    April 23, 2014

    • Jeff B

      You should wear whatever gear you feel comfortable with on xc trails. Most people use a half shell helmet and light knee and elbow pads. A few use full face helmets. It all depends on your skill level and how often you fall. :) A dual suspension or hardtail works here, just don't bring a DH rig unless it is all you have.

      April 23, 2014

    • James B.

      One thing I have learned, shin pads are a great thing! These days you can get semi "Soft" shin pads... (I dont know the actual name) versus the full plastic ones. They are great for the type of riding that will be done on these trails. They arent as heavy like the other ones but still provide great protection for falls! I would highly recommenced them, no matter your skill level. Although as Jeff has said...its all personal preference!

      1 · April 24, 2014

  • Peter

    Hi everyone, Looking forward to it. Will it be rain or shine?

    April 23, 2014

    • Richard

      Unless it is a gale force storm...then we might call it off. But they are calling for isolated showers - so I'd say count on it being on.

      April 23, 2014

    • James B.

      Be prepared....to get WET N MUDDY!

      April 24, 2014

  • Jeff B

    Ah wheel lifts...I love teaching wheel lifts! :) Should be fun.

    April 23, 2014

    • Richard

      The claw... bring on the claw!

      April 23, 2014

    • Andrea

      I guess I was scraping dog &*%$ off my shoes a week too early.

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • Clint W.

    just realized this was week 4 of the set. I'll start the following week on week 1 again

    April 23, 2014

    • Richard

      You don't have to take them order... each is a stand alone session so people can drop in and out as needed. Feel free to come out if you can make it!

      April 23, 2014

  • SarahK

    Hey guys - I'd like to bring someone along - I can't seem to change my RSVP to bring someone...is there room?

    April 22, 2014

    • Richard

      I've add a guest to your RSVP...

      April 22, 2014

    • SarahK

      TY:)

      April 22, 2014

  • James B.

    I'm definitely excited for the "Gravity Management" ....as I have a tendency to let gravity take over and send me into trees or over things I shouldn't be going over...

    Been itching to get out onto the trails, winter has been crazy and looking forward to the wet n muddy trails this time of year brings haha!

    April 21, 2014

    • James B.

      I am interested in anything that includes two wheels......hope to see ya out there if I get off the waitlist! Dont think I have been to one of your meetups in ages!

      1 · April 21, 2014

    • James B.

      Whoops, forgot I am going hiking this weekend. Hopefully I will be able to catch a ride next weekend! Have fun everyone :)

      April 21, 2014

  • Nick B

    ooops, well it got me out there anyway!

    1 · March 16, 2014

  • Nick B

    hey people, I was there at 0930 and none was around...? Anyway, had a good hour long loop up to SFU on Trans Canada and hit some of the lower trails.

    March 15, 2014

    • Jeff B

      This ride is April 26th...glad you had a good ride.

      1 · March 15, 2014

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