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Our Favorite Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

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Our Favorite Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

Crested Butte Our Favorite Mountain Biking Tips for Beginners

Mountain biking is a rewarding way to get out and breath fresh air while exploring new areas! However, it can also be a bit intimidating for a new rider. Don’t worry, everyone has to start somewhere, but here are a few tips to get you on your way!

Picking a Bike
First things first, you need to get yourself a bike if you don’t already have one. Stop by the Evolution Bike Shop in the morning. Our friendly bike techs will help find the right bike for you! Downhill specific bikes are available as well as cross country and children’s bikes! 

Tubes, Tire Levers, Patch Kits and Pumps
The next step, once you have your bike, is to grab an extra tube, a few tire levers, a patch kit and a hand pump. These tools will allow you the ability to fix a flat tire out on the trial. It is inevitable that you will have a flat, trust me, it will happen. Most of the time mountain bikers ride with just one extra tube, a pump and tire levers. If you’re lapping the Evolution Bike Park feel free to drop by the shop for any repairs and services. 

Pick Your Clothing
Picking the right clothing when mountain biking is an important step. If you’re coming from road biking, you probably already have the “butt-miles” in, but if you are new to cycling in general, you are going to want something that won’t be uncomfortable “down there.” You’ll want to choose a comfortable chamois’ at your local bike shop. Most mountain bikers nowadays where baggy shorts over their chamois. Wear what makes you feel comfortable!  

Pick a Trail!
Now comes the fun part, picking a trail! Obviously, for your first few times riding a mountain bike pick a trail that is not going to be overly difficult. If it’s your first ride ever, pick something that is smooth and not too steep. Crested Butte Mountain Resort has over 30 miles of single track that you could start on. Trails like Columbine, Primer and Hotdogger are great for the first-timer. As you begin to build your confidence, work your way up to longer, more difficult rides across the valley like the 401 Trail, Doctor Park or Strand Hill. 

Crested Butte is a mountain bike mecca. Whether you are visiting or if you live here, it’s something that everyone should have the opportunity to try!

- Ellen Patten