Mountain biking with your kids

October 3, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Have you considered taking your kids on a mountain bike ride? It might be the perfect outdoor activity for your family.

What you need to take your kids out on a mountain bike ride and safety tips:

-Have:

  • Gloves, helmet, BMX or mountain bike in good working order.
  • No bald tires or weak brakes.
  • Have plenty of fun snacks and water

-Plan:

  • Plan trails that are easy for all to have fun and skill appropriate
  • Coastal scenic trails tend to be flat and wide
  • State Park fire roads are easy to learn dirt skills on

-Ride:

  • Obey trail rules and safety guidelines
  • Stay to the left side of roads
  • Maintain a safe speed and stay in control

Other IMBA Tips for Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

1. Get 'em a bike and helmet.
If you need mountain biking gear, simply visit your local bike shop. Explain that you're a novice and want to get started.

2. Select a ride.
Be sure to choose a ride that is fun, safe and not too long or difficult.

3. Be prepared.
Bring extra water and food - including a tasty treat for the kids. Don't forget other essentials such as extra tubes, pump, tire levers and a multi-tool.

4. Ride!
Take it slow at first. Match your pace to the slowest rider. Ride safely. Aim for no more than three kids per adult.

5. Have fun.
Don't be afraid to goof around! Keep the conversation fun and play a few bike games along the ride.

6. Take photos.
Share stories and photos about your day with parents, friends, and brag about how much fun it was.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

IMBA will celebrate its fifth annual International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day on Saturday, October 4, 2008. This is a great opportunity for you to pass your passion for pedaling on to kids

IMBA's International Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day celebrates the life of Jack Doub, an avid teenage mountain biker from North Carolina who had a true passion for the sport from an early age but passed away in 2002. Funding is provided by the Jack Doub Memorial Endowment. The event will take place each year on the first Saturday in October.

Mere Mortals Mountain Biking, Event:
The event is scheduled for Oct 4th. .

Location: Shoreline park in Mtn View, that has about 700 acres with trails (paved, gravel, and dirt). The ride will start at 10 am, and is open to members and guests of the Mtn biking club Mere Mortals Mountain Biking.

Mere Mortals Mountain Biking is a San Francisco Bay Area mountain biking group that rides with a no drops, no pressure, and no egos.

The idea is provide everyone of all levels a relaxing ride pace, but still allow those to expand their riding skills without feeling the need to hammer all the time. There are many riders who are advanced and need to ride at a slower pace.

Mere Mortals Mountain Biking exists to give people a positive environment and relaxed pace, and it doesn't matter how long you've been riding or what you're skill set is. We offer rides for all levels, but at a relaxing pace. Mere Mortals Mountain Biking provides you a positive environment to ride in because the trail can be intimidating enough.

Our group is free to ride with, and we are very active throughout the year. During the spring and summer you'll usually find us in most of the local trails from Santa Cruz to Marin. When it's wet and rainy out, we're usually at Ft. Ord.


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