Jason Van Horn and Inga Beck lead a NorCal young riders clinic in Oakland. The students were looking very confident on their bikes by the end of the clinic. Great job and amazing form, kids!
Bikeskills Instructor Inga Beck leads a girls only clinic in Oakland, California. By the end of the session, they not only looked very confident on their bikes, but many of them rode sections of trail that they previously walked. Great job and amazing form, girls!
Camp Tamarancho is one of our favorite riding destinations for practicing skills. Between roots, rocks, the flow trail and too many switchbacks to count, there is a bit of everything.
Enjoy this gallery of photos from our April 27th skills clinic at Tamarancho.
We’re posting a lot more photos than usual this month, mainly because we love how pretty it is at Rockville Park! What it lacks in overall mileage, it more than makes up for with its landscape and diversity of terrain. Rockville Park serves up some of the most technical and advanced singletrack in the area, perfect for learning, practicing and applying new skills.
How do refined bikes, 10 years in the making, like the 26″ wheeled Trek Remedy, hold up against the likes of a new skool, 29er AM rig, like the Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc? You might be surprised. If nothing else, if you’re in the market for a new mountain bike, make sure you ride a lot of them, and as you narrow your selection down, make sure you do the all important “back to back to back” final rides and selection process. Admittedly, when you have a 26″ wheeled bike compared to a 29″ wheeled bike, it isn’t quite the same type of riding experience… or it it? [Read more…]
Did you know that Bikeskills offers clinics for small groups in addition to our regular trail riding clinics? All you need is yourself and three friends in order to get a personalized clinic that caters to the skills you want to focus and hone in on. In fact, this month’s NorCal clinic was limited to ladies only, and these ladies took advantage of the personalized coaching from our team to work on their skills.
We started off checking everyone’s suspension and cockpit set-up to verify sag was set correctly, tire pressures were set, brake lever placement was good, and riding positions optimized for handling on the trail.
We then moved across the street to focus on dialing our riding positions. Mastering the neutral attack position is a key building block for progression!
Moving on, the group worked on some drills that emphasized working their range of motion, and unweighting their front and rear wheels.
We covered a wide range of skills, both on and off the trail including how to climb and descend switchback turns.
All the ladies were climbing and cleaning the numerous technical switchback turns on the climb up after the drill- success is sweet!
Everyone in the group showed remarkable progression over the course of the day. And the most important part is that everyone had a great time improving their riding safely.
Thanks to Inga Beck for taking all the photos and organizing the clinic for the ladies. See you all on the trail soon!
Going the Distance is a film that chronicles the lives of four Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) survivors. A collaboration between three-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker David L Brown and Epic Way Sports (Bikeskills, Skiskills, Surfskills) Going the Distance’s goal is to raise awareness and critical funding to help those who have survived what is the leading killer and disabling injury affecting those of us 5-45 years of age. You can help by donating and as passing on the URL of the Going the Distance trailer to your friends, family, and colleagues: help us help them.
It seems that there’s always a rideable break in the winter. Some of the guys and gals at Trek Bicycles even rode on New Year’s Day… in Wisconsin! And breaks in winter weather often bring the best conditions to capture a great “point of view” video with your GoPro or other wearable camera. Check out Mt Tam’s only legal single track, the Coastal Trail, on Superbowl Sunday.
Join Bikeskills’ JP Sickler to learn the basics of Bike Park riding skills and techniques, including: dirt jumping, pump track fundamentals, raised stunts and more. Fresno’s Woodward bike park has an amazing array of riding opportunities – and JP has skills and instructional experience to get you up to speed… fast! For more information on dates and times, click on the schedule icon above.
From all of us at BIKESKILLS, all the best for 2011!