A Not So Typical 2020 Gift Guide by Ninja

Jeremiah sends a drop in Sedona

‘Tis the season to rethink everything you thought you knew about Mountain Bike gear. This holiday season we’re going to skip apparel and instead help update your shred sled with the best gear of 2020. We asked our experienced mountain bike instructors and friends about their favorite riding gear and here’s the list of goodies Read More →

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OptOutside Black Friday Sale MTB Skills Camp Clinic

For the sixth year in a row, we will be closed on Friday, November 27th. Instead of partaking in Black Friday, we are choosing to #optoutside and recreate responsibly in the great outdoors.  Don’t fret. We’ll be back open again on Saturday the 28th! This year, perhaps more than ever before, we encourage you to Read More →

Handling Uncertainty: On AND Off The Trail

Bekah Descending Hood River, Oregon

I was recently riding with a group of boys ages 10-12 on a trail they had never ridden before. The three boys are all excellent riders and very comfortable on their home trails. As we were riding, the boys peppered me with questions: How many hills are there? What are the rocks like? Is it Read More →

8 Most Common Mistakes: Riding A Drop

drop mistakes - pulling up on the handlebars

Want to learn how to ride a drop? Trying to improve your drop form? Start by reading through last week’s article on “How to ride a drop“. As much as I’d like to think you are now all experts at riding drops after reading the “How to” article, I know that’s likely not the case. Read More →

How to Ride A Drop: Down/Back Technique

Drops come in all shapes and sizes. Rocks, roots, human built wood features and natural elevation changes all create drops ranging from the size of a curb to the size of a building. When ridden correctly, drops are Fun-with-a-capital-F. However, before you start sending yourself off the biggest drop you can find, it’s important to Read More →

Steep Transitions: The Roll Down

Do you find yourself walking around a steep rock on the trail thinking, “How the heck do I ride down that?”. Have you had the very unpleasant experience of getting thrown forward while trying to roll down a short steep transition? If you answered yes to either of these, this is the skill for you! Read More →

5 Important Life Lessons From My Bike

No matter where you live in the world, 2020 has thrown us all some pretty big curve balls. I’m not a licensed expert on navigating change; but I can confidently say I have extensive hands-on experience with the subject matter. Through all the changes I’ve seen, past and present, big and small, I’ve never stopped Read More →

Secret to Switchbacks – Going Down

This article is going to be it’s all about going DOWN those pesky switchbacks. In case you missed our article on the art of climbing UP a switchback, check it out here! Let’s jump right into the 5 important steps to successfully (and smoothly) navigating a descending switchback. 1. Brake For Speed Setting your speed Read More →

Secret to Switchbacks – Going Up

Switchbacks are one of those trails features that are really fun when ridden correctly, and really frustrating when done incorrectly. Riding up a switchback takes power, proper technique and a bit of practice. Simply trying to hammer up a switchback without considering your line selection, your gearing or your body position will leave you either Read More →

Insanity Check: 10 Tricks to Finding Your Trail Sanity

Are you doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results? Riding the same feature with the same technique and expecting different results is insanity! The next time you find yourself challenged on the trail, take a step back to troubleshoot and change your plan of attack.  To help, we’ve outlined 10 considerations Read More →