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FAQ

Satisfaction Guarantee

We want you to be completely satisfied with your Ninja event. If you are dissatisfied in any way with the event you have attended, we’ll give you another opportunity, free of charge, to receive the skills instruction experience that meets your expectations.

Which Ninja event is right for me?

You’ve got questions;  we’ve got answers!  Check HERE for a breakdown of which event is right for you.

If you have never taken a skills clinic before, regardless of your riding experience, we always recommend taking a Fundamentals clinic (offered as Co-ed Fundamentals, Women’s Only Fundamentals and included in the  2-Day Camp curriculum).  Even advanced riders often have bad habits that need to be corrected and a comprehensive review of the foundational riding skills will help to do just that.  Start with the Fundamentals to break those bad habits (even the ones you might not know you have)!

How will COVID-19 impact my clinic?

Please review our COVID-19 page for more information.

When should I expect information on when and where to meet for my event?

Information on exactly where to meet, what to bring and other important details will be posted on the Event Information Page.   A link to the Event Information Page is included in your registration confirmation email.  We will send you an email 3 days prior to your clinic with a reminder to check the Event Information Page.

Are rental bikes available?

We do not demo or rent bikes through Ninja.  If you need a bike for your clinic, we suggest contacting your local bike shop or outdoor recreation store.  If you need assistance finding a local resource with rentals, contact us!  We are more than happy to help you find a local rental resource.

Whats the difference between a Clinic, Mini-Clinic, Camp, Adventure and a Tour?

Each of our events offers something a little different.  From focusing a specific skills, a group of skills progressions or just out shredding some rad single-track.  Venues vary too, from local community parks to bike parks in far-away countries!  To learn all the details and choose which is right for you, check here.

What should I bring to my clinic or camp?

You will need to bring a mountain bike in good, working order.  Helmets are mandatory, so make sure to bring one. Additionally, we recommend that you bring gloves, pads, a topped-off hydration pack or a couple of full water bottles, and some snacks.  We do not provide lunch, so if you will be riding us for the full day, we suggest packing a lunch.  Lunch breaks are provided.

Do I need pads?

Pads are not mandatory at of any of our clinics or camps, but we highly recommend you bring (and use) them.  We’ve seen a set of pads give our participants that added level of safety and comfort needed for them to have a light-bulb breakthrough moment.

What kind of bike do I need?

Any kind of mountain bike will do as long as it’s in good working order. Hard-tail or full-suspension, cross country or downhill, 26”, 27.5″ or 29” wheels, disc brakes or cantilever brakes, it doesn’t matter!

What kind of pedals should I have on my bike?

We recommend you ride whatever pedals you’re most comfortable with. However, we have found that it’s much easier to learn the majority of the skills with flat pedals if you have some experience on them.

What is your policy on cancellations?

You can review our cancellation policy and learn more about Event Insurance here.

What is Ninja Event Insurance?

Ninja Event Insurance is offered at checkout and if purchased, this insurance allows you to cancel your registration up to 48 hours prior to the start of your event and still receive a full credit.   You MUST purchase Ninja Event Insurance at checkout for this coverage.  Any cancellations without Ninja Event Insurance, or within 48 hours of your event, will be handled according to our standard cancellation policy.

Is there an age limit for clinic or camp participants?

There’s no age limit but there are age minimums. You must be at least 11 years old to attend a Fundamentals Clinic or Jumping Mini-Clinic and at least 15 to attend an Int/Advanced Clinic or a multi-day event.  Ninja Kids Clinics are for riders between the ages of 8-12.

Are there any prerequisites to attending a Jumping Mini-Clinic?

Yes. You must have a minimum of two years mountain biking experience and/or have attended a Fundamentals or Int/Advanced Clinic to participate in a mini jumping clinic.  Riders under the age of 15 must attend a Ninja Fundamentals before attending a Jumping Mini-Clinic, no exceptions.

Are there any prerequisites to attending an Int/Advanced Clinic?

Yes. You must have have a minimum of two years of riding experience and/or have taken a Fundamentals Clinic in order to attend and Int/Advanced Clinic.  If you’re not sure if you meet the prerequisites to attend an advanced clinic, please contact us.

Do you offer private instruction?

Yes, we offer private instruction in areas where we have instructors available. You can find details, pricing and other information about private instruction here.  If you’d like to connect with an instructor in your area, please contact us to discuss instructor availability.

Are your instructors certified?

Yes. All of our instructors are BICP/IMBA Certified or PMBI Certified.

Are e-Bikes allowed at your events?

Ninja welcomes e-bikes at our clinics that are held on e-bike friendly trails. We encourage you to do your own research on local e-bike regulations and if you aren’t sure, check with us to see if e-bikes are permitted at the venue you’re considering joining us at.  Please note, not all Ninja teaching venues are open to e-bikes.

What level of fitness do I need in order to attend a camp or clinic?

You do not have to be an elite athlete to attend or participate in ANY of our clinics—basic health and fitness is just fine! However, it should be noted that some of our camp locations are more demanding than others, and do require more of a fitness base. If you are concerned about this, please contact us to check for the recommended fitness level of the camp you’re interested in.

What happens if rain is in the forecast at my clinic or camp?

Clinics and Camp may be rescheduled because of rain or other inclement weather. We will notify you with as much notice as possible if a reschedule of your camp or clinic is required.

Gratuity

While gratuity is not required or expected,  it’s certainly appreciated by your instructors! 5-10% for each guest is Industry Standard for exceptional service, support, and expertise. Unless you’d like to tip separately, instructors divide tips among themselves.

I just finished a Ninja skills clinic – What’s next?

You’ve just completed your first Ninja Clinic and you’re realizing this Ninja stuff is pretty cool. You’re hungry for more. What’s next?  Learn more HERE.

The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it.

I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
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2017-05-04T08:13:50-07:00
I took the intermediate/advanced course in Balboa Park after having ridden for just over 2 years on my own. It covered a wide breadth of skills, some of which I already felt aquatinted with and others I had little to no experience with. I found all of the material useful. I was able to improve skills I already had and was able to learn new skills. I also feel confident leaving the course that the instructors have provided all of the information for me to practice and improve outside of the course setting. The environment of Balboa Park was perfect for learning and sessioning the skills covered. The instructors were friendly, fun, and attentive to all of the participants. They spent more or less time on certain skills based on how the entire group was grasping them. They also gave individualized attention to participants that required more help with technique. The course was very fluid, engaging, and I would highly recommend it. ~Alexandra Rose Brysiewicz

I look forward to an intermediate level class!

Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
5
2014-03-19T14:49:32-07:00
Good clinic. It was helpful to learn, practice with repetition and get critiqued by the coach all at once. I look forward to an intermediate level class! Thanks for doing this coach Richard! ~ Sally A.  

All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic.

This clinic was PERFECT for me…as a very experienced roadie but pure beginner on MTBs, Richard’s instruction was clear, detailed,...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
5
2014-03-19T14:43:56-07:00
This clinic was PERFECT for me…as a very experienced roadie but pure beginner on MTBs, Richard’s instruction was clear, detailed, and specific, so that I could start to get the feel of how to work effectively on trails instead of asphalt.  Jeff (a former elite cyclocross racer) also joined us and added some solid hints and comments. All in all, you couldn’t get more for your money than this clinic. ~ Mike Sofen  

I swallowed my pride and signed up.

This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike.  I was riding a hard tail bike mostly...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
5
2014-03-19T14:37:51-07:00
This past fall I finally broke down and upgrade my mountain bike.  I was riding a hard tail bike mostly for the workout.  After racing in an Xterra, I realized that a new bike was in my future. ( I could tell a huge story about the process of purchasing a new MB and the massive amount of miss information you can obtain from bike shops. Especially when you know nothing about bikes. )  Not long after I purchased the new MB, I had my first over the handle bars wreck.  I still cannot remember the actual crash.  I can see the rut that I am about to hit on the downhill, and then I remember waking up on the trail barely able to breath.  The crash gave me some time to catch up on email.  One of those emails was a beginners MB clinic hosted by Richard and the Ride Like a Ninja crew. I swallowed my pride and signed up. To date I have done everything I was taught.  I made every adjustment to my bike that was recommended.  I then had the bike fitted.  The skills taught that day are priceless to me.  For the first time I understand what position my body needs to be in for each type of terrain.  I am not perfect by any means, but in my mind I am shouting the word NINJA to remind myself. I practice the techniques ever time I ride. ~ Hal N.  

I highly recommend these clinics.

I love to ride bikes, and I love to ride them fast.  After some years of road riding, I decided...
Ninja Mountain Bike Skills
5
2014-03-19T14:43:05-07:00
I love to ride bikes, and I love to ride them fast.  After some years of road riding, I decided (read: my boyfriend suggested) that I should give mountain biking a try. And not just weekend lah-de-dah, pack-a-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich mountain biking--I decided I was going to RACE mountain bikes. After all, it couldn't be THAT hard, could it? I mean, I knew how to ride/race a bike, I had great fitness, and I had a totally sweet custom-built race mountain bike (courtesy of said boyfriend).  So I signed up for a local race series. Well, several races and countless crashes later (and, allegedly even some tears--although I will deny it to my grave), I wanted to put the kibosh on my mountain bike race career. I had so many cuts, scrapes, gashes, and bruises that you'd have thought I was trying to bring the "mummy" look back into style with all my bandages. (Honestly, I should have bought stock in Band-aids and Advil.) And those were just the external wounds.... My pride/ego and my psyche took a big hit, too, and not even my beautiful series overall winner trophy could take that pain away (yes, I did win, but it wasn't pretty). I just couldn't understand how I could be so terrible at something (ie, how I completely lacked the bike handling skills to navigate around a course crash-free). However, instead of heeding my calls to sell/destroy/part-out my mountain bike--which at that point I had taken to calling "That Stupid Bike"-- my boyfriend suggested that I take a mountain bike skills class with Ninja Mountain Bike Skills. (My boyfriend....he is so full of suggestions). So, in March 2013 I took the Beginner Level 1 class and, wow! Boyfriend's idea was great (for once)! What an amazing and transformative experience. I had...
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