Top 5 Rules of MTB Trail Etiquette
This entry was posted on September 9, 2013.
When you have a skill in the outdoors like climbing, kayaking, or biking, there seems to be an instant bond with those you meet in the process. You meet people to take you to the "hidden gems" or some of the "virgin territory."
There once was a time in the not too distant past where mountain bikers would greet each other as they passed by. Riders going downhill would kindly move to the side so that those who struggling uphill could keep climbing, and biking would turn into a social event with total strangers
As we head into the fall MTB season, we have come up with some simple tips to keep riding fun and safe, all while keeping your self-esteem and dignity in tact. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, it's always nice to have a friendly reminder:
- Pull over: If you are going downhill and you come across someone going uphill, be kind and pull to the side. Yes, it's fun to go fast, but it's frustrating and demeaning to be steadily climbing, only to be brushed off by a screaming hooligan.
- Give a head count: When you come across a rider, let them know how many are with you, even if it's just you. This may sound too simple to make a difference, but it gets annoying to keep pulling over for riders every five seconds. All you need to do is say "just me," or "three behind me." That's all you need to do, and it makes a world of difference for overall ride experience.
- Keep things under control: It is super important to keep your bike in control. You never know what's around the corner, so take it easy. Slow down when you see a group of riders standing to the side of the trail; don't go bouncing off the trail and into their social circle. You could hurt them, and it’s painfully embarrassing getting up from a crash in front of a crowd.
- Say hi: Biking is a ton of fun. There are good reasons why so many people mountain bike, and maybe the biggest is that it makes us happy. So when you pass a fellow rider, be sure to give a friendly "hello" or "how’s it going?" Friendliness is contagious, so let it spread.
- Have fun: This really should be number one, but it's the most obvious. We love to bike because it's a blast! What better way to spend an evening or a weekend than alone or with friends on a trail that has more scenery than even the best movies can give you in the same time frame. So be kind to others, and keep an eye out for our fellow riders, but above all have fun!
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