I haven't had as much time in the dirt as I usually like, but I got in a fantastic ride during today's perfect weather. this got me to wondering if there were interested ZS members who might have an interest in learning MTB, but don't have a knowledgeable buddy/relative/co-worker to help them get started properly.
or there may also be experienced riders among the austin ZS crew who want to ride with other ZSers, just for a change of pace.
if you are now in Group A. total beginner. wants to ride. don't know where to start. I'm volunteering to help you get started. I can help with:
- buying a properly-fitting bike, and perhaps saving some $$ on said bike (craigslist bike selection) if your budget requires it.
- general advice on other gear you should have. helmet, clothing, shoes, water, tools, etc. one caveat: I tend to wear my gear til it falls to pieces. I also tend to pick my gear fairly carefully. result: I haven't shopped for gear in a while, so I'm not exactly up to speed on the latest/greatest, if that is where your interest is.
- if you already have a trail-worthy bike, and a helmet, I'm up to host a meetup at the trails (walnut creek park) and help out with some basic skills. ie getting up a hill in the right gear, getting down a hill without going over the bars, taking corners while keeping the knobby-side down. that kind of thing. hopefully we can minimize the amount of blood you donate to the trail. I know of good, beginner-friendly routes we can take.
if you're in Group B, I'm up to ride, and will probably make you look good as you wait for me at the top of this hill or that hill. I live near walnut creek, so that would be my preference for location.
another perk to a ZS mtn biking meetup: low overhead. with the long daylight, we can meet at 6 and have plenty of light to ride in. shouldn't be too hard to find a timeslot we can work with. ...or for the adventurous, there's night-riding. but that's whole other subject.
IMPORTANT: if I'm leading a ride, all participants must wear a helmet. I have no wiggle-room on this topic.
any takers? remember, Rule #1: Cardio
what are my bona-fides? I'm a competent, intermediate-level rider. decent bike handling skills. kinda slow up the hills (may be related to the bit of extra around my middle). been riding a loonngg time.
this is me finishing a loop at Slickrock in Moab,UT. ...encrusted in salt, and just at the hurl/passout threshold: