Week Nine: Mountain Biking Classes For Kids

Amy Adamle
June 29, 2017 10:44 PM

Every morning this week, they were riding the trails and learning along the way. 

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"We do very little drill work in this camp," instructor Scott Kylander-Johnson said.  "We do a lot of riding and then if we get to an area that's tricky, we stop and try to see if we can do it."

He said it's all about getting practice. 

"I give them very few things to think about, so yesterday we thought a little bit about peddling downhill to keep momentum," Kylander-Johnson said.  "The trails are very swoopy and just trying to work on keeping their momentum up."

He said they learn more than just how to ride the trails.  

"We'll work on fixing a flat tire, because that's probably the most common problem on a bicycle," Kylander-Johnson said.  

"So what happens when you're on the trail and you get a flat is this what you have to do?" he said, as he taught the kids.  

"We have to find where the leak is," they responded.  

"You need to inspect and so you can do that by just looking like this or you can take your hand and carefully run it through," Kylander-Johnson said.  

These skills are keeping them on the trails.  

"It's all part of learning the sport," he said.  "And how to be self-sufficient when you're out in the woods and not rely on a cell phone to get help."


Amy Adamle

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