Updated: June 03, 2021 11:00 AM
Created: May 13, 2021 05:39 PM
May marks the return of Ski Hut’s Monday night mountain bike rides. Ski Hut employee Chris White leads the weekly group, and he’s put his fair share of miles on local trails over the years. He has been working at Ski Hut for nearly 40 years. The Monday night mountain rides takes place every week at 6:00 p.m. on a different trail.
The anticipation for the first ride of the season was especially high considering the hiatus the group took in 2020 amid COVID-19 concerns.
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“There was a ton of excitement there because we got a nice night and a big group of people. And it’s the first time we’ve ridden in a group of people in almost two years, so it was a ball,” White said.
They kicked things off this year at Chester Bowl. You don’t have to be an expert to ride, but you do need some mountain biking experience.
“Really you just have to have a bike," White said. "We require that you have a bike helmet, and you’ve gotta have a good attitude. If you have a good attitude, you’re gonna have a good time,” he added.
To ensure a safe ride, it may be time for a new helmet. White says you should replace your helmet after about 5 years.
“The Styrofoam breaks down over time and it’s just not as safe as it was when you wore it a few years back,” he says.
It’s also critical that your helmet is the right size. White says the helmet should be comfortable, but have a nice, snug fit.
If you’re an experienced rider looking for a challenge, there’s another week night you may want to clear your schedule for.
"Wednesday night's a different group," he said. "Wednesday night's a gravel ride. It's social in parts, but it's a pretty hard ride. You've got to be a good rider to attend the Wednesday night gravel rides."
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