MTB Trail Etiquette

  • Music While Riding Is Great…Unless You Are Oblivious

    If you are going to wear earphones while riding, check around you constantly for other riders. Better yet, why not just put your device in a pocket without headphones, that way you won’t be “THAT GUY or Gal”. Who knows maybe the people around you will also get stoked at the cool jams you are playing, or NOT.

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  • Stop and lend a hand

    Whether it’s someone who’s just crashed, or just a person holding a deflated tire and looking sorry for themselves, stop and check they’re okay. Helping your fellow mountain biker in times of need is certainly good karma; who knows when you’ll be the person who forgot their pump 10 miles from the car park at some point in the future?

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  • How now Brown Cow?

    It’s that wonderful time of year, and our annual cows friends are here pooping, foraging, and getting a little love.
    The general rule is you smell them before you see them, so stumbling upon a big HUGE beast can become startling as your cruisin’ on the trails.
    We rode Hardscrabble, Wolverton, Pipeline and 3rd Gulch and Bailey this week, and spent a decent amount of time diverting these creatures.
    Most of the time they stay put and watch as you ride pass them, or just move on. Other times it takes a little communication.
    Yes that means you need to talk to the animals. . .

    The best way to get cows moving is to yell HUP HUP HUP HUP HUP rapidly. We got this tip from a long time rancher, and personally it works for us about 90% of the time.

    Don’t throw things at them, just talk and walk slowly. We herded about 20 of them up the two climbs at the end of Wolverton, and while it took some time to get their fat asses up the hill and off the trail, no one was hurt.
    If you find yourself not being able to continue your ride, you can always turn around and exit where you entered.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • If you dig it, you ride it

    Mountain bike trails don’t just appear by magic, and some serious work has gone into crafting them, often by dedicated volunteers. Over time, they do suffer wear and tear and need constant maintenance to keep them in good shape and riding well. So if you ride them, you should seriously consider joining a volunteer dig day to help out. These days are also a great way to meet your local mountain biking community, are fun social events, and usually involve cake. What more could you want?

     

     

     

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  • Be Nice

    Seriously. We have no inalienable right to ride on trails. Recognize the privilege and work to preserve it. A quick hello and friendly wave goes a long way to disarming those who don’t like cyclists and building relationships that will keep trails open.

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  • Encountering slower riders

    Chances are you’re going to catch up with riders that are slower than you at some point, and how you deal with this says a lot about you as a person. They might be less experienced than you, and it can be nerve-wracking when you hear someone faster ride up behind you. Don’t get too close. Just call out in a friendly way that you’d like to pass, allow them time to pull over to the side safely, then say thank you when they let you go by.

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  • Stopping in the middle of the trail

    What you don’t want to see when you come flying around a corner is someone fixing their puncture across the middle of the trail. Move off to one side. It’s not hard. Blocking the trail is dangerous both for you and other users. Let’s face it, nobody wants a tire in their face.

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  • Yield

    Somehow this has been forgotten, but in the pecking order of trail users, bikes are last. That means when you see a hiker, slow down or stop and let them pass. When you see horses, which are easily spooked by bikes, come to a complete stop, get off your bike and off the trail, and communicate with the equestrian about how best to proceed.

    Yield Some More

    Uphill traffic always has right of way. If you’re blazing down at high speed and come upon another rider, it’s your responsibility to slow or stop and make plenty of room for that person to continue on their way. It will be easy for you to restart (thanks to gravity), but if the person climbing has to stop, he or she may be unable to get going again.

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  • Don’t Trespass

    If a sign says a road or trail is closed, don’t poach it. The fastest way to ruin our access is to not abide by the rules. Oh, and a corollary: if you decide to trespass, which you should not do, please don’t record the trespassing and put it on social media, Strava, Garmin Connect, YouTube, or anywhere else where it can be used as evidence. Trails have been closed retroactively because of such blockheaded ignorance.

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  • Stay on the Trail The “single” in singletrack means there should be just one path. Inching off the trail…

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