Whether you are a timid rider wanting to learn how to mountain bike, or an intrepid adventurer wanting to improve your mountain biking skills, Mountain Biking Marin has the perfect bike skills clinic for you. Our lessons combine skills theory and practice through technical riding appropriately customized for you to speed up your progress. We offer Cross Country, All Mountain, Freeride and Downhill riding instruction. The riding areas for instruction are determined by your technical ability and your learning objectives. Click here for a list of routes where we currently offer bike clinics.
In a fun and relaxed environment, we teach bike skills techniques from basics on how to mount and dismount your bike, how to balance your body on flats, how to go uphill and downhill to more advance techniques including pedaling, braking, gearing/shifting, climbing and descending, switchbacks, and “air techniques” for those more intrepid riders wanting to learn how to launch, drop and jump. We also cover trail etiquette and basic bike fit and maintenance. Our bike skill clinics cover the following three Skill Sets:
Skill Set 1: bike fitting; what to bring on a ride; basic bike maintenance; mounting and dismounting; pedaling and body positioning, braking techniques: front vs. back/1 or 2 fingers?; gearing/shifting overview; basic climbing and descending techniques; basic cornering and switchbacks techniques (uphills and downhills) on both fire roads and singletracks (arms, legs and pedal positions).
Skill Set 2: Skill Set 1; fire road and singletrack riding; advanced cornering and switchbacks techniques (uphills and downhills) on both fire roads and singletracks (arms, legs and pedal positions); advanced climbing and descending techniques; basic front and back wheel lifts; basic launching and drop techniques; basic rolling down techniques; looking ahead to determine the riding lines; learning how to fall.
Skill Set 3: Skill Sets 1; Skill Set 2; handling tricks including wheelies, bunny hops, front & back wheel lifts; riding challenging obstacles including rocks, logs, stairs, drops, “skinnies”, rock gardens, roots, ruts; dirt jumping including launching ramps, table tops, single jumps, double jumps.