Phundamentals

Who is this course for?

This course offers something for everyone because it provides the basis for mountain bike riding - what we like to call the 'Toolkit'.

For Beginners: this course teaches the fundamentals of controlling your bike and riding on dirt. Not only will you learn to control your bike, but you will learn how to keep stable on rough terrain, how to position yourself so that you are balanced over your bike and how to read what your bike needs you to do (and how to do it!). We are big believers that bikes are built for this stuff, and that it's only the human element that make them fall down (momentum is a biggy here).

For Experienced Riders: think you know your fundamentals? There's a good chance that you don't. Many experienced riders have learnt on the fly and make up for a myriad of technique flaws by going fast. Ask an experienced rider to slow down or to change their body position, and you'll usually find them tense, wobbling all over the place and quite often just getting it wrong. We'll teach you how to stay balanced and in control of your bike through all types of terrain and to be more fluid with carrying momentum. Essentially this course will fix those small problems where you just don't know what's going wrong!

The course

Our Phundamentals course is designed to help you develop your skills in a comfortable training environment and give you an understanding of the fundamentals of mountain bike riding. You will learn the techniques and skills to ride over various terrain, build confidence and gain an understanding of how balance and traction work in relation to body position and stability. You'll learn to be more relaxed on your bike and lose the 'white-knuckled' death grip on the handlebars - even if you're riding flats. If you want to ride clipins, we'll teach you how to relax and not worry about getting your foot stuck (no you don't need get your foot out anywhere near as much as you think you do)!

We'll also show you how to set-up your bike and demonstrate basic bike maintenance so that you can at least change a wheel. We'll even work on your gearing and braking so that you carry (and cease) momentum more effectively.

This course is suited to both novice and experienced riders and you will leave with our MTBing 'Toolkit', a range of knowledge and skills to make you more confident and better skilled.

What you will learn

  • Setting up your bike properly
  • How a mountain bike works
  • Gearing & braking
  • Weight distribution and body positioning
  • Balance, momentum & ratcheting
  • Cornering & traction principles
  • Obstacles & drops
  • Climbs - traction, line choice, gearing & pedalling
  • Descending - body position, line choice, speed
  • Basic bike maintenance

Our Trainers

Our professional and friendly trainers are fully trained and are there to ensure you enjoy your experience. For more information on our staff, check out our trainer page.

How Long?

The course is run in a 6 hour session

Course Dates

Check out the course dates and book now!

Other Stuff

There is no age restriction, however, children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Minimum number of participants is 3 students per clinic, if you are booked into a course and  the minimum number is not met, you will be able to reschedule to a later date (valid for 12 months from purchase date)

* AMBC recommends that your bike be fully serviced by a qualified bike mechanic before you attend this course.

 

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