Mountain Biking?! I’m into it
I hope everyone is having an awesome summer 2019! Don’t let the date on the calendar fool you into thinking that it’s too late for you to try something new. I was reflecting on my goals for the year not too long ago, and I started to feel like I was going to fall short—on all of them. However, after some careful consideration, I realized that it’s okay to be flexible, certainly as long as you keep it moving! Most people that either know me personally, come in to the shop and meet me, read my last shop blog (shameless plug), or follow me on social media, know that I am very proud of being a fixed gear rider. One could say that I am partial to pavement, but when Kristie brought to me the opportunity to ride MTB for the first time, I put my chin over the stem and went for it.
There’s an amazing women’s MTB group here in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex called Dirt Side Sisters, and simply put, their goal is to get more women riding! We met at North Shore Trails off of Lake Grapevine, and full disclosure, I was super nervous. Outside of test rides at Local Hub I had never been an on a mountain bike, let alone on a designated MTB trail. I cannot express how perfect this DSS ride was for a first-time rider like me! There are multiple rider groups based on skill level so it isn’t just for newbies, but I felt much more at ease with the first-timers. I rode a Kona Honzo DL, but my partner who came with me (also a first-time rider) didn’t have her own bike. I was super impressed to see her roll up next to me on a Liv Cycles bike that was provided for her; It would be the first of a ride full of pleasant surprises.
After Lisa split us into our preferred groups, we met our support crew. Micah, Paula, and Courtney (with a C, not to be confused with Kourtney), gave our group of about 10 an in-depth tutorial of riding positions (Neutral/Ready), and tips on how to properly use gearing for a better riding experience. By the time we headed out to the trail, I felt really confident about what I was about to do. We set out on the trail, and put into action everything I just learned, which was a lot! And so necessary! Our support staff was incredibly knowledgeable of the trails, knowing every obstacle, and that reaffirmed my confidence so much more. After my first little climb, I was so taken aback by what all my bike could do, and what I could do. ‘This is so fun!’ I kept thinking. When we came to the end of our section, I asked my new friend Darby when I would use the drop post on my Honzo, and girl was I in luck! There was a drop nearby, and she emphatically said “Here, let me show you!”
Courtney also took advantage of this spot for her own demonstration, and that sealed the deal for me, I’m definitely going to more of their rides, because THAT is what I want to be able to do! IT WAS SO COOL! By the time everyone finished, more than half of the people in our group opted ride the section again! Micah, who was celebrating her birthday with us (these women are dedicated) took us to our starting spot, and I had even more fun the second time.
Afterwards most of the riders got together at Rockin’ S Bar & Grill for tacos and post ride beverages, and this is where I got to meet even more people. Even though they seemed like pros, a bartender, a 1st grade teacher, an ER nurse, and a software engineer all had something in common. All are women that are in to getting more women on bikes. Thanks so much to everyone at Dirt Side Sisters for putting on such an awesome event, I can’t wait to join them again! I’m into it!
Salesperson, Local Hub Bicycle Company
Photo Credit: Sharla Brown, Dirt Side Sisters