Second Sunday Field Trips
What was everyone's favorite day in school? Field trip day! We've been taking a lot of fun weekend "field trip" rides all over San Diego county and now want to share some of our favorites with you. Every second Sunday of each month we are going on a field trip to various locations to ride some super awesome dirt trails. Pick pace, we're all finishing in the same place :) Each week we will announce the route and style of bike that we recommend for the ride. Check out the list of routes below! Sometimes it will be MTBs, sometimes gravel, but always a blast!
The rides will not start from the shop so you must be able to provide your own transportation. Start times may vary based on location and weather but plan on being on the bike between 9:30 and 10:30am. We will announce the final rollout time each month so you don't get left behind. If you have a Strava account be sure to join the AAB club and so you can get your "permission slip" to join each ride and we know how many heads to count. Link to Strava HERE!
Of course this is a no drop ride but please come prepared. Things to consider: Bring enough food and water, make sure your legs are up for the distance and elevation. Have all the tools, tubes and a proper flat repair kit, and most importantly know your limits and abilities. We want everyone to have fun and finish the ride. Each route will offer different levels of challenges, sometimes technical, sometimes endurance, so we will declare which style bike we will personally be riding and what we recommend. Again, know your own limitations.
Trail Etiquette Reminders:
Starting and stopping on the trail: We all need to take breaks, take pictures or just take in the scenery, but remember to clear the trail when stopped. Blocking the trail is dangerous for you and other riders.
Yielding to horses and hikers: Most hikers are usually polite and will step aside to let you pass, simply slow down and say thank you.
When approaching equestrians on a trail, assume that their horse is on the flighty side. Slowly approach and ask the rider if their horse is OK around mountain bikes and then proceed accordingly.
Trail direction: most developed trail networks have a preferred trail direction, uphill, downhill or bi-directional. If you're climbing a DH trail be aware you may encounter riders head-on at high speeds and always be cautious riding through blind sections on the trail.
Trails also take a lot of planning and hard work to build so cutting corners or going off trail can cause erosion and damage.
Yielding to slower riders, if you catch a slower rider, simply let them know you would like to pass. Give them time and space to safely pull over. If you're the slower rider, it doesn't take much time to step aside to let the faster rider pass but only do so if there's a safe place to pull over.
Be polite, say thank you, share the trails.
Respect Nature: leave no trace, pack it out, be mindful and courteous of the wildlife, we're in their house.
E-Bikes: E-bikes are not always allowed in all National Forests and Parks so be respectful of these rules check the area you are riding ahead of time.
See you next Second Sunday.....