Like most sports mountain biking inevitably involves some element of risk. Falling off your bike and getting scraped and/or bruised is something that can happen when we are learning to ride. Shred Sisters encourages a safe and supportive environment however as a participant you are completely responsible for your own safety. We ask that you follow the steps below to ensure a safe ride every ride.
All riders joining a Shred Sisters class, course or retreat will be required to read and sign a Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims, Assumption of Risks and Indemnity Agreement during the registration process and also on the first day of your program. Upon signing our waiver it will form in part a contract with Shred Sisters.
Click HERE to review and or print a copy of our waiver.
Before We Ride
- Helmets are a must. Make sure you check your helmet for cracks and damage, ensuring it is properly fitted before each ride.
- Test your brakes. Engage the brake levers to ensure they snap back into position after letting go. Test out your lever-reach (how far you need to squeeze your brakes before then engage with the brake pads), and adjust if needed. Double check you have sufficient brake pads for the entire length of the ride.
- Wheels and tires. Make sure the tires are inflated according to the specifications on the side wall of each tire. Check for cuts, tears, or rips. Spin the wheel to ensure there is no contact with the brake pads and no wobble.
- Full bike check. Carefully inspect your bicycle before each ride for cracks and damaged areas, test the headset is secure and investigate any rattling or odd noises as it could be signs of loose parts.
- Proper Gear. Helmet, gloves, and appropriate shoes are the obvious ones, some mountain bikers wear protective knee and elbow pads to help prevent traumatic injuries in the event of a fall. Be prepared for changing weather conditions, always carry the necessary supplies in case of a fall (take note that all our instructor have a first aid kit with them at anytime and have first aid training), and spare clothing.
- Secure the wheels. Double check that your wheels are properly fitted and tightened to your frame and fork. Most mountain bikes have quick release levers, which are located at the hub (center of the wheel) that allow for easy removal or adjustment of the wheel without using a tool. These should be securely tightened.
- Keep hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water prior to and during your ride. Always ensure you have a bit of food with you to maintain energy levels.
- Spares and Repairs. Ensure you have repair equipment and a spare tire with you for any mechanical problems along the way.
- Warm-Up And Stretch. As with any other form of exercise you should always do some form of pre-exercise warm-up and stretching. Warming up and stretching properly ensures that the body is ready to exercise by gradually increasing your heart rate and stretching the muscles. If you simply start intense exercise from ‘cold’ then you run a serious risk of muscle injury.
When We Ride
- Be aware of your surroundings. Watch for other trail users and yield appropriately. Try to anticipate other trail users as you ride around corners. Do your best to warn other trail users with a friendly greeting or/and call out “on your left!” before you pass.
- Ride to your ability. Be in control at all times, keeping your speed at a level that will allow full control. If you don’t feel comfortable or confident on a section of trail, hop off and walk your bike when the trail becomes too steep and/or technical.
- Apply brakes gradually. Similar to a dimmer switch, apply a little bit of pressure at a time. Once the brakes are applied maintain a consistent power to keep the braking smooth and in control to avoid skidding or going over your handlebar.
- Continuously scan the trails. Make sure you know what’s coming up but always look to where you want to go, not to what is directly ahead of you on the trail.