MTB in Hong Kong

Everything you need to know about the Hong Kong mountain bike scene: from advice for beginners, mountain bike skills lessons and fitness tips. Current news and riders views, and how to get by with a bike in Hong Kong, and more....

Riding through it all

Hong Kong definitely has seasons, but biking is possible practically year-around. Just make sure you're prepared...

 

The difference between hardtail and suspension bikes and whats right for you

Bike technology has advanced over the years. these days it's not a matter of budget that decides the kind of bike but your riding style. should it be a hardtail or a full susser? find out whats best for HK trails

 

In the bag

Take a look at what the experts carry in the packs for an epic days riding 

 

 

Ride Leaders Check List

 

 

Show Up

Barring horrendous weather or damaging trail conditions that make the decision to ride a no brainier, show up to lead your charges. Remember that people are counting on you to guide their day's adventure. However, the final decision to cancel a ride is always in the hands of the ride leader.

If circumstance arises that make it impossible for you to attend, try to find another qualified member to take your place. If this fails, contact the Ride Captain so he/she may make alternate arrangements.

Prepare In Advance

Proper planning is the easiest way to insure fun for everyone on your ride, especially your own. If you don't already pack them, make sure you have a minimal set of trailside tools. This includes flat changing gear, chain tool, a small assortment of allen wrenches, and a cell phone (if you already own one and it works on the trail). It is real helpful if you know how to use them! Good knowledge of the ride's trail system is a must. No matter how comprehensive you believe your knowledge is, don't underestimate how useful a map can be when catastrophe strikes and you need to get out of the bush as fast as possible.

Introduce Yourself

As MORE continues to grow so does the likelihood that you will not have met many of the people who show up to do your ride.

Helmets

Make sure all riders heads are covered; no helmet. no ride. Just about every ride has at least one nasty section on it, so even though you may sound like grandma, don't let anyone come along without a lid.

Describe the Ride

To whet the appetite of your charges, describe some of the highlights of the upcoming ride. Make special note of "hairy areas".

As Advertised

While nature takes care of the terrain, when setting up your ride you chose a pace. Try to stick to it. Nothing is more frustrating to a new corner than showing up for a moderate or casual ride only to have the pace pushed by the local studs. Of course, if only the racing studs show up, go as face as you can!

Get a Headcount/Keep Track of Your Riders

Before leaving the parking lot, take an accurate headcount of ride participants. When out on the trail, station riders at intersections before continuing on to insure everyone make the correct turns. For large groups, a "buddy system" can help prevent confusion that might allow stragglers to be left behind. In these ways, you can be sure everyone is accounted for throughout the course of the ride.

Take Some Breaks

Stop and smell the roses, or at least snack on a Powerbar, occasionally. One of the key ingredients of a memorable ride is a good rest stop. Most loops provide ample opportunities: A scenic vista to take your breath away (or at least time to get it back!). Quick snack on a wild berry patch. Raucous skinny-dipping in a well-placed reservoir (after all, riding in wet shorts can be uncomfortable!). Extra points for ride leaders who create new, inventive rest stops.

Big Finish

Some suggestions for post ride activities... verify those driving can find their way out of the area, lie about cleaning some nasty climb or rock garden, make sure no one leaves a front wheel in the parking lot, locate the nearest Taco Bell.

and most important... Have Fun!

It's in the groove 

From grease slick trails to dry dust bowls Hong Kong has it all, what tyres you select can make the difference between a great ride or a great slide

 

Subcategories

All you need to know about getting started in Hong Kong

Guided rides and skills courses

For the new to HK finding your way around the labryinth of trails can be a real nightmare and having the necessary skills to be able to ride some of these trails can be a real challenge. But help is to hand a few companies in HK are offering skills courses and guided rides

Day tripping

Few companies in Hong Kong offer the novice or new rider better opportunities to brush up on skills and find out where to put those skills to practice

The mountain biking skills section will teach you a set of fundamental skills that will make your riding safer and faster. The lessons listed bellow were developped by Julien Lallemand as an answer to the technical difficulty of Hong Kong trails for beginners and intermediate level mountain bikers.
This mountain biking skills section will teach you a set of fundamental skills that will make your riding safer, better and faster. This section's content is brought to you by Julien Lallemand. Julien developed a mountain bike skills teaching method and taught regular mountain bike skills clinics in Hong Kong
Here are some special tips to remember when you hit the trails or when  the trail hits you right back in Hong Kong!
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