MBA SKILLS AND FITNESS
Bring or rent the appropriate bike:
Downhill bikes with long-travel dou-ble-crown forks and rear coil springs are
great to bring to the bike park, since they
will be able to soak up harsh landings and
technical terrain much better than hardtail
or short-travel trailbikes. If you don’t own
a long-travel bike, it makes sense to rent a
bike from the park rather than suffer with a
How to Ride
a Bike Park
bike that’s not designed for gravity riding.
Rental bikes will often be a little beaten up,
but they will save your personal bike quite a
bit of abuse as well. If you own a bike with
6 inches of travel or more, you may be better off bringing your bike, since you will be
more familiar with the way it rides. Riders
with bikes that have less than 5 inches
of travel may want to leave their bikes at
Rippin’: This rider deserves some serious
brownie points for clunking her way down
the mountain on a fully rigid bike. At a bike
park, however, this rider would have much
more fun aboard a long-travel, full-suspension rig with a little more protective gear.
When the snow melts and the local ski resorts open for summer, the chairlifts ay goodbye to their duties hauling snow-sliding plank riders (skiers and snowboarders) and are fitted with bike racks to haul riders seeking to enjoy
the gravity on wheels. Some riders, however, might find bike parks a bit intimidating.
Many parks feature big jumps, fast berms and drops that can make you feel like you’re
returning from the moon. Newer riders can often find themselves looking or feeling like
The term “Joey” is used by experienced bike-park riders to refer to a rider who’s
under-prepared, under- or over-dressed, or simply looks out of place. While the atmosphere at bike parks can be intimidating, with the right preparation, you should never
have to feel like a Joey. These bike-park playgrounds are designed for everyone to
enjoy—from beginner to expert. Follow our tips below and you’ll fit in the second you
step into your first lift line.