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COME LEARN BICYCLE MECHANICS!
Appalachian Bicycle Institute was born from the love of bicycles, and the love of teaching. With well over a decade of experience as a professional mechanic and 7 years teaching bicycle maintenance classes, I have greatly enjoyed helping people learn how their bikes work, and how to keep them working. My school is designed to demystify bicycle mechanics, so the individual will feel confident, competent, and happy with their bicycle.
Located in beautiful western North Carolina, the school sits happily among organic gardens, a flourishing honeybee yard and …
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Originally designed to span wet areas, a ladder bridge is a simple elevated boardwalk and one of the easiest wooden trail features to build. Here are 10 tips for making them fun, durable, and safe.
1. Follow IMBA’s Freeriding Guidelines
These tips, in the freeriding section of IMBA’s website, provide important information on risk management, design, materials and construction techniques for wooden structures. Before starting, make sure to get permission from the local land manager.
2. Locate the ladder bridge properly
Ladder bridges can be added to trails of various difficulty level – just …
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By Lee McCormack
Pick the right tool. Kids 2 and under should ride in a trailer. Kids 3-6 can ride small bikes or pedal trailers. Kids 7 and older can ride their own bikes. Helmets are mandatory. Gloves are an excellent idea. Knee guards won’t hurt.
Pick a destination. Ride to a spot the kids will think is cool. A waterfall, a herd of bison, an ice cream shop… adults know it’s all about the journey, but kids look forward to the destination.
Bring lots of drinks and snacks. Not only is nibbling …
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These guidelines for trail behavior are recognized around the world. IMBA developed the “Rules of the Trail” to promote responsible and courteous conduct on shared-use trails. Keep in mind that conventions for yielding and passing may vary, depending on traffic conditions and the intended use of the trail.
1. Ride On Open Trails Only
Respect trail and road closures — ask a land manager for clarification if you are uncertain about the status of a trail. Do not trespass on private land. Obtain permits or other authorization as may be required. Be …