- taking kid mtb'ing – do you ride in front or behind?
So as per thread title, I’m taking my son MTB’ing next weekend for the first time on proper marked trails (Bedgebury, so nothing too technical).
The question I have is, would it be better for me to ride behind him (so I can see how he’s doing, maybe shout some instructions etc) or go in front and let him follow my lines etc (while obviously checking behind me and keeping it at a nice pace he’s comfy with)?
I’m torn as I’d like to let him go in front so I can keep an eye on him but think he’d probably get on better watching where I go and letting me keep his pace steady (and slow on anything that’s downhill as he does have a tendency to just bomb along and not worry about what is coming ahead 🙂
What’s the general stw consensus of those that take their kids on rides with them?Posted 4 years agomintimperialSubscriber
The only problem with riding behind is if you go flying over the bars for no apparent reason your kid might not notice and may ride off blithely into the sunset whilst you’re trying to retrieve your stupid bike from a ditch, which can be a bit annoying. Apparently, so I’ve been told, ahem. 😐
But yeah, I usually follow along behind to keep an eye on things.Posted 4 years agochompMember
thanks for the input – I’ve ridden Bedgebury a couple of times and I think I can recall where the ‘trickier’ bits are so I might lead him on those bits (and then route back to give him a go in front if he wants to).
There’s not a lot that could totally send him flying, and given he’s keen to give it a go I think I can convince him to keep it gentle to start with 🙂Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
It depends on which bit of trail.
Behind – for all the reasons you stated.Posted 4 years ago
Alongside – social, can demo bits now and again.
In front – restrict speed and demo lines. Remember they cannot hear you speak….
Off and spotting – bigger drops and steep climbs, just for a laugh.
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