- What group will I be in? Our goal is to make riders happy and keep everyone safe so groups and ride plans may change at any time during practice. While we can sometimes take feedback from riders, sometimes we all do the same plan or coaches will have specific plans for individuals or their groups. Communicate any special needs, goals or ideas to the coaches: email / call us to discuss.
- Can parents ride along? We make specific invites when it’s appropriate for parents to join us for special rides. If you’re interested in volunteering as a helper, or becoming a paid coach we would love to get you involved with our trainings: email / call us to discuss.
- My child doesn’t want to go, what do I do? If they are capable of riding and are just nervous or having an off-day, that’s OK. Once they chose to join the group and ride they have a good time. But, if they truly do not like riding and refuse to come or will be disruptive to the group, then perhaps try again for a later session. Some children are not yet ready to ride with a group and it is much better to wait rather than make mountain biking feel like a punishment.
- Make-up days? Typically not available, but sometimes it’s possible for Team Riders if we have enough capacity on other days. Please speak with your coach at practice or email / call us to discuss.
- Can I try CJC before I sign up? In most cases, yes, we allow riders to try the program or attend a skills clinic / info session for a drop-in fee.
- What about refunds? Deposits, attended rides, and no-shows are not refundable. Please read our Cancellation Policy.
- Do you rent bikes? Cog Wild has a fleet of Santa Cruz hard tail and full suspension bikes that are primarily used for day tour clients. We have a few 24″ bikes, but the rental fleet is mostly adult sized bikes. These bikes are available to CJC riders and their families, email / call us if you need a one time or occasional rental.
Highly Recommended for All Riders
- Sunglasses with light lenses for protection from sun, dust and objects
- Full finger gloves
- Multi-tool & Pump
- Items are best carried on your bike in a saddle bag / frame bag / waist pack / hydration pack.
Bike & Equipment Tips
- Specific info for riders under 10 or up to 24″ wheels: YOUTH MTB SUGGESTIONS
- Bike size = use the largest wheel size that the frame will allow.
- Modern trail bikes, those built after 2015, have geometry that aids stability and handling. Also, it’s best to ride a bike with components less than 5 years old so they work properly in the backcountry and in rugged terrain.
- Dropper posts are highly recommended but not required.
- Full suspension is great, but not necessary for beginner – intermediate riders.
- Hardtails must have a suspension fork with a working rebound adjustment.
- Recommended tire width is between 2.3″ – 2.5″
- Tubeless tires are great, but they take maintenance; riders still need to bring an extra tube / pump, and optionally carry a tire-plug
- Check Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, OBRA Chat and PinkBike for buying / selling used bikes
- Build a relationship with your favorite local bike shop; get to know their service staff so you can work together to keep your bikes in perfect working condition.
CJC Clothing & Uniforms
All jerseys / bibs other team uniforms will be made available for purchase separately.