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Ryan & Roxy

1928 S 50th Ave
Omaha, NE, 68106
United States

Mountain bike skills clinic in Omaha, Nebraska.

R&R Outside Blog

Blog about R&R Outside mountain bike adventures.

 

INSPIRED BY WOMEN WHO RIDE

Ryan Feagan

This past weekend was R&R's first Women's Only Ride Right MTB School. We had all levels from never ever to seasoned racers. They all had their reasons for signing up.

There was one student who had a kid who rides but mom has only tagged along to keep her kid safe. Well now mom can do some of the same things her kid does and together they can progress and share the sport. That's awesome! Another student has let her speed be her guide. Once she allowed herself the time to slow down to learn the nuances of the skill, when she sped back up, it was like seeing art on a bike. Yet another was suffering from being married to a dare devil and felt by learning techniques she could ride better with her significant other. After the clinic when he arrived to pick her up and saw the elevated box we had the students ride off, he was like "She rode off that? Awesome!" And there was everything in between from riders trying to find their mojo after sever crashes or just getting back into it after life got in the way. Whatever it was, they were all brave and courageous students who took on each skill session with laughter, focus and a shared camaraderie that regardless of why they were there, each of them was missing something and hoped by taking the class they could tap into it.

It's amazing and fun to watch the skills that bubble up to the top when they're given the time and attention. I will never tire from seeing confidence replace frustration. Smiles for miles!

I really really enjoyed this class. I hope to do more women's only. I forget sometimes how scary it was just to go over a simple log many years ago because I didn't have the information to do it and how many times I crashed trying. I hope that through teaching women to ride better, they can go on to inspire others and show that it's never too late to be a badass. 

Congrats to the June 2018 grads of the first-ever Women's Ride Right School!

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Getting Your Mojo Back

Roxzanne Feagan

For those of us who actually have all four seasons, Spring is upon us and it's time to ride. I don’t know about you but the first few rides on dirt, after being away for a while, can be shaky. I find myself looking down at the rock or root instead of far ahead. I sit more than I should, my foot position is wonky and my timing is off. 

Sound familiar?

As a good friend and skiing instructor said, “No hurries, no worries.” So, be easy on yourselves as you head into the forest for the first time. Take this opportunity to get your mojo back and relish in the moment of rediscovery and retraining that mind/body connection. 

Some suggestions to get you prepared:

Check over your bike! Here are the ABC’s of bike readiness:
(A)ir - Check that your tires have the proper air pressure. How about your suspension?
(B)reaks & Bolts - Look at your brake pads and brake levers. Do a quick once over of the main pivot bolts, saddle bolts and headset (the thing that attaches the fork & handlebar to the bike).
(C)hain & Cables - Do you need to lube or maybe even replace your chain? If you don’t have a chain checker tool, ask your LBS to look at it. A worn chain wears out the chainrings much faster than a newer chain. How does your shifting feel? Warn or stretched cables can affect shifting and cause dropped chains.

Once at the trailhead:
Spin around the parking lot. Shift in and out of all of the gears. 
Practice breaking hard to test that your equipment will do what it’s told. 
Bounce up and down on your suspension and adjust as needed. 
Clip in and out of pedals to make sure our cleats are tight and working properly.

Now that your equipment is ready, are you? Maybe pop over a few curbs, practice leaning the bike side to side and for/aft. Practice level pedals, being relaxed and looking far ahead. And lastly, take a long, deep breath. Smell the dirt. Hear the wind and get back in touch with your mojo!

Ride Inspired!

Blowing out the Cobwebs

Ryan Feagan

We're finally starting to see some warms temps, and it is about time.

It's been a cold, frozen, wet winter in Omaha.  Occasional snowfall, and freezing rains, and freeze/thaw cycles have kept us all off dirt singletrack since about early December.  Sure, some folks have gotten out on the frozen snow on fatbikes, but even for those with the big squishy tires, the "good" snow conditions have been few & far between.  

We watch the forecasts in a few places south of us, always looking for winter getaways to warmer riding and dry dirt!  With temps in the 50's & 60's this last weekend, we headed to the Switchgrass Mountain Bike Trail.  For me, this was my first time riding a mountain bike since Thanksgiving!  

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I wasn't gonna survive the trip without getting a little overzealous on a fast portion of trail littered with loose rock, and laid it down when the front wheel washed off camber.  Seems like I need to blow the cobwebs out of my mountain biking skills!  Even with multiple certifications and years of experience, I still crash sometimes-- and truth be told I do enjoy pushing my own limits on occasion. 

 

We all need to ease into our skills and abilities-- having the right information, then practicing riding under the helpful eyes of coaches and friends can help all of us dial in a better ride, and ride right!

Also, we're dusting the cobwebs off this blog-- we promise to bring you fun, educational mountain bike content, some facts, some informed opinions, and some sharing of fun & adventures.  We hope to inspire you to learn, improve yourself as a rider, and contribute your story to the good times ahead.

Join us for a 1-day beginner clinic this spring on April 21.  

 

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