BIKE SCHOOL RIDES

These weekly rides are for Bike School members only. Details are available to members in the members section of the website or sent directly to member's inbox prior to each ride. 

 

Events are all subject to the changing COVID-19 restrictions. Please review our COVID-19 Protocols, Level of Operations and Cancelation Policy (weather etc). 

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WELCOME NIGHT - CANCELLED DUE TO COVID 

EVENT - TUES APR 27TH 

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Join us for a meet and greet with your coaches, Hardcore Bikes staff and your fellow Bike Schoolmates! Play some games, cruise the shop (need new gloves or socks for the upcoming season?) and get pumped for the new year. Also we will get some waivers signed.

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SAFETY FIRST!

RIDE - TUES MAY 4TH 

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Meet in the parking lot of your ability level’s location and get ready to play on bikes!! We will learn all about how to be safe in the clinic and on the trails. We do a full bike check to make sure our steeds are ready to ride and our lesson focuses on our 6 fundamentals of mountain biking! Baby steps y'all!

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OH THE ACCESSORIES

RIDE - TUES MAY 11TH 

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We're chatting about all the bits that go along with your bike: a super safe helmet, grippy shoes and pedals, knee pads, gloves and knapsacks. What works for us as experienced riders and what doesn't. Then our lesson involves all the positions we use on the bike: while riding along, doing something technical or climbing – all while having a grand ol' time.

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ALL THINGS UNDERCARRIAGES

RIDE - TUES MAY 18TH 

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Bike seats.... yeah they're something! Today we are chatting chamois (or shammies, or bike undies) and bike seats. We will be measuring sit bones to get you comfortable on your ride and focused on the trail. The lesson focuses on achieving balance throughout instability! What does that mean? It means pushing the limits of how we can move over our bike and challenging our balance points.

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IF THE BIKE FITS, I SITS

RIDE - TUES JUNE 1ST

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There are plenty of things we can do to make your bike fit your *awesome* body. Small tweaks will be walked through for those ladies who might need/want them and bigger changes will be chatted about too. Then we get to the lesson! Today’s lesson focuses on gearing and pedalling techniques – managing our chain and knowing what gear to be for the trail ahead, as well as squeezing as much power & efficiency out of each precious pedal stroke.

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WILL BIKE FOR SNACKS!

RIDE - TUES JUNE 8TH

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What to eat before, during and after a ride - will someone please tell me? We got you - we chat about what your body needs to perform at its best (please tell me its Sour Patch kids). AND WE GOT SAMPLES! Then we practice all things braking – how to dismount quickly, how much front and back brake to use (and when!), and how to use our brakes to manage our speed, not just to come to a complete stop.  

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HOW TO BEAT CASEY BROWN

RIDE - TUES JUNE 15TH

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Casey Brown is insanely fast on a bicycle. And we're going to learn step 1 on how to get faster - so we can go just as fast as she can. For this lesson, we're chatting about how to do that: getting faster using our eyeballs (what?!) while under control and planning our next move based on the terrain ahead. We might have time for some review of all we have covered so far too!  ​ 

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FLATS IN THE WILD!

RIDE - TUES JUNE 22ND

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Flat tires suck, but today we're learning how to identify what size your wheels are, how to pick the right tube and how to fix your own flat, out in a real life situation (not a bike shop or your garage). We will chat valves, the tools you'll need and the technique to make it as simple as possible. So flex those muscles and tackle this simple fix to get you back shredding! Today’s lesson focuses on straight line riding. Sounds boring but this nailing this is the key to avoiding the dreaded bike wobble and conquering features like bridges (even high ones!) and teeter-totters.

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YEG CLIMBS (...UGH)

RIDE - TUES JULY 6TH 

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Edmonton has an amazing amount of cross-country (xc) trails for such an urban city. The river valley has bred a unique style of trails: lots of punchy, steep climbs and technical short descents. It's why some amazing riders come from the YEG!  Let's learn how to tackle the uphills with proven techniques so you can enjoy the trails in town and even.... enjoy the challenge and find the flow!  Our lesson focuses on the many body positions we can choose for climbs and how to attack those pesky uphill switchbacks.

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TRAILS ARE STRAIGHT … RIGHT?

NO LEFT!

RIDE - TUES JULY 13TH

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WE’RE HILARIOUS! So we’ve covered going straight – but trails have corners too! Mastering corners is a technique every rider could work on forever, but we will start small with the first few steps and lots of practice. Weirdly enough, it starts with our eyeballs…

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THURSDAY TRAIL DAY!

TRAIL WORK- THURS JULY 15TH 

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Take care of the trails that you love. SheShreds takes care of the Old Timer's cabin area as part of the Adopt-A-Trail program with EMBA. Trim back the overgrown leaves and clear debris and become awesome stewards of our amazing trail system in Edmonton's river valley. Friends and family are welcome!  

(No ride today (but here is the EMBA trail day FAQs) Bring garden tools (no power tools), protective clothing, eye protection and bug spray!)

We love supporting our local trail association (Edmonton Mountain Bike Association EMBA). 
 

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SHREDDING WITH A SMILE!

RIDE - TUES JULY 20TH

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Today we're showing off all our new and improved moves cause its picture day! A local photographer is going to catch all our concerned eyebrows, happy smiles and excited faces! So let’s rip some trails and show 'em what we've learned! The lesson will focus on descending techniques: body positions and speed management.

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HIPS DON'T LIE

RIDE - TUES JULY 27TH

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Dancing is great. Biking is also great. Let’s combine the two, moving fluidly on our bike and beginning to steer the bike with our centre of gravity rather than steering with our arms/handlebars. Using those lady hips and the cornering techniques we learned previously, we practice trickier situations: off-camber, high-speed and extra tight corners.

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BIKE <3 AND PUMP TRACK 

RIDE - TUES AUG 10TH 

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Fall in love with your bike all over again. Learn how to properly wash and care for your bike from your fantastic coach, and then our lesson focuses on the most fun place on earth: the pump track! Here we learn about how to push into the bike and absorb when the bike pushes back. Sounds tricky but comes more naturally than you'd think! The best day!

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WHEELIE FUN 

RIDE - TUES AUG 17TH 

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It’s time to give our tires some air time!  We tackle skills that will help us on the trail and cruising around town – those dreaded curbs! What about our back wheel? Learning to get our weight forward to lift the back wheel is a fun skill and helpful on the trail too. And after we got all that down pat – we progress to the basics of wheelies! WooOOo!

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MAD SKILLZ AT THE BIKE PARK

RIDE - TUES AUG 24TH

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Time to play in some dirt! We focus on bridges, roll downs and dirt jumps! Trust us, it’s way more fun and less scary than it looks, and we have something to try for each skill level. Take it slow and build up your confidence with step-by-step progressions until you're flying through the air!

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THURSDAY TRAIL DAY! 

TRAIL WORK - THURS AUG 26TH 

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(No ride today (but here is the EMBA trail day FAQs) Bring garden tools (no power tools), protective clothing, eye protection and bug spray!)

 

Take care of the trails that you love. SheShreds takes care of the Old Timer's cabin area as part of the Adopt-A-Trail program with EMBA. Trim back the overgrown leaves and face-slapping branches and become awesome stewards of our amazing trail system in Edmonton's river valley. Friends and family are welcome!

 

We love supporting our local trail association (Edmonton Mountain Bike Association EMBA).

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BIKE PARKOUR 

RIDE - TUES AUG 31ST

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Today’s lesson focuses on some skills that translate to improved technique on the trail. Things like track stands, loading the bike over curbs, and riding stairs. At the end of the lesson, we have some cycling specific stretches to ease those tight muscles and get us ready for our next bike adventure!

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GETTING AIR!

RIDE - TUES SEPT 14TH 

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Today’s lesson focuses on some flat land skills that translate to improved technique on the trail. Things like level wheel lifts, bunny hops, and manuals. What do these words even mean? You’ll find out!

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GRADUATION PARTY!

RIDE - TUES SEPT 21ST 

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We learned! We cheered! We iced some bruised parts! Time to celebrate the end of our weekly clinics with a lesson reviewing the major topics we covered (Bring lights if you have them!) We talk about our lightbulb moments and our monthly events that continue into the winter. 

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HALLOWE'EN SHREDS

RIDE - TUES OCT 26TH 

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The trails change in the fall, all the leaves fall and you can see around corners allowing us to look further down trail (looking further = going faster). Let's get shredding and maybe there will be candy at the end of the ride... who knows!?  Also… COSTUMES!!

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NIGHT RIDE 

RIDE - TUES NOV 9TH 

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Celebrate winter and realize how you can extend your cycling season with bikes! Roots are filled in with snow and the trail smooths out. A whole new way to experience bikes! ​

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DRIVE TRAIN CLINIC

VIRTUAL CLINIC - TUES DEC 7TH 

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Drive trains – it’s what moves your bike forward when you push on the pedals and is an integral system on the bike. So let's learn how it works, how to troubleshoot on the trail when issues come up and how to take care of all the parts throughout the season.   

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SUSPENSION CLINIC

VIRTUAL CLINIC - TUES JAN 25TH 2022

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Suspension is a huge (and expensive) component of our bicycles. Learn about how the different kinds of suspension work, how to adjust your suspension for the trails you are riding and how to maintain and care for your suspension to keep it smooth and plush.

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BRAKES CLINIC

VIRTUAL CLINIC - TUES FEB 8TH 2022

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We’ve learned how to use our brakes but learning the mechanics behind how they work and how to keep care of them is essential to having them functional. Learn all the bits and pieces, how to bleed them and replace the brake fluid and how to identify and correct common problems.

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FAT BIKE NIGHT RIDE 

RIDE - TUES MAR 22ND 2022

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Join us for a fat bike ride for our last ride of the season! See why fat bikes are so much fun and learn some techniques for riding these massive tires. Bring some Hot Chocolate or tea in a thermos to keep us going on the trails!