FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
I've never mountain biked, is your coaching right for me?
Absolutely. We are focused on helping you to learn the fundamental mountain bike skills necessary to help you be comfortable and in control on your mountain bike. When you leave our clinics we want you to be confident and empowered to ride beginner trails on your own.
How long is a lesson?
Our group lessons are typically two to three hours in length. Generally, we spend about an hour on skill development and then go practice applying those skills on the trail. Other options are available for private lessons.
How much are lessons and guiding?
Rates for coaching and guiding vary depending on the number of people in your group. Please contact us regarding private group and guiding rates.
What do I need to bring?
A great attitude, helmet, and a trail-ready mountain bike that is in good working order. You will also need to bring: flat pedals (recommended), closed-toe shoes (tennis shoes), a water bottle, snacks, a repair kit with an inner tube, and any extra layers to keep you comfortable outdoors for the duration of your clinic or guided ride.
You will also sign a liability waiver, please have the phone number available for your emergency contact.
Are North Star Mountain Bike Guides instructors certified?
Yes, safety and fun are our main priorities. North Star Mountain Bike Guides instructors hold multiple guiding and instructor certifications. Byron holds both BICP (Bicycle Instructor Certification Program) Level II Certifications and PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) Level I Instructor Certification. Tara holds BICP (Bicycle Instructor Certification Program) Level II Certification and PMBI (Professional Mountain Bike Instructor) Level II "Air" Instructor Certifications. Both also hold NOLS Wilderness First Aid and American Red Cross CPR certifications.
Are you permitted?
Yes, we only operate on land for which we hold permits. North Star Mountain Bike Guides holds permits with the USFS (United States Forest Service) Red Rock Ranger District in Sedona, Arizona.