ADVANCED ROUTE MAKING AND NAVIGATING

The Nitty Gritty is for those of you who have attended “The Basics” or are already very familiar with the benefits of route making and navigation. The Nitty Gritty is an interactive workshop on making routes, uploading them to your GPS device, and noting ride statistics. We’ll start with a brief introduction on how to make your own route, upload it onto your GPS device, and some settings/features we recommend. Then we’ll break out in groups where you will build a route starting with a paper map, then drawing it on the Ride with GPS website or Gaia GPS app, loading that route to a GPS device/Phone. We will be along for the ride answering questions and troubleshooting with you. Bring a map, a laptop (if you have one – we’ll be sharing!), GPS device of your choice (Iphone is ok too), pen and paper to take notes, or just come by to listen!

BASICS OF ROUTE MAKING AND NAVIGATING

This clinic is an introduction to the benefits of route making and GPS navigation. We will talk about the how GPS navigation and ride data are tools for independence in the backcountry, some basic terminology, the pro’s and con’s of following someone else’s route vs. making your own, as well as resources to make, share, and find routes. We will give a brief overview of the process of building a route. Bring pen and paper to take notes, or just come by to listen!

FORAGING PLANTS AS MEDICINE AND FIRST AID

When you’re headed out on an adventure, the last thing you want to think about is catching a case of poison ivy or bringing extra aspirin to sooth some killer cramps. Luckily, mother nature’s got you covered! This is an experiential learning session in which we will explore the woods around us, identify several plants, discuss their medicinal uses, and learn how to properly and easily process them so their magic can be harnessed on the trail when we need it.

BICYCLE MECHANICS FOR ADVENTURING

Knowing how to troubleshoot on the trail can give you a boost of confidence when adventuring into the backcountry. In this session, we will work on how best to prepare for the unexpected by giving an overview of basic bicycle repairs as well as plunging into potential trailside emergencies — going in depth into tire repair, flat fixes, and toolkit selection.

BIKE FIT FOR EVERYBODY

Having a well-fitting bike is an essential part of being comfortable and injury-free in the saddle. I will discuss some basic bike fit principles, saddle selection, and ways to self-assess potential issues on the bike. I will touch on the industry trend toward “women’s” vs “men’s” design in bikes and saddles, how that binary doesn’t serve every body, and tools to a better approach that puts the rider and their unique body first.

PUBLISHING THE BICYCLE REVOLUTION

Reading books and magazines about bicycling, it’s easy to see why representation is so important, in the bike community and beyond. This workshop is about the practical nuts and bolts of sharing your vision and experiences with others on paper. Comics, zines, essays, poems, reporting, art, whatever your medium, learn how to develop it so it sends a bat signal to the readers you want to connect with, and some ways to handle production, promotion, and the financial side, all depending on your goals. Feel free to bring your own writing or publishing idea for the group to workshop.

FUN-DAMENTALS OF BIKE HANDLING

In this clinic, we’ll cover the skills to help you ride more confidently over a wide range of road and trail conditions. We’ll discuss body positioning, how to read the trail, turning/cornering, proper braking techniques, and other tips and tricks to make off-road cycling more comfortable and FUN!