My First Ride

Mar 27, 2008
by Kat Porter  
This is my adventure of my first ride on my first mountain bike and first real mountain bike trail. The experience was fun and I'm looking forward to doing it all again really soon.Well I just went for my first ride on March 2nd and let me tell you WOW. My bike is an '03 Norco 4by - very sexy bike. Anyways I went for my first ride in many, many years and it was my very first time riding off road too. It was pretty intense for me since I have never rode a mountain bike or real dirt trails before either. My husband and his friend took me to Dumont, so I could see the trails and learn to ride them. Well it was hilarious to see me on a bike, so awkward. They were trying to teach me the basics like how to ride down a trail, not to be sitting on my seat, how to stand and hold myself up-the real basics you need to know as a rider.

It was a lot of work (LOL), but it was fun. I rode down this trail called Mary Jane and it took me 5 minutes just to get into the damn trail since I was scared of the little at the start. (LMAO about it now though) I rode that a few times was fun but I did not care for the tree roots they were slippery.

Ya I was scared of this

Ya I was scared of this


We then made our way down to Flo Show which I walked most of it cause I did not feel confident in riding all of it. Now this is where the fun begins, my husband and his friend had always been leading the trails since I did not know any of it and they told me which way to go around the drops and jumps. As we got to Flo Show my husband said this trail will be ridable for you so I get on my bike and started to slowly go. Now I thought Chris (my husband's friend) was going to go ahead of me but he never did and my husband Ken was a bit behind me, so I thought "oh well he said it's rideable". So me in all my noobness go off and start to ride the trail. It was sooo much fun and finally for a change I did not feel scared and had a bit of confidence in me. I am riding at a nice speed when out of nowhere this hill ( tiny dirt jump) comes in front me. I did not notice it as I was trying to look in front of me and not at my wheel. Well I did not know what to do and when I came to it I closed my eyes and I think I grabbed both of my brakes. Because the next thing I knew I was on the ground and my bike was on top of me and I had a lot of pain, all I could think of was "if my bike was ok". I was so worried that I might have broke my bike that I was not too worried about my ribs or anything else that hurt at that moment. Ken said I probably grabbed more of my front brake and flung myself over my bike when I should of just rolled over the bump. After I dusted my self off I got back on to my bike. That was the most fun I have had in along time and cannot wait to do it again!

I'm progressing slowly, but happily

I'm progressing slowly, but happily


I am so glad that I had gone out and bought arm and leg armor as I could not and would not want to feel what that crash would of felt like with no helmet or armor. But my experience was fun and scary at the same time and think everyone should get into bike riding.

-4byrain


33 Comments

  • + 11
 lol- thnks its good to see more new people riding Smile
keep it up
  • + 11
 Nice one mate, keep it up Smile
  • + 11
 Git R done!
  • + 5
 Reminds me of my first time out 3 years ago - scared to do a 1ft drop and crashing every time both wheels came off the ground! Racing 4X and DH now, can't get enough of it. Keep it up, your confidence will grow and you'll be charging down stuff before you know it!
  • + 7
 everyone has to start somewhere. glad to see more people getting out and riding no matter what kind it is
  • + 4
 Good to see you're loving. This sport like drugs, the more you do it, the more you become addicted, then to the point where it's the only thing you think about... and wowen of course Wink
  • + 4
 and I meant men for you
  • + 2
 Wow, thanks for the post! It took me way back to my first REAL mountain bike ride on Neds back in '99. Everything was soooo big and bumpy and I couldn't beleive that the trail could actually be ridden all the way down. Keep challenging yourself, shake off the falls and you'll always finish with a huge smile on your face.
  • + 1
 Um, for as far as teaching your girlfriend to ride. DONT. it is possible but not always the best route. If you have a girl rider in your group you are better off getting her to teach your gf the basics. If you are, and she is stuggling a fair bit. You should check out the Segoi Dirt Series camps for women.

You don't need another reason to sleep on the couch do you?
  • + 1
 hey congrats on your first ride, and let me welcome you into the amazing world of mountain biking. Sure at first everything seems pretty big, but just keep progressing and challenging yourself a little bit at a time and before you know it you'll be soaring! Happy Trails!
  • + 0
 ahh madroxxx yea its the fear thing that she has to get over. I did not like the roots either but I have soon gotten over the fear once I fell lol. It was pretty funny as you can read up there. Good luck in getting her to ride have her look at pinkbike in the womans section and see all the other woman riding that might help her out too Smile

Thanks
  • + 1
 Thanks Smile Yea I am loving the riding. The crash was bit scary for me but its all good I enjoyed it a lot and I got right back on my bike Smile I do agree with you Xtreem. The trails here are awesome.
  • + 0
 I did not make the trail its Doumont in Nanaimo. It took me a bit to ride down the trail LOL. There is a lot of trails in Doumont. Oregonsown yea good luck.. You should have her come on pink bike and take a look and show her that other females do ride and ride well. I tryed it and loved it. This will be my 5th ride since I started and I am already getting better. Definitely good luck in getting her into it. Thanks Everyone.
  • + 1
 im trying to get my girlfriend into it. wish me luck. awesome report welcome to the wonderful world of mountain biking. now every town you go to your going to find out if they have a bike shop. maybe not. i dunno.
  • + 2
 Wat to go!! Welcome to the Mt bike clan. Once you start riding, you can't get enough. Happy trails.
  • + 0
 Hey, glad to hear that, but when you are riding a bike there is one obligation to all bikers "preserve the nature". If you are not frendly to the nature then you are not a real biker. Hope you'll all agree with that.
  • + 2
 Ya it's great to see first time riders loving the sport
  • + 0
 Loved this article... I'm trying to get my gf into mountain biking but she "doesn't like bumps" so it might be a lost cause lol
  • + 1
 Nice article. It was fun running into you on the trail for your first ride.
  • + 0
 yeh its great another rider is in the sport and i totally no what you mean about the crashing i do that on my mountain board (but it hurts more)
  • + 2
 And yet another turns to the Dark Side... Wink
  • + 1
 nice im just wondering how long it took u to make the trail and how much work it took
  • + 2
 u will be flying in no time
  • + 1
 keep riding and a nice report, remembers me of my first ride haha!
  • + 1
 good work, keep on riding
  • + 1
 Good on ya, welcome to the dirt world
  • + 2
 ROCK ON DUDE!!!!!!
  • + 2
 Welcome to MTB!
  • + 1
 Thanks Smile
  • + 0
 keep reaping sista
  • + 0
 Thanks Smile
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