Some things to think about when going to the bike park - what kind of bike do you need? what gear?
Here are a few suggestions based on my last trip to Northstar at Tahoe. Trail conditions vary, but the extreme downhill experience does require a few specific considerations.
Some things I go over -
- Pedals - Clips or Platform will do, whatever your preference
- Pads - Yes, all or any, protect yourself so you can enjoy yourself!
- Tires - some of my favs for DH:
- Schwalbe Magic Marys on the front
- Maxxis Minion DHR
- Schwalbe ProCore if you're going tubeless
- Leatt or no Leatt? - only if you are going big, otherwise it's more of a hindrance and potential danger
- Full Face Helmet - everyone can benefit from this safety feature
- Camelbak - yes, be careful on the lift, but you will need the hydration and supplies to keep you going
- Trail Bikes or Enduro bikes work fine, a downhill bike is optimum but not necessary to enjoy the experience
- Gloves - the hardest worked piece of equipment at the DH park! Make sure you have a good pair!
In summary, it's hard to not have an amazing time at the bike park, just be safe and enjoy the endless downhill!
And always....Ride the Chaos!