Biking

Group mountain biking lessons on Calgary's best trails give you the skills to ride rocks, roots & singletrack. Hit the trail with skill and confidence.


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Women's Mountain Biking Series

Confidently tackle the terrain you dream of riding. This 6-week series starts with a tech tutorial followed by 3 fun evenings of bike-handling fundamentals, including braking, shifting, climbing, descending and cornering. Put it all together in the last 2 rides in Kananaskis. Participants will be divided into groups based on skill and experience. There will be no make-up days, so come prepared to ride in any weather. No experience necessary. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, course notes.

Open Mountain Biking Series

Designed for the experienced beginner who has some cycling fitness, this 5-week series helps to develop more confidence on technical terrain. Using a new trail each week, emphasis will be on cornering, descending and technical riding, as well as achieving individual goals and skill development. Prerequisite: ability to ride most West Bragg XC loops in 2-3 hours. Includes: instructor, course notes, free registration in Mountain Bike Maintenance & Tech Tutorial.

Weekend Full Bike Repair Course (A, B, C & D)

Using your own bike, (mountain or road) practice and learn the principles of bike repair from a professional mechanic. You'll be led hands-on through a comprehensive tune-up/overhaul—leaving no component untouched (fork and shock internals exempt). The content includes modules A, B, C and D which will give you the knowledge to improve the performance and longevity of every component on your bike. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, course notes and Basic Bike Mechanic certificate upon completion. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Evening Full Bike Repair Course

Earn your stripes as a bike mechanic over 4 weeks*. Evening courses start at the beginning of each month and we will cover all content from modules A, B, C and D. Prerequisites: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, course notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased. *Also available as a weekend course.

Bike Maintenance Essentials (A)

Savvy cyclists are self-sufficient and don’t shy away from roadside repairs and maintenance. Bring your favourite bike to our fully-equipped shop and practice flat tires, chain repair, and routine cleaning and lubing in this 3-hour evening course. A little DIY troubleshooting keeps your bike generating smiles for miles. No experience necessary. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, course notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Shifting and Braking Systems (B)

In this 3-hour bike repair course, get your shifting and braking systems working better-than-new by learning how to change cables/casing, accurately adjust derailleurs, and troubleshoot disc and rim brake systems. You'll be able to save your future tune-up dollars for coffee (or more bike parts). 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, course notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Hubs, Bottom Brackets and Headsets (C)

Dry bearings and contaminated grease can damage parts on your bike and slow you down. In this 3-hour repair course, learn how to inspect, adjust and repack or replace bearings before the damage is done. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, course notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Wheel Truing and Hydraulic Bleeding (D)

Get your battered bike wheels round, straight and equally tensioned, then learn the process to remove air from hydraulic systems on modern disc brakes. This 3-hour evening course lets you practice on a variety of components if your personal bike is already dialed. 14+. Prerequisite: modules A & B or equivalent. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools and supplies, course notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Wheel Building

The balanced tension of a spoked bicycle wheel is a beautiful thing, especially when you've laced and tensioned it yourself. In this 3-hour course, you'll use a mix of measurement, formula, technology and good old-fashioned feel to build a strong, serviceable practice wheel. Prerequisite: ABCD course certificate or equivalent. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools, in-house practice components (hub, spokes, rim), course notes.

Introduction to Fat Biking

You've seen the giant tires trucking over snowy landscapes—come try fat biking on some easy, fun terrain on Nose Hill Park. Your ride guide will show you techniques for maximum traction and fun. Whether you're curious about fat bikes, or just looking for a new way to experience the beauty of winter, there is no denying the fun. Prerequisite: none. Includes: guide, fat bike rental.

Snow Slayer Series (Fat Biking)

If you love to mountain bike, and skinny skis aren't really your thing, come carve up some snow in this fat biking multi-ride series. We bring the bike and a ride-guide, you discover favourite inner-city and Kananaskis trails in a whole new way with a group of adventurous bike-loving people. Fat biking delivers the biggest snow-eating grin you'll have this winter. Prerequisite: strong beginner mountain biking ability. Includes: instructor, fat bike rental.

Mountain Biking Core Skills

Join us for the day and learn to ride swooping singletrack corners, dirty downhills and challenging mountain biking climbs. We'll practice shifting, braking and body positioning techniques that get you ready for roots, rocks, climbs and descents. In the afternoon, progress your new skills on great nearby trails. Bike fitting, equipment selection and minor trail-side repairs are also covered. Our instructors will get you hooked on mountain biking! No mountain biking experience necessary. Includes: instructor, course notes.

Mountain Biking Expedition - Teens

Camp for 3 days in Kananaskis and ride some of the best mountain terrain in the world. Through a combination of cross-country and freeride skill development, you’ll learn about and practice body positioning, gearing, cornering and maneuvering on trails. Trail selection, bike maintenance and outdoor skills are also introduced. This expedition is operated out of a base campsite to which riders return each night. Required: mountain bike. Check equipment list and additional information in the online event details. Prerequisite: very comfortable riding a bike and eager for off-road surfaces. Must attend pre-trip meeting with a parent to discuss required items and cover meal planning (food is not included). Includes: mountain biking instructors, all group gear, transportation.

Krank Factory 101 - Mountain Bike

Get stoked and kick up some dust on awesome trails this mountain bike season! Krank Factory 101 is a week-long camp that will introduce you to the fundamentals of mountain biking, braking, balance, gearing and basic obstacle riding. The first session will be at a local Calgary trail. The rest will be spent on a variety of scenic trails outside of the city. Required: mountain bike. Check equipment list and additional information in the online event details. Prerequisite: riders must be very comfortable riding a bike and eager for off-road surfaces. Includes: instructor, transportation.

Hops and Drops Refresher

Ever find yourself wanting more confidence on the natural jumps and drops you find on your favourite mountain biking trails? In this 2-hour evening lesson, hone your speed, timing and balance, and practice how to stay in control with your wheels off the ground. This course is a blast for anyone who never thought they could 'get air' — you can! Prerequisite: 1+ years experience mountain biking. Includes: instructor.

Urban/Road Biking Challenge Series

Active transportation on a bike - ride everywhere, comfortably and confidently! This 3-week course for cycling beginners gets you navigating the urban environment safely and efficiently. Learn how to hop curbs, avoid traffic hazards and stay safe in vehicle traffic. Learn how to ride in a group and plan great rides. Basic roadside repairs will also be covered. Prerequisite: must be able to ride a bike.

Steep Terrain Refresher

In this 2-hour lesson you’ll practice mountain biking techniques that will help you to ride down technical, steep terrain with more control and less fear. Want to clean that technical climb that always makes you put a foot down? Never balk at steep descents or loose climbs again. You will soon be seeking out new technical challenges on every ride. Prerequisite: 1+ years experience mountain biking. Includes: instructor.

KAN Adventure Race

On September 29 2018, mountain bike, lake canoe, and trail run in teams of two on designated trails in the Kananaskis Barrier Lake area. This adventure race is designed for varying abilities because you go as hard as you want to. This is not an A to B style of race—there are checkpoints scattered on a map and you strategize with your teammate on how to get as many points as possible. Trails are activity specific so you can play to your strengths and challenge is by choice. Your only limitations are time and mode of transportation. Come out just for race day, or stay for the entire weekend (campsite booked for Fri and Sat night). Prerequisites: able to safely maneuver a canoe on flatwater, bike on intermediate trails. 14 yrs and up. Under 18 must race with adult. Includes: BBQ dinner, paddling equipment, camping fees, prizes. Race cost is per person. Ensure both partners register for the race.

Basic Bike Repair (A & B)

Dive in for a full day and learn the essentials of a basic bike tune-up, including chain and tube repair, gear and brake adjustments, and lubrication for maximum performance. The content of modules A and B will be covered. Perfect for urban bikes or modern road bikes. 14+. Prerequisite: none. Includes: instructor, use of shop tools & supplies, course notes. 20% off tools and repair supplies when purchased.

Mountain Biking Core Skills 2

Learn to manual, hop, jump and navigate steep terrain more confidently, and find more grip and speed in corners. Progress your skills to perfect your balance and timing to keep the wheels moving in technical terrain. Put it all together in an afternoon ride. Come find the fun in every hill, bump and inch of dirt. Prerequisite: Core Skills 1 or 1+ years experience mountain biking.