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I have two really good friends of mine (unrelated, never met), who have had almost the identical introduction into mountain biking. Their very first ride, their husbands took them on such horrible gnarly rides that they shutter at the idea of ever trying it again.
Both are outdoorsy, I hike a lot with both, and both seem to ask me about mountain biking while we're hiking, but then when I suggest trying it again with me and some other girls, they start backpeddling and say they couldn't put themselves through that again.
After hearing each of the stories, I really understand why. But I keep thinking that if I said just the right thing, I might get them to try it again. Any suggestions?
BTW, I've tried suggesting a hike on an easy path first (to get to know it), then biking it, but both said pretty much the same thing: they like the challenge of a tough hike, so it's kind of a waste to "get out there" and hike something easy.
 

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Kallisti said:
...Any suggestions?
BTW, I've tried suggesting a hike on an easy path first (to get to know it), then biking it, but both said pretty much the same thing: they like the challenge of a tough hike, so it's kind of a waste to "get out there" and hike something easy.
Tell them this is how they will feel about mountain biking. Once they get comfortable with the easy stuff, then they'll be ready for the more challenging trails. My wife was ready to move up after 2 rides on the neighborhood trail.
 

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you need to push thier guys off a cliff.

I met a gal like that, her hubby took her on the most exposed trail in town, first ride and she was two months pregnant. No chance in hell of getting her back on a mtb, and I tried to sweet talk her into it.

I've been taking some beginners and lesser skilled gals out, and it's been a hoot. I make sure the pace is ok, make sure no one gets lost.. this one gal made me feel like a rock star, she kept saying... "show me how you do that!!"

good luck

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Kallisti said:
I have two really good friends of mine (unrelated, never met), who have had almost the identical introduction into mountain biking. Their very first ride, their husbands took them on such horrible gnarly rides that they shutter at the idea of ever trying it again.
Both are outdoorsy, I hike a lot with both, and both seem to ask me about mountain biking while we're hiking, but then when I suggest trying it again with me and some other girls, they start backpeddling and say they couldn't put themselves through that again.
After hearing each of the stories, I really understand why. But I keep thinking that if I said just the right thing, I might get them to try it again. Any suggestions?
BTW, I've tried suggesting a hike on an easy path first (to get to know it), then biking it, but both said pretty much the same thing: they like the challenge of a tough hike, so it's kind of a waste to "get out there" and hike something easy.
Fireroads are a good place to start. Trails are freaky until you have bike handling skills.

not all people btw are destined to be cyclists. Which is ok, I don't like the trails too full anyway ;)
 

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Wow, it's amazing to me that people convince newbies at all!

My non-MTB friends/family are about as close to getting on a mountain bike as they are visiting the moon.

But if you know somebody who's even curious, just get their butts on a bike, PERIOD, and take them someplace very flat. Then show them what YOU can do with/on the bike- over curbs, down steps etc.

Don't ask them to imitate, just let them get a feel for the bike and a sense of what's possible. That should be enough to whet their appetites.

At least......this is how I picture it works!
 

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All I can say is I'm glad my friend talked me into giving it a try a few years ago as I'm now hooked. I too was a casual hiker and winced at the thought of flying down rocky trails like I saw many mt bikers do. I also had a fear of heights which didn't help matters either. But my friend took me on some easy, yet fun trails first, and sure I wrecked like everyone, but I just fell in love with it. And I just realized riding in Gooseberry two weeks ago, that I've completely gotten over my fear of heights too!
 

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One now wants to try!

Went out for a hike today with one of these gals, and she seems to want to give it go! She's asked me to give her a month so that she can get in better shape for it, but she seems to be getting excited about trying.
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. One down, one to go!
 

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Come to think of it, I haven't been downhill skiiing since my BF at the time scared me to death trying to "teach" me.

It was in the French Alps, and he invited me along for the weekend with a bunch of co-workers. I wore his brother's ski suit and rental skis. I crashed into one of those orange mesh fences while practicing on dinky little hills underneath the chairlift, talk about humiliating.

Eventually, got his buddies to teach me some actual moves......in French. So I picked up some words quickly, like "virage." :rolleyes:

After one run down the easy slope, we got into the lift and went up...........and up........... and up.......................gee we seem to be going pretty far up there................................

At the top, the sign gave us our options: Black slope, or black slope :eek: "I need to take the lift back down! I can't ski a black slope!" He said, "The only way to get down is to ski down."

Across the way, there was a skyline of cloud-covered mountaintops, and below my skis, a hill that fell sharply into a thick fog. Gravity started to pull me down, and I started sobbing. "This is how people DIE!! Idiots like me thinking they can take on more than their abilities!!" :(

But I started down, and while I was good with the "virages," couldn't seem to slow down (or maybe you're not supposed to?) Whenever I picked up a lot of speed, I'd fall.....just to stop myself. I'd roll around and around, expecting that I broke something, but each time I was good. My BF was like, "Why do you keep falling?? You're doing fine."

Needless to say, haven't done it since. Although, if I had money to burn, I might give it another try.
 

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skiing has got to be the worst one to have one's SO teach. Ski patrollers like my hubby end up escorting a lot of beginniers off the hill that either ditched or got ditched due to a big fight on the hill. Or better yet, friends take newbie friends up to the top, "you'll be fine" and leave them.

If you even think you might have fun doing it, this is one sport (skiing) where having lessons really, really pays off. It's different from cycling in that most of us know how to ride a bike, it's just the trail skills you need. Skiing is a whole nother thing.

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formica said:
you need to push thier guys off a cliff.

I met a gal like that, her hubby took her on the most exposed trail in town, first ride and she was two months pregnant. No chance in hell of getting her back on a mtb, and I tried to sweet talk her into it.

I've been taking some beginners and lesser skilled gals out, and it's been a hoot. I make sure the pace is ok, make sure no one gets lost.. this one gal made me feel like a rock star, she kept saying... "show me how you do that!!"

good luck

formica
One of the guys we race DH with, brought his wife out to a DH race course for her first EVER mountain bike ride, and proceded to LEAVE HER alone at the top to find her own way down. Nice. Amazingly enough, she went for a ride in Brian Head with a couple of us girls and despite a few wrecks, she seemed to have fun and was still willing to give it another shot.
 

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But I started down, and while I was good with the "virages," couldn't seem to slow down (or maybe you're not supposed to?) Whenever I picked up a lot of speed, I'd fall.....just to stop myself. I'd roll around and around, expecting that I broke something, but each time I was good. My BF was like, "Why do you keep falling?? You're doing fine."

Needless to say, haven't done it since. Although, if I had money to burn, I might give it another try.
Oh my this is FUNNY! :D

I'm glad you were ok. My last time on skis was also like this. I am NOT a skier and I got dragged up by by BF at thetime. That was a good , um, 15 years ago and haven't been back since. I'm afraid I'll break something and wont be able to bike.
 
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