Woom 5 Review

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The Woom 5 comes from a line up of children’s bikes crafted with the intent of enabling kids to become cyclists through positive experiences. The bike weighs just under 18.5 pounds and its 24-inch wheels make it a wonderful candidate for riders 7-11 years old and 49-inches to 57-inches tall. It is priced at $479.00 USD.

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Say Hallo To The Woom 5

Designed by company co-founders Christian Bezdeka and Marcus Ihlenfeld in Vienna, Austria – Woom offers bikes sized from the Woom 1, a 12-inch wheel balance bike through the 26-inch wheel Woom 6.

The Woom 5 is perfect for cruising the neighborhood and dirt roads. We love that it has a kickstand. It’s available in red, blue, green, and purple.

Where To Buy

Click the link below to purchase this bike directly from Woom.

At-A-Glance Numbers For The Woom 5 

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COST

$479.00 USD

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STANDOVER HEIGHT

24.5 inches

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DRIVETRAIN

1 x 8

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WHEEL SIZE

24 inches

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WEIGHT

18.41 pounds

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AGE RANGE

Approx. 7 – 11

Putting Das Woom 5 Together

When our Woom 5 arrived via mail, I was eager to see how how much effort it would take to assemble. It was pleasant to see the instructions presented in a plastic envelope adhered to the top flap of the container. That was like getting a polite greeting before having to roll up the sleeves for a bit of wrenching.

Woom 5 instructions adhered to the inside of the box
Woom 5 bundled up after removed from the box
Woom 5 assembly kit
Helpful label on the Woom 5

Zip ties secured most everything to the frame including the handle bars and front wheel. The bike was very well protected in small sheets of foam padding and there were plastic inserts guarding the front wheel’s axel. Putting the bike together was a snap. The headset on the bike only has one bolt that needs to be tightened to the stem. The pedals had to be attached as well. But, Woom has included a 6mm allen key and 15mm wrench so you don’t have to dig out the tool box. I just used a pair of household scissors for the zip ties.

The Woom 5 fully assembled

The best part about assembling the bike was the no-nonsense installation of the front wheel and setting up the front v-brake. I can’t guarantee this of all bikes shipped from Woom, but the front brake on our bike was already configured and centered properly. All I had to do was attach the brake cable anchor bolt to the cantilever arm.

About The Design

Woom has assembled a collection of datasets which are used to properly calculate the frame geometries for all their bikes. While doing my research, I even found an article where Christian Bezdeka, Woom’s founder and industrial designer, discusses the importance of children’s foot-to-floor ratios and average bone lengths. No matter what brand bike you choose for your kid, fit is paramount. It ensures your rider can safely control the bike, build confidence, and learn to enjoy cycling. Our rider was a perfect fit for the Woom 5. This was her first time on a 24-inch wheeled bike with multiple gears and she was comfortable on the bike quickly.

Some Of The Woom 5 Construction And Spezifikationen

The Woom 5 frame is constructed from certified AA-6061 aluminum and the top tube of the bike is cleverly straightened out for about 8 inches as it extends from the seat tube. This enables a proper sized rider to straddle the bike easier. There is a quick-release seat collar with a lever designed so children can raise and lower the saddle themselves. The child-sized saddle provides stability and it looks great, too.

Woom 5 downtube; aluminum frame detail.
Quick-release seat collar on the Woom 5
The Woom 5 child-sized saddle

A Smart And Stylish Wheelset

Following the frame, a bike’s wheelset is major feature where quality can be addressed. Most manufacturers obtain wheels and hubs from outside companies. For Woom Bikes, this was another opportunity for the designers to achieve high standards for weight and durability. Woom’s proprietary wheels are branded SOOPA-DOOPA-HOOPS and they are single chamber aluminum rims with 20 spokes laced to sealed bearing hubs. The Kenda Small Block tires measuring 24″ x 1.5″, which are made to function well on-road as well as non-technical trails, complete the wheel set up. The tires have old-school Schrader valves.

Drivetrain And Brakes

A SRAM shifter, X-4 short cage 8-speed derailleur, 11t-32t cassette make up the majority of the 8-speed drive train. The highlight of the drive train is the crank set. Woom chose to customize this component in order to make the bike fit young riders better. On the Woom 5, the length of the crank is 5.12″ – not a nice round 5″ or 5.125″; but 5.12″. The raw aluminum/alloy cranks paired with the black 28t chain ring make it look elegant. And, that makes us want to get it muddy. The brake levers are designed so your small-handed rider can easily give them a squeeze to slow the bike down. The grips are comfy and attached to 23″ wide handlebars. There’s even a nifty bell included.

Woom 5 children's bike shifter and brake lever
SRAM X-4 8-speed derailleur on the Woom 5
Bell and brake lever on the Woom 5
Custom designed and formed crankset on the Woom 5 children's bike

Reiten The Woom 5

Our rider enjoyed this bike. She rode it on pavement, double-track, and a bit of single track. As with all bikes, fit is paramount. The proper fit allows the rider to control the bike safely and get the most from the machine.

Riding the Woom 5 kids' bike

Cruising up a moderate grade was a piece of cake for the Woom 5 and its 8-speed rear cassette.

Riding up a concrete path on the 24 inch wheel Woom 5
Climbing a dirt bike path on the Woom 5 kids' bike
Controlling the descent with the child-sized brakes on the Woom 5

This was the first time our bike rider rode a 24-inch wheel bike. She was very pleased with how the bike handled and how her power got transferred through the bike.

Our test rider standing with the Woom 5

Why Should You Choose The Woom 5?

Consider the weight, the price and the ergonomics of this bike. If your child rides on pavement and a bit of dirt, this bike is a great candidate. About 85% of this bike’s parts have been painstakingly customized in order to offer an exceptional riding experience. Woom even offers the upCycle program/membership. In a nutshell, it’s a buyback program for when your child outgrows their Woom bike.

Mountain Bike Real Cost Calculator

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You Win Some – You Lose Some

In our experience, we have found some really good deals as well as the occasional self-induced money pit. Our first kid’s downhill bike was a Kona Stinky 2-4. We bought it used for only $250; owned it for 4 years and sold it for $300. On the other side of the coin, dad’s last bike cost $2,300 and there were close to $1,500 in upgrades and maintenance. It sold for $1,800.

Kona Stinky 2-4, a great kid bike
This kid-sized Stinky 2-4 was the best deal ever.
Dad's old Trek Remedy 7
Dad just could not stop upgrading this thing.

Alta Racks, Alta Six GPR Bike Rack Review

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Alta Racks, Alta Six GPR Bike Rack Review

We have been through our share of bike racks, so when we got the opportunity to demo the Alta Six GPR (general purpose rack) from Alta Racks, we had some high hopes.

To qualify our expectations, here’s our family’s history of bike racks…

Phase One, Pre-Kids: No bike rack. My wife and I would just take the front wheels off of bikes and get them in a car somehow.

Phase Two, Pre-Kids: We had a rack that would strap onto the back of a car and it would hold a couple of bikes without rear suspension.

Phase Three, with Kids: A hitch rack where we would hang bikes off the back. This would hold bikes fine, but they would bang together resulting in broken components and scratches. We even had to get a couple of adapters so all four bikes could fit on the rack. This was a mess and a waste of money.

Phase Four, with Kids: A hitch rack with horizontal trays. We still have to put the bikes on a certain order so the bars and components don’t touch, but this has been a functional solution. Our current rack is only good for bikes. It cannot hold skis or be used as a foundation for other accessories.

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Loading a bike on the Alta Racks, Alta Six GPR bike rack

Alta Racks Are Bike Racks For The People

The Alta Six bike rack is the next step in bike rack design and functionality. The bikes are attached vertically on an Alta Rack where the front wheel is secured in a slanted basket. The bike’s rear wheel is fastened to a a lower support and a 2-inch hitch is required for the system we tested.

With a background in military design engineering, the company’s principal knows what it takes to design a durable, ergonomic product that is easy to source and produce in America. Utilizing latest technology in metal fabrication to ensure high precision in build which leads to longevity, Alta Racks are build to last. None of the hardware on the rack is proprietary, and can easily be replaced at the local hardware store. As of this writing, racks are available in the following colors: black, red, dark gray, desert tan, and orange. Custom colors are also available.

The Alta Six GPR At A Glance

Capacity: Six bikes
Weight: 82 lbs
Price: From $1,185.00 USD

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Everyone’s Heard Of #morekidsonbikes – What About, More Bikes On Cars?

The baskets for the front wheels are slanted to the left so the bike’s handlebars do not touch. This is a practical solution that not only succeeds in eliminating one bike touching another and getting damaged, but it allows up to six bikes to be stored on a rack instead of just four. The front and rear wheels are secured to the rack using heavy duty Voile power straps, again a solution that is non-proprietary. The rack will hold 24-inch mountain bikes to 29-inch wheel mountain bikes easily. The rack can also hold smaller mountain bikes with 20-inch wheels and bmx bikes, but there may be some contact with the rack. Bikes with wheels smaller than 20 inches need to be stored inside, or on top of the vehicle.

Attaching the rack to our mini-van was easy because the two bolts that needed to be secured to the hitch were accessible from the top side of the bumper. And, the weight of the rack is over twenty pounds less than our current tray rack.

Loading Up The Alta Six Is A Cinch

Loading the bikes into the rack was simple for me, my wife and my 15 year old son. Our 11 year old was just too short. It has to be noted that he is also too short to load all the bikes into our tray rack. To load the Alta Racks system, all you have to do is lift the front wheel of a bike high enough to clear the basket on the top support beam; angle the wheel to the left and gravity takes care of the rest. Align the bottom wheel below the top basket so the frame of the bike is straight up-and-down and strap the wheels in place using the provided Voile power straps. The bikes do not hang, they are nestled in the upper baskets and the weight is distributed from the front of the bike to the rear wheel’s contact point on the lower support.

It’s important that you load bikes from right-to-left due to the orientation of the baskets for the front wheels. This way, the bikes horizontally ‘stack’ so the handlebars and levers do not contact each other. My son started loading the rack backwards, from left-to-right and I just let him struggle. He had to work hard in order to put each consecutive bike under the preceding bike. In the video, you can see him do it in the correct order. Bikes can be secured to the rack with a cable lock (not included).

The Alta Six GRP bike rack all loaded and ready to go

Moving Along With The Alta Six GPR

When the bikes were properly loaded I gave the rack a good shake to see if there was any play or movement from the rack’s tongue to the hitch and nothing moved. It was very secure and stable. For off-roading, you can increase the stability of the rack by attaching guide lines from the upper ends of the top horizontal tube to the hitch bar. Next, we hit the road.

It took a few minutes to get accustomed to a different style of mountain bike rack on our van when we started traveling. The rack did not vibrate at all. None of the bikes shifted while in transit. I even had clear vision between the bikes in my rear view mirror.

The current version of the Alta Racks, Alta Six GPR is the fourth iteration of the system. Initially launched in may of 2017, the rack’s dimensions, features and designs are still being tweaked. The owner of the company knows who to ask for feedback, too. His bike racks have been tested by shuttle companies in Moab running mountain bikers up to the top of world famous Whole Enchilada route. Alta Racks has even enlisted pro mountain bike freeriders who have competed in the Red Bull Rampage to help with getting important tips on how the system can be improved.

The rack will pivot from its base so you can open your vehicle’s rear hatch door or tailgate. Although our mini-van’s rear hatch could not be opened all the way, it did allow us to access the cargo in the back such as a travel bag or tool box.

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Alta Racks, door open

Be sure to check the Alta Racks website so you can see all the options for this system. Other sports items can be transported and accessories can be used with the rack such as: skis, a repair stand, motorcycle attachment, hammock and table. Shade systems are on the way as well.

Mom loading the Alta Racks, Alta Six GPR
Fastening the top wheel on the Alta Racks bike rack
Fastening the bottom wheel of a bike on the Alta Racks, Alta Six GPR bike rack

We enjoyed using the Alta Racks, Alta Rack Six GPR. Even though it’s designed as a utilitarian solution to be used for several applications, it’s ability to transport more than four bikes makes it a great option for mountain biking families. It checks off everything you want in a mountain bike rack. It’s easy to load and unload. It’s durable and made in the USA. And most importantly for us, the bikes get securely attached to the rack without touching. When you’re ready to upgrade your old hitch rack or need a system that can hold more than four bikes, take a look at Alta Racks.

Whistler’s Lord Of The Squirrels, An Epic Family Mountain Bike Ride

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Whistler's Lord Of The Squirrels - not just another family bike ride

Whistler’s Lord Of The Squirrels

Part of an epic family mountain bike ride in British Columbia

From the instant I heard about the new trails Into The Mystic, On The Rocks, and Lord Of The Squirrels – I kind of obsessed over riding them this summer with my wife and kids. The trails opened near the end of summer 2017 and they showed off a part of Whistler we have not seen before. Some trails were well established in the lower Mt. Sproatt area, but this ride takes you up through the forest and almost above treeline.

The trails were built by WORCA (Whistler Off Road Cycling Association) with support from the Resort Municipality of Whistler. Another organization, the Trails Planning Working Group, is municipal committee designed to bring all the collaborators together. Dan Raymond was hired to be the project manager for the Lord Of The Squirrels.

Be Prepared For This Ride

This is not your typical family bike ride. It is in the wilderness and climbs on Into The Mystic and On The Rocks are strenuous. Depending on where you start this ride, the elevation gain is significant. We started pedaling from our condo at we ascended about 3,500 feet! When you do this ride with your kids, it’s important to be aware of your capabilities.

Our youngest is 11 years old and already great on the pedals. But in order to ensure his enjoyment and success on Into The Mystic, we did a few training rides in Park City before we left on our trip.

We knew what type of food to bring as well as how much. We all filled our hydration packs to capacity and made sure our bikes were in good condition. Just to be safe, in addition to the basics, I brought along an extra derailleur cable, spare tubes and and extra battery with an additional SD card for the action camera. My wife brought along an extra USB battery pack if a phone ran out of juice. We were dressed in appropriate clothing and to make sure it did not rain – we packed light rain jackets.

Be prepared to ride Lord Of The Squirrels with your kids
Bring plenty of food and water for this epic mountain bike ride.
Family at the Lord Of The Squirrels trail in Whistler
We were keen to pack rain jackets and check the weather.
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Camelbak mini MULE kids hydration pack for sale
Lord Of The Squirrels map - MTB with Kids route

How We Got To Into The Mystic

To start, we began from the Aspens on Blackcomb condos and went through the Whistler Village. We then hopped on the Valley Trail at the golf course to get to Rainbow Park. From Rainbow Park, here are the trails we used to get arrive at Into the Mystic:

  • Whip Me Snip Me
  • Danimal
  • Hot Dog Alley
  • Scotia Creek Access Road
  • Sirloin
  • Darwin
  • Flank

Take a minute and donate to WORCA right now. They are one of the groups responsible for making trails like this happen. And, because of contributions from families like yours and mine, WORCA can build more trails so families can make more memories and enjoy the outdoors together.

Into The Mystic
A 5 MILE CLIMB WITH 3,000 FEET OF ELEVATION GAIN

This Is A Long, Tough Climb – Even Without Kids

The beginning of this trail welcomes you with a marquis constructed from logs and a steel plate sign with the name of the trail cut from it. It’s like you’re at the start of a life-sized board game or a ride at an amusement park. Pedaling starts off easy enough, but you’re soon ascending along one of the most beautifully crafted climb trails in middle earth.

Family photo at the Into The Mystic trailhead
The kids explore a creek on the Into The Mystic Trail
Almost to the top of Into The Mystic

Fit riders will make easy work of this in a couple of hours or so. The trail is not a bunched up string of switchbacks and that makes it a pleasure to climb. We saw a kid who was similar age to our 11 year old on this trail pedaling with his dad. He was crushing the climb and we did not catch them.

Mother and son doing some hike-a-bike on Into The Mystic

About two-thirds of the way up on Into The Mystic you come across a platform with benches and railing adjacent to a creek down a small canyon path. Chains have been bolted in the rock so you can make your way down to a creek in the canyon. The kids went down for an explore and to see if they could catch a chat with Gollum. We took a long break here so we could rest and refuel. Three of us had to do plenty of resting and hike-a-bike on Into The Mystice, while our oldest son pedaled the entire trail. When you’re near the end of Into The Mystic, the trees become sparse. You start to notice more rocks, small grounds of grass and more open space.

Pond on the Whistler's Into The Mystic Trail

On The Rocks
TRAVERSE 2 MILES OF WHISTLER'S ALPINE

On The Rocks Could Be The Star Of The Show On This Ride

You are on the edge of the tree line and the environment is quite is over-the-top. Vivid wildflowers, exposed rock and a palette of greenery complement your immediate surroundings. I think it’s similar to when a PNW native sees Moab in-person for the first time.

On The Rocks is a spectacular trail in Whistler

Off to the distance you can see several other peaks adorned with snow and glaciers. The start of this trail is more climbing, but once you reach about 5,900 feet – most of the hard pedaling is over. Our youngest took a few rests on the first part of this trail. Good thing – because I certainly needed the breaks as well.

On The Rocks
Doing a snow crossing On The Rocks

Once you start descending On The Rocks, you may encounter snow fields you will have to ride through or ferry your bike across. All four in the family ended up with wet feet and squeaky brakes. Overall, I think we encountered a total of 10 areas where the trail was snow covered. This was a fair trade-off because the trail had only been opened for two days and we were due to leave town in the morning. There are also several small ponds and basins filled with runoff. I don’t know how many of these qualify as lakes, but they are one of the highlights of the ride.

Tyge riding On The Rocks
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Kuat mountain bike racks for sale

Lord Of The Squirrels
OVER 4 MILES OF CLASSIC MTB DESCENDING

It took us a whopping six hours to get to the Lord Of The Squirrels trailhead from our condo. Please take this into consideration if you are planning on doing this ride with your kids. With the exception of our 15 year old, who can be considered an expert mountain biker, I think the rest of us are intermediate to strong intermediate mountain bikers regarding fitness, skill and and mettle. And it must be said that if my wife had her way – we would only ride uphill. We took it real slow the entire day by taking too many breaks to count, gigs of photos and made sure no one got hangry.

After getting through the last couple of snow fields, Lord Of The Squirrels is a downhill romp through the woods. It’s very enjoyable because after we encountered about 6 other riders on the trail – it was all ours. We were expecting a lot more people due to the recent opening.

The trail is aptly rated as intermediate so no one had to get off the pedals and walk the rock rolls, roots, bridges and tech sections. All of the trails features were enjoyed by the family from top-to-bottom. The trail is only over a year old. The dirt has not settled. The roots are still raw and untidy. If you have experienced new trail in this region, you know the sound your tires make – and the density of the trail surface. It’s a lot of fun.

Exiting the trail, you’re back near the start of Into The Mystic. Depending on where you started from, you may have a bit of ride to get to home base. On the way back our 15 year old was not done. He broke off for a bit to give Cheap Thrills a whirl.

This ride is beautiful. I hope I have the opportunity to compare it to others around the world while riding with my family. For me, it was hard and you have to work for it. That helps keep it sustainable and special. The bike park is awesome, but Lord Of The Squirrels is just a different kind of awesome on the other side of town. When your heart is pumping and your legs don’t want to climb anymore, you just look around at where you are and take it in.

Exiting Lord Of The Squirrels
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Bell Super 3r helmets for kids

Bell Super 3r Helmet With MIPS For Kids – Review

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Bell Super 3r MIPS helmet review for kids
A squished Bell Super 2r

When our 11 year old’s last helmet met its untimely demise in a Moab parking lot last fall, we had to get a new one in a jiffy. Standard helmets cushion the skull (and the brain beneath it) from bumps and bruises. But if you’re serious about mountain biking, you need a helmet with proven features and durability – like the Bell Super 3-R MIPS helmet.

Bell Super 3r MIPS helmet review for kids

What Does “MIPS” Mean On The Bell Super 3r Mountain Bike Helmet? 

The “MIPS” in the name stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. This means that the helmet is designed to withstand many different types of forces. The MIPS protector sits inside of the shell of the helmet. It’s a thin, inner basket that rotates as needed upon impact. Since the helmet also has an outer shell to protect against blows to the head, the addition of the MIPS provides a second layer of protection. There’s a layer of X-Static padding in there as well, making the helmet comfortable to wear.

Where To Buy The Bell Super 3r

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Bell Super 3r MIPS available for kids and adults at Backcountry.

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Bell Super 3r MIPS available for kids and adults at Jenson USA.

Get The Right Fit

Although the Bell Super 3r MIPS helmet is designed for adults, it comes in three sizes: small, medium, and large. Here is a size chart. It is suitable for our kid with a Charlie Brown shaped head as well as his teenage brother. Our 11 year old wears a medium. Your child has his or her choice of colors, including matte black and white, matte smoke and pear, matte black and Orion, matte black with gloss black and cherry accents, matte black with copper gloss and black accents, and even matte hibiscus.

Bell Super 3r Size Chart

Click above for size chart

Here is the Bell Super 3r in all its glory. The camera mount is utilized and the chin bar is attached to a hydration pack.
Here is the Bell Super 3r in all its glory. The camera mount is utilized and the chin bar is attached to a hydration pack.
You can easily attach the entire Bell Super 3r with MIPS to your hydration pack when enjoying a long pedal uphill.
You can easily attach the entire Bell Super 3r with MIPS to your hydration pack when enjoying a long pedal uphill.
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PRICE

$229.95 USD

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CLAIMED WEIGHT

784.1 grams

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SIZING

S, M, L (20.5″ – 24.375″)

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VENTS

27 helmet, 6 chin bar

The Bell Super 3r with MIPS mountain bike helmet. Profile view with goggles raised.
The Bell Super 3r with MIPS mountain bike helmet. Profile view with goggles raised.
This action camera mount is compatible with the GoPro system and other brands.
This action camera mount is compatible with the GoPro system and other brands.
Chin bar attached, goggles lowered. The Bell Super 3r is great looking and functional.
Chin bar attached, goggles lowered. The Bell Super 3r is great looking and functional.

The helmet is also designed with an adjustable Goggleguide visor, as well as a camera mount that breaks away should a crash occur. The Bell Super 3r includes a lightweight exterior shell with cooling vents built with breakaway screws. Should a serious crash occur, medical professionals will be able to use them to remove the helmet quickly and easily.

The Bell Super 3r Is a Safe And Sound Choice 

Our kid has liked this helmet quite a bit. Like its predecessor, the Bell Super 2r, it it suits many needs. With the chin bar removed, it is a great basic trail helmet. When the chin bar is attached, the helmet provides full face protection without having to lug around a full face helmet in addition to a trail helmet. Our 11 year old has even competed in an enduro race where this helmet was the best choice. It is very well ventilated and light.  

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Our hero of the story makes his exit from the Lord Of The Squirrels. This helmet is a perfect choice for epic rides due to its ability to convert from a trail helmet to a full-face mountain biking helmet.

Attaching And Removing The Chin Bar Is So Easy, A Kid Can Do It

In addition to all of the Bell Super 3-R’s safety elements, it contains a number of snappy features. The chin guard is removable, and easy to put back on when necessary. Your child can carry the piece along so that it’s nearby should the terrain get tougher. On top of that, the visor fits over many different types of goggles, cutting down on sun glare while on the trails.

Kid fastening the chin bar on the Bell Super 3r MIPS
Fastening the chin bar on the Bell Super 3r is easy for a kid
Fastening the rear clasp for the chin bar on the Bell Super 3r

Summing Up The Bell Super 3r With MIPS Protection

The Bell Super 3-R MIPS helmet is designed for adults, but suitable for kids who are big enough to fit into it. Thanks to the amazing array of vents (23 in the helmet, 4 in the brow, and 6 in the chin bar) your rider will remain as cool as possible, despite the temperatures on the road or trail. However, the safety features are what make this helmet one of the best. It’s truly designed to protect against falls of all kinds.

Bell Super 3r with MIPS out in the wild.

Eight Reasons Why You Should Go To Whistler During Crankworx

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8 reasons why you should go to Whistler during Crankworx

It’s safe to say that while Crankworx Whistler is in session – it’s the biggest party on the planet. Mountain bikers from all over the world come to compete. Amateur mountain bikers and spectators gather to ride and attend events so they can see the best riders put it all on the line during the festival. If you have never visited Whistler during Cranxworx, you must. Here are our eight reasons why you should visit Whistler during Crankworx.

The Whistler Village during Crankworx

It’s The Epicenter Of All Things Mountain Biking For 10 Days Straight

Remember that scene in The Ten Commandments when Moses (played by Charleton Heston) makes his way down from Mt. Sinai and sees everyone partying like it’s 1999. It’s like that, but with mountain bikes. There are idols, booze, debauchery and shenanigans. Don’t worry – most of it’s family friendly. Ha ha ha. You will make memories that last a lifetime.

Serious stuff does down at Crankworx Whistler

You’re Gonna See Some Serious Shiz

For spectators, you get to see how big the jumps at Crabapple Hits really are when you attend the Whip-Off. The Joyride and the Pump Track Challenge courses are perennial works of art. Crankworx Whistler is also the venue for 6th leg or the 2018 Enduro World Series. For amateur participants, you can ride a lot of the same trails the pros do. Sorry, but the Red Bull Joyride course is off-limits to the amateurs.

Brandon Semenuk - mountain biking and Crankworx legend

You’ll See Past, Present and Future Mountain Biking Legends

The Ladies and Lords of mountain biking royalty assemble to compete, ooooh and ahhhh at everyone throwing down fast times and their latest slopestyle bangers. You may even catch a lift ride with one of your heroes. The Kidsworx events are absolutely wonderful. They are well-organized and geared towards nurturing the next generation of riders to flat out stomp it.

An autograph session with the pros during Crankworx Whistler

Free Swag

Every day at Crankworx, our kids descended upon the expos like rabid raccoons. They came away with things like hats, mini-cowbells, vuvuzelas, air-horns, decals, t-shirts, trading cards, posters, energy bars and lots of other stuff. Riders will have autograph sessions promoting their latest film or brands.

The vibe at Crankworx Whistler is awesome

The Vibe Is Over-The-Top

The buzz in the air at Crankworx Whistler is thick and palpable. Everyone is amped to be there so they can say they were there and experience Crankworx in-person. We love strolling through the village to see everyone. If you have smaller kids aged 2 through 10-ish, be sure visit is the playground near the Whistler Olympic Plaza. While your kids run off some energy, just watch the crowd.

Demo bikes and gear and Crankworx Whistler

See The Latest Bikes And Gear

Mountain bike manufacturers and retailers are just as excited to be there as you are. You will see the latest bikes, components, protective gear, attire, energy bars, action cameras and more. There are several drawings to enter and deals to be had. You may be able to demo a bike, fork, neck brace, and so on.

Deals on swag following Crankworx Whistler

Deals Following The Event

In the past, retailers have sold leftover Crankworx branded clothing and swag for up to 50% off the day after the festival ends. If you’re there the Monday after the festival, it will seem like the the day after Christmas with presents left to open. And you’ll be saying, “Did all that really happen?”.

Progressing your bike skills with your family while attending Crankworx Whistler

Your Bike Skills Will Progress

If you’re a novice or an expert; grom or grandma; riding in Whistler during Crankworx makes you a better mountain biker. It is inspiring. The trails inside the bike park and outside the park are designed to challenge you and reward you. For instance, during our family’s most recent trip, all four of us rode Top Of The World for the first time at the end of our stay. Whistler in the summer is all bikes, all the time. Your fitness is going to improve. You will be a little bit faster or you will be able to do a section of a trail you have not done before.

Eight Reasons Why You Should Not Go To Whistler During Crankworx

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Eight reasons why you should not go to Whistler during Crankworx

Everybody wants to visit Whistler during Crankworx, right? Well… maybe. But consider these 8 reasons not to visit Whistler during Crankworx when planning your family’s epic summer mountain biking trip. Crankworx Whistler draws the fastest and most skilled mountain bikers from around the planet. Is it best to see all this in person or visit when there’s not hoards of people in town? Will our next post atone for the stupidity and blasphemy mentioned in this article?

Accommodations during Crankworx Whistler

Accommodations Could Be More Expensive/Limited

If you are staying in a trailer, motorhome or camping – this one does not apply, but parking may be harder to find. Anyway, if you are planning a “last minute” trip to Crankworx, be prepared to shell out some extra dough. Hoteliers, condo owners, the Airbnb crowd have certainly keyed into Crankworx Whistler being the most popular events of the season and treat it like Christmas in August.

Whistler Bike Park lift lines during Crankworx Whistler

Lift Lines At The Whistler Bike Park

There can be about a 30 minute wait to get on the Fitzsimmons chairlift. To minimize wait times, either start early, start late or ride during the lunch rush. A lot of people attending Crankworx may need to sleep the previous evening off due to “extracurricular activities” and that means the early bird gets the trails. In past years the bike park has opened an hour early to help alleviate the rush that greets each day. Want to skip the peasants’ lift line altogether? Sign up for a daily group lesson or two. You could also take a private lesson. Riders who have signed up for lessons have their own lift line and it’s much shorter than the common folks’. If there are events going on, athletes have priority, too. Don’t expect the white glove treatment all the time if you have signed up for a lesson and riders have to get up the mountain for their events.

Crowded events during Crankworx Whistler

You Have To Show Up Early To Get Good Spots To Watch Some Of The Events

The whip-off, pump track challenge and slopestyle course will be packed. And if you want to get the best vantage points, you will have to arrive early, stake out your spot and just chill. This means less time riding.

Events can be delayed or postponed at Crankworx Whistler

Mother Nature Does Not Give A Flying Fork About The Red Bull Joyride

Some Crankworx events can take place in the wind and rain, but definitely not the Red Bull Joyride. If anything more than a breeze lingers or if heavy rain starts coming down, be prepared for delays or postponement. Riders cannot ride in the wind because they can be blown off line when they are doing their tricks several feet above the ground. This equates to dangerous conditions and no one wants to be put in harm’s way. Be prepared for this in advance and know that the riders’ safety is paramount. Everyone wants a good show and conditions where the bangers can be let loose. But if the weather doesn’t cooperate, it’s best to have the riders not drop in. The photo accompanying this blurb was taken after Joyride was postponed a day due to a nice 10 minute rain storm.

Whistler bike park brake bumps during Crankworx Whistler

Some Trails In The Whistler Bike Park Are Going To Be Worn In And Blown Out

Brake bumps, brake bumps and brake bumps. Crank It Up, Blue Velvet, and B Line can be blue washboards. A Line even gets brake bumps. In our experience, the brake bumps on Heart Of Darkness are the ones to really watch out for. So much traffic passes through there. Don’t get angry or whiny about this though – embrace it and become a better rider. Improving your position on the bike, having the proper grip, and the correct suspension set up will have you riding like Amaury in no time. You’ll also get tons of moon dust, blown out berms and bomb-holes at the foot of rock rolls and wood features. If you bring enduro bikes or trail bikes and want to avoid some of the crowds, ride the Lost Lake Trail System or the Whistler Valley Trails. It’s ok, pedaling is still cool.

Finding a bike mechanic during Crankworx Whistler

Need A Mechanic To Work On Your Bike In A Hurry? Good Luck, Hoser!

Love and money used to make the world go round, but to us it seems like the bike mechanics now hold this top spot. All the shops with mechanics are going to be working overtime during Crankworx. To help avoid the need for a mechanic while attending Crankworx, be sure to start off with a properly tuned and maintained bike. Make sure your sealant is fresh with tubeless tires; brake pads are good; your dropper is bled. For those still running tubes, make sure your tires are properly inflated for the trails you’ll be riding. Over the years we have learned to work on our own bikes for minor repairs. In addition to the basics, we bring tools and supplies for things such as brake bleeds, dropper post bleeds; a syringe, valve stem remover and sealant for tubeless tires; extra derailleur cables and a suspension pump. We even have a couple of spare derailleurs in our cache. Based on your own past experiences, be prepared with the parts and tools you think you may need. If things go from bad to worse and you need a mechanic, always be polite. If you need a wheel rebuild at Crankworx and can’t do it yourself, keep in mind that there may be many similar jobs ahead of you. If your repair gets done in a timely manner, always… always give your mechanic a $10 handshake or bring back a six-pack of their choosing. The universe will smile upon you.

Getting seated at a restaurant during Crankworx Whistler

Getting Seated At Restaurants

This is a no-brainer. Plan ahead and make reservations. Be sure to have snacks on hand for little ones so they don’t turn into Jack-Jack and start melting faces.

Bike rentals during Crankworx Whistler

Bike Rentals May Not Be Available

If you need show up after the festival has started and need to rent a bike, you may be better off taking a hike instead of riding a bike. Supplies are limited and eople book their bike rentals months in advance so they can enjoy the trails in and out of the bike park. If you’re totally in a jam and nothing is available in Whistler, try a bike shop in Squamish, a 45 minute drive south of Whistler. You could also try renting a bike in Pemberton, which is a 45 minute drive north of Whistler.

Mountain Biking Trail Etiquette Refresher

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Young riders who display good trail etiquette grow up to be adults who exercise proper trail etiquette

Just because you are are riding on singletrack in the woods does not mean that you should not exhibit courteous behavior with other riders or pedestrians. Teaching trail etiquette to young mountain bikers is a key element of safety and good riding practices in your future biking enthusiast.

Mountain biking has been growing a lot over the last few years. It’s an opportunity for young and old to come together to enjoy the great outdoors. However, as with any sport, there are certain rules that every rider should know and follow. Those rules apply to both adults and children. Here are a few pointers to help you teach young riders trail etiquette.

Share The Trail When Mountain Biking

Children often have the innocent outlook that they own the trail. They are often so self-absorbed in their riding and the adventure around them that they do not pay attention to where they are in relation to the trail and the surrounding environment. This poses a severe safety issue if the child is in the middle of the trail or on the wrong side and someone comes sailing full throttle down the trail. A head-on collision can occur and injuries may be sustained. Teach your child to share the trail with other bikers, pedestrians, and even wildlife. As a parent, you always have to remain vigilant to your child’s location on the trail and frequently remind the child to share the trail. Some paved paths have a painted divider line. Like in a car, always stay in your lane.

Passing Mountain Bikers, Pedestrians, Equestrians and Horses

Instill good passing practices in your young mountain biker by making sure they always pass slower riders and pedestrians properly. Pedestrians and hikers always have the right of way. It does not matter if you are riding uphill or downhill. Directional mountain biking trails are growing in popularity to help curb traffic. On a multi-directional trail, it’s a general rule that downhill riders must yield to uphill riders – but this may not always be the case. Some trails will have signage specific to that trail or riding zone.

When coming up on slower riders from behind, giving a quick heads-up to the people you would like to pass is courteous and normally very much appreciated. Let everyone know your presence. When acknowledged, communicate that you will be passing on the left or the right when it is safe so they are prepared. If someone plans to pass your child, make sure your little one knows to stay to the right or left of the pathway so the person can safely pass by without incident.

Teach Horse Sense

Many trails allow horseback riding. A horse is a 1,000 pound plus animal that can do a great deal of damage if it kicks or takes off in fear. Always let your child know to stay calm and quiet when trail riders are encountered. You should make quiet verbal contact with the rider and make sure it is safe to pass the horse. Tell your child to never try to touch the horse or reach out towards it while passing. Also never ride quickly up close to the rear end of the horse.

Never Throw Debris

Children love to throw anything and everything. If you are taking a break by the side of the trail, be sure to let your child know it is never okay to throw sticks, rocks, or twigs at passing riders or hikers.

Respect Wildlife

Never disturb wildlife. Never chase it or ride after the frightened animals. Wildlife can be observed at a safe distance but your child shouldn’t try to touch one of the creatures.

Stay On The Trail

Children often want to veer off the trail to explore but this damages the neighboring fauna and disturbs wildlife habitats. Teach your child to always stay on the trail and only leave the trail in designated areas. Riding off the trail damages the sides of the trail and creates an area that is difficult to traverse. Cutting corners eventually erodes away the trail and causes considerable damage.

Leave No Trace

Children are notorious for throwing down small things such as wrappers, bottle lids, etc. Teach your child that they must always pick up their garbage and should never litter along the trail. A good rule of thumb is to always pack out what you pack in.

Potty Emergencies

If your child has to go potty and there is no available outhouse or bathroom then the child will need to hike at least 200 yards off the trail and dig a hole. When done, all evidence should be thoroughly covered with soil. Paper products need to be picked up and disposed of into a plastic bag until you encounter a garbage receptacle to throw away the paper and bag.

Trail etiquette should be instilled in children at a young age. Once they know the rules of biking and are mature enough for outings, then being courteous and safe helps create a positive experience for everyone involved.


Kimberly Sharpe is an outdoor sports and travel writer. She has spent a lifetime mountain biking the trails of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Florida, Northern California, and numerous other locations with friends and family.

Five Ten Freerider Contact Mountain Bike Shoes for Kids – Review

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Five Ten Freerider Contact mountain biking shoes for kids

We were excited to get a pair of the Five Ten Freerider Contact shoes. Why? Simply because when our kids grow out of their mountain biking shoes, it induces quite a bit less wallet trauma versus growing out of a bike. Our eleven year-old’s last pair of Five Ten Freeriders served him well and we really wanted to get another pair. But, we needed a new pair of Freeriders quickly – and we could not get the same style in a larger size locally. In a jam, we glady paid the retail cost of $150.00 (for a women’s size 6 which is about a 3.5 kids’ size) because we are well familiar with the quality of Five Ten mountain biking shoes. These shoes will not fall apart. Our kid will outgrow them and we can sell them used.

Five Ten Freerider Contact mountain biking shoes for kids

These Five Ten Freeriders Are Kids’ Mountain Biking Shoes With Soul

Although they’re designed and marketed towards women, our boy doesn’t give a single shift click about that. Even I think they look cool. And, after trying on a few pairs, these were going to be a good solution for the season.

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Five Ten Freerider Contact available in women’s sizes 5-11 at Adidas Outdoor.

Five Ten Freerider VCS - a mountain biking shoe for kids

Five Ten Freerider VCS available in kids’s sizes 2-10.5k at Adidas Outdoor.

Deity Components Compound Pedal

Deity Components Compound Pedal available at Backcountry.

Race Face Chester Pedal

Race Face Chester Pedal available at Backcountry.

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The Five Ten Freerider Contact has a smooth outsole where the ball of your foot will be on the pedals. Five Ten states this is to prevent slippage. However, the entire sole isn’t covered in this texture – the parts that are located under the heel and toe have a more traditional pattern. Kind of like the first-gen Freeriders. The entire sole is made of that wonderful Stealth® Mi6™ rubber. This translates into a shoe designed solely (no pun intended) for serious and hobby mountain bikers alike.

The grip is there when you need it, and the smooth section makes for a super-grippy pedaling surface. When I asked my son if he liked the smooth part of this shoe opposed to the other style, he said “It is a lot more grippy than my shoes with the small bumps on the bottom.”

Five Ten Freerider Contact mountain bike shoe collage
Who likes high performance and great-looking mtb shoes?
Broken in Five Ten Freerider Contact mtb shoes
These are starting to break-in nicely. Do you agree?

Do not wear these shoes with inexpensive flat plastic pedals. They will slip right off and render the shoe useless. You have to pair these shoes with flat pedals featuring small metal pins extending from the pedal surfaces. There are examples of these recommended pedals above. This allows the surface of the shoe to almost absorb the pins and make a firm connection with the pedals. You have to be careful though, when your young one slips and takes a pinned pedal to the shin, it will cut their shin, bleed, and effing hurt. Ye’ve been warned.

The Five Ten Freerider Contact Shoes Out On The Trails

Our test rider rode his bike hard for 14 days straight on some demanding terrain. He did not slip a pedal or complain about foot discomfort. We can’t guarantee the same results for your womp rat, but mom and dad were glad that this was not a concern.

Five Ten Freeriders are great for technical mountain biking
Handling a tough technical turn with ease.
Five Ten Freeriders - high performance mtb shoes for kids
That Stealth rubber grip, tho!
No worrying about the Five Ten Freeriders for kids in high-consequence situations
Not slipping a pedal is important.

More About The Shoe’s Build

The entire profile of the shoe is low. The toe cap is rubberized to provide protection. The entire upper section of the shoe is made of breathable and durable synthetic fabric with mesh sections to let in air. That fabric is also abrasion resistant.

A stiff, yet bendable compression-molded EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate) material composes the midsole of the Five Ten Freerider Contact. It protects the bottom of the foot from the pedal. At the same time, it’s very easy to walk in these shoes, thanks to the somewhat bendable nature of the EVA.

Our Final Take On The Five Ten Freerider Contact

Overall, the Five Ten Freerider Contact mountain biking shoes are great for riders of all ages. Our youngest really likes his. Their unique outsole is purpose built for mountain biking and that super sweet Five Ten Stealth rubber helps keeps your feet from slipping off the pedals. With that said, they are keenly designed and comfortable enough for doing a bit of hike-a-bike on.

Five Ten Freerider Contact mountain biking shoes

The Best Beginner Mountain Bike Trails for Kids in Whistler

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The best Whistler mountain bike trails for kids in Whistler, BC

Whistler, British Columbia is an amazing place for a family mountain biking vacation. It has trails for mountain bikers of every ability and experience level. Over the last 6 years, we have ridden many – but nowhere near all of the trails Whistler has to offer.

The best Whistler mountain bike trails for kids in Whistler, BC
This is a bridge on the trail, Tin Pants. It's part of Whistler's Lost Lake Trail System and a wonderful area for kids' beginner mountain bike trails.

Keep in mind that these trails are geared for young riders who are just getting started with mountain biking. Our kids started riding these trails on kids’ mountain bikes with 20 inch wheels and 24 inch wheel bikes. To ensure your children enjoy these trails safely, we strongly suggest you pre-ride them in order to properly gauge your young rider’s technical and endurance capabilities.

Whistler Valley Trail System

Lets start off with riding some pavement. The Whistler Valley Trail System is one of the many things that make Whistler amazing. Composed of over 23 miles (40 km) of paved trails and boardwalk, the Whistler Valley Bike Trails are perfect for commuting to and from the Whistler and Blackcomb villages, neighborhoods, scenic lakes, and nearby mountain bike trails. We love the fact that we don’t use our van for the entire time we are in Whistler. These mostly flat trails are a fun way to explore the area on bikes with your family.

This is the Whistler Valley Trail System
All paths lead to the Whistler Bike Park!
Close to Rainbow Park on the Whistler Valley Trail System
On the way to find some sweet Whistler single track.

VIEW A MAP of the Whistler Valley Trail System (p1)

The Whistler Valley trails connect five Whistler lakes: Lost Lake, Green Lake, Alta Lake, Nita Lake and Alpha Lake. For a fun family ride, try Rainbow Park at Alta Lake. To get there, ride the Valley Trail west from Whistler Village through toward the Whistler Golf Course then through Whistler Cay following the signs to Rainbow Park. There’s lots to do at the park. Kids will enjoy the playground. Bring a picnic lunch and swim in the lake.

The Lost Lake Trail System In Whistler, British Columbia

This is a network of gravel access roads intersected by beginner to intermediate single track trails. These trails are beautifully designed and well maintained. They include a mix of packed pea gravel, narrow dirt single track, roots, rock rolls and wood bridges.

VIEW A MAP of the Lost Lake Trail System (p2)

Tin Pants

1.9 Miles | Beginner Cross Country Loop

Tin Pants – The trail name comes from a name for the stiff pants soaked in paraffin for waterproofing historically worn by lumbermen. Riders of all abilities will enjoy this wide hard packed gravel trail that winds through beautiful lush forest and over lodgepole pine bridges. There are no technical sections to navigate on this trail which makes this an excellent introduction to mountain biking for true beginners. The climbs are steady but gradual. The descents are fun and flowy. Tin Pants is a multi-use trail with plenty of spots to pull over for other riders, runners or hikers. You may want to take a rest/snack break at the Rainbow Mountain viewpoint – our kids enjoy the decorated pine tree at that spot.

Climbing up the Molly Hogan Trail in Whistler
Father and son climbing the Molly Hogan trail in Whistler.
Why Johnny Can't Read - an intermediate mountain bike trail for kids
Tyge pulls off a steady descent on Why Johnny Can't Read
Pedaling up the beginner mountain bike trail for kids, Tin Pants
Pedaling up Tin Pants to earn some turns.
Grand Wazoo - Lost Lake Trail System. Whistler, BC
Here's mom demonstrating how to ride The Grand Wazoo.

Molly Hogan To Packard Goose To I’m Not Satisfied To Why Johnny Can’t Read To Grand Wazoo

About 2.0 miles | Beginner/Intermediate Cross Country Loop
Zappa Trail System at Lost Lake Area | All trails are named after Frank Zappa songs

Molly Hogan is another fun beginner trail in the Lost Lake area. Like Tin Pants, Molly Hogan is a wide and smooth compressed gravel trail. This beautifully crafted trail winds through thick forest along the East side of Lost Lake. This is the easiest trail on this loop. If you find this Molly Hogan to be enough of a challenge, you can make it an out and back – or drop down to the Lost Lake Loop trail and follow it back to your starting point.

The kids head up one of their favorite cross country trails in Whistler

If you’re ready for some additional challenges, you can make this a fun loop by adding the following intermediate level blue/green trails. These natural dirt trails are narrower than Molly Hogan and feature beginner/intermediate difficulty root and rock obstacles. These trails are directly connected so that they seem like one longer trail. Excellent signage exists at each intersection to help you know when you finish one trail and start on the next.

The first trail after Molly Hogan is Packard Goose. This short trail has some small rocks and roots to navigate. Packard Goose includes the steepest climb you’ll see on this loop. You’ll climb 52 feet in just over 600 feet of trail. Packard Goose is our kids’ least favorite part of this loop, so it’s nice that it is short. Next you’ll come to I’m Not Satisfied, another short trail (500 feet) that gradually climbs to the highest elevation of this loop.

Up next is Why Johnny Can’t Read. This is where the fun begins. This trail has a few short rolling climbs but is mainly descending. You’ll experience several rock rolls and wood bridges. All of the obstacles are rollable, but nervous/novice riders will be able to safely walk any feature they choose not to ride.

The grand finale of this loop is Grand Wazoo. Following a very short rolling section, you’ll end on a flowing and fun descent. There are several wood bridges over lovely little creeks and mossy forest views to enjoy in this section. You’ll finish the ride near the shore of Lost Lake.

Beginner Trails For Kids In The Whistler Bike Park

The world’s best bike park offers a variety of trails to thrill and challenge riders of all levels. Whether it’s your first time or 50th, the bike park promises an unforgettable experience. Here are our two picks for beginner level riders:

VIEW A MAP of the Whistler Bike Park

Kid riding EZ Does It in the Whistler Bike Park
Ripping down EZ Does It in the Whistler Bike Park is a fine time no matter how old you are.

EZ Does It

2.8 miles | Beginner Flow Trail

Located in the Fitzsimmons Zone, EZ Does It is the Whistler Bike Park’s signature beginner flow trail. This trail is the best bet for new riders to get comfortable with riding downhill. EZ Does It is a smooth machine-built trail that gently winds down the mountain for almost 3-miles. The high-banked corners are lots of fun. There are a few wood bridges that cross over some of the more advanced trails and a small tunnel.

EZ Does It is a good warm-up for intermediate riders and provides all day fun for novices. There are also occasional more-challenging short-cuts or optional lines to throw in if you’re looking for a little more challenge. Intermediate riders may find it too mild to enjoy more than once but it does connect to a few green and blue tech trails that are worth riding.

Del Boca Vista

0.2 miles | Beginner Technical Downhill Trail

Del Bocca Vista is a super fun green technical trail that winds its way along and across EZ Does It. This narrow single track trail has a nice playful feel and includes turns and berms and beginner level tech over and around roots and rocks. This trail will help beginners to build skills and confidence.

The trail is so well designed that more advanced riders often choose to ride it as a link between Dirt Merchant and A-Line. Remember that slower riders have the right of way on green trails. Although it can feel uncomfortable to be followed by faster riders, ride your line and don’t pull off the trail until there is a safe spot to do so.

Del Boca Vista will dump you back onto EZ Does It for a smooth and flowy finish.

Fitzsimmons Creek Skills Park

Located near Fitzsimmons Creek and the skate park on the edge of parking lot #3, the Fitzsimmons Creek Bike Park provides an opportunity to improve mountain bike skills and gain confidence riding obstacles and jumps. The park consists of dirt jumps, a pump track, beginner skills area and an intermediate skills area.

Beginner section of the Fitzsimmon's Creek Skills Park at Whistler
Young riders can build confidence here!
Even the Whistler dirt jumps offer options for beginner kids
Recognize anyone in this shot?
Whistler pump track
The pump track.
Mountain biking kid on the intermediate dirt jump line -Whistler, BC
Moving on to the intermediate jump line.

Beginner Skills Area – This area includes a series of small wooden rainbow bridges and little dirt features—perfect for kids to practice skills and build confidence.

Intermediate Skills Area – The intermediate skills area has more technical challenges including log skinnies, roots and rocks.

Pump Track – Located between the skatepark and the dirt jumps. This is a super fun area for kids to hone their cornering and bike handling skills.

Dirt Jumps – There are jumps for every level of rider at this area. Kids and beginner riders can roll the smallest jump line, slowly building the confidence to get some air under their tires. It is inspiring to watch the more skilled riders hit the big lines.

Note: Although the Whistler Skatepark looks like a fun place to bike, it’s also the only place for skateboarders to ride. If your kids choose to ride their bikes at the skatepark, you may feel the ire of those trying to skate. In the days when our kids really wanted to ride bikes at the skate park, we’d hit it first thing in the morning before the skateboarders arrived at the park and head back for breakfast when skaters showed up.