Frequently asked questions
Got any questions? Then hopefully we'll have the answers!
Do I need to bring my own bike?
Ideally we like all guests to supply their own mountain bikes. This in generally in order to ensure that the bike is right for you in terms of sizing and specification and we would also recommend that you ensure the bike is in good working order before the trip and is fitted with off-road (knobbly) tyres. If you're a regular mountain biker then your machine will almost definitely be up to the task but if your bike hasn't seen the light of day (let alone a mountain!) for a few years then we do recommend you get it serviced and ridden a few times just to make sure. Our guides do carry tools and equipment for small repairs and adjustments but we insist on any major mechanical work would have to be carried out before coming on the trip. All daily rides begin with a brief safety check so that any minor adjustments can be made at the outset. Alternatively if you are unsure of the suitability of your bike, you can hire a bike from us for a small charge.
Do I need to wear a safety helmet?
Whilst the wearing of safety helmets is not a legal requirement in the UK , mountain biking can be a dangerous activity and, as such, we at Fat Tyres insist on all guests wearing approved helmets at all times when out on the trails. Its quite simple – No helmet, no ride!!!
What else do I need to bring?
A full list of what you will need on your weekend will be emailed or posted out to you six weeks before your trip. As a rule of thumb you will need:
- A mountain bike!
- A British Standards approved safety helmet. If in doubt check on the inside of your helmet, or with your local cycle shop
- Suitable cycling clothing. We tend to find that several layers are better than one thick one and, knowing the British weather, a windproof and/or shower proof top can be a lifesaver! Cycling shoes are recommended but any pair of trainers that are stiff soled, offer fairly good grip and that you don't mind getting very muddy will suffice. Padded gloves suitable for cycling will also help to reduce vibration and numbness on your arms during the day. Finally a pair of padded shorts will make things a little more comfortable out on the trail – and they don't have to be skin tight Tour de France numbers either, most manufacturers offer a selection of baggy knee-length shorts that give you maximum protection and street cred!
- A water bottle or hydration system (e.g. Camelbak)
- A spare inner tube to fit your size of tyres. We'll be carrying a selection of tool and spares but obviously we can't cater for every eventuality. Likewise if you know you may need a special tool for a certain repair, please don't leave it to chance that we'll have one, bring it along just in case. You'll thank us for it later!
- Sports sunglasses if the weather forecast suggests a glorious day
- A sense of courage, adventure and humour
How fit do I need to be?
To fully enjoy your weekend's mountain biking you should be fairly used to regular exercise such as running, swimming or cycling. Each trip is graded in terms of fitness and skill levels so you should aim for a level at which you will feel comfortable (see our skills and fitness levels page). If unsure, please seek a professional medical opinion and aim to begin gentle cycling 2 months prior to the trip in order for your body to adapt and become accustomed to cycling. If in any doubt as to the suitability of a weekend, please get in touch and we'll do our best to advise you. Also, please remember that none of our trips are races and no-one will ever get left behind so if ever you do feel the need to get off and push – don't worry! We've all been there, and some of us still are!
How many people will be in my group?
A typical group is between 5-10 people.
- Bed and breakfast accommodation for two nights (*)
- A two-course cooked meal on the Saturday evening (*)
- Energy food to keep you going (*)
- Stacks of enthusiasm!
* two day weekend trips only
What's not included?
- Drinks during the ride and in the evenings
- Café meals during the rides
- Bike hire if required
- Any spare parts you may require or want to buy from us