Bike Rules and Safety
Safety is an important part to each Switz Bike Park day to ensure everyone has a great time. A person has to understand that partaking in mountain biking can lead to injuries, but this risk is significantly decreased by following a few rules and guidelines. Please read the following below so that you are able to keep yourself and others safe while out on the trails!
Helmets - At Little Switz, you always need to wear a helmet as it is the most important piece of gear while mountain biking. Wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of serious head injury by around 70% which can save you from serious life-altering consequences. We recommend full face helmets as they are much more effective in protecting everything, especially when considering the downhill nature of our trails which can lead to front facing impact.
Elbow and Knee Pads/Body Armor - We recommend gearing up with full protection by using elbow and knee pads and body armor. Having this gear could mean the difference between a bruise and a broken bone. We have full face helmets, elbow and knee pads, and body armor all available to rent.
Stay In Control:
The most important piece of advice we have while out on the trails is to stay in control. This can mean a variety of things. First, you need to understand your skill level. Never ride beyond your skill level and stay within your limits. You can always work your way up, but this should be a slow progression to ensure yours and others safety. Next, you have to have the necessary skills not just being able to stop but understanding where it is safe to stop and how to avoid other riders on the trail. Staying in control of your pace and being aware of your surroundings is a great way to ensure this safety.
Get To Know The Trail:
Take a slow pace on your first ride down the trail so that you can get to know the obstacles and surroundings before diving into a quicker run. If you’ve never ridden the trail it is hard to know what is coming especially with obstacles around corners other hidden areas that you wouldn’t notice riding quicker. Don’t feel pressured by others to move at a pace that you aren’t comfortable with. This also means to slow down around blind corners at all times. Additionally, understand that conditions change so even though you may feel you know the trail already, the conditions of the trails and features may be different from the last time you rode them.
With our gravity park, there are plenty of chances to get air, but again, you must understand your limits. Take the smaller jumps to get comfortable before moving on to larger features. When you are learning to jump, it is important to focus on your landings rather than your takeoffs as landings are more difficult and critical to your safety.
There are many rules to yielding while mountain biking, but the overarching theme is to be aware at all times while riding. If you are approaching another biker, always let them know that you are coming. Around corners, anticipate other riders, understanding that they could be there. Finally, if you are passing someone, make sure you are doing so safely and courteously. There is no need to rush.
Inspect and Maintain Equipment:
If you are using your own equipment, check to make sure that it is up to the task. Before a day of riding, take some time to look over your bike components and ensure that they are in proper shape and assembled tightly to avoid any equipment malfunction while out on the trail.