Bay Area Intro to Mountain Biking

An Exciting Half-Day Mountain Biking Clinic in Santa Cruz, California

Outdoor Adventure Equipment Rental (optional):
  • Mountain Biking Equipment Rental Don't have your own equipment? Not a problem, you may rent a mountain bike and helmet to use for the Bay Area Intro to Mountain Biking.

    + $45 Total: $135

About This Experience

General Information hide

Learn how to Mountain Bike during this half-day Introductory Mountain Biking Clinic geared towards those who are looking to learn the basics.

The Outdoor Adventure beings on the trials of either the Marin Hills or Santa Cruz Mountains. Here your professional Instructor will teach you basic mountain bike handling. By the afternoon, you will have gained the skills you need to enjoy moderate level 6 to 8-mile bike ride through the area’s famous trails. Instruction includes General Bike Fit Guidelines; Mounting and Dismounting Technique; Body Position, Focus and Balance; Pedaling techniques; Gearing/Shifting; Braking Techniques; Climbing Techniques; Cornering Techniques, on uphill, downhill and switchbacks; Bike Handling Drills; Trail Repair and more.

Once you have covered the basics, you will ride the trails of the Marin Watershed or the Santa Cruz Mountains! Whether you are looking to begin a new hobby or have simply always wanted to try it, this Mountain Biking Clinic is the ticket and makes a great Outdoor Adventure Gift!

Where It's Located hide

  • Santa Cruz, California

Who Is Included hide

The Introduction to Mountain Biking Experience Gifts Certificate is for one participant. There will be approximately seven additional participants in the clinic.

This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.

When It Is Offered hide

The Mountain Biking Lessons are offered two to three days a month, September thru June, subject to availability. Clinics are typically offered at 9:00 AM.

How Long Is It hide

The Mountain Biking Clinics have a lesson length of 4 hours, include a 6 to 8 mile bike ride and have a total duration of approximately 6½ hours.

Weather hide

The Bay Area Introductory Mountain Biking Lesson may be rescheduled by the Instructor due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather. If the Bike Lesson is cancelled by the Instructor, it may be rescheduled for a mutually convenient alternative date.

What To Wear hide

Please wear flexible and comfortable clothing appropriate for the outdoors. Sneakers or tennis shoes are required.

Additional Information hide

No experience is necessary. All equipment can be provided for an additional charge. If you bring your own, please make sure your bike is in good working condition. Bikes may be rented for $35.00 and helmets for $5.00.

All Instructors are experienced cyclists. Instructors are with the students at all times.

Individuals who are pregnant, have broken bones or other physical conditions which are considered unsafe conditions are not eligible to participate.

Participants are required to sign a Liability Release Form. If the participant is under the age of 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the form prior to participation.


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Reservation Information hide

All changes to reservations for the Introduction to Mountain Biking Experience require fourteen (14) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


Adventure Out is one of the leading outdoor specialists in California, specializing in all things outdoors! They offer expert tuition from professional guides and instructors in all sorts of activities, including everything from surfing to survival expeditions. We recently had a chat with them to find out more about them and their exciting company!

Hey there! Please could you tell us a bit about the history of the company and how the experiences began?

Adventure Out started with a simple mission statement: to help people fall back in love with nature. We believe some of the most important environmental work that can be done is to get people outside, active, and interacting with our natural environment – we accomplish this with adventure. All our classes are instructional and teach activities, skills, and environmental ethics. I founded the company over 10 years ago, to offer these experiences to California with the utmost professionalism and service. We now work with over 5000 people every year.

Surfing and Archery

You’re spreading an important message for nature then. What would you say is the best thing about the experiences you offer?

We are a professional guide service. We are not the surf school that hires local high-school surfers, or climbing school that has new inexperienced guides teaching classes. All our guides and instructors are college educated, licensed and certified in their guiding field, and trained to provide the best experience possible.

You really are experts in all things outdoors! What do you think makes your excursions different to others?

All our instructors have 10 years’ experience or more.  Experience, experience, experience.  We are the top outdoor adventure guide service in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mountain BikingWould you say your experiences are suitable for everyone?

Yes, we have programs for all ages, all walks of life. All our programs are customized to suit individuals needs and we can tailor them to adults, kids, or families.

What’s your personal favorite thing about the experiences?

I absolutely love to see people’s firsts. Someone’s first wave as a surfer, first climb as a climber, first fire-by-friction in our survival class. I see smiles, wide-eyes, and people learning new things in the outdoors every day. It is unparalleled.

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