Frequently Asked Questions
Well, due to our hilly terrain, kids need 24" wheels and at least two chainrings in the front to have enough gears to make it doable. If you carefully watch your child as they are riding, and you see that, when their leg is at the bottom of their pedal stroke, their leg is more than slightly bent, it might be time to raise the seat. But never raise the seat over the limit. If you have to do that, it is time to get a new bike! If you have any questions you can ask us or our local bike shop, 3 Ring Cycles. Please have your childs bike SAFETY CHECKED several weeks before camp to be sure it is in good running order. Most local bike shops will do this for free but make an appointment well in advance as it's a busy time of the year for them.
What size bike does my child need?
What does my child need on their bike ride?
Every child should have their own back pack that can carry a bladder, like a camelback. In that back pack there should be a packed lunch, with no hard containers, an inner tube that fits their tire, a very small towel (you can get those at REI) and a bathing suit, as well as $5 (at most) for ice cream or a treat (we provide bars). They also need a helmet that fits them properly. This means that it is tight enough on their head that when they shake it, it doesn't move around, and the chin strap allows only 2 fingers between their chin and the strap. Gloves are a must and sunglasses optional. A light stuffable jacket is also always good to have, but not a necessity.
Where and what time do you meet?
We meet at 8:30 at the Java Hut, which is in the parking lot of Good Earth in downtown Fairfax. Pick up is at the same place at 3:30.
What should my child be wearing?
In addition to the helmet, gloves and glasses mentioned above, we suggest wearing bike shorts (with regular shorts over is optional), and a short sleeve shirt or jersey with a stuffable warm layer over for the cooler mornings. Later it can be stuffed into their backpack -so, no bulky hoodies but a light fleece, rain jacket or wind breaker works well.
How old does my child need to be to attend camp?
Seven and up is usually the age range for our summer camp. Our equipment prerequisits are that your child's bike must have 24 inch tires or larger and they have to have at least 2 chainrings in the front to be able to manage the terrain that they are going to encounter
What is the minimum skill level?
All skill levels are welcome!
Beginner Riders: confident on the road but have little experience on the dirt.
Intermediate Riders: comfortable on fire roads and can ride most hills without stopping.
Advanced Riders: experienced on single track like Tamarachno and China Camp
What if I have to cancel?
There is a $75 cancellation fee and $150 cancellation fee if canceling within 2 weeks of camp's start date.
There is no refund for days in which camp is prevented from operating due to inclement weather, red flag warning days and trail closures.