Mountain Biking Popularity Raised During Pandemic And Continues To Grow | State and regional
“It was nice getting to know some of the runners,” she said. “Everyone encourages everyone.”
Each week, Marquardt and his group discover a different network of trails in the Bismarck-Mandan region. Marquardt said they keep a super relaxed pace, with breaks for watering, chatting and taking selfies.
Marquardt said the bike has no age limit and can be ridden by anyone on two wheels. Her group walks have included women in their sixties to sixth grade girls. The only requirements are to wear a helmet and bring water.
Its rides are considered “fall-free” which means no one is left behind.
“I just want it to be very welcoming because the bike can be intimidating,” said Marquardt. “I want everyone to feel able to do it and have fun with it.”
Whether it’s the fear of swapping cobblestone streets for rougher terrain or the high price of investing in new equipment, some may fear stepping into the world of mountain biking.
Jennifer Morlock, owner of Dakota Cyclery in Medora, said if you’re not sure if it’s for you, try renting. Dakota Cyclery and Cycle 701 both offer bicycle rentals.
“Renting a bike is the perfect way to try it out, especially since you can’t afford one right now,” Morlock said.