Frequently Asked Questions

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I didn't realize there was a mountain bike area for youth so close to Collingwood!

Yes! We have built mountain bike trails and courses at the Bygone Days Heritage Village near Fisher Field at 879 6th Street in Collingwood. There is a mature hardwood forest on the site, and some great trails for beginners. We are excited about this location, because it's so close to town (easy for pick-up and drop-off) and also, the soil is sandy so it drains very well. The terrain is perfect for beginner through to youth-advanced.

What happens if it rains?

Rain days will be made up at the end of the program. We generally make the call whether it's a go two hours prior to the start time. Always check the email you signed up with.

What kind of bike does my child need?

Any type of mountain bike will do, provided it has wheels 20 inches or larger. The bike should have gears, hand brakes and knobby tires. As your child advances, we strongly recommend moving away from bikes purchased at Canadian Tire or Wal Mart (they tend to be very heavy) and instead look to more lightweight bikes made by manufactures who specialize in mountain bikes.

What should my child wear/bring?

Expect your child to come home dirty. Mountain Biking is an outdoor sport, and sometimes it gets muddy out there. Pack (or better yet, teach your child to pack) the following:

  • Water (750 ml is recommended) in either water bottles or a camelback.
  • Appropriate clothing (shorts and a T shirt is generally what they will need; if it's a colder day, then long pants a fleece jacket would be suitable).
  • A backpack (to carry water if needed).
  • For our after-school and weekend programs, pack a snack.
  • For summer camps, pack a lunch.
  • Closed-toed/heel shoes.
  • A properly fitting helmet.
  • Their bike. ;)

Where should I buy a Mountain Bike for my child?

Kids grow fast, and gear is expensive -- especially when they outgrow it every year. Many of our local outfitters (Kamikaze, Squire John's, Little Ed's, Skiis and Biikes) sell good quality new and used bikes for great prices. Another good source for used bikes is Ride On Bikes in Meaford. 

Do you have any programs to supply bikes for kids who don't have one?

Yes! If you have a used bike you would like to donate, please let us know. We are working with local schools and non-profits to get bikes to kids who want one, but whose parents don't have the means to get one.