Where is JMBC based?
We do not have a base as such. Unlike a running club that usually has fixed runs from a base, we ride all over the place and thus a base is not necessary. Our ‘base’ is wherever we happen to be riding from that day!
Where do the rides take place?
As the Johannesburg MTB Club we try to have rides spread all around Johannesburg and environs. We have a ‘library’ of rides that we rotate through, of different lengths, difficulty and technicality – and the location of these rides vary : Lanseria, Muldersdrift, Hartebeespoort, Midrand, Dainfern, Broadacres, Irene, Edenvale, Heidelburg, Daleside, Brackenhurst, etc. However, most rides currently are in the north of Jhb as this is where most offroad routes are available. We do try to vary rides as much as possible and are always on the scout for new places and routes to ride - there is a hardcore group of club members who suss out new routes with a view to adding new club rides to our ride library.
How often do rides take place?
Most Sundays of the year.
Is it safe?
Well, you must accept that mountain biking is a hazardous sport, and falls and accidents can and do happen. Hence our insistence on a helmet – if you leave your helmet at home you will not be permitted to join the ride! In terms of general security, we avoid very small groups of riders due to the risk, we usually strive for a minimum of 6 riders or more in any group. If a member of the group gets a puncture or experiences mechanical problems, the group will stop and wait – no-one is left behind on their own unless it is a safe place to permit that.
Are beginner riders welcome?
Yes, certainly. Our only requirement is that you have a reasonable quality mountain bike (with gears, ie: no BMX or road bike or hybrid), a helmet, spare tubes and tyreliners and/or slime. Sufficient water (either in a Camelback or bottles) is also a must. We ask that beginners initially slot themselves into an easy ride (‘Family’ ride usually) of short duration, and that you commence also in the slowest speed group within that ride - until you get a feel for your correct level. It is very frustrating when beginners overestimate their abilities and do not follow the above advice – resulting in the faster and more technically proficient riders being held back on a ride.
Does JMBC have bikes for hire?
Unfortunately not - you need your own bike & helmet.
How do I learn and develop skills?
By riding! Mountain biking is definitely an activity where the more you ride, the better you get. However, JMBC does hold skills clinics where experienced riders show you not only how to ride technical things, but also basic bike maintenance and repair so that when things do go wrong out on a ride you have some idea what to do.
Which group is for me?
Please ride in the group that suits your speed:
Blue 16 - 20 kph
Red 14 - 16 kph
Yellow 12 - 14 kph
Green 8 - 12 kph