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FAQ

Do I have to be a paying member to ride with the group?
Yes, our rides and events are for DSS Members only. 
By implementing a members only format with smaller groups and pre-registration, we found:
  • It allowed us to have more one on one teaching time with each rider, which resulted in an even greater learning experience.
  • By knowing the number of members signed up, we were able to assign the proper number of ride leaders and sweeps to each group ahead of time. This helps keep the ride safer, flowing smooth, and allows us to coordinate with volunteers in advance.
  • We had contact information attached to each member. This allows us to send a personalized email after each ride with pictures and video taken from the ride where you can review your riding form and body mechanics.

What do I need to bring to a Dirt Side Sisters weekly group ride?

It is important to have a mountain bike that is in good working order. If you haven't ridden your bike in several months, it is recommended to take your bike to a local bike shop for a quick tune up. Additionally, you will need some other basic cycling equipment which you should never ride without: helmet, water (bottle or hydration pack), multi-tool, items to fix a flat tire (tire levers, tube, pump), and cycling gloves. Optional items: Knee pads/elbow pads, energy bar or energy gels, electrolytes, clipless pedals/cycling shoes.  Always come with determination and a positive attitude! 

What is the average length of your rides?

Generally our rides last anywhere from 1-2 hrs and 4-12 miles. However, if you get out on the trail and find that you can't go any further, one of our ride leaders/sweepers will take you safely back to the parking lot.

I am new to mountain biking and can't ride very fast, can I still ride with the Dirt Side Sisters?

Absolutely!! We have a group JUST for you. Our rides are always broken up into groups based on skill level. We have a Beginner Skills based group that is all about learning and practicing small obstacles and features. Everyone is patient with one another and no rider shall be left behind!

Why do we have name plates for our bikes?

Some of us are very visual people and name plates help all of us to learn each other's names. It's a way to connect with each other on a more personal level. The most important reason we use name plates is because your emergency information is written on the back. This gives us quick access to the correct people in case of an emergency. 

Why do you have a membership fee?

In order for us to keep our rides and events organized and safe for our ladies, there are essentials that can become very costly, such as event insurance, maintaining a membership website, administrative fees, business expenses, snacks and drinks for events, tools and equipment for clinics, and more. 

Key Fundamentals of Mountain Biking

We will focus on skill based training, which will, in turn, bring us to maneuvering the bike or “telling the bike what to do.”

Body Position 

  • Neutral and Ready Positions
  • Trail Scanning/Terrain Awareness
  • Direction Control
  • Pressure Control
  • Timing and Coordination
  • Operation of Controls 
  • Brakes and Gears

          Each ride with Dirt Side Sisters, you will begin to see what each of these key fundamentals are. We will focus on body position and operations of controls first. Without learning these two skills first, we simply can’t improve on direction control, pressure control, and timing.

          Once a month we will have specific focus on “skills and drills.” These sessions will teach how, when, and where to use these skills:

          Body position of neutral and ready - i.e. Level pedals, covering brakes, looking forward, bent knees, bent elbows and chin over stem.

          Operation of controls  will help with choosing the right gear and cadence, and how and when to use the brakes.

          Trail scanning/terrain awareness  will teach how to look where we are going and where we want to go and if we should change the riding position to a “ready” position versus a “neutral” position or just riding along approach.

          Direction control  will teach how using our bodies and bike will help in loose corners, berm turns and switchbacks.

          Pressure control  is weighting and unweighting the bike, the pressure you apply with your body into the bike. i.e peek/push, pumping etc.

          Timing and coordination aids in putting all the skills into place to allow the smooth efficient transitions over obstacles and through tight turns and applying the right pressure for brakes at the proper time.


          After a good solid foundation of skills, you will be more confident on the bike and will be ready for the maneuvers that come with trail riding. Maneuvers include cornering, wheel lifts, rear wheel lifts, bunny hops and drops. Why do we need to learn those? Logs, bridges with step-ups or drops, rock gardens, steep downs and ups. Skills will get us there and ready for the maneuver it takes to make it happen.

          We look forward to seeing you on the trail! 
          See ya on the dirt side! 

          Dirt Side Sisters is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization. Our mission is to create a gateway to #getmorewomenriding mountain bikes confidently by increasing their skills and building community around them

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          Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex

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