RECAP: MTB KLINIK AT REI ATLANTA
Eddie and Namrita O’Dea spent the afternoon at REI Atlanta familiarizing new riders of all ages with the basics of mountain biking. They covered a range of topics from choosing the right bike to proper nutrition and hydration to building fitness and skills quickly and enjoyably. So, in a nutshell…what do they like and recommend?
Eddie: Full suspension cross-country bike
Namrita: For an intro bike if you are on a budget: Hardtail with front suspension. If money isn’t an issue: Full suspension cross-country bike.
Best bike upgrade:
Eddie: Ergon GX2 grips (with barends)
Namrita: Ergon GP1 grips (no barends)
Favorite bike accessory:
Eddie: Topeak Mini 20 Pro multitool
Namrita: Topeak Race Rocket mini pump
Favorite nutrition product:
Eddie: nuun and FRS
Namrita: PowerBar Endurance (Lemon Lime)
Best piece of advice for building fitness:
Eddie: Ride hard, rest hard
Namrita: Don’t forget about rest days and the importance of enough sleep and good nutrition
Best piece of advice for improving skills:
Eddie: Look ahead, not down
Namrita: Stay positive and relaxed. Momentum is your friend.
I never ride without:
Eddie: Saddle bag with spare tube, tire levers, multi-tool, and Rescue Box
Namrita: Saddle bag with all the above, plus I always carry a cell phone