Adventure Out

Los Gatos

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In a Nutshell

  • Five hours of mountain-bike training
  • Bike and helmet rental included
  • Expert guides have 15 years experience

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Would-be street pedalers who are disinclined to attempt the terrifyingly steep inclines of San Francisco can conquer their fear with today's deal: a $60 introduction to mountain-biking course (a $85 value) with bike and helmet rental (a $40 value) from Adventure Out. Adventure Out's experts will pack 15 years of tips, techniques, and training into five hours as they guide you through scenic trails. All you'll need to bring are legs and a Dallas sweatshirt. If you already have a mountain bike and a helmet, check out today's side deal.

In the morning, Adventure Out will catch you up on the deceptively simple basics of mountain biking (getting on and off properly, trail etiquette and safety, how to dress, when to eat and drink). Closer to noon, you'll run drills on advanced techniques for working your way up steep inclines and rough trails (stretching, balancing, gripping, pedaling, gear shifting, braking, climbing, and cornering). By the afternoon, you'll know how to fix a flat tire with pit-crew precision and will be free to explore six to eight miles of moderate-level trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

If you’re bored with your gym routine, mountain biking is a great way to stay in shape—a 130-pound woman burns about 3.9 calories per pound per hour. Taking this course will teach you vital tips to ensure your safety as you cycle to Fitnessland.

Adventure Out will teach men, women, and kids of all ages, making this a perfect family outing. The clinic is offered year-round. Consult the activity calendar to find your ideal session.

Note: Please wait one day after you receive your Groupon to schedule your mountain-biking lesson.

Reviews

There aren’t any user reviews for AO's mountain-biking course online, but Adventure Out sent us these testimonials:

  • I wanted to let you know how much fun we had at the mountain biking class last Friday!! Shawn was great!! He took is time with us, was fun, a great teacher, connected with us and was very professionally competent. We really appreciated Shawn, you and adventure out. Thank you so much for what you do! – Lisa R.
  • I wanted to write to let you know how pleased I was with the instructor, Shawn, who taught the Mtn Bikiing [sic] course on 5/17/2009. I thought he was very knowledgeable, helpful, patient and friendly. After finishing the course, I was confident enough to ride on my own on some pretty difficult trails – which I did the following weekend. The following weekend when I rode on my own I ran into Shawn again. During that encounter, Shawn was very friendly and helpful – gave a little advice and double checked my setup for me. I just wanted to say thanks again and keep up the good work! I would recommend this instructor and class to anyone interested in advancing their skills. – Michael R.

Before Bicycles Were Accepted

It's hard to imagine, but there was once a time when the bicycle was not considered a feasible means to achieve fitness goals. Just read this excerpt from the July 1922 issue of Athletical Fitnessarian Magazine:

  • Bi-cycles used to improve fit-ness? Impossible! What's next? Aeroplanes used to de-liminate ailments of the heart and lung? Most preposterous, I'm afraid, dear readers.

  • The spurious claims of the dual-wheeled traveling contraption-makers, of improved body-condition arising from under-torso-powered pedaled motions, are entirely unproven and are likely a "Red" plot to undermine war efforts current and expected.

  • Reader, ask your-self: Other than gratitude to your well-heeled perceptive capacities, what emotion have you sensed when ending a journey by bi-cycle that no ailments have befallen you on your dangerous travails? Shrewd and wisely skeptical fitnessarians would do well to avoid seeking vigor-enhancements by means of bi-cycle.


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Adventure Out

When Cliff Hodges, the founder and CEO of Adventure Out, graduated from MIT with a degree in electrical engineering, he knew a traditional desk job wasn't for him. According to Technology Review, he quickly gave up his engineering career for the wireless world of the great outdoors, where he began to hike, climb, and surf his way around the world, always staying true to his philosophy of environmental respect and protection.

His travels and business accomplishments have gained some measure of notoriety: he's coached on MTV's Made, consulted for ABC News, and was selected as one of four winners of the 2011 Santa Cruz County Civic Service Award: The Nextie. Adventure Out was also identified for meeting survival-skills training standards by New York Times best-selling author Tim Ferriss in The 4-Hour Chef.

Today, he leads excursions into the California wilderness to teach backpacking and survival skills, including the tracking of animals and wild ice-cream trucks, and they also guide novices through surfing, rock-climbing, and mountain-biking sojourns. Through fundraising, Adventure Out has helped save Castle Rock State Park from closure and a portion of their proceeds is put directly back into the park.

Customer Reviews

Had a really fun time learning about how to build a shelter and learning how to start a fire was interesting . Would go again.
Melissa H. · 21 hours ago
We had a great afternoon learning to surf and playing in the waves!
Trina G. · February 3, 2017
I bought Adventure Out for my daughter, who loves to surf, for her birthday. She invited a friend and they both enjoyed the day surfing with the instructor, who was really nice and patient with the girls and who surfed with them. They had a great time and I would recommend Adventure Out to anyone!
Jon J. · February 3, 2017
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