Here’s an awesome beginner’s guide for buying a mountain bike, finding places to ride in Michigan and learning how to make riding more fun and safe. This is part of a series on outdoor activities by Michigan Association of Chiropractors. Their doctors want to give you resources to improve your health.

Introduction Video

This video shows you how to buy a bike, where to ride in Michigan and where to find local group-rides.

How to Mountain Bike

Mountain Biking Explained

Setup & Riding

How to Buy a Bike

Here are resources to help you find an affordable and high quality mountain bike. 

How to Check a Used Bike

Which Bikes to Buy

Mountain Biking Tips

Here are some links to articles and videos on beginner tips for when your’e first starting out on the trails. 

Top Newbie Mistakes

Beginner MTB Tips Video

Mountain Biking is Fun and Easy

Mountain Biking is a fantastic way to Get Out and Get Healthy. The impact of mountain biking is that it can improve your overall health and well-being; by helping you to stay active, build a strong community, and enjoy the outdoors like never before. 

Join a Mountain Biking Club in Michigan

Bike Leelanau Leland, MI http://www.bikeleelanau.com/

Cascades Cycling Club Jackson, MI http://cascadescyclingclub.org/TrailsDesc.htm

Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association Mount Clemens, MI http://www.cramba.org/

Copper Harbor Trails Club Copper Harbor, MI https://copperharbortrails.org/

Dickinson Trail Network Iron Mountain, MI https://www.dtntrails.org/

Friends of Glacial Hills Bellaire, MI https://www.glacialhillstrails.org/

Friends of the Musketawa Trail Muskegon Heights, MI https://www.musketawatrail.com/

Metro Detroit Mountain Bikers Detroit, MI https://www.facebook.com/groups/MetroDetroitMountainBikers/?fref=mentions

Michigan Mountain Biking Association https://www.mmba.org

Michigan’s Edge Mountain Biking Association Holland, MI https://ridememba.com/

Michigan Scholastic Cycling Association West Bloomfield Township, MI https://www.miscabike.org/

Mid Michigan Mountain Biking Association East Lansing, MI https://mmmba.org/

Motor City Mountain Bike Association Plymouth, MI http://site.mcmba.org/

Munising Bay Trail Network Munising, MI https://www.mbtn.org/

Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association Traverse City, MI

Noquemanon Trail Network Marquette, MI https://noquetrails.org

Potawatomi Mountain Bike Association Ann Arbor, MI https://potomba.org

Range Area Mountain Bike Association Ishpeming, MI https://www.facebook.com/rangemountainbikeclub

R2R Racing Bloomfield Hills, MI http://r2r.bike

Shoreline Cycling Club Ludington, MI http://www.shorelinecyclingclub.org/

SISU Dirt Crew Ironwood, MI https://www.mtbproject.com/club/7000335/sisu-dirt-crew

Southwest Michigan Mountain Bike Association Augusta, MI https://www.swmmba.com

Swedetown Trails Club Laurium, MI http://swedetowntrails.org/contact-us/

TART Trails Traverse City, MI https://www.traversetrails.org

Top of Michigan Mountain Bike Association Petoskey, MI https://www.facebook.com/TopOfMichiganMountainBikeAssociation

UPMTB Bessemer, MI https://upmtb.com

West Michigan Mountain Biking Alliance Grand Rapids, MI https://wmmba.org

Yargo Trail Crew (YTC) Mount Pleasant, MI https://www.mtbproject.com/club/7000354/yargo-trail-crew-ytc