I tried to register my kid(s) last year and the program was full! Why can’t you take more kids?
Since we started BYC in 2016, we have been continually amazed by the level of interest in our program! Every year, we’ve tried to grow the program: from around 50 kids in 2016, to nearly 180 in 2018! We continue to grow, but must remain committed to the quality of the program, as well as limitations imposed on us by riding venues and group size. In 2019, by splitting into two age-defined programs (Youth and BozeNICA) we plan to be able to double our capacity once again.
What equipment will my child need?
- A two-wheeled pedal bike (mountain bike), in good working order, with gears and 2 hand brakes. Having off-road specific (knobby) tires are best. NO training wheels, NO coaster (pedal/foot) brakes.
- A properly fitted helmet
- Closed-toe shoes (no sandals)
- Water (hydration) pack or belt for carrying water and snacks – or a bike-mounted water bottle cage
- Recommended but not required: bike gloves, other protective clothing (knee pads, elbow pads), sunglasses
My child doesn’t have a mountain bike. Do you have loaners?
Thanks to a few generous people, we do have few bikes to loan to riders. We are also going to host again a BYC Team Bike Swap in April (more info coming). Please also check-out the Gallatin Valley Bike Club’s Bike Swap in the spring as well as the Bike Kitchen. In addition, feel free to email us to ask if we’ve heard of any local used bikes for sale.
We have great trails in Bozeman – Why don’t you take the kids to more trails?!
We realize there are LOTS of trails around Bozeman! However, Bozeman Youth Cycling cannot access ANY trails on public lands (meaning, U.S. Forest Service or BLM trails) without a User Permit. The USFS’s Bozeman Ranger District is NOT handing out any User Permits (we’ve been meeting with them annually for the past 4 years), thus making it illegal for us to ride on USFS trails.
Fortunately, we have amazing trails to ride on at Sunset Hills/Highland Glen (City permits and GVLT easement), Triple Tree (state trust land, GVLT easement), The Pump Track (county property), and Crosscut Mountain Sports Center (private property). The BYC Board has considered having a special practice out at Copper City, however the cost of a BLM permit and the length of the drive does not make this feasible for our Youth Program at this time.