What mountain bikes do you rent & what equipment is included?
Currently we operate a rental fleet of well-serviced mountain bikes that are 2017 model Trek Marlin 7.
All our mountain bikes come with Rockshox front suspension forks, grippy tires suitable for off-road use and hydraulic disc brakes. These have easy rolling 27.5 inch or 29 inch wheels across a wide range of frame sizes.
The cost of your guided all-inclusive experience will already include the hire for use of Trek mountain bike, cycling helmet and gloves. We include trail snacks and souvenir water bottle for you to keep.
We offer bike hire only with drop-off / pick-up around the Central Coast or at the Ourimbah State Forest mountain bike park trail-head.
Can I really expect mountain biking in nature to be fun?
When experienced in a safe and supported environment...
Yes, mountain bike riding is always fun!
Our guides ensure your experience matches your expectations and abilities. No matter whether you are taking on a flat fire trail or more technical single tracks, you will only ever go at your own pace. The tour group travels at the comfortable pace of the least confident rider.
For those people concerned about interactions with wildlife... whether it be a bush turkey, wallaby or yes... snake - our advice is always avoid interacting with wildlife. If you do come across each other on the trails, pause & wait for the wildlife to clear the area. They will. They do not want to be in that vicinity as much as you do not want them there. That's nature!
Mountain bike riding in nature is a great way to traverse the outdoors!
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What if the mountain bike breaks down or gets a flat tyre?
Each mountain bike is serviced before every hire, so you can rely on well-maintained bikes for your peace of mind.
If you are on a tour, your guide will assist. That's one of the great benefits of riding with a guide!
If you are renting a mountain bike, then please call to arrange a replacement mountain bike (where possible).
Central Coast Mountain Bike Tour guides carry all necessary tools and spares to fix most common problems. Should you suffer a flat tyre or other wear & tear related mechanical problem we will first repair the bike while on the trail (if possible) or provide a replacement bike (if available).
If the bike is lost, stolen or damaged because of an accident while it is in your care then you will be required to pay a fee equal to the replacement cost of the damaged parts or entire bike up to the value of $1000.
This does not include wear and tear issues which remain our responsibility.
What if I am unsure of my current riding skills or fitness level as it relates to the various tours?
There are tours and trails for all skill and fitness levels at every location we offer.
If you know how to ride a bike, but are not yet confident as a mountain bike rider, then our Mountain to Surf, Pearl Beach easy trail ride is suitable.
If you seek a guided mountain bike challenge, then we suggest our Ourimbah Forest Traverse and Bike Park Adventure.
Trails range from flat fire trails to single track trails offering a variety of technical challenges. Remember - you choose to ride what feels comfortable.
If you want to improve your mountain bike skills we can provide tailored skills clinics run by our MTBA accredited skills coaches.
We guarantee that you will enjoy an appropriate and accessible experience of mountain biking in a real Australian bush setting, regardless of your fitness and experience levels.
Do I need to bring my own food for the tour?
We always provide you a selection of trail snacks throughout your bike tour.
If you have any specific dietary requirements then it will be necessary for you to bring your own food.
You must maintain your nutrition throughout physical activity.
For guided tours that exceed 3 hours, we will arrange a locally sourced lunch for each rider. This will need to be arranged prior to the tour day.
Please note that there are no shops in the State Forest or National Parks locations.
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Will I encounter any snakes or dangerous wildlife?
Our mountain bike tours take you into natural environments, like wildlife reserves and national parks. Our native flora and fauna are allowed to live there free from human intervention.
This wildness is what makes these areas so beautiful and enjoyable, but also means that people encounter animals from time to time. You may encounter monitor lizards, snakes, wallabies, kangaroos, spiders, birds and our personal favourite... the Australian bush turkey!
When you take a tour with us you can rest assured that our accredited and experienced guide will give you a clear instruction on how best to act in case of an encounter. Don't panic, the bush is quite safe if you act sensibly.
People walk and ride these environments regularly and the animals you encounter will generally simply move off if you stop and remain calm once you notice an animal.
Is there insurance coverage for these activities?
Please remember, you are responsible for your own physical safety & ride control. Ride to your own ability always.
We do not provide you with personal injury or accident cover. See our Rider Agreement & Waiver of Liability Form.
Central Coast Mountain Bike Tours Pty Ltd maintains necessary Professional Indemnity and Public Liability to operate a fully insured and permitted mountain bike tour business in the NSW State Forest and National Park locations.
The best way to stay safe is to only ride trails and roll over obstacles that you feel confident with. Always follow the instructions and directions of the guide. However, even with all care and the best planning - accidents do happen.
Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) is the peak body for mountain biking in Australia. We encourage all mountain bikers to join MTBA membership for insurance options.
How do I book a bike Tour? HOW CAN I PAY?
Before you make a booking:
Collect the exact height in centimetres (cm) for each rider, to ensure the hire of correct bike size.
You can book online or phone call 0410 523 612
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(a) An invoice is issued for Direct Deposit (EFT) payment into bank account
(b) Credit Card over the phone or in person (& charges apply)
(c) Cash $ BEFORE the start of tour or bike hire.
Is it safe for me to mountain bike?
We encourage safety in your riding and those around you. Have fun and do not be silly in your behaviour. We suggest a 2 - 3 metre space between each rider.
Having said that...
RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES (INCLUDING MOUNTAIN BIKING) INVOLVE A SIGNIFICANT RISK OF PHYSICAL HARM OR PERSONAL INJURY INCLUDING PERMANENT DISABILITY AND/OR DEATH TO PARTICIPANTS. ANY SUCH INJURY MAY RESULT NOT ONLY FROM YOUR ACTIONS BUT FROM THE ACTION, OMISSION OR NEGLIGENCE OF OTHERS;
Our rental mountain bikes are not suitable for extreme downhill mountain biking.
* Mountain bike riding is not suitable if you are pregnant, recently gave birth or had any other surgery.
What's good about the mountain bike trails of the central coast?
There are many varied trails around the Central Coast. We want to show you them all!
Brisbane Water National Park above Pearl Beach showcases spectacular trails around the southern most tip of the Central Coast and therefore overlooks the northern most tip of Sydney, toward West Head and Barrenjoey Lighthouse at Palm Beach.
Bouddi National Park at Killcare Heights is an indulgent immersion in nature and there is no better way to explore this than on a mountain bike tour.
Ourimbah State Forest has some amazing designated and purpose-built mountain bike trails for highly confident beginners to experienced mountain bike riders. You can even bring your dogs to Ourimbah State Forest (we do).
is it suitable for my age? IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT FOR BIKE HIRE?
We suggest our tours are suitable for anyone aged 12+ who has the fitness and ability to ride a bike.
We have had riders join our bike tours who are in their late 60's and they enjoyed themselves, feeling accomplished.
Riders must weigh less than 130kg to hire our bikes.
DO YOU hire the mountain bike & HELMET only?
Our top-branded Trek mountain bikes are provided with:
You must bring:
Why do you need to SIGHT & Record my DRIVERS LICENSE, or PASSPORT?
This is how we take security for our Bikes and Equipment rental.
You must show us your current Australian Drivers License or your Passport. We confidentially record these details.
Bikes or Equipment that are lost or stolen will be reported to authorities.
CAN I BRING MY OWN BIKE ON ONE OF YOUR TOURS?
Yes you can, because some people have excellent quality and well-maintained bikes.
Tours <$100 you get a $20 discount for bringing your own bike.
Tours <$200 you get a $50 discount for bringing your own bike.
You will need to speak to us!
Souvenir Water Bottle