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The common mistake of leaning a mountain bike against some object, scratching it in the process
The common trailhead mistake of flipping your mountain bike upside down in dirt

The #1 Biggest Mountain Biking Trailhead Mistake Revealed

You Have An Alarming Problem. Whether you realize it or not.

If you've made it this far, congratulations, you'll learn the biggest mistake your everyday rider makes at the trailhead, why it's important, and how we solved it.

Most mountain bikers arrive at the trailhead parking lot, excited to jump on their bike and go for a ride. They need to put on their cycling shoes, gloves, helmet, and some other riding gear. After putting on their gear, they take their bike off the bike rack. However, they need to lube their chain, check tire PSI, and shock PSI.


There's typically 2 common practices:

Practice 1) You don't think too hard and you simply flip your bike upside-down in the spot next to you. If you don't mind rubbing your grips and saddle raw on the dirt and gravel, this is fine. You awkwardly squat down to lube your chain, but you still can't really check your fork PSI. In addition, If you don't have a whole campsite and a car pulls up attempting to park in the spot your bike is resting, you have to move your bike while half-way through tuning it. Either way here, Practice 1 leads to inconvenience, bike damage, and just overall frustration. You have enough problems in your life, you don't need more.

Practice 2) The "Bike Leaner". You lean your bike against anything sturdy that you come across. A tree? A sign? A fence? Riders spent thousands of dollars on a high quality, light-weight bike to lean it against a tree. How best to demonstrate you don't care about scratching and denting your carbon frame! Or worst of all, your car! You would be SHOCKED at the number of people who casually lean their several thousand-dollar mountain bike against their tens of thousands-dollar car. When you half-way quasi-lean your bike against your car in some manner, just wait until that gust of wind comes through, slightly shifting your handle bars. Naturally, the world hates you and the bike falls, hitting your car on the way down. Now you managed to scratch your paint job, maybe dent your car, and disfigure your bike at the same time!

Even ignoring the blatant problems with both of these common mistakes, these both suck for the same reason.


Adjusting your bike configurations, brake-levers, seat post height, or really doing anything to your bike in the trailhead becomes a complete nightmare. Unless you brought your whole shop work-stand, dealing with your bike at the trailhead is frustrating. Everyone does a poor job trying to work on their bike while holding it. Don't be the guy with the scratches all over your car from leaning your bike against it.

If you're tired of looking like a goober, and ready to level-up your trailhead game, its time to look for solutions.

Another common mistake of leaning a mountain bike against the side of a vehicle in a parking lot


As you've read so far, you've learned that you have a serious problem at the trailhead. Unless you plan to bring your bike stand everywhere you go, this is something that can't be ignored anymore

To solve your problem, and to level-up your trailhead game, we created the MTB Helping Hand. This tool has earned a second name amongst its users, The "Portable Bike Stand."

We created this custom tool with all of these factors in mind. We made this tool to fit the natural practices of the average rider while still hands-free solving every problem listed in this report.


Interested in our solution? Check out our all-new original tool designed to solve your biggest trailhead problem.

RedSide Decal at Killington Mountain Bike Park
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