Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers



SprocKidz registration has closed

For important waiting list and other registration information, please email  sprockidz@gmail.com

What is SprocKidz?

SprocKidz is a Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers summer program that introduces mountain biking to kids ages 8-18. The program teaches fundamental bike handling skills and maintenance while promoting trail stewardship. It also promotes fitness through the pursuit of fun! 

The 2020 season

PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 season has been rescheduled for June 24-Aug. 10

Mondays and Wednesdays 
6-7:30 p.m.

Primary locations:
Matanuska Lakes State Recreation Area,
as well as the Government Peak Recreation Area.

Other “field trip” ride locations, dates for the end of season party and trails maintenance volunteer opportunities will be announced.

What is the cost?

For 2020:
$100 for first child;
$25 for each additional child

The cost of SprocKidz will always include the VMBaH membership fee. Registered kids must be a member of Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers. The registration fee also includes a SprocKidz t-shirt, as well as all the fun they’ll have this summer!

What Kind Of Bike 
Does My Kid Need?

  • Properly fitted bike for your kid
  • Geared bike (at least 5 or 6 speeds)
  • Shifters & brakes are in good working order and are SAFE!
  • Preferably a hardtail (no rear suspension) for younger kids.
  • Your kid’s bike should never weigh more than your kid!

Some good brands that keep their value: Trek, Giant, Kona, Scott, Cannondale, Specialized, Felt. Check on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace or post something on the SprocKidz Facebook page if you’re in need of a bike for your kid. Network around the schools, too!

Additionally, both Valley bike shops (Backcountry Bike & Ski in Palmer and Alaska Bicycle Center in Wasilla) offer exceptional sales and service.

What Does My Kid Need
To Bring Each Day?

  • Safe & properly working bike
  • Properly fitted helmet
  • Water & a snack:
    • Either a water bottle or CamelBak style pack
    • At least 20 oz.
    • A high-energy snack/ protein bar is good
  • Bike Tube/Tire Repair
    • Hand pump, tube that fits the bike’s rim size, tire levers

What age group
is SprocKidz open to?

Ages 8-18; coaches are always needed too!

Getting Your Bike Tuned Up
and Taking Care of Repairs

Expectations:
We want your kids to have the most fun on the trails as possible, and this requires a tuned up bike with properly working parts. Throughout the summer the bike might need to be adjusted because they will be riding it, a lot! (Which is a good thing!) 

Happy Bike = Happy Kids!

Suggestions to Improve
Your Kid’s Experience

Pack your kid with the following to help him/her really get the most out of their mountain biking experience this summer!

  • Bug dope!
  • Sunscreen
  • Healthy snack or energy bar and plenty of water
  • Sunglasses or eye protection
  • Cycling gloves
  • Comfortable clothes (always have the rain gear handy)
    • Try finding clothes that are a blend of poly or another moisture wicking fabric
    • * No jeans
  • Athletic sneakers or skate shoes
    • * No open-toe shoes or sandals


Valley Mountain Bikers and Hikers   •   PO Box 2867, Palmer, Alaska 99645   •   trailhead@vmbah.org

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