Ride and live more joyfully

Welcome!

My name is Lee McCormack. I’m the Lee in Lee Likes Bikes. I’ve been riding mountain bikes for 35 years and teaching for 22 years. Before that I enjoyed successful careers in the “real world” that prepared me for this work. I’ve personally taught more than 11,000 riders of all styles and levels, and I’ve trained 1,500 volunteer youth coaches. My 11 MTB books, thousands of articles and millions of video views have improved lives all over the world. Oh, and I earned a national championship for downhill racing.

I know the power of the bike to add purpose, growth, and fun to riders’ lives. As much as you love riding now, just wait! No matter what you seek, I have a pathway for you. I’ll open the door to a world of peace, flow, fellowship, and pure joy on your bike. Your riding will become smoother, faster, and safer. No need to choose one or two of those.

When you join the Lee Likes Bikes MTB School, you get full access to the only complete resource for improving your riding and more.

Memberships include:

  • Easy-to-learn riding skills for all riders – beginner to pro
  • Logical bike choice, fit, and setup
  • Practical ways to improve your fitness on and off the bike
  • Universally healthy movement and postural skills
  • Direct access to the world’s most effective and proven mountain bike skills coach 
  • Mental and emotional skills that dramatically improve your riding and life

My mission is to help you live your best life using the bike as a vehicle. 

Learn more: What is RideLogic? >>>

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Live Instruction

The internet is a fantastic place to learn and build community, but nothing matches in-person experiences with professional coaches and fun people.

We offer a wide range of live classes across the U.S.: level 1 coed and women only; level 2; full-day; multi-day camps; gravel classes; private and semi-private sessions.

Lee is also spreading the message of the Joyride in public MTB Talks.

Remote Skills Coaching

Yes, you can learn to ride better via Zoom. As a matter of fact, it’s incredibly effective — and you can do it anywhere in the world. How it works:

You go to a local bike park, pump track, trail, park, or parking lot. If you want RipRow coaching, you can do that in your kitchen. Set your phone on a tripod, put in wireless earbuds, and we rock and roll.

We coach you as if we’re standing right there. We work with riders all over the world this way, with huge success. 

Sessions are recorded for you to review after.

Dynamic Bike Fitting

This is not the old-fashioned road-based bike fit that only works when you’re pedaling in a straight line.

RideLogic bike fits optimize your power and control in dynamic (aka fun) moments. Your bike becomes part of you — and you both slip into Flow.

Looking for a new bike? Optimizing your current bike? We’ll help you dial in the perfect bike and set it up for your body and goals.

RipRow Integrative Trainer

“The best thing to happen to mountain bike-specific training, perhaps ever.”

– Outside Magazine

RipRow is the A1 most effective way to build mobility, strength, endurance and skills for dynamic riding. Nothing comes close, not even a pump track.

Plus it’s the perfect full-body integrated workout for everyone. My partner E, an ultra runner and bodyworker, loves it! And when she gets on a bike, her skills are perfect.

What is RideLogic?

I created the RideLogic bike fit and skills system to help you live your best life through mountain biking. 

This system comes from my 35 years as a rider/racer and 22 years as a professional skills coach. It covers everything you need:

  • Riding skills boiled down to simple fundamentals and movements. You won’t believe how easy riding can be. 
  • Bike selection, fitting, and setup based on biomechanics and inarguable riding dynamics. 
  • Mental, emotional, and spiritual habits. You’re only as effective on a mountain bike as you are as a human. We don’t skip the human part. 
  • Mobility, strength, and fitness. Our approach is simple and actually doable by real people. 
  • Choosing trails, interpreting terrain, and finding Flow.
  • Proven training plans for optimal fitness, as well as access to full-time personalized training with a professional coach. 
  • Creating true and lasting joy in your life, using your bike as the vehicle.
  • Customized user paths to navigate the learning you seek.

Demoing emphatic riding in a full-day class. Every student nailed this line.

I teach the entire human. You’re more than a bundle of muscle memory. You’re a human being with thoughts, emotions, and past experiences. I understand the best way to help you ride (and live) better is to train the complete you.

RideLogic is simple. Any coach who gives you 76 steps for jumping doesn’t fully understand jumping or teaching. Rather than forcing you to ride down the trail with a decision tree of complications and critical timing, I make it simple to get out of your head and into your body. This is the most direct path to experiencing Flow. I base every riding skill on simple fundamental movement patterns that you use in your daily life. This makes everything easy to learn and improve over time.

RideLogic is coherent. I don’t believe in silos. Everything I teach makes sense as a whole. I teach universal human movement patterns that you refine every day. Then I teach you how to use those same movements on your bike. I’ll show you how to set your bike up to fit your body. The mental and emotional skills I teach serve you both on the bike and off.

RideLogic is scalable. Every other approach to riding teaches “beginner, intermediate and advanced” skills. Each level is limiting, and to progress from one to the next requires unlearning habits you just fought to learn. This leads riders from one plateau to another. How terribly confusing, frustrating, and potentially dangerous. I don’t believe there are levels to techniques. There are simply core fundamentals. The more refined a rider’s fundamentals, the faster, smoother, and safer they can ride more challenging terrain.

Once basic cornering makes sense, we apply the same notions to shredding berms:

RideLogic is measurable. Every detail of the RideLogic bike selection and setup method is backed by biomechanics and math. Everything we do when riding is boiled down to simple movements that are easily measured and assessed. When it comes time for a go/no-go decision on whether to ride off a 20-inch ledge, the decision is clear and simple. Full yes or full no. Say goodbye to the days of maybes and hoping for the best. Your body and spirit are too precious to roll the dice with.

Ridelogic is logically proven. There are a lot of voices in our sport — all telling you their complicated “method” is right and all the others are wrong. Convoluted or dogmatic explanations can be overcompensation for a lack of true understanding. Some of these people may ride at a high level, but they lack the awareness and ability to effectively teach skills. We’ve run our ideas by every physicist, physician, engineer, psychologist, physical therapist, clergyperson, mechanic, and athlete we can find, and everyone agrees: RideLogic simply makes sense.

RideLogic is built by a professional coach with a background in information design. Before I committed to this mission 22 years ago, I enjoyed two very successful careers that led to a Pulitzer Prize for me and millions of dollars for my clients. My entire career has been about making complicated things simple in writing, infographics, software design, video and business — and that mindset created RideLogic.

To air is human, to land safely is divine. Supervising some smooth flight:

RideLogic is the industry standard. I founded Lee Likes Bikes in 2002. In 2005 I wrote Mastering Mountain Bike Skills. Now in its third edition with hundreds of thousands of copies sold worldwide, it’s the definitive book on the subject. Over the past two decades, my ever-improving curriculum has served as the industry standard, being taught to tens of thousands of riders and thousands of coaches.

RideLogic lives and breathes. I continue teaching, learning, and improving. Anyone who’s codified their system and held it inert has closed their minds to a more complete understanding of the sport. Not me! I follow the scientific method around here. I test hypotheses all the time, and I constantly fold new learnings into what I do. You’ll notice we use the terms “teach-learn” and “learn-teach.” When minds are open, teaching and learning always happen together.

We are improving mountain bike culture. There are many wonderful things about the mountain bike community. We love our people! But there’s also a toxic, exclusive bro thing going on out there. Turned off by that? So am I. Let’s change it together. In our classes, our media, this site, and on the trail we are creating a loving, supportive environment for everyone who wants to find joy on a bike.

Everything I teach makes you a stronger, more capable, healthier, and happier person.

Welcome!

I am so committed to great riding, I invented the RipRow to teach perfect muscle memory. After some RipRow instruction, which is available in most classes with Lee, students get very good at riding — very quickly:

Matthew Ford
Matthew Ford
2024-03-02
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Lee is a staggeringly good coach. Good sports coaches 'nudge' you to the right place. They use small cues and simple instruction to unleash your inbuilt dynamic knowhow to achieve that flow state of high performance and Lee's a master at that. Run, don't walk - scratch that - pedal fast as you can to get lessons with Lee. The difference it'll make to your performance and ultimate enjoyment of your riding will be massive!
James KellerShabrokh
James KellerShabrokh
2024-02-27
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I’ve been watching Lee’s videos for the past two years. They have really helped drive my learning curve as I’ve only been Mountain Biking now for a little over three years. When the opportunity came for me to take a lesson with Lee, I was excited about the possibility of improving on my skills. Leelikesbikes did not disappoint! He has given me the tools to take my riding to the next level. His method is simple. He takes you through the motions of learning a proper body mechanics which opens up a technique that can be employed across the entire landscape of Mountain Biking from cornering to climbing technical rock gardens to pumping rollers, hitting drops, and even pumping off of the lip of a jump. And I only took one class.! I can’t wait to practice the skills he taught, and be ready for the next time I get to have a lesson with him.
Mark Richards
Mark Richards
2024-01-26
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Lee is an incredible mtb coach and instructor. He is a fantastic teacher of all the mechanics, form and line choices that will make you safer and faster. However the best part is his approach to the inner game of riding - he is a master at the art of helping you safely overcome fear to quiet your mind and experience new levels of flow and joy on the bike.
Jim Konish
Jim Konish
2023-10-30
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Lee is a truly masterful teacher. I signed up for a 2-hour 1:1 lesson to help me learn better movement patterns on the bike, after realizing that my off-the-bike shoulder movements are really weird and unhealthy, probably from years of working at a computer. Not only did Lee teach me to SHRED a pump track, going far faster with far less effort than I ever imagined, he also taught me how to properly engage my core, stand up straight, and breathe more effectively on and off the bike. Physical therapy had touched on parts of this before and I think helped me to be ready for a session like this, but Lee's holistic approach to movement patterns and teaching me how to use different muscle groups just clicked in a way that nothing else did before. Even days before the lesson started, Lee talked with me from the road to make sure that my rental bike would fit me closely enough to make it a productive session. Once I arrived at Valmont Bike Park we got to work. Although my particular flavor of shoulder dysfunction was new to him, Lee continually adapted his teaching to my individual needs. Each lesson, large or small, is anchored to adjacent knowledge or a funny metaphor so I can retain them. Each lap of the pump track produced new tweaks and adjustments, until it all started to really come together near the end of the session. Keeping the wheels on the ground at easily 3x my initial lap speed from the start of the session, I felt like I was flying, smooth and powerful. After 7 years of neck, back, and arm pain, I feel I now understand how to use my bike (and eventually a RipRow) to teach my body the right movement patterns to become pain free. As I waited for my flight home the next day, I stood straight and tall, breathing deeply, with my neck in a comfortable neutral position. I had heard for years that Lee is the absolute best MTB instructor around, but I had no idea he could help me this much. I can't recommend him enough - if you also Like Bikes, book a lesson. You'll be glad you did.
John Carr
John Carr
2023-10-23
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Lee and his teaching methods are the only resources I will recommend to friends (new or experienced riders). I've followed Lee's writing for a long time, have worked with Lee using the RipRow, and recently did a full-day class with Lee. The instruction itself was excellent, but his ability to adapt his delivery or coaching cues to what I needed from moment to moment was truly impressive. Within a few runs on a pump track, he was able to diagnose a root-cause and correct something that I've been trying to figure out on my own for years. His coaching and coaching methods have drastically improved my safety, speed, and control on trail.
Michael Downs
Michael Downs
2023-10-22
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I grew up reading mtb books written by Lee and later found his website when searching for information on bike fit. I signed up for a bike fitting consultation and came away with a bike that fit me better than I could have imagined a bike could. I soon followed by setting my wife up on a bike according to Lee’s system and the same magic happened. Since then, we have embraced the techniques and mindset taught by Lee, making us better riders quicker than we could have hoped. This has also led to the most stoke to ride for both my wife and I. I came for the bike fit, and left with more Joy for riding than I have ever had. If you are unsure, give it a try. Lee’s knowledge paired with his wisdom make for an all encompassing learning experience I can not recommend enough.
Skylar Cook
Skylar Cook
2023-10-04
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Lee is a damn magician. A 3-day workshop completely transformed my riding, my perspective on biking, and gave me the tools to self-diagnose and progress for years to come! After 3+ years of consistent biking and youtube self-education, I had considered myself an advanced rider: comfortable on tech, jumps, and multi-foot drops. In just a few minutes of our first session, Lee softly and compassionately shattered that perception and we began rebuilding my riding style from the ground up. He was patient and consistently _stoked_ to be riding and teaching as we broke old habits and learned new skills. Every movement I make on the bike feels smoother, more natural, and more stable after the clinic. Routinely he would give me a cue that made sense but flew in the face of my past habits--for example, staying centered over the bike instead of manualing off drops. He'd calmly wait and encourage as I slowly worked out of old patterns, then share in the epiphany-induced excitement as it finally clicked! Lee truly lives the proverb "Shared joy is doubled joy." His universal movement patterns of hinging, rowing, and "anti-rowing" make anatomical sense and spoke to my background as a physical trainer. His decades of biking and coaching experience make him one of the finest teachers I've ever had. The weekend flew by, and my only regret is that it wasn't longer! Between world-class instruction, sharing stoke and life philosophies, it was (honestly!) the experience of a lifetime.
Minh Huynh
Minh Huynh
2023-10-02
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Lee is a highly-effective teacher who will transform your riding, no matter if you're a beginner or a pro. And if you're up for it, he'll also elevate your entire outlook in life! The thing about how Lee teaches is that he has a well-founded philosophy on mountain biking, which is rooted in essentially just two foundational concepts: (1) balance and (2) row/anti-row movements. That's it. That's all you'll have to remember. But! Learning how to get your body to do this is tricky part, especially in varied terrain, conditions, and scary situations. Lee will guide you through all of that, do it in a safe way, and teach you how to make choices so that you can continue to ride safely and joyfully throughout your entire life. And speaking of learning, Lee will be the first to admit that he is constantly learning and improving his own skills. For one, he is recently coming out of major shoulder surgery, so he is very much re-learning how to ride bikes because his body dimensions are now physically different. And despite that, through constantly refining his own riding ability, he's probably going to be faster now than when he previously competed and won in races. But more impressive is that even though he used to teach the traditional biking techniques and wrote a book on it, he has eschewed all of that for a new way of thinking and new way of teaching. The humility to say that he was wrong about how he taught in the past is one thing that allows him to also be kind and effective to his students. The mindset that he teaches to allow his students to make tremendously fast gains is the same mindset he uses on himself to be a better teacher and a better person. A+. Lee gets a scratch-and-sniff unicorn (with gold stars shooting out its rear) sticker from me!
Mary Elges
Mary Elges
2023-09-29
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I booked a two hour drive with Lee during my trip to Colorado at Valmont. I booked the private on a recommendation from another coach at Killington who said Lee was an excellent coach and had helped him with Mental blocks he was struggling on with his riding. Lee really went over pump track basics with me. I am an expert mountain biker having raced professional cross country in my 20s and raced Pro down hill and Pro Enduro with much success in my 40s on the East Coast. What I didn’t realize is that Lee was just the guy to help bring my riding to whole new level with his ideas on if you can ride a pump track really well than translate it to the terrain you can ride almost anything. First, Lee worked on correcting my overall position. “Your too forward, you can use your glutes and hamstrings there”. I moved back and Volia I was able to pump faster. I returned home my arm pump and shoulder pain has gone away. Then we worked methodically on my arm motion on the pump track! Wow, what a difference the correct hinge and my row and Anti row makes me ride. I have had a lot of pump track riding. I just was doing it exactly the way I was supposed to get maximum benefit. Even though I was already fast on the pump track Lee's help was about to make me faster and understand better how to ride undulating terrain. For you to find out what this is you will have to book a lesson. I booked 2 more privates during the week I stayed there. After I knew exactly what to do with my arms, we worked on what my legs were doing. Wow, what a difference and I was only just getting started with this new Idea. The final day we finished up on by improving my jumping by incorporating how it too related to the pump track. The technique that Lee worked on with me made me feel safer. Staying uninjured is a huge priority for myself any one I teach. Relating jumping to the pump track makes me feel safer by being more consistent on big jumps and I am able to maneuver in the air easier. When I teach it to other riders they look more balanced and progress quicker. I write this review one month after my 3 sessions with Lee. I'm experience less upper body pain from the position changing. I am moving through technical terrain more like a pump track and its fun and exciting to do so. On my backyard pump track, I have worked on retracting my legs as I go over the bumps, and I am really getting a better hang of the row and anti-row. Yes, my 3 privates with Lee were worth it. He was a very encouraging and enthusiastic and super easy and fun to be around. He really has a passion for teaching and a flare for entertainment. He is thorough with what he teaches you and I l left knowing my stuff. I feel like I am once again growing as a cyclist. Thank you, Lee. -Mary Elges
Matt L
Matt L
2023-09-21
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Lee is the real deal. Thank you for the golden information and what you do. The explanation on proper hinge, cornering, and jumping greatly improved my riding by making it more instinctive, natural, and fun. My dirt bike/motocross riding has improved 10 fold as well through Lee's technique taking advantage of a more natural/neutral body position and using the biggest muscles to do all the work. If you want to learn fast, Lee has the keys.

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  • Easy-to-learn riding skills for all riders – beginner to pro
  • Logical bike choice, fit, and setup
  • Practical ways to improve your fitness on and off the bike
  • Universally healthy movement and postural skills
  • Direct access to top professional coaches
  • Mental and emotional skills that dramatically improve your riding and life

Put simply, the better you are as a person the better you are as a rider. And vice versa. That’s the whole point. To help you live and ride better. 

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Who is Lee McCormack?

A national downhill mountain bike champion and co-winner of a Pulitzer prize, Lee McCormack is a true polymath nerd athlete. He is an award-winning journalist and infographics artist, software designer, champion mountain bike racer, mountain bike skills instructor, inventor, entrepreneur, author, teacher, corporate speaker and spiritual leader. He invented and patented the RipRow integrative training tool and is revolutionizing the ways people look at mountain bikes, mountain biking and life.

Lee studied exercise physiology, journalism and creative writing at Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA.

1,000,000s of video views on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Outside TV. Co-creator of the “Joy of Bike” YouTube show, which itself got millions of views.

  • 11,000+ individuals taught and coached
  • 3,000 articles in major cycling and fitness magazines and websites, including Bicycling, Outside, Mountain Bike Action, REI and his own site www.leelikesbikes.com
  • 1,500 youth mountain bike coaches trained in the United States; thousands more trained worldwide via the book Teaching Mountain Bike Skills.
  • 11 books published so far. These include Human Kinetics’ three editions of Mastering Mountain Bike Skills, available in a dozen languages, which is the publisher’s top selling trade book.
  • 8th place at the Masters World Downhill Mountain Bike championships
  • 4 companies founded
  • 4 careers so far
  • 3rd place at the world pump track championships at the USA Cycling nationals at Granby Ranch, CO
  • 2nd place at a Grand National Rodeo bull riding competition
  • 1 U.S. National Downhill Mountain Biking championship
  • 1 Pulitzer Prize
  • 1 patent for RipRow
  • 1 purposefully joyful life

Questions? Email [email protected].

Training volunteer youth coaches:

Proudly rocking the stars and stripes at the downhill world champioships:

Performing some beat poetry: