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Arrowhead Bike Farm is roughly an hour south of Charleston. Families and adventurers from around the state come to what is locally known as “the farm” to mountain bike, hike and camp.

FAYETTEVILLE — Of all the tips tour guide Aspen Handy offers to new mountain bikers at the Arrowhead Bike Farm, arguably the most important one involves the fine art of stopping.

“Hold both brakes down with equal pressure,” she says, demonstrating how to pull both brakes on each side of the handle bar down while using the exact same pressure — so you don’t get launched off the front of the bike. This seemed important to me.

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Carli Berkhouse is a feature reporter and multimedia specialist with a focus on outdoor adventures in West Virginia. She can be contacted at

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