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Lift Your Bar

If you find that your hands hurt on long rides—even with gloves—the problem may lie with your handlebar. Try lifting it a little. One of the key things we do to make our bikes handle better is to adjusting handlebar height. Often, height doesn’t feel to be at an optimal handling height. A lower handlebar height reduces the center of gravity. By placing more weight over the front wheel, better traction is the direct result and provides a more centered position between both wheels to improve control, especially during climbing.

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Acai Berry Extract

Acai Berry is a superfruit with potent antioxidant properties. Neutralizes skin-damaging free radicals, brightens the complexion and stimulates both cellular turnover and collagen production with vitamins C and A.

Acai Berry Fruit Pigment

Acai Berry provides deep, reddish-purple natural pigment. Neutralizes skin-damaging free radicals, brightens the complexion and stimulates both cellular turnover and collagen production with vitamins C and A.

Acai Oil

Acai Oil deeply moisturizes dry skin with fatty acids and fortifies with protective antioxidants. Increases skin suppleness, brightens and stimulates both cellular turnover and collagen production with vitamins C and A.

Alpha Lipoic Acid

Alpha Lipoic Acid is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, which cause premature signs of aging. Gently exfoliates the top layer of skin to remove dead skin cells and reveal a fresh, vibrant complexion.

Apricot Pigment

Apricot is rich in antioxidants, vitamin A, and linoleic acid, which enhance and brighten skin while providing vibrant natural pigments of yellow and orange.

Aqua (Water)

Aqua (Water) is a necessary solvent in many skincare, hair care, and body care products. It helps to dissolve, incorporate, and activate ingredients while simultaneously hydrating skin and hair.

Ascorbyl Palmitate

Ascorbyl Palmitate (aka Vitamin C) is an antioxidant that promotes collagen and elastin production for firmer, more supple skin. Effectively brightens skin tone, lightens dark spots, and mitigates effects of UV damage.

Avocado Butter

Avocado Butter contains monounsaturated fatty acids that soften and moisturize, tame dry or frizzy hair, and protect against UV and free radical damage.

Bergamot

Bergamot citrus is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, balances oil and unclog pores, and offers skin-brightening benefits. Bergapten-free bergamot will not cause photosensitivity during daytime use.

Black Tea Pigment

Our Black Tea Pigment is made from micronized black tea leaves, to provide deep black color and enhances darker tones. Rich in pigment-enhancing tannic acid, and caffeine for healthy hair growth.

Blackberry Fruit Pigment

Blackberry provides natural pigments of deep, dark purple and enhances tones of black. It contains potent antioxidants, helps to fade scars, and is a powerful astringent for oily skin.

Blood Orange Essential Oil

Blood Orange Essential Oil is a powerful degreasing agent that removes excess oil from the skin. Antibacterial properties help to kill acne-causing bacteria while calming redness and inflammation. Citrus aroma uplifts mood.

Blueberry Fruit Pigment

Blueberry provides deep blue and purple pigment and offers potent antioxidant and vitamin benefits. Stimulates cell turnover for rejuvenated skin, tightens the pores and defends against signs of premature aging.

Cabernet Grape Pigment

Cabernet Grape provides red and purple natural pigments, along with protective and anti-aging properties. Rich in antioxidants vitamin C and resveratrol to brighten and protect against UV radiation.

Cacao Oil

Cacao Oil offers potent anti-inflammatory benefits to reduce redness, calm acne blemishes, and soothe eczema. Essential fatty acids promote elasticity while deeply moisturizing the skin.

Cacao Pigment

Cacao provides rich, warm brown natural pigment. It offers anti-inflammatory benefits for reducing redness, calming acne blemishes, and soothing eczema. Essential fatty acids promote elasticity while deeply moisturizing.

Calendula Extract

Calendula is a powerfully curative flower with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. Soothes skin irritations and mild burns; eases symptoms of dandruff and an itchy scalp; gently conditions.

Candelilla Wax

A vegan alternative to beeswax, made from the flowering Candelilla shrub. It offers both skin and hair softening properties and acts as a plant-based stabilizer.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is an oily liquid comprised of fatty acids, derived from coconut oil and glycerin. An emollient/ skin conditioning agent for softening and replenishing dry skin.

Carrot Pigment

Carrot provides natural orange pigments while offering benefits from vitamin C and beta carotene. It helps to keep skin looking youthful while calming inflammation.

Carrot Seed Oil

Carrot Seed Oil is rich in protective and reparative antioxidants. It can firm, tone, and deeply moisturize the skin, while minimizing the appearance of fine lines with vitamins A, C, and E.

Chamomile Extract

Chamomile is a hypoallergenic botanical that lightens dark spots and scars, calms acne inflammation, soothes irritated skin, and defends against free radical damage. For hair: relieves dry, itchy scalps, regulates dandruff, and promotes shine.

Cocoa Bean

Cocoa Bean is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, packed with reparative vitamin E and collagen enhancing benefits. Stimulates healthy circulation in the skin while minimizing redness.

Cocoa Bean Extract

Cocoa Bean (Cacao) Extract offers anti-inflammatory benefits for reducing redness, calming acne blemishes, and soothing eczema. Essential fatty acids promote elasticity while deeply moisturizing.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa Butter benefits both skin and hair absorbs easily and is rich in essential fatty acids, which can enhance skin elasticity, hydration, and softness.

Cocoa Seed Butter

Cocoa Butter benefits both skin and hair absorbs easily and is rich in essential fatty acids, which can enhance skin elasticity, hydration, and softness.

Coenzyme Q10

Also known as Ubiquinone or CoQ10. Detoxifies skin cells to neutralize damaging pollutants and environmental toxins. Improves skin firmness and elasticity, lessens the appearance of fine lines, brightens and balances skin tone.

Coffee Bean Pigment

Coffee Beans provide rich, deep brown pigment for natural makeup. Coffee also reduces redness, tightens pores, mitigates sun damage, calms acne, and stimulates circulation for brighter, more energized skin.

Coffee Cherry

Coffee Cherry is the ripe berry of the flowering coffee tree. Reduces redness, tightens pores, mitigates sun damage, calms acne, and stimulates circulation for brighter, more energized skin.

Cranberry Extract

Cranberry contains vitamin C and A for reduced fine lines, boosted collagen, and brighter skin. Invigorates the complexion with gentle exfoliating properties.

Cranberry Pigment

Cranberry provides bold red pigment for natural makeup and contains vitamin C and A for reduced fine lines, boosted collagen, and brighter skin. Invigorates the complexion with gentle exfoliating properties.

Elderberry Extract

Elderberry is a superfruit with high antioxidant and vitamin A content, to lessen premature signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. Lessens dark spots and rejuvenates the complexion.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil

Eucalyptus Essential Oil is deeply purifying for treating acne-prone skin and soothing for dry or irritated dry skin. Stimulates circulation in the scalp for strong and healthy hair growth, while soothing itching and dandruff.

Glyceryl Caprylate

Glyceryl Caprylate is derived from vegetable oils. This skin-conditioning agent assists in remoisturizing the skin and aiding in the absorption of water and oil.

Goji Berry Extract

Goji Berry is a superfood packed with anti-aging and brightening benefits. High vitamin C content tones and fades dark spots and promotes collagen, while antioxidants fend off free radicals and UV damage.

Grain Alcohol

Grain Alcohol can be made through the fermentation of corn kernel, cane sugar, or wheat. It assists with texture, nutrient absorption, and is a powerful astringent.

Grape Skin Pigment

Grape Skin provides natural deep purple pigment. Contains resveratrol: a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Works at a cellular level to fight signs of aging and repair UV-related damage.

Green Coffee

Green Coffee helps to reduce redness, tighten pores, mitigate sun damage, calm acne, and stimulate circulation for brighter, more energized skin. It helps stimulate healthy hair growth, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Green Tea Powder

Green Tea contains antioxidants like EGCG, which supports DNA repair to prevent skin cancer caused by UV damage. Calms acne, reduces puffiness, tones, and brightens with caffeine, which also stimulates healthy hair growth.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic Acid from Japanese sweet potatoes assists in water retention, suppleness, and elasticity in the skin. Holds up to 1,000x its weight in water, to deliver hydration deep into the dermis.

Kaolin Clay

Kaolin Clay is a mineral used in skin care for its detoxifying and oil-absorbing properties. Especially beneficial for oily or acne-prone skin, to purge and purify pores of oil, bacteria, and debris.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil is a potent remedy for healing acne and soothing skin irritations like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. Helps to moisturize dry skin, detoxify and purify congested pores, and defend against damaging free radicals.

Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract

Honeysuckle is a potent natural preservative, soothing anti-inflammatory, and an alternative to synthetic, paraben-filled preservatives.

Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract

Japanese Honeysuckle is a potent natural preservative, soothing anti-inflammatory, and an alternative to synthetic, paraben-filled preservatives.

Mangosteen Extract

The antibacterial benefits of Mangosteen reduce acne blemishes and prevent breakouts. Features anti-aging benefits from vitamin C and antioxidants to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, enhance skin suppleness, and brighten.

Maqui Berry Extract

Maqui berry is a superfruit packed with high antioxidant content, to neutralize damaging free radicals in the skin that lead to premature signs of aging. Promotes brightens and a balanced skin tone.

Mica

Mica represents a group of natural minerals that yield lustrous, superfine shimmer. All of our products use ethically sourced mica.

Natural Flavors

Natural Flavors are our answer to petroleum-based fragrances. While natural flavors can be made synthetically, they are wholly derived from foods like herbs, fruits, and vegetables.

Oregano Extract

Oregano is a healing aromatic herb with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties – ideal for acne-prone skin – and offers natural preservative properties.

Organic Aloe Juice

Organic Aloe Juice is supremely beneficial for dry, irritated, and acne-prone skin, thanks to anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties. PH balancing aloe is also nourishing for hair and scalp.

Organic Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel is supremely beneficial for dry, inflamed, and acne-prone skin. Gel texture supports deep hydration, and creates a protective barrier over dry, flakey, or damaged skin.

Organic Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Extract

Organic Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Extract is a food-grade flavor. It imbues a light scent of vanilla while providing soothing anti-inflammatory benefits.

Organic Cherry Extract

Cherry provides deep red natural pigment, protective antioxidants, flavonoids to help battle cancerous cells, and anti-inflammatories to calm redness and acne.

Organic Cocoa Powder

Cocoa Powder is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, packed with reparative vitamin E and collagen enhancing benefits. Stimulates healthy circulation in the skin while minimizing redness.

Organic Green Coffee Extract

Green Coffee helps to reduce redness, tighten pores, mitigate sun damage, calm acne, and stimulate circulation for brighter, more energized skin. It helps stimulate healthy hair growth, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Organic Green Tea

Green Tea contains antioxidants like EGCG, which supports DNA repair to prevent skin cancer caused by UV damage. Calms acne, reduces puffiness, tones, and brightens with caffeine, which also stimulates healthy hair growth.

Organic Hawaiian Kona Coffee Beans

Coffee helps to reduce redness, tighten pores, mitigate sun damage, calm acne, and stimulate circulation for brighter, more energized skin. It helps stimulate healthy hair growth, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Organic Pomegranate Concentrate

Pomegranate is rich in protective antioxidants to ward off dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Smoothes brighten, and tones dry or rough skin with vitamin C.

Organic Rose Hip Seed Oil

Anti-aging Rosehip Oil nourishes and rejuvenates skin tone, texture, and elasticity. It also enhances moisture, hydration, and absorption in the skin while fading dark spots, scars, and stretch marks.

Organic Rose Hydrosol

Rose reduces redness, tones, and soothes dry, inflamed, or sensitive skin. Provides hydration and moisture to dry skin and hair; offers vitamin C and A anti-aging benefits.

Organic Saponified Coconut Oil

Saponified Coconut Oil is a natural, sulfate-free alternative to harsh chemical soaps and surfactants. Gently sweeps away dirt, oil, and debris while plumping skin with coconut fatty acids.

Organic Tahitian Vanilla Absolute

Organic Tahitian Vanilla Absolute is a concentrated fragrance derived from vanilla plants. Vanilla is too delicate for steam distillation; solvent extraction is the best way to obtain a strong vanilla aroma.

Organic White Tea

Organic White Tea is minimally processed from the Camellia sinensis plant and retains many powerful nutrients. It helps to tone, tighten, and firm the skin to reduce wrinkles; antibacterial to calm and reduce acne breakouts.

Panthenol

Panthenol is a provitamin of B5 and is extremely beneficial for skin and hair. Acts as an anti-inflammatory and moisturizer for the skin while enhancing shine, strength, and smoothness in hair.

Papaya Fruit Pigment

Papaya offers natural red-orange pigment, while gently exfoliating skin with alpha-hydroxy acids for a smoother, brighter complexion.

Papaya Papain Extract

Papaya gently exfoliates the skin with alpha-hydroxy acids for a smoother, brighter complexion. It helps to lessen the appearance of lines and wrinkles, lighten hyperpigmentation, and brighten dark circles.

Peach Fruit Pigment

Peach provides natural pigments of yellow and orange, and contains macronutrients which can brighten, tone, and soften while correcting signs of sun damage.

Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil helps to soothe and refresh inflamed or irritated skin with its unique cooling sensation. It also helps to reduce excess oil, calm acne breakouts, and stimulate healthy circulation in the skin and scalp.

Plum Pigment

Plum provides deep pink and purple natural pigment, along with potent doses of the protective antioxidant vitamin C for brightening and anti-aging benefits.

Pomegranate Seed Oil

Pomegranate Seed Oil combats signs of aging and deeply moisturizes. Rich in ellagic acid, a polyphenol antioxidant that helps protect against free radical damage and skin cancer.

Potassium Sorbate

Potassium Sorbate is a preservative: a potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occurring antimicrobial. Commonly used in food and personal care products, often in combination with other preservatives.

Powdered Coffee Beans

Coffee helps to reduce redness, tighten pores, mitigate sun damage, calm acne, and stimulate circulation for brighter, more energized skin. It helps stimulate healthy hair growth, and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Raspberry Fruit Pigment

Raspberry provides natural pigments of red and magenta and is rich in anti-aging vitamin C and protective antioxidants to enhance youthful radiance and tone.

Red Algae

Red Algae acts as a humectant to draw and retain moisture and hydration in the skin. Soothes acne inflammation, promotes healthy circulation in the skin, and fades dark spots.

Red Wine Extract

Sourced from the skin of red wine grapes, Red Wine Extract has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. It works at a cellular level to fight signs of aging and repair UV-related damage.

Red Wine Resveratrol

Resveratrol is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory found in the skin of red wine grapes. It works at a cellular level to fight signs of aging and repair UV-related damage.

Rice Powder

Rice Powder softens skin texture and calms inflammation, while mattifying, smoothing, and reducing shine in oil-prone areas of the skin. It can also help to enhance opacity in cosmetics.

Rice Starch

Rice Starch softens skin texture and calms inflammation, while mattifying, smoothing, and reducing shine in oil-prone areas of the skin. It can also help to enhance opacity in cosmetics.

Rice Wax

Rice Wax is a skin-conditioning agent sourced from rice bran. Used to improve texture and spreadability in cosmetic products, and is naturally rich in antioxidants and fatty acids.

Rose

Rose offers soothing anti-inflammatory and astringent properties that tone and calm dry, inflamed, or sensitive skin. It provides hydration and moisture, with natural vitamin C and anti-aging benefits.

Rose Petals

Rose reduces redness, tones, and soothes dry, inflamed, or sensitive skin. It provides hydration and moisture for dry skin, with natural vitamin C and anti-aging benefits.

Rosehip Oil

Rosehip Oil contains collagen-boosting vitamin C and A, plus essential fatty acids to reduce fine lines. Moisturizes dry or damaged skin soothes acne and eczema and lightens scars and hyperpigmentation.

Rosemary Extract

Rosemary extract contains potent antioxidant and preservative properties. Boasts antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties for inflamed or acne-prone skin.

Sake

Fermented rice water (Sake) has rejuvenating benefits for skin and hair. Ferulic acid battles UV-related damage, kojic acid brightens dull skin and hair, glycerides and amino acids moisturize.

Shea Butter

Shea Butter is a plant lipid that provides replenishing fatty acids and a rich texture. Ideal for repairing dry skin, reinforcing a compromised lipid barrier, and relieving itchy or inflamed skin.

Silica

Silica is a mineral derived from natural elements, such as clay and bamboo. It is a natural anti-inflammatory and essential building block of collagen that can improve hair, skin, and nail strength.

Sodium Ascorbate

Sodium Ascorbate is a sodium salt of ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C. This potent anti-aging, reparative antioxidant brightens while promoting collagen and elastin production.

Sodium Benzoate

Sodium Benzoate is a natural preservative that can be sourced from fruits like cranberries, plums, and apples. It can also be used as a masking agent or as a fragrance ingredient.

Strawberry Extract

Strawberry provides natural red pigment and contains alpha-hydroxy acids and vitamin C. Brightens the complexion, lightens acne scars and dark spots, and reduces excess oil.

Sunflower Oil

Sunflower Oil deeply moisturizes with stores of vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and ceramides. Helps to plump, hydrate, and firm the skin, and promotes a healthy scalp and softer hair.

Tea Tree Essential Oil

Tea Tree Essential Oil treats acne by calming inflammation, killing bacteria, and purging pore-clogging debris while moisturizing and detoxifying the skin. Treats dandruff and cleanses the scalp and follicle for healthier hair growth.

Thyme Extract

Thyme is an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial herb with built-in flavonoids that boost its antioxidant power. Often used to calm acne breakouts, soothe itchy scalps, and stimulate hair growth.

Titanium Dioxide

Titanium Dioxide is an opaque white solid mined from mineral ore. Used in natural sunscreens for its resistance to UV rays, and added to cosmetics to provide natural white pigment.

Turmeric

Turmeric provides natural pigments of vibrant yellow. This root offers potent anti-inflammatory properties that boost glow and vibrancy in dull skin, calm acne breakouts, and psoriasis, and heal damaged skin.

Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable Glycerin softens skin and hair while enhancing moisture retention and absorption. It has a similar pH level to the skin, making it gentle and beneficial for all skin types.

Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is sourced through biofermentation from vegan plant sources

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a defensive antioxidant and potent anti-inflammatory that heals dry, scarred, or damaged the skin. Promotes healthy hair growth, reduces split ends and enhances softness.

Xanthan Gum

Xanthan Gum is a polysaccharide that can be derived from the sugars of wheat, soy, or corn. Assists with texture, viscosity, and moisture retention in natural skin and hair care formulas.

Zinc Oxide

Zinc Oxide is a natural mineral that effectively blocks and protects against UV rays. It also assists with building opacity in cosmetics and acts as a soothing antiseptic for inflamed skin.

 

Guaranteed PURE
All 100% PURE™ formulations adhere to strict purity standards and will never contain harsh or toxic ingredients

Naturally Pigmented
We source pigments from fruit, vegetables, tea, cocoa, and minerals to avoid commonly used heavy metal dyes and lakes

Completely Cruelty-Free
Our commitment to animal welfare means that we will never, EVER test on animals – and that our products will always be certified cruelty-free

Ingredient Sourcing
We go through a painstaking process to avoid animal-sourced ingredients and opt for vegan, cruelty-free alternatives

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ProsourceFit 2-in-1 Hexa Massage Roller Review

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After all of the work that you put in at the gym to build muscle and get healthy, you want to keep your body flexible, functional, and injury-free. Relieve tight, sore muscles and increase range of motion with the ProsourceFit 2-in-1 Hexa Massage Roller. split For the athlete who is familiar with foam rolling and ready for a deeper massage, this is a great intermediate or advanced fitness tool. The ProsourceFit Hexa Massage Roller adds another dimension to standard, smooth foam rollers with firm but flexible raised bumps, designed to provide a deeper self-myofascial release. The sturdy structure is filled with a solid foam interior to provide extra durability and support for a long-lasting exercise tool you can count on.The hexagonal bumps help to release trigger points so you can reduce pain, stretch deeper, and increase range of motion.A convenient design gives you both a full-length roller, as well as a twist-apart option for a half-size roller, making it perfect for at-home use and travel. Designed for muscle recovery and injury prevention through myofascial release. Effectively releases trigger points in calves, thighs, and back Two-in-One feature – twist apart to use separately as two 12 pieces, or combine for a full 24 inch roller Hexagonal bumps are firm yet flexible for the ultimate finger-tip-like massage Filled interior offers solid support and durability Increases blood circulation and range of motion Made with EVA foam and ABS plastic split Measurements: 24″H x 5″DWeight: 2.5 lb.Material: EVA foam; ABS tubeCare: To clean your foam roller, wipe gently with soap and water and a soft cloth, or use an antibacterial wipe to disinfect. Applying a disinfectant spray after each use can also help keep your roller sanitary.

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What Style of Biker Are You?

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From touring to off-road riding to track riding to cyclo-riding to recreational biking—there are almost as many different styles of riding as there are bikes. The following is a discussion of three of the most popular styles of biking today.

Street/Urban Riding

Street/Urban riding is when you bike through urban areas, ride on ledges and other man-made obstacles. Some riders execute tricks as well as stalls and grinds. Hybrid bikes, sometimes called city bikes, are typically used for street/urban riding. Hybrid bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. Most have front suspension with wide comfortable seats and upright handlebars.

Free Riding

The essence of free-riding has its origins on the shores of British Columbia. As some free riders have explained it, free riding is more than just riding, it’s about riding with your friends and doing things on your bike that push the limits of both yourself and your bike. It’s not about being the fastest or coming up with a new trick. Rather, it’s about being totally free on your bike. Freeriding is different for everyone. Essentially, when you ride for pure enjoyment, do your own thing, in your own way, that’s free-riding–making it more of a mindset than a structured style of riding. For example, you could free ride downhill, cross-country or down the boardwalk in Ocean City, Maryland.
Many freeride bikes closely resemble downhill bikes and weigh as much, although they are usually designed to be easier to pedal. Freeride bikes should be in the 30 to upper 50-pound range, have a steeper angled frame in order to make maneuvering on narrow obstacles possible, and be built from stronger, heavier materials.

Downhill Mountain Biking

If you think downhill biking is all about kicking back, stretching your arms and cruising at a leisurely pace, think again. Even though it’s all downhill, biking down a mountain demands concentration, quick reflexes, and bike-handling skills much different than free-riding or city riding. It’s also a blast! Downhill mountain biking races involve racecourses that are designed for riders to speed down while navigating huge jumps, obstacles and more. It’s very similar to motor cross racing.
While it’s true that all bikes go downhill, bikes that provide the optimum ride for Downhill Mountain Biking have what is called full suspension. This means that the front and rear of the frame are equipped with shock absorbers.
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Brain is the Ride

Distribute your story on our new Tales feature for a chance to win 1 of 2 copies of Jet McDonald’ t excellent book ‘ Mind could be the Ride’. Submit before Friday two August to enter. Does mowing the lawn make you smarter? Reading Jet McDonald’ s new book ‘ Thoughts is the Ride’, we’ d become tempted to say: Yes! […]

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Bicycle Week 2019 – everyday biking for everyone

This particular June we’ re delighted to become teaming up with our friends with Cycling UK, to celebrate daily cycling for everyone. Whether you’ lso are from Moray or Monmouthshire, Brighton or Birmingham, you’ re asked to experience the freedom of 2 wheels and help others to find out the joys and benefits of bicycling. Cycling is fun, practically free of charge, easy […]

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2019 Australian Bike Summit

Christina Sorbello is Love to Ride’ h Regional Manager for Asia Pacific cycles.   As a graduate of the College of Social Entrepreneurs, she is interested in social impact and how effecting modify in local communities can mean transformative shifts for our cities. Christina got a trip to Melbourne for the 2019 Australian Bike Summit and amounts up […]

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BMX Racing for beginners

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BMX racing is a fun sport for young people. For kids, the basic bike should have 20-inch wheels. Riders under age six can use whatever type of bike they have, even if it's not a true BMX freestyle bike. These little folks might still be riding bikes with wheels as small as 12-inches. Some tracks even have races for Big Wheel bikes.

A cruiser or mountain bike with 24-inch or 26-inch wheels might be okay, too, but check ahead of time with your local track for advice. Many tracks will let you race a mountain bike in the “Cruiser” class.

BMX Racing for beginners

Whatever bike you use should be equipped this way. Remove all reflectors. Take off the kickstand and chainguard to prevent injury in a wreck.BMX Sunrise

The bike should have pads on the top tube, stem, and crossbar. Most BMX freestyle bikes already have these pads. If your bike doesn't have them, adding this safety feature will cost about $5.

The bike should have at least one working brake. A coaster brake is fine if that's all the bike has. The bike should be in safe working order.

Finally, tie a paper plate to the handlebars. This will be your number plate. When you get to the track, they'll give you a number to put on it. That number will identify you to the judges and fans as you are racing.

Safety is important

For head protection, a helmet is essential. Depending on the track rules, this may need to be a full-face helmet or a helmet with a separate mouthguard. Other tracks will accept any type of inexpensive motocross-style helmet.

Wear protective clothing. Regular long pants or jeans will protect the rider's legs. For arm protection, wear a long-sleeved shirt. Since riders will use their feet, they should wear good sturdy shoes they are comfortable riding in.

Although you can race without gloves, wearing them is a good idea. Be sure they fit well and don't interfere with moving your hands. Finally, bring bike tools and an air pump in case repairs are needed.

Ready to race

To race, a potential rider needs to find a track. Local bike shops may have information on where the nearest track is. Otherwise, visit the National Bicycle League (NBL) or American Bicycle Association (ABA) websites. These are the sanctioning bodies of BMX racing. They provide advice and insurance to local tracks. As an NBL or ABA member, you will have some medical insurance if you get hurt on the track during a race and do not have other insurance.

A parent or guardian must accompany the rider to give permission for the child to race. A birth certificate must be shown as proof of age. Most tracks charge between $15 and $35 for a racing license that is licensed well for a year. There is also an entry fee for each race, which is usually between $6 and $10.

For your first visit to a particular track, get there about two hours before the first race starts. Find the registration tent or trailer and sign up.

Then take a walk around the track. Try to remember where the jumps are. Next, it's time to practice. Put your helmet and other gear on and follow the others to the starting gate. Watch what everyone else does and where they go. A beginner should put his front wheel against the starting gate, keeping one foot on a pedal and the other one on the ground. Start pedaling when the gate drops. Go slow the first few times until you feel comfortable.

After practice, the races will be posted. The people at the registration tent can tell you where your particular race will be posted and how the race actually works. You will be in a group or “moto” with other riders about your age. Line up with them in the staging area. When your group is called, go up and race! This will probably happen three or four times, depending on the system the track uses, and then it will be over. If you win, you might get a trophy. Even if you don't, you'll have fun.

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