Thursday, 28 February 2008
Wednesday, 27 February 2008
Sunday, 24 February 2008
There are many sites that show how to get that first start in BMX and one of them is my friend from the US who was involved in the bike industry some time back. Jack Baruth or Jim Boswell (his pen name) as he is known as has an excellent website at http://www.bmxbasics.org with lots of insightful articles. One of the articles is Getting started in BMX racing. Lots of advice there but in a nutshell:
- A long-sleeved T-shirt
- Long pants or jeans
- A full-face helmet
- Shoes with flat soles
- Gloves (not really necessary but recommended)
- A 20" BMX in good working condition
Jack Baruth has closed his site but as I keep regular contact with him, he has given me permission to reproduce the article in full so here it is:
- BMX is no more dangerous than most team sports. Statistically, it is safer than nearly every traditional after-school activity or sport, with the possible exception of Drama Club. You WILL get a little bit scraped up, but in general the time you spend on a track will be safer than your time on the street. I'm living proof of that, having hurt myself much worse off the track than on!
- BMX is not dirt cheap to do, if you will pardon the pun, but a sensible rider and his/her family can race a complete season for less money than nearly any other non-school-supported sport. Many people do not race because they have no health insurance, but the NBL and ABA do provide some medical insurance during the races, so check that out below.
- What will I need to race?
- Long pants, jeans are fine and even recommended
- A long-sleeved shirt, nothing fancy
- A pair of good shoes that you are comfortable riding in
- A helmet. If you are racing NBL (we'll cover that later) you will need to have a full-face helmet or a separate mouthguard. If you are racing ABA, all you need is a cheap motocross-style helmet. You don't even really need a visor. If you do not own a helmet, don't let that stop you. Your local track may have loaner helmets for new riders.
- I do not think it would be a bad idea to wear some sort of gloves, even the 99-cent gardeners' gloves from the hardware store, but those are NOT mandatory. You can race without gloves.
- You should take ALL the reflectors off.
- Take the kickstand and chainguard off, as well. This is to prevent injury in a wreck.
- Your bike should have pads on the "top tube", "stem", and "crossbar". Most BMX bikes already have these pads---if not, $5 at the local shop should set you up. Some tracks keep loaner pads around.
- The bike should have at least one working brake. That includes the coaster brake, if that's all you've got.
- The bike should be in safe working order. Your local track can help you get your bike up to this standard if necessary.
- Tie a paper plate to your handlebars. That's your number plate. When you get to the track, they'll give you a number to put on it. Don't worry about being a "geek". A LOT of people run paper plates. ALL of us can remember using a paper plate at some time or another.
So with that in mind, get your stuff together and if I have not welcomed you before, welcome to the world of BMX! Youth Olympics here we come!
12 degree backsweep
1.5 degree upsweep
black and Raw
Nice and big bars which are perfect for BMX racing. I might get myself a pair!
To those who may not know what I am referring to, The Sunday Times showed a picture of four guys on mountainbikes jumping and called that a BMX race. The bikes were not BMX bikes. Congratulations Wang Meng Meng. You have just contributed the confusion that the general public has on the sport of BMX racing. I have posted many pictures of BMXers here in the blog and this Singapore BMX blog is featured prominently in several search engines so you have no excuse whatsoever.
And another thing. I am a BMXer, a fan of all BMX disciplines but some people seem to have an agenda for riding on the Youth Olympics and BMX wave. Fine by all means but NOT at the expense of belittling the sport that has been around for almost 40 years.
I can say one thing I can expect more confusion here in Singapore as people who do not understand the sport put things in their unlearned perspectives.
Friday, 22 February 2008
Thursday, 21 February 2008
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
TO make it easier for people to take public transport, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) will provide more and better bicycle parking facilities around MRT stations and bus interchanges in the housing estates.
This initiative will be progressively implemented, starting with towns where demand for bicycle parking facilities outstrips supply.
LTA will carry out a one-year pilot in 2009 in Pasir Ris, Tampines and Yishun, to gather feedback and better understand the needs of the cyclists, before extending it to other MRT stations and bus interchanges.
Also, from next month, cyclists will be allowed to carry their foldable bicycles on-board our buses and trains on a trial basis during off-peak periods. LTA will impose size restrictions and other conditions to ensure that the safety and comfort of other commuters are not compromised.
Transport Minister Raymond Lim gave these details in a written answer on Friday to a question from Tampines GRC MP Irene Ng who had asked for plans to integrate the use of bicycles into urban transport planning as part of the land transport policy review.
Mr Lim agreed that there is a growing interest in cycling, with more people cycling for recreation, or to get around the neighbourhood.
As such, cycling was very much a part of the Land Transport Review, he said.
'In the review, we recognise that cycling is a transport option that can link commuters to major transport nodes such as our train stations and bus interchanges, making it easier for people to take public transport,' he said.
Given Singapore's land constraints, Mr Lim said the government will not be able to provide a comprehensive network of dedicated cycling tracks. Instead, it will leverage on NParks' nation-wide Park Connectors Network to bring cyclists to transport nodes. Where there are short gaps between the park connectors and transport nodes, LTA will work with the other agencies to close these gaps, he added.
He said in May last year, the Traffic Police and LTA, together with the Tampines Grassroot Organisations, started a one-year trial to allow cycling on pedestrian footways in Tampines. The outcome of the trial and the feedback gathered will also help his ministry determine how best to meet the needs of cyclists and pedestrians within our land constraints.
Monday, 18 February 2008
Saturday, 16 February 2008
But sad to say, we are far from having a decent track. Emails and calls to the various bodies have come to a naught. Maybe they are adopting a wait and see attitude (like they ALWAYS do) or they are merely indifferent. I went down to the track today to have a look at it and it was in worse shape that I can imagine. There were rocks jutting out all over the place and the grass was like growing wild all over the place. Hopefully we will ave better facilities if Singapore wins the pitch but I cannot help but feel sad that it takes the Youth Olympics to shake up some ignoramuses in our civil service. Well, the consolation I feel is that if Singapore wins it, they will have two years to re-do the track. That should be more than enough time.
Thursday. I can hardly wait. But I wonder. If we do not win it, will the local authorities pledge any help to build up the BMX scene here? Food for thought indeed.
Thursday, 14 February 2008
Here are the specs-
Colors Signal Green, Ferarri red
Top Tube Length 20-1/2", 20-3/4", 21"
Rear End Length 13-5/8" (slammed)
Bottom Bracket Height 11-1/2"
Head Tube Angle 74.5 degrees
Seat Tube Angle 71 degrees
Weight 5 pounds 1 ounces (20-3/4"tt)
Headtube Integrated Externally Machined, tapped for gyro tabs
Dropouts Roasted (heat treated) 3/16" thick for 14mm axles
Bottom Bracket Mid
Brake Options Seatstay 990's, Brakeless
Bridges Curved round tube for chain and seat stays
Standover Height 8 1/2"
TUBING SPECS all 4130 Chromoly
Top Tube 1-3/8 ” O.D.; .Double Butted
Down Tube 1-1/2 ” O.D.; Double Butted
Seat Stays 3/4” O.D.; .035 WALL
Chain Stays 3/4” O.D.; .049 WALL
They are available with seat-stay brakemounts or none if you chose brakeless. I must say, the frame looks nice!
Monday, 11 February 2008
The Kuwahara Site is right there
Sunday, 10 February 2008
Tuesday, 5 February 2008
Monday, 4 February 2008
To all you cyclists out there. Be careful when riding on the pavement, if you must ride there. Always give way to pedestrians and if you do knock someone down, accidentally or otherwise, do the right thing and say sorry and give them all the assistance they need. The last thing we want to be a is a nation that looks down at cyclists in general.
I hope that bastard that did that cowardly thing gets his just desserts.