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Author: Mark Taylor

Activity Days – Motocross: Safety First

Getting the proper equipment to make the most of your motocross experience is an affair that leaves a bittersweet taste in the minds of many. On the one side, you really need the proper equipment to protect yourself and in order to minimise the risk of injury; with the proper equipment you can enjoy a fun ride on your bike without the constant feeling that, should something go awry, the odds are stacked against you for coming through without a scratch. On the other side, it is no secret that the gear itself can be very expensive and, for many, this is a deterrent to get into the sport as the initial investment seems too high. Getting What You Need The good thing to know is that you don’t need to purchase absolutely everything in order to get on the bike and have a few laps around the track. In fact, while all the safety elements are very helpful, it is quite clear that some of those elements will give a greater impact on your safety than others and thus it is not hard to start purchasing the most important elements first. Here is a list of the usual safety gear used for motocross; we have ordered the list according to the importance of the item so it stands as a very nice check-list when you are out shopping....

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Wirral Charity Bike Event for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research

The 12th Annual Leukaemia Research Wirral Bikeathon will start at 9.30 am on Sunday 13th June 2010 in Arrowe Country Park, Upton, Birkenhead. Entry is £10 for adults and £5 for under 17s (£20 and £5 respectively on the day). There are also family tickets if booked in advance. The Wirral Bikeathon is a fantastic cycling event for the whole family, giving everyone the opportunity to have a fun day out, enjoy some healthy exercise and raise money through sponsorship to support the vital work of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Leukaemia Research is the first, and still the only national charity solely devoted to research into the causes and treatment of leukaemia and related blood disorders in children and adults. The 28 mile route follows a figure of eight through the spectacular Wirral peninsula with two sections each about 13 miles combining public highways and off-road along the scenic Wirral Way. Ideal for both advanced cyclists and beginners, participants can elect to ride either one or both sections. Everyone from 8 to 80 is invited to take part with those under 8 invited to join in on tag-a-longs or trailers. The day itself has a real party atmosphere with over 80 marshals to cheer cyclists on and ensure safety and free light refreshments provided at feeding points along the route. To date, this event has raised a total of...

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Mountain Bike Trails in London

London is mostly urban, but there are some mountain bike trails worth checking out if you happen to be there and want to get in a good ride. Richmond Park in London is one example of a good place to ride your bike through hills, forests, and woods. You can partake of miles of stretches of clear trails, but you’ll need to watch for vehicles as you’ll have to cross several roads as well – just go earlier in the morning and that way it will be free of traffic, and people walking their dogs too. There is a 30 mile stretch that goes all the way from London to Camden, and you will be sure to have plenty of scenery to take in along the way. If you decide to side wind through the Regents Canal area, you can get a great view of the barge and all the other boats for a flat ride, but there are hilly, challenging, and scurrilous riding through Hampstead and Finchley if you decide to take the path to Cahlk Farm Road. London’s Hyde Park is another place you can take your bike for a spin. You can bike right alongside the paths designated for walking because there is so much foliage that you surely don’t want to miss it. There are concerts, special events, and social gatherings throughout the year, and...

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Mountain Bike Trails in East Midlands

The East Midlands is one several regions of England, and it is comprised of the eastern half of the original region of the Midlands. The many areas that constitute the East Midlands include Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, and the majority portion of Lincolnshire. Some would say that a more succinct definition of the East Midlands includes the City of Petersborough and Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire. Whatever the true dividing line is, the East Midlands area is perfect for mountain biking. Some of the special routes include Carsington Water, Tissington Trail, Clumber Park, Sherwood Pines Forest Park, Shipley Country Park, Cloud Trail, Conkers, Brampton Valley Way, Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs, Ashover, Belvoir Loop, Borrough Hill, Buxton – Goyt Valley, Edale Loop – Jacob’s Ladder, Eyam – Bakewell, Hope Valley – Win Hill, Ladybower – Doctor’s Gate – Cut Gate Path, Stanage Edge, Tissington and High Peak Circuit, and Cycle Routes in Lincolnshire. Let’s take a look at some of the cycle routes in Lincolnshire. The dozing country lanes, picturesque cycle paths, and various sections of the National Cycle Network make it easy to explore all the nooks and crannies of Lincolnshire on your mountain bike. There are cycle route leaflets, maps, and a countryside access map provided by the city for people that want to engage in the mountain biking tourism in the city. Most are beginner routes...

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Mountain Bike Trails in East England

East England is one of the nine regions of England that was created in 1994. It comprises Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk. The wider region would also include East Anglia and East Midlands; Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Huntingdonshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire. All of the mountain biking paths in this region are guaranteed to stun you with their variance, fun, and scenic beauty. Let’s take a look at some of the mountain bike trails in East England. The off road cyclist can find his home in Essex even though it is lacking in mountains and large hills that most mountain bikers crave. It can be construed as a mountain bike paradise if you look at it the right way. The Epping Forest, Hainault Forest, Flitch Way, Thorndon Park, Weald Country Park, Langdon Hills, and Belhus Woods are all ingeniously connected through a series of linked bridleways and byways that connect in a network that make it very appealing to the off road cyclist. The trail length goes from 15 miles to 35 miles, the trail level is designed for all skill levels, it is a singletrack design, and most of the terrain is flat and easy to ride in. See it as a gentle day out with the kids or as a starting trail to get your fitness levels back up after the winter lay-off. Some other trails in the...

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Mountain Bike Parts

The mountain bike parts that help your mountain bike fit together in a functioning whole should be regularly inspected, repaired, replaced, cleaned, and spot-checked for optimal use out on the mountain trails. There are so many parts that are integral to your bike and are also accessories to checking into the other parts of your bike. There are adhesives, aero bars, parts, levers, fasteners and ties, greases, brake pad parts, bolts, nuts, and washers, hammers and punch tools, frame tools, and more. The list is extensive. A good sample list of all the mountain bike parts includes hardtail, full suspension, and other types of frames that have the following parts to them. Brakes, brake levers, brake system, brake pads, controls, handle bars, headset, grips, saddle, seat posts, shifters, stems, bottom brackets, cabels, cassettes, chains, cranksets, derailleurs, pedals, suspension, forks, rear shocks, tyres and wheels, hubs, rims, skewers, spokes, inner tubes, tubeless tyres, wheelsets, and of course the compendium of bike accessories. Most bike parts can be found in classifieds, and you can buy them one at a time instead of buying a new bike every time something breaks on it. You can also take your bike into the bike shop and order replacement parts for a fee for ordering, installation, and the cost of the part. These people will be able to advise you on what the best part...

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