Campers must come to camp with their own bike equipment. The reason we prefer that everyone has their own bicycle is simple; it’s much easier to learn and be comfortable on something you are familiar with, as well as fits you properly!

Bike equipment needed:

 

Bicycle

These are available in from your local bike shop like Harvester

Helmet

Skateboard specific- these are available in our shop.

Knee and Elbow Pads

Mandatory for campers 15 and under- these are available in our shop.

other Recomended produxts:

Gloves (proper snug fit, full fingered)

Shin pads and/or long pants (helps limit scraps and burns from pedals and tires) mistakes will be made!

 

What type of bike can I bring to camp?

   For spring/summer 2017 we are focusing on the launch of our BMX cycling program.  For this program a 16″-24″ jumping designed bicycle outlined in our bicycle classification guide will be suitable.  

   We are working on expanding our programming into MTB cross-country trail and downhill riding for our campers. 

 How do we choose the right size bicycle?

Campers can use any bicycle that meets standards and is appropriate for the chosen program, but that doesn’t mean it will be safe, fun or progressive for them. Choosing the wrong equipment can be hazardous and may hinder your child’s progression or lead to unnecessary accidents.  You want to make sure your child is comfortable on their bicycle to maintain balance and be able to touch the ground with their feet. The seat should be set at an appropriate height for the rider.  Handlebars should be the right height and width and set at the right angle for the rider and bikes geometry.  ( Bike set-up will be addressed for each rider on their first day of camp. )

How do you know what bicycle to buy?

There are several variables when choosing your child’s bicycle for camp.

 *Including the appropriate bicycle for the program you are looking to attend. 

Wheel and frame size

   Generally speaking BMX bikes traditionally are all a 20″ wheel size, no matter what the height and size of the rider.  Instead the bike frames geometry and top tube length are sized for the riders height.  Frames can also be chosen with a specific riding style or discipline in mind.  Handlebar selection is also a factor used to adjust for height.  A 20″ wheel size will generally suit a rider from introduction to the sport, on into their later riding years.  With most BMX riders traditionally riding a 20″ wheel size throughout their riding lifetime.  Most of today’s modern, complete 20″ BMX bikes offered will be a suitable geometry and offer adequate sizing for most children to youths.  Not sure? Contact us and we will help direct you in the right direction.

         

   *With that said, in recent years a small handful of companies marketed BMX bicycles offered in untraditional size ranges, from smaller 16″ and 18″, to larger 22″ and 24″ wheel sizes with correspondingly sized frames.  Built to the same quality durability standards, with smaller, early starters and taller older riders in mind. And will be allowed at camp, provided they are up to the standards for the type of activity.

 **Please keep in mind, flat and/or blown tires or tubes can happen frequently, especially while starting out learning. While 20″ tubes are readily available at local department, hardware and bicycle shops everywhere. Tubes and tires for these particular untraditionally sized bikes are generally harder to source and not always as readily available.  Sending your child to camp with an extra tire and a few tubes may maximizes their experience, if riding one of these specialized sizes.  

 BMX Bicycle

Price

   A decent complete, entry level bicycle suited for this type of activity start around $350+.  Price will vary depending on brand, materials and design level.  In most cases you will get to choose from Intro, intermediate and advanced. 

Type of Material   

 

There are a few materials bicycle frames can be made of, some more suitable then the other for certain applications. Mainly the materials used are steel, aluminum and chromoly.  

Steel

 Your less expensive entry level frames are usually made of mild steel. This keeps material costs down and provides a affordable baseline for entry level aggressive type riding.  It’s limits are usually exceeded by the time the rider is entering the intermediate levels.  And should be inspected occasionally for stress and cracks at the welded joints. 

Aluminum 

Frames of this material are made for reduced weight and rigidness.  Aluminum is a much lighter material then steel or chromoly.  Cost of these aluminum frames are generally higher.  Their general purpose aimed at the flatland, dirt and track racing industry.  They are designed for these specific applications and are made lightweight and stiff for smooth, fast responsive riding.  This material should be inspected often for stress and cracks. 
 *Multiple impacts sustained in a skatepark setting will eventually exceed the durability expectations of aluminum resulting in material failure.  If this is the chosen focus another material would be suggested.

Chromoly

Heat treated chromoly is the ideal choice for durability and life expectancy in the bicycle world, whether riding skatepark, dirt jumping or track racing.  Chromoly is much stronger then steel and aluminum at a very competitive cost.  Has a higher strength to weight ratio, and high tensile strength which means less material without sacrificing durability.  “Heat treating” is a process used to add hardness, strength, ductility and elasticity to the metals after bending and/or welding.  Choosing a frame of this material  will provide a long lasting, quality built bicycle ready for all styles of riding for years to come.

 *All materials reach a point of failure, always inspect your equipment, especially around bends and welds

Wheel and frame size

   Generally speaking BMX bikes traditionally are all a 20″ wheel size, no matter what the height and size of the rider.  Instead the bike frames geometry and top tube length are sized for the riders height.  Frames can also be chosen with a specific riding style or discipline in mind.  Handlebar selection is also a factor used to adjust for height.  A 20″ wheel size will generally suit a rider from introduction to the sport, on into their later riding years.  With most BMX riders traditionally riding a 20″ wheel size throughout their riding lifetime.  Most of today’s modern, complete 20″ BMX bikes offered will be a suitable geometry and offer adequate sizing for most children to youths.  Not sure? Contact us and we will help direct you in the right direction.

         

   *With that said, in recent years a small handful of companies marketed BMX bicycles offered in untraditional size ranges, from smaller 16″ and 18″, to larger 22″ and 24″ wheel sizes with correspondingly sized frames.  Built to the same quality durability standards, with smaller, early starters and taller older riders in mind. And will be allowed at camp, provided they are up to the standards for the type of activity.

 **Please keep in mind, flat and/or blown tires or tubes can happen frequently, especially while starting out learning. While 20″ tubes are readily available at local department, hardware and bicycle shops everywhere. Tubes and tires for these particular untraditionally sized bikes are generally harder to source and not always as readily available.  Sending your child to camp with an extra tire and a few tubes may maximizes their experience, if riding one of these specialized sizes.