The Internet's Official BMX Magazine.

August 22, 1999

Q: What do you think of the 98' Fatboy Specialized? I got one for Christmas and some of my friends are saying its a crappy bike.

A: Luis, we got the man himself, Christophe Leveque, to answer your question: "That Specialized Fatboy is a really good bike. It has the exactly geometry that the newer Specialized have, so you can tell your friends it was designed by pro riders. If that doesn't convince them, go out to the track and beat them in a race, then they will know that is a great bike. Thanks."
--Christophe Leveque, AA Pro for Specialized, and Double A Marketing.

Q: Hi Grant! I'm an 11/m beginer. I have been riding for a while but never doing tricks. I want some info about woodward camp but i dont know the site...could u please let me know?

A: Hey dude, guess you're too lazy to use the search engines, huh? Camp Woodward's web address is Do me a favor, when you get back, teach me what you learned. Thanks!

Q: I'm a 14 year old biker and my friend and I have found a really good place for building dirt ramps and it's huge. Please tell me if you have any web sites that you know of or any mags or books that you know of that could help us out.

A: Hmm... I know there must be a web site or two that have some instructions, but I don't know off the top of my head. Search for some? (If you know of any, let us know!) But just build dude. To save dirt, use logs, empty refrigerators, dead bodies, etc., as a foundation, then groom a good lip. Make sure the dirt is wet when you build so you can form it nice and it sticks. Good luck.

Q: How do u adjust to a new track right away? The only track I've ever ridden is the local track. but I may go to the Desoto Supernationals. Any tips on how to adjust to a new track quicker?

A: The only real way to do that is to become a better rider. Most tracks pros go to are too easy; they ride super hard trails so that all they have to worry about it speed. The only other suggestion I have is to try to find out what the Desoto track is like (sections, jumps, etc.) and practice accordingly.

Q: My son is new to BMX. What advice can you give to a parent regarding equipment to get started (using a street bike). What equipment do you feel is necessary (full face helmet compared to his skateboarding helmet), pads as compared to long sleeve shirt, street pants compared to a jersey and pants? What equipment can you buy to add to a street bike that you might be able to use later when buying a lighter weight frame, etc. (or is it better just to buy the bike whole later on?)

A: "Practice Safe Wrecks," that's my motto. A street bike is OK for racing. But if it's slowing him down, you may want to go to an aluminum one. Full face!!! Hardcore 4130 freaks aren't going to like what I'm saying right now, but they're also the ones who show up to the track with wired-up jaws and broken teeth. I also wear an EVS Ballistic Jersey which are much better than your standard chest protectors. Normal platic chest protectors will just keep the rocks from scratching you; they offer no cushioning. The EVS jersey offers both padded protection and platic shields, and zips up like a jacket, so it's really comfortable and can be conceald under a jersey. Anyway, I also recommend knee and shin guards, and gloves. Elbow and forearm pads are good too, but the EVS jersey is long-sleeve with that stuff all built in. If you want to make your street bike lighter, get 36-spoked wheels, racing 3-piece cranks, and that's about it. The only way to go really light is to go aluminum.

Q: How do I know how much speed to get to clear a 4-pak, even though it is going down hill?
--Thomas Cashin

A: If you case it, you're going too slow. If you over clear it, you're going too fast! Seriously. If you're worried, warm up to it and go purposely slow and just 50/50 it and try to adjust your speed. Each time go faster and faster until you have it dialed.

Q: How can you get over a large roller without getting air and maintain speed?
--John Ahearn

A: To get over a large roller without catching air (which is the fastest way about hitting it) is to pull up your front wheel before it. Pull up enough so that your front wheel clears the peak of the roller and use your legs to pump down the backside, or just start peddaling. Some of the good riders I know can pedal right over rollers like they'r not even there. I hate them.

Q: I live in Suisun, CA. and there is nowhere to ride without trespassing and this sucks for all the riders in Suisun. Any help would be appreciated!

A: Duncan, I feel your pain! The best way to go about it, I think, is to approach the town. See if they'll set some land aside for you to build on, and in exchange, you'll keep the area clean. Maybe they'll even fence it in and make it an official dirt jumping park with members and stuff. Tell them that would bring the town money! That may get them to listen. Good luck!

Q: Hi my name is Shannon Fitton and i have been riding for about three months now. I have a Free Agent Ambush but dont have three piece cranks. Do you think you need them? I am also into dirtjumping. I have been offered a Haro al 3.0 for $300 Australian. Do you think I should buy it then get some 3 piece. Do you think it will make me any faster? I train every night after school. Well if you could help me I would be very greatful. Thank you very much
--Shannon Fitton

A: OK, yes, get three-piece cranks. One-piece aren't as strong, so they flex and you lose power. 3-piece will last you longer, especially if you're a dirt jumper. $300 Australian? I have no idea what that is! There's a really good Australian dealer online at PedalInn. See what they can do for you!

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