Bicycle Motocross(BMX) movement originated in the 20th century, the 60s in California, in a very short time it has its unique charm to conquer the entire United States. Beyond the reach of those young people in terms of off-road motorcycle, this exercise can make them feel self-built off-road in the car speeding on the runway wonderful feeling. Although the use of the bike, but without prejudice to the moment that they fully understand the impact brought about by the stimulation and excitement. For teenagers, BMX's spending is relatively low and does not take up too far away from home driving range.
PAGE TEN CASS CITY CHRONICLE-THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4,1980 CASS CITY, MICHIGAN) s No engines needed Bicycle motocross Fast and fast growing sport for kids By Mike Eliasohn jumps, hills and turns, the lightweight in price. The sport is five. Until the last difference being that in love it. That's really the cheapest BMX bike runs few years, riders stopped situation." J.R. Newell's bicycle is BMX, the course is much about $150 and wouldn't be participating by their late worth $400. In his first year of compe- shorter and leg power is very competitive. The most teens, when they got too tition, J.R. has done very J.R. Newell is seven years used instead of engine pow- expensive cost several hun- large for their small bikes. old. er. well. It. takes five wins in the dred dollars. That problem has been novice class in his age group The Owosso youngster is In both, special machines That's not the kind of solved by the invention of one of an increasing number to move up to the expert are used. The BMX ma- bread most kids carry cruiser bikes, which use class and he has already of participants in a sport chines, with the exception of around in their jeans, so by 26-inch wheels and are called bicycle motocross -- the cruiser class for older accomplished that. necessity, BMX is a family somewhat akin to the old JEFF FOSIIAG, BMX for short. riders, use 20-inch wheels. sport, even if not all mem- "balloon tire bombers" that The bikes do not have The bicycles usually use 16, of Monroe, has also done bers of the family partici- were the standard kids' bike very well in his first full year motors. The "moto" part of wide knobby tires, have one pate directly. .before the advent of 10- the name comes from the of competition, collecting speed, and are light but Girls can race, either speeds and 20-inch banana nine trophies in 11 races. motorcycle sport of moto- strong, normally 25 pounds against each other or in the seat bikes. cross, after which BMX is A lot of his friends were or less. regular classes with the With the cruisers, even patterned. Because of the extensive involved in the sport, which boys, but BMX remains a parents can get into the got him interested, so he In both, the riders race use of lightweight com- largely male-sport. action. over a short dirt course with bought a used bike, raced ponents, the bikes are not The minimum age for the J.R. NKWEU, - J.R. once last year, liked it and sounds classier than Jeff - decided to get involved was one of several hundred heavily this year. riders competing on a recent His parent's gave him a week end at the Great Lakes $120 frame for Christmas National BMX event on a and he has been doing track near Lansing. various odd jobs ( a n d get- It was possibly ihe largest ting advances on his allow- and certainly the most pres- ance) to earn money for THEY'RE OFF - A starting gate that drops down tigious BMX event ever held components, which he con- in Michigan and attracted stantly upgrades. He figures ensures an equal start for all racers. A maximum of eight p a r t i c i p a n t s from as far he now has between $400 and riders race per heat, which consists of one lap of the track. away as California. (The $500 invested in his 21-pound Golden Slate is where BMX machine. originated about 10 years After Jeff got involved, ago.) brother Robert, 11, got inter- According to J.R.'s father. ested, and after that their Bob, an ex-motorcycle rac- parents, so now the entire er, getting involved in the family goes to races almost sport was a joint decision. every week end. They went to a few races last So far they have been to year, liked what they saw such places as Detroit, and "both decided to try i t . " Woodhaven, Birch Run, The father has invested Petoskey and E l k h a r t . Ind. about SOOUso far, and figures "We've been to every one," the m i n i m u m to gel started said their father. Walter, would b e a b o u l half ( h a t . ( I n who exhibited as much en- addition to the bike, there is thusiasm for the sport as did also the cost of protective his two sons. clothing and safety h e l m e t . ) The Newells - Mrs. New- ell also goes along -- usually travel with a group of f a m i - A F K W I ' K H S O X A I . 1'IUv lies from Owosso involved in cautionary notes: the sport. It's possible to go BMX racers wear safety somewhere every week end, helmets, protective clothing, and t h e Xewells have gone there is safety padding on as far as K l k h a r t . hid. BMX the bicycle and the cycles can be a year-round sport if are extra strong so that they one chooses as races are won'I break, plus there are held indoors d u r i n g w i n t e r . medical personnel at Ihe BMX RACERS spend most of their time standing on the As for why families gel events in case of injury. pedals, as opposed to sitting down. involved. Bob Newell ex- Would-be BMX 'racers, plained, "The kids really alter reading this, should not try such riding on standard bicycles. Something could break, for instance, the handlebars, resulting in serious injury to the rider. Standard bikes can be strengthened to take the -- The siick track made staying stress, but Ihe result is an upright on the banked turns difficult, as this female rider already heavy bike being made heavier. found out. Injuries can happen, one circumstance being There are many inexpen- when a rider goes down in a pack and is run over by others. sive bikes sold that look like molocross bikes, but aren't, SOd/H'd as they don't have Ihe Arc you a tub person necessary strengthened frame, wheels, handlebars, oi' .1 shown- person'.1 Takini; a s h o w e r uses a b o u t 10 gallons "I w;iter. while ;i bath uses Professional and Business etc.. so shouldn't be used for 1!H gallons. To save on water B.MX riding. hills, t a k e showers instead of The nearest BMX track is baths. Baja Acres, southwest of And if you prefer baths, Millinglon. a f t e r bathing let the water Anyone who would like s t a n d in the t u b until it more information about the cools. The heal from the DR. W.S. SELBY DR. E.PAUL LOCKWOOD sport can call me al the tub is sufficient t o warm a Optometrist Chiropractic Physician Chronicle in the evening. Hours: H-'j c.cup! Thurid.iy Olfice Hours Won Tims Wed Hi small house on a 9-lL'noon and 1 30-d 00pm M I ; . "oononSjIiiiu.iy M.R.E. summer or fall evening. 4624 Hill Si S,llun),ly 9- l;',-| rn Aciuss f'Oin Closed All Day JhursJjy H.il:, ,inj I).ifcsHospil.il Phone 872-2765 Cass City Phone 872-3404 tor ^ppointmoni Allen Witherspoon Harold T. Donahue New l-ncjliindlifi' f<Jt I lifuwlh F und M.D. Nl-.l tquity I urn) Physician & Surgeon V,llui- I mi.1 F UMGJ Ki-yslunir f uncjs CLINIC Phone 872 2321 4674 Hill Street, Cass City CONDITIONS for the Great Lakes bicycle motocross event at the Jack Pine 4615 Oak Cass City OlliceB/2-:.'.i;M fte, H/;V':H I track north of Lansing were very muddy, which slowed speeds and made Harris-Hampshire negotiating banked turns like this one tricky. K. I. MacRae, D.O. Agency, Inc. Osfeopathic Physician Complete Insurance Services and Surgeon 6815 E Cass City Road Cornel Church and Oak Streets Cass City, Michigan Ollice 872-2880 Res. 872-3365 Phone 872-2688 - ;f= Sang H. Park, M.D. Salb A. Isterabadl, M.D., FRCS Obstetrics & Gynecology 4674 Hill Street Cass City.Michigan 48726 4672 Hill Street Phone 872-2800 Surgeon, General & Thoracic Ollice Hours by Appointment Outpatient Clinic Hills & Dales Hospital James Ballard, M. D. Each Wednesday Office at 4530 Weaver Street 8a.m.-1 p.m. Invitations Napkins Hours: I u 00 am ID ip 00 noon V- 00p in 10.1 30p m Daily i.'ACiipi Itiursday iilluinuon Dr. J. Geissinger CHIROPRACTOR DO YOU HAVE A Thank-yon notes OVER THE HILL - Under dry conditions with faster speeds, these DRINKING PROBLEM? ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS andAL-ANON Mon.,Tues.,Thurs., Fri. 9-12 a.m. and 2-6 p.m. Sat.,9-12 a.m. racers would have been flying off this Every Friday Evening - 8:00 p.m. 21 N. Aimer, Caro, Ml. Across from IGA Store hill instead of riding over it. BMX Good Shepherd Lutheran Chuich Cass City Phone Caro 673-4464 racers can get several feet off the A full line of bridal needs ... ground. Edward Scollon, D.V.M. HoonK. Jeung, M.D. / Two area winners Veterinarian Call for Appointment for Small Animals General Surgery 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily Saturday-9 to 12 noon1 Cass City Chronicle J 7 at state fair Two area residents were Two winners in competition at bushe bushel basket display of Phone 872-2935 4849 N. Seeger St., Cass City Richard A. Hall, D.O. Office Hours by Appointment Phone 872-4611 4672 Hill St. Cass City, Mich, 48726 Home 872-3138 home grown vegetables in Phone 8't 2-2010 the now ended Michigan Slate Fair in Detroit. open class, Tom Cook of Ubly won Osteopathlc Physician Harry Crandell, Jr. firsl place for his eleclrical D.V.M. 6545 Church Street .lattice Spit/a of 5711 .Jack- entry in the 15-H) age group sun Itoad, Cass City, bested in industrial arts competi- Cass City, Michigan Office 4438 South Seeger St. Ifi oilier entries for her tion. OMicii 872-4725 Home872-4762 Phone 872-2255
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