Hitting the pump track with my kid

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Daz555
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Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby Daz555 » Mon May 20, 2013 23:34 pm

My lad is 5 and just discovering the delights of a local pump track. I'd love to be able to rip round with him and give some tips (as I learn properly myself) but my full suss and my road bike are not really suitable for the job!

I was thinking of chucking together a cheapo bike for me to take to the pump track with him.

What sort of bike do you reckon I should go for? My first hunch was an old BMX.
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Re: Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby Kowalski675 » Mon May 20, 2013 23:37 pm

I nearly hit the pump track yesterday. Literally...

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Re: Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby SteveH28 » Tue May 21, 2013 04:32 am

Should still be able to use ur full sus on it tho i imagine its harder. Either use lockout or compress the suspension on the downs to get its help on the ups.

Though i admit i havent had chance to get on a pump track yet.

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Re: Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby Giraffoto » Tue May 21, 2013 07:20 am

I turned round in the garage the other day and nearly hit my kid with the track pump. Do I win a prize?
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Re: Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby Daz555 » Tue May 21, 2013 08:46 am

SteveH28 wrote:Should still be able to use ur full sus on it tho i imagine its harder. Either use lockout or compress the suspension on the downs to get its help on the ups.

Though i admit i havent had chance to get on a pump track yet.

I've bashed round the track a fair few times on my full suss but the bike is too squishy. When I lock out the suss it just makes the bike feel far too tall over the bumps.
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Re: Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby The Rookie » Tue May 21, 2013 11:48 am

Lockout and see how it feels, or through together an HT or rigid....I'd stick to 26" wheels though.

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Re: Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby jairaj » Tue May 21, 2013 14:04 pm

Do you need to be able pedal any distance to get to the pump track?

If not then the ideal bike would be a jump frame with rigid forks or BMX. The main things are a short frame, steepish head angle and short travel or rigid forks.

To just learn the technique you should be fine on your full suss with the rear locked out. I used to ride the pump track at Chicksands on my longish 456. Not technically the correct bike but I could still learn the technique required.

If you want to really get into it and move onto jumping then maybe a cheap jump bike build is the way forward. There are always some bargains on CRC. I think my mate picked up a Kona jump frame for £90.

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Re: Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby Daz555 » Tue May 21, 2013 15:18 pm

The track is really close by so the bike does not need to be practical at all - besides I'll be riding down there with a 5/6 yr old so no rush!
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Re: Hitting the pump track with my kid

Postby Maro » Wed May 22, 2013 17:37 pm

My choice would be a 24" wheel cruiser.

BMX would be my 2nd choice. My hardtail (DMR trailstar & MC1 forks) is ok on pump tracks but the wheel base little too long for it to work well.
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