A guest post by Rich from the Bike Track People, Innerleithen, Scottish Borders
Not long to go now… to the much awaited Wheels and Wings Show at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune on Sunday 23 September 2012. Book your tickets in advance here.
Biking in the Borders
We are based at Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders and we are designers, manufacturers and builders of all sorts of cycle tracks, bike tracks and features. We specialise in portable bike tracks including pump tracks, timber trails, and features such as jumps, half pipes and kickers. Basically anything to do with bikes and biking.
Bike Track People started in 2009 when one of the team arrived back from Whistler in Canada with an idea to build a pump track. Like most people we didn’t have a clue what a pump track was, so with Ben at the helm we set about building one of the world’s first portable pump tracks. Before long we learnt that a pump track is a continuous loop made out of everything from sand or soil to wood or plastic. A track consists of a series of bumps (rollers) and banked corners (berms) that allow the rider to gain momentum and reach speeds of up to 20+mph!
Basic pump tracks are an oval shape with a berm at each end and rollers in between to make the straights. More advanced pump tracks are irregular shapes with lots of different lines and sections with several berms in a row or even rollers that can be jumped over.
East Fortune Mountain biking
We will have a mountain bike pump track at Wheels and Wings where you can have a go for yourself – mountain bikes and helmets provided! We look forward to seeing you there!