Charlie's race bike arrived today, and I picked it up from Bicycle Authority after work. It's a "Mini Ripper" from SE Racing. Anyone remember the "PK Ripper" from the 70's and 80's BMX days? The Mini Ripper is the mini version of the legendary bike.
After dinner we took it out for a test ride, followed by a parade around the neighborhood to show it off. He was telling people we didn't even know about his new race bike.
Then of course he wanted to race mom and dad. I was a little alarmed at how fast he could get that 16 lb bike with 40x16 gearing going! The track is full of ups and downs that will rob some speed though. He should be ok! We may even have to play with the gearing for more acceleration out of turns. Tomorrow's race will be a good test.
I have his freestyle bike next to the race bike for comparison. The little bike on the left is 7-8 lbs heavier! The wheels are 16" vs. the 20" wheels on the new bike. The 20 inch wheels are narrow and fast with 65 psi tires.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's race!