Top Tips: Often Overlooked

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It’s not a popular dirt-bike part, but it is extremely important. What could this part possibly be? It’s our footpegs. Yep, our footpegs. Here is some simple information that will help you understand footpegs a little better. You can never have enough knowledge and, hey, this could be yet another thing that saves you time in the long run.

Construction: There are steel, aluminium and titanium footpegs that are cast, machined, forged or stamped. Some are anodized or heat-treated. Some have been drilled, sawed, ground or polished with the pieces welded or bolted together.

Dimensions: Wider is better. Most aftermarket foot pegs are 57mm wide, which is much wider than most OEM pegs. A larger platform for the feet spreads the load of impact over a larger part of the foot. It makes the peg easier to find when straightening out of a turn and makes for a more comfortable ride and more positive interface with the bike in general. Peg length is rarely discussed, but a longer peg can give a rider more leverage to control the bike. Some riding coaches teach foot positioning on the outside of the peg for that reason.

Grip: The grip of a peg on a rider’s boot is determined by the sharpness, number or shape of the teeth. The easiest way to get more grip is to sharpen the teeth, but be forewarned: Sharper teeth can wear through boot soles significantly quicker and lacerate a rider or mechanic on contact.

Position: Raising and lowering foot pegs are a compromise. Lowering foot pegs gives the rider more bike to squeeze between his legs, lowers his center of gravity and effectively raises the bars when standing. The downside is that the pegs will drag on the ground sooner and the seat will hit his rear sooner. There are several clever methods that manufacturers use to create adjustable-height foot pegs.

Camber. When a rider leans his bike over for a turn, his body doesn’t always follow. He often sits on the side of the seat or stands bowlegged to stay atop of the bike. In these positions, maintaining grip on the pegs can be difficult. Changing the pivot stop so that the top platform of the foot peg is not level but angled in toward the bike is sometimes referred to as camber. Fast-way pegs have a threaded stopper for adjustable camber.

Peg Care: During installation, be sure that each end of the spring’s coil is properly seated against the mounting bracket. Don’t grease the pivot point: It will attract too much dirt. Polish the pin with steel wool or fine-grit sandpaper instead. Don’t forget to install the cotter pin.

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Top Tips: Mental State

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Stay Positive: Mentally tough riders tend to have very positive attitudes. They encounter challenges like everyone else, but when the trials come they push through. The strongest riders enjoy the challenges because they know they’ll gain mental strength conquering them. The first key to becoming mentally tough is realising that challenges will come. The second step is tackling them head-on.

Visualisation: Pre-race visualisation is as simple as closing your eyes and riding a lap in your head. The more detailed you are, the better you’ll ride. Envision getting the holeshot and completing the perfect lap. That way, if you do get the holeshot, you’ll feel like you belong at the front and won’t get tight. Also, envision getting a bad start and plan two or three different alternate lines on the track where you can make passes. Doing mental laps in your head prepares your mind and body for what it’s about to encounter. 

Stay Focused: Everybody who rides makes mistakes, especially if they are racing hard and trying to win. It’s easy to get frustrated about a crash but it’s important not to dwell on it. Getting frustrated only leads to negative thoughts and more mistakes. The best riders can forgive themselves for the mishap no matter how big or small it was – and rebound from it. There are many examples of riders in supercross who have had a big crash in practice and rebounded to win the main event that night.

Set Goals: Set goals you want to achieve and have a plan of attack for each day to accomplish them. Goals give you something to shoot for and a reason to push through resistance. Reasonable and achievable goals have a huge impact on your mental strength. When you accomplish a realistic goal, you’ll gain confidence.  

Practice Makes Perfect: Most people are not naturally confident. For example, spelling bee winners are flustered when they are asked to spell a word they don’t know but with each spelling bee they learn more words and get more confident. It takes work to gain confidence, whether it is spelling or skimming the whoops. By accurately assessing your abilities and then working to improve them, you will build confidence. 

Train Hard: It’s harder to be mentally strong if you aren’t physically strong. Whether you are 14 or 40, a novice or pro, on a great bike or a mediocre one, you will still benefit from a regimented training program. Each rider should train his body for the level of exertion he must endure. That doesn’t mean that a vet novice needs to go to the Baker Factory, but he needs to show up in as good a physical shape as possible with his busy life.  

Have Fun: You are always going to wish you had more time or money. Most rich guys are slow (except for those who got rich winning races). Some of the slowest riders at the track have the fanciest bikes. Truth is, you’ll never be fully ready. There is always someone with more time, money, resources or skills. The fun part is trying to beat that person.

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Riding Tips: Ronnie Mac

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There are plenty of trainers and coaches out there. Some will claim not all of those know what they are doing and this video is a perfect example of that. Ronnie Mac, who has now made a living from being a goon rider, offers up some of his own unique tips in this video. The hilarious thing is that although all of this is a joke, truth can be pulled from some of the quotes. “Riding is an expression” is actually not a bad bit of advice!

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Top Tips: Buying Bikes

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Buying a new bike can be an extremely exciting time, which then leads to us to think with our hearts rather than our heads. How many times have you bought a second-hand bike and got home to the realisation that it is not quite as advertised? Exactly. An expert explains what you should watch out before completing a purchase in this new video from the 24MX Garage. Remember to save the link, as this will probably become useful time and time again in the future.

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Top Tips: Enduro Racing

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Each discipline is unique – that is not breaking news though! There is a reason why most Grand Prix riders cannot just jump into a round of Monster Energy Supercross and immediately shine. It is a completely different ball game! The same goes for those in enduro – they are masters at their particular discipline and would struggle when chucked into a different environment. If you want to put effort into enduro though, how can you make sure that everything is perfect and you are set-up well? Following the steps outlined in this ’24MX Garage’ video is the first step! Learn how to set your bike up correctly below.

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Top Tips: Changing Lenses

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Changing a goggle lens can be an ordeal, especially if the product has not been designed too well. Luckily that is not a case with the Raven goggles – including the recently redesigned Raven Edge range – as thousands and thousands of the riders across the globe have found out. If you need a bit of extra help though, this video with Raven rider Kevin Gallas should help a lot. Watch and learn! Do you have a question or need help? Just contact those of us at 24MX and we will be happy to assist.

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Top Tips: Prevent Blisters

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Painful and tender, blisters pop up like arm pump and often end a riding day just as fast. DRT Kawasaki’s Gustavo Pessoa even withdrew from the previous round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship because of blisters! Blisters result from excessive friction. The more your hand moves back and forth on something whether from swinging a bat or rolling the throttle the greater chance of a blister forming.

In the heat of battle or even just a long trail ride you probably don’t notice the beginning stages. Ultimately, you power through any emerging discomfort and only after stopping to rest when the gloves come off do you realise the damage done. The best thing you can do to prevent blisters is to wear gloves. When your gloves are not good quality or begin to wear down, it’s time to invest in some new gloves. Here are some of our favourites…

Alpinestars Radar MX Gloves Anthracite

Radar is one of Alpinestar’s most comfortable cross gloves. The entire top side of the glove is made of a piece of spandex and the whole palm is a piece of Clarino. Alpinestars Aviator is simply the obvious choice for those who want stylish and comfortable gloves in really good quality.

– Extremely good mobility.
– Rigid velcro.
– Spandex around the wrist.
– Pre-bent fingers for optimal comfort.

Alias AKA Lite MX Gloves

Alias AKA Lite is a glove that matches the Alias clothing. The graphics are printed with a special sublimation technique that prevents the colours from fading with washing. The cuffs are made of lightweight material that’s hardly noticeable when wearing them. This, together with a layer of Clarino in the palm of the hand, makes AKA Lite feel incredibly smooth and comfortable. Silicone print on the fingertips allows you to keep a steady grip on the brake and clutch levers. AKA Lite matches your clothes, has great quality and gives you an unbeatable riding experience. What more could you ask for?

– Awesome fit
– Lightweight material cuffs.
– A layer of Clarino in the palm.
– Silicone print on fingertips.
– Stretch material over the back of the hand.

100% Airmatic MX Gloves

Airmatic from 100% are the gloves that are suitable for all types of driving styles and provide unbeatable comfort!

– Highest comfort.
– Excellent protection.
– High breathability.
– Trek-dry in the finger folds.

If your gloves are currently giving you blisters, here are some of your options: Replace old gloves, change existing gloves, invest in glove liners or try antiperspirant for excessively sweaty hands. Riders gripping too hard often get blisters regardless the type of gloves. If you tend to “hold on for dear life” try using your legs more. This might require taking some lessons to learn the proper way of riding, which actually takes pressure of your hands and arms and puts most of the strength on to your legs to grip the bike with your knees. This also helps with arm pump. Speaking of grips! You might need new grips. You can go to 24MX for your one stop shop all gloves, grips, and much more.

In some cases, regardless of prevention techniques, your skin just might give way to blistering. The best way to toughen up your skin is yard work, building up blisters and also using tape as an added layer to prevent blisters and tears. All in all blisters just come with the territory but you can prevent them by investing in quality product.

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Project Bike: CR250 Rebuild

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The upcoming Red Bull Straight Rhythm is going to be extremely popular. Riders like Ken Roczen, Travis Pastrana and Cooper Webb will be piloting two-strokes for one night only. Cole Seely will also be in attendance – he just doesn’t have a bike to ride yet. The former HRC rider is building a CR250 up at the moment and this video from his YouTube channel documents the process. Perfect for a petrolhead!

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Top Tips: Autumn Riding

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The summer sunshine is inevitably coming to an end and the nights are drawing in, for some that means it’s time to put the bike away but that need not be the case!  By following these simple tips you can ensure you are prepared for whatever autumn and winter decides to throw at us.

Accessories

We have previously explained the benefits of having a race tent with you and, in less predictable weather, this is even more essential. There are also a few additional considerations that will allow you to enjoy your day at the track no matter the weather.

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Whilst riding in poor weather can be great fun it’s always a good idea to have an area undercover when you are back in the pits. With the side walls added to the 24MX Race Tent you can ensure you are protected from harsher winds, they also provide you with more privacy when you need to change out of your dirty riding gear. Speaking of strong winds, its also wise to invest in some good quality tent pegs to ensure your tent is well grounded whilst you’re out on track. The ProWorks Anchors for tents are made of 5mm stainless steel and you simply connect them to the tent poles of the 24MX tent and screw them into the ground. They go down 20cm making your tent fully secured.

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It’s also a great idea to consider getting a trolley case for your tent, this will help you save space in your van/tuck whilst also making sure any dirt/rain on your tent doesn’t mess up your vehicle. The 24MX Premium Tent Trolley Case is a great way of protecting your vehicle and your tent!

Gear Bags

Chances are you are going to hit with some unexpected rain and poor weather over the coming weeks and months so one of the best ways to make the big clean up easier is to invest in a second gear bag.  Having a ‘clean’ and ‘dirty’ gear bag can help to keep your clean gear clean whilst also allowing you to keep kit separate if you are riding on consecutive days where cleaning kit in between may be impossible.

The 24mx All-in-One Gear Bag is a cost effective purchase here as its size gives you plenty of storage space whilst it robust construction will ensure you gear is safe for years to come.  If you need something a little smaller then the 24MX Transformer Gym Bag has you covered!

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