Children's LiteratureAs part of the "Extreme Sports" series, this book introduces the reader to the sport of stunt bicycle riding. Stunt bicycle riding is an off shoot of bicycle motorcross (BMX). It started in the 1970's after bikers began inventing tricks while riding on dirt trails designed for BMX competitions. This relatively new sport uses a non-traditional bike, one with a small frame, no gears, and a wheel diameter almost one foot smaller than standard size. Bikers can do stunt riding on flat land without obstacles or on street courses where benches, railings, and staircases are part of the challenge. Special half-pipes are also used by stunt bicyclists; the biker becomes airborne riding up the sides of a steep incline in order to do twists, spins, and flips. Readers will learn how to perform three of these stuntsthe 360, the tailwhip, and the cross-up. The short descriptions should not be used as a manual; Rather, they give the reader broad understanding of the mechanics behind an impressive stunt. The book mentions a nationally famous rider who has had fourteen operations to fix stunt riding-related injuries. This is, appropriately, in the safety section of the book! There are color photographs throughout, showing the incredible feats of these athletes. Words from the glossary are in bold print throughout the text. There is an index and a resource section as well. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.
Andrea Sears Andrews