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Thursday, 25 June 2015

Do your kids love their BMX bikes? Love reading? Double whammy! @katdefalla

How to take care of your bike
By : Peabody Cleveland O’Neil
Age 12

I ride BMX bikes. A lot. I love riding my bike. But what most people don’t know, is that you have to take care of your bike for it to work good.

Things you’ll need:
1. Two adjustable wrenches
2. Socket wrenches
3. Allen wrenches
4. Pliers
5. Flathead and Phillips Screwdriver
Here's a pic of my bike!  
6. WD-40
7. Bearing Grease
8. Rags
9. Spoke wrench (if you have spoked wheels)
10. A mallet (depending on your crank set)
11. Spare brake pads
12. Air pump (for tires)
13. Turtle Wax (to shine up bike at end)
14. It’s also good to stock pile old parts in case you need anything. Your parents won’t like the mess in the corner of the garage and if they are like mine, they’ll yell at you for it, but it’ll be well worth it when something breaks!

First off, make sure to bring your bike into the garage or house every night. Rain on your bike can make it rust and I saved up a long time to buy my frame and fork! Also, don’t forget to wipe off your frame, fork, and handlebars if they get wet.

Here are some things I do for my bike every two weeks (when I’m riding hard every day):

If you’ve been riding hard core in mud, make sure to spray it all off with a hose first! If you’ve been riding a long time in mud and wet weather, you should take apart the crank and take the wheels off and take apart the front and back hubs (axels) and take apart the headset and take the fork off. Then you clean off all the bearings and parts and then re-grease all the bearings with new bearing grease. Then put it all back together and clean the chain off and oil the chain. Spray WD-40 on all the brake lines where the break grips are. Make sure to check the brake pads and make sure they are not worn. Before you put the wheels back on, make sure to check that they are straight and true. But it you are like me and have Skyway Mags, you never had to worry about that! Then check the air in your tires and make sure all the brakes and hubs and cranks are working properly.

Now you’re done! You’ve cleaned and re-lubed and checked your entire bike so it will work perfectly the next time you ride it!

AND THAT’S THAT!!! You are now ready to ride, so RIDE ON AND BE RAD!!! 

Also, I found a video on how to do that bike stuff if I made you confused…

Flying Mutant Zombie Rats
Kat De Falla

Summer vacation is almost here! And Pea O'Neil is stoked to try out the new local BMX track which is finally open. He and his gang of friends can ride all summer long!

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 But when Pea tries a back flip, he unwittingly opens a portal to another dimension and hordes of flying mutant zombie rats are unleashed upon the city. 

With the help of an otherworldly talking cat sent to help prevent the demise of humankind, Pea and his friends must hunt down the hungry mutants and send them back before the portal closes.

Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller-skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher. 
Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients. 
She is married to her soulmate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.

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