Speed News April 2016

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STORY AND PHOTOS BY ROB KRIDER I 'm a racecar driver, which means I refuse to run. In my opinion, the moment the internal combustion engine was invented they should have cancelled the Olympics. Who cares who can run the 100 yard dash the fastest? That's just inefficient movement now that John Force can cover the quarter mile in less than four seconds. Now, even though I absolutely refuse to run, there are situations as a member of a racing team where somebody needs to move quickly: a dead battery in a spotter's radio right before the green; a car sitting in grid needs a 12 millimeter wrench to tighten something crucial; or the beer cooler needs ice. There are situations where somebody on the team needs to get from point A to point B with haste. Instead of running, I suggest another method of rapid transportation around the paddock. One of the easiest and inexpensive methods for paddock travel is a bicycle. Yes, I know, it is missing the key component to most things cool: an engine. But having a bike at the track is a real asset. My first choice for paddock travel is a golf cart (see "Toolshed Engineer" March 2015 SpeedNews), but that is a big and expensive thing to bring to the races every weekend. In most cases golf carts require a second tow vehicle and they price out between $2,000 to $5,000 bucks, which at the high end is the cost of a Honda Challenge car. So, for obvious PADDOCK BIKE DNN Motorsports >> Here is the newest addition to the Double Nickel Nine Motorsports arsenal, a beach cruiser with a basket and a bottle opener. Second only to the racecar in regards to importance at the track. The basket is ready for a special delivery of craft beer to our friends at the track. T O O L S H E D E N G I N E E R reasons, a bicycle is a much more economical alternative. They are inexpensive, easy to store in a trailer or in the back of a pickup, require little to no maintenance and they can get you around a facility relatively quickly. There are a few options you can add that can make a basic bicycle a better paddock vehicle to help support the team. Recently, our team upgraded our paddock bike after years of beating the hell out of a Huffy, which we embarrassingly left at Thunderhill after a race. Nope, lost-and-found didn't find it. Our bike vanished into thin air. Since we needed new wheels, we decided to build a bicycle that would suit our needs at the track: form, function, and some fun too. We started with a base model beach cruiser from Huntington Beach Bicycle Company. We prefer beach cruisers because they have comfortable seats, one speed, and they are easy to maintain. A paddock bike doesn't need 15 speeds and shocks on the front forks. Forget all that nonsense. 34

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