Ceramic vs Steel Bearings

Ceramic Cycling Bearings: Worth the Money or Overblown Hype?

Ceramic Cycling Bearings: Worth the Money or Overblown Hype?

Choosing the right bearings for your bike.

Gone are the days when ceramic bearings were a technology limited to the pro peloton.  As more and more of the cycling masses look to advanced technology formerly seen in use only by the pros, the question arises of where the hard-earned money of the average cyclist should be spent.  What technologies will get them the largest gains for their money.  Similarly, what upgrades are more about the name than the performance.  Ceramic bearings are all the rage, but does their performance really live up to their hype?

What is a Bearing?

Even as the forward march of technology makes our bikes more and more advanced, bicycles still rely on one of the most fundamental mechanical structures: the bearing.  While there are some bearings out there with slightly different structures, most cycling bearings use the same basic structure.  The bearing is made up of a few key parts.  First, the core of any bearing is the ball bearings themselves.  These can be made of a variety of materials (which we will discuss later in this article), each of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.  The second key component is the race.  This is the channel in which the bearings sit and travel.  Most cycling bearings feature a steel race, though some do use a ceramic race (which we will briefly touch on later).  Next there is the lubricant.  Lubricants vary greatly in viscosity (thickness), finding varying points in a trade-off between bearing protection and lower friction.  Lastly, there is the seal.  Some bearings (such as those made by Hawk Racing) are fully sealed, and do not require any continued internal maintenance in order to maintain their efficiency.  Other bearings are unsealed, and require regular maintenance to keep the bearing free of contaminants and operating smoothly.  With fully sealed bearings, there are also multiple levels of seal the provide greater protection against contaminants for those riding in dirty or wet conditions.

Ceramic vs Steel Bearings

Why are Ceramic Bearings Popular?

Originally developed for industrial uses, ceramic bearings are made from a non-metallic ceramic compound called ceramic silicon nitride (Si2N4).  These bearings were invented to provide lower friction in high revolutions per minute (RPM) situations.  This is due to the natural properties of the ceramic compound that provide a smoother, more uniform surface and size and a harder ball.  These properties are perfect for the industrial applications they were originally designed for, and would appear to translate to cycling as well.

So, what exactly are the benefits that riders see in ceramic bearings?  First, ceramic bearings have lower friction while spinning at high RPM.  Their smooth surface and uniform size distributes the load evenly across the balls and doesn’t cause added friction from imperfections on the surface of the balls.  This translates into less wattage needed in order to spin the bearing.  Second, well-made, high-quality ceramic bearings can have a significantly longer lifespan than the commonly used stock steel bearings that come installed on most production bikes.  This is due to the hardness of the bearings.

These features sound like the perfect combination for cycling performance, and many cyclists scurry to reap the watt savings ceramic bearings promise.  But, are they really all they’re cut out to be?

The Other Side of Ceramic

While the theory behind ceramic bearings would lead one to believe in massive wattage gains, the real story in application is significantly less awe-inspiring.  The reason for this is simple: cycling is not what ceramic bearings were designed for.  Ceramic bearings started life as industrial workhorses.  Upon closer review, it becomes clear as to why this matters.  Here are a few of the reasons in clearer detail.

Cycling is a Low-RPM Application

As I said in earlier paragraphs of this article, ceramic bearings get their wattage gains in high-RPM, low-load applications.  When they are spinning incredibly fast without much force loaded onto them, the properties of ceramic really shine.  However, as fast as an 130 RPM pedal cadence may feel, it is nothing compared to the speeds these bearings are made to operate under.  Because ceramic bearings were designed to operate in industrial machinery, they are designed to get their biggest gains in the RPM range that most industrial applications operate.  It may surprise you that this range is actually 10,000 RPM or greater, with some applications operating significantly higher than that.  When slowed down to around 1% of its optimal range, the gains are now marginal.  When Hope Technology considered moving to ceramic for their wheelsets, they found that the gains were just too small to justify the extra cost.  Here’s what they had to say.

Lubrication Matters

Performance ceramic bearings have an enemy: grease.  Grease lubricant is the most commonly used type of lubricant in the cycling industry because it provides consistent lubrication over a long period of time with little to no maintenance.  However, ceramic bearings do not perform well when lubricated with grease lubricant.  The added drag that ceramic has to overcome through grease that steel does not completely negates the wattage gains when all other factors are equal.

So, how do ceramic manufacturers get around this?  There are two possible solutions.  First, you could run your bearings dry.  The smoother, harder surfaces of ceramic bearings do allow them to run dry when used in the right conditions.  However, cycling is not one of these conditions.  Dry running bearings are used in industrial applications where there is very little load placed on them.  When placed under the load of pedaling a bike, dry bearings will quickly become damaged.  Ceramic bearing manufacturers take the remaining path, which is light oil.  Light oil lubricants allow the ceramic bearings to glide smoothly without the damage or running dry or the resistance of grease.  However, this comes at a cost.  First, light oil needs to be regularly checked and replaced.  If the oil isn’t just right in the bearing, the balls will wear, which means they need to be smoothed out and repacked.  This maintenance comes at a steep financial cost for most riders who rely on paying local bike shops to service their bikes.  In addition, ceramic bearings can’t be sealed due to the need for regular maintenance.  This leaves the bearing vulnerable to contaminants, which can damage the bearing and reduce performance.

The Bumpy Road

Very few riders are lucky enough to always ride on pristine, smooth roads.  The real world is a bumpy place, and every part of your bike feels it.  While they seem incredibly hard, metals like steel have the ability to absorb a certain amount of impact by slightly changing shape temporarily before returning to their original shape.  Ceramic, which is significantly harder, does not have this ability.  When a bike with ceramic bearings goes over a bump, the ball bearing (which is harder than the steel race that contains it) strikes the inner surface of the race.  This impact leaves a very small dent, or pit, in the steel race.  Over time, these pits lead to a rough, noisy pedal stroke.  Some ceramic bearing manufacturers solve this by building their race out of ceramic as well.  While these full ceramic bearings don’t have a pitting issue, they do face problems with short lifespans and low durability due to the fact that they can’t flex and move with the bike and are forced to absorb constant impact without the ability to properly do so.

Breaking the Bank: The Price Issue

Last (but certainly not least) in the discussion of ceramic bearings is the issue of price.  Ceramic bearings are incredibly costly to manufacture in comparison to steel bearings.  For the industrial applications they are designed for, this cost is offset by the increased lifespan and significant improvement in performance they provide.  However, in the cycling world, these marginal gains represent a significantly higher cost to benefit ratio.

A recent independent study conducted by the Friction Facts lab tested 35 of the leading steel and ceramic bearings to see how much power was lost to friction on each one.  The results illustrate the cost to benefit ration nicely.  The highest performing ceramic threaded bottom bracket outperformed the highest performing steel threaded bottom bracket (made by Hawk Racing) by less than 1%.  However, the ceramic bearing costs just short of twice as much as the Hawk Racing bearing.  The highest performing bearing made by CeramicSpeed was outperformed by the Hawk Racing steel bearings by almost 15%.  However, it costs three times as much as the Hawk Racing bearing.

The Bottom Line

When all of the factors are taken into consideration, ceramic bearings begin to lose a bit of their appeal.  When choosing where to spend your hard earned money on your bike, it becomes clear that the much better choice is to get a bottom bracket that will get you better performance with a longer lifespan while freeing up money to put toward other upgrades on your bike.

Hawk Racing sets the bar for steel alloy bearings.  We use aerospace grade steel paired with our own proprietary lubricant to bring you bearings that provide industry leading performance at a fraction of the cost.  Pair this with a maintenance free, sealed bearing structure and you have the perfect upgrade to take you to the next level of cycling, whatever that may be.

Head on over and find the Hawk Racing bottom bracket for your bike.  Unsure of which one works with your bike?  Talk to your local bike shop, give us a call, or contact us via the form at the bottom of the page.

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Rob Pelance

Hawk Racing Welcomes Rob Pelance as New VP of Sales and Marketing

As we journey into 2019, Hawk Racing is excited to announce that Rob Pelance has joined the team as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.  Rob comes to us from a career in retail sales and marketing both in and out of the bicycle industry.  Most recently, Rob worked at Summit City Bicycles and Fitness, one of America’s Best Bike Shops in 2018 according to the National Bicycle Dealers Association.  He is bringing his expertise in high-quality retail experiences to Hawk Racing as he launches a brand new dealer program to better help and support the Hawk Racing family of dealers worldwide.  In addition, Rob owned and operated a commercial photography studio, and will be bringing his graphic talents to the Hawk Racing marketing department.  If you are interested in becoming a dealer or would like to discuss how Hawk Racing can benefit your shop, you can set up a time to speak with Rob here.

In addition to his duties at the Hawk Racing offices, Rob will be taking over as team captain of the Hawk Racing cycling team.  With a full season of racing, Rob can be seen around the country racing in the Hawk Racing jersey.  As a seasoned veteran of road and mountain bike racing, Rob will be adding insight to our product design and development programs, so watch for new products coming soon.  All sponsored athletes will now be working directly with Rob to help take their racing to the next level while spreading the Hawk Racing brand.

Rob officially started with Hawk Racing in November of 2018.

Achieve your goals

5 Top Tips for Setting Effective New Years Cycling Goals

Achieve your goals

As the new year begins, it becomes time yet again for many to start thinking about resolutions for the year ahead. While the rest of the world makes ill-fated goals for gym visits or healthier diets, many in the cycling community see this as a time to set goals for their cycling season ahead. We’ve all been there, and we’ve all seen far too many of those goals fall by the wayside soon into the year and wondered what we could have done differently. So, we’ve put together a helpful guide with 5 simple steps to make this year’s cycling goals a success.

Know why you are setting the goal

    Most of us have experienced a new years resolution where we set out a goal, pursued it for a few days, then something came up and we lost track of it. When we tried to get back to it, we struggled to get our rhythm back and ultimately never truly picked it back up.

    What we needed was a “why”. When things become tough or something else seems more important, that “why” is what will keep you pushing toward that goal. When the couch or the bed calls your name, you can picture your “why”, and find the motivation to get moving.

    What is your “why”? It could be losing weight, being able to keep up with your friends, or finally conquering that century that you’ve been dreaming of for so long. Whatever it is, it has to come from you. It doesn’t have to be cycling performance related either. This isn’t the goal itself, so it can center around an aspect of your life as well. Do you want to lose weight because you feel sluggish? While your goal may be to lose weight, your “why” is all of the things you could do every day if you didn’t feel that way.  So, think of your “why”, and let’s move on.

    Make your goal SMART

    When setting your cycling goals this season, make sure that they are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-dependent. This model sets a specific standard by which you can set your cycling goals in motion for the coming season. So, what does this mean?

    • Specific: We’ve all failed at one point or another with goals such as “working out more”. These vague goals set us up for failure by being very hard to stick to. The more specific your goals, the easier it is to stick to them. Instead of making your goal “to ride my bike more”, your goal could be “to ride my bike every week”.
    • Measurable: Having hard data attached to a goal is incredibly motivating. While “to ride my bike every week” is a specific goal, “to ride my bike 25 miles each week” is a goal that clearly sets forth a numbered goal that you can track your progress on throughout the week.
    • Achievable: As humans, sometimes our aspirations can get ahead of us a bit. We as cyclists are certainly not immune to this. While winning your first criterium race is a lofty goal for your first season on the bike, the chances of you burning out and getting discouraged are pretty high. In the same way, a seasoned racer who has several seasons under their tires would be setting their goals way too low by planning to “complete a criterium this year”.
    • Relevant: Your goal must fit with your life, values, aspirations, and interests. The training blog you were reading that said you needed to do four indoor training sessions every week during the winter means nothing if you hate training indoors or don’t have the time in your schedule to complete that many sessions. If you don’t enjoy what you’re doing, the chances of you being motivated to do it are slim. In the same way, setting a goal to do something more frequently than your schedule allows is a recipe for failure.
    • Time-dependent: Whenever you are setting a goal, set a timeline for achieving it. If your goal is to complete a century this year, search online for events and pick one that interests you. With that date in mind, you can now make your goal time-dependent. A goal to “complete a century ride by the end of August” gives you something to shoot for that allows you to set smaller benchmarks along the way, which brings us to our next point.

    Make a plan to get there

    Having a goal is great, but having a goal without a plan to achieve it is like setting off on a vacation having no clue how to get to your destination. Once you know what your goal is, it’s time to figure out how you will achieve it. With a little research and strategy, you’ll be well on your way to success in no time. If your goal is to improve your distance or ride more often, services such as Strava or TrainingPeaks can help you track your performance and move toward those goals. Using sensors and a bike computer like those made by Wahoo can help you measure this performance and have the data you need to chart your progress. If your goals involve competitive advancements, then a mixture of training and equipment upgrades such as bottom brackets or wheelsets can give you that competitive edge in the season to come. Whatever your goal, make a plan for how you are going to get there.

    Get others involved

    How many of us have set a goal in the past to go to the gym in the mornings, and had the experience of waking up and immediately hitting “snooze”? If you had someone else that you were meeting there or that was pushing toward the same goal as you, would it have been easier? Of course it would have. Working together to achieve goals is one of the best ways to succeed. So, whether this is finding a riding buddy, or engaging in a little friendly competition on Strava or Zwift, involving others in your goal can push you to new levels that you would struggle to reach on your own.

    Re-evaluate and move forward

    So, you’ve achieved your goal. Now what? The answer is to start the process over again. The excitement of completing a goal is a fantastic motivator, and riding that wave directly into setting your next goal can be a powerful catalyst in achieving further success. Whatever your next goal may be, the key is to keep moving forward. Keep striving and keep setting new goals to challenge yourself and achieve things that the old you never would have thought possible. Best of luck to you as you set your cycling goals for this season, and we look forward to seeing you out on the roads, trails, and wherever else your goals may take you.

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    If you would like more information on how Hawk Racing products can improve your ride, check out our bottom brackets, derailleur pulleys, and wheelsets. If you would like to know what sets Hawk Racing apart, check out the Friction Facts Study that showed how our products outperform the industry leaders.

    Jen Luebke: Hawk Racing Sponsored Rider Interview

    Hawk Racing here again to bring you interviews from sponsored riders all over the world. We love introducing people to new riders and this is a cyclist that you def shouldn’t sleep on.

    Jen Luebke is a 32 year old professional cyclist. She’s originally form Missoula, MT but her base of operation has been in Bend, OR for the last 5 years. Jen rides for Hagens Berman Supermint, an awesome American UCI-registered women’s professional cycling team.

    Our favorite thing about Supermint is their ambassador program which aims to grow women’s cycling by pairing up cyclists of all levels with professional riders. Each Supermint rider provides individualized insight, support, and encouragement to help the ambassadors grow in the sport. If you are interested in this program and want to get involved or learn more head over to supermintusa.com.

    The Jen Luebke Interview

    Who are your Sponsors?
    I don’t have any personal sponsors past all of our amazing Hagens Berman Supermint sponsors.

    Do you remember your first bike?
    The first bike I can remember getting that I was really excited about was a hand-me-down fully rigid Univega mountain bike. It was teal and was my first “big kids” bike. I would ride it up and down the dirt road that we lived on.

    What does your inner voice tell you when the ride gets tough?
    When I’m training and things get tough I remind myself if I make it through really hard training, I’ll be more than ready for racing. Then when things get hard racing, I remind myself how hard I trained to be ready for racing.

    If someone was your age and wanted to start riding, what advice would you give?
    Just do it! Find a great riding partner or group so you can learn from others and jump on a bike. I love what I see and where I do on 2 wheels and I know others will feel the exact same if they ride too.

    Do you have an ultimate bike goal?
    My ultimate bike goal is to love riding as a lifelong sport and to convince others to do the same.

    Best bike memory so far?
    One of my favorite bike memories was my first race of the year with Hagens Berman Supermint, Tucson Bicycle Classic. After the short, fast TT prologue, I was our GC rider. The team rode as a unit the whole race, we had fun, and in the end I won GC. It was an amazing feeling to win after all the hard work all my teammates had done to help me. It felt like the whole team won. That was the first time I was in the GC leader position and was able to successfully defend through the last stage.

    What is your favorite place to ride?
    Maui, Hawaii, specifically the West Maui Loop.

    Which riders proved inspirational in your early days or now?
    Amber Neben was and still is an inspiration when I started riding. I was in awe of the former TT world champion. At my first stage race she was a quiet but fierce competitor and almost won GC. I also almost crashed her out in that race and instead of getting angry she gave me some useful pointers. Less than a year later, she invited me to guest ride with her at Redlands Cycling Classic, my second big stage race. At the time I couldn’t believe she gave me that opportunity and it really led to me landing a permanent spot on a team. My inspiration helped me into the sport!

    Where do you see your bike taking you to this coming year?
    I’m hoping I get to visit more awesome places I have never been to and meet more radical people that are as obsessed with their bikes as I am.

    What is riding about to you?
    Riding for me is about the journey. That sounds cliche but I would ride my bike just as much as I do now even if I didn’t race because I love riding my bike so much. I love all kinds of bikes – road, gravel, and mountain – because they all take me to different places.

    What is your favorite thing about Hawk Racing Components?
    It’s super important in bike racing to trust your equipment and my favorite thing about Hawk Racing Components is that I really trust my equipment. Also, they’re located in Fort Wayne, IN, where my entire Dad’s side of the family is from!

    Make sure you show Jen some support and give her a follow on Instagram: @jenluebke!

    Jen Luebke Sponsored Rider Interview

    Jace Antiporda: Hawk Racing Sponsored Rider Interview

    So we had some time to sit down with another one of our sponsored riders to bring you another sponsored rider interview.

    Jace Antiporda is actually our youngest sponsored rider, at 9 years old. Jace races BMX out in California, and is improving everyday. We’ve loved seeing his growth and progress during his time with us so far.

    We hope that he continues down the road he’s on, he could be the next top level pro if he does. Make sure you give him a follow, @jaceracing, and show him support!!

    The Jace Antiporda Interview

    Who are your Sponsors?
    Kid Dynamite NorCal and HawkRacing

    Do you remember your first bike?
    Yes

    How old were you and what was it?
    I was 7 years old and it was a Mini Micro Redline.

    What does your inner voice tell you when the ride gets tough?
    It tells me to push it and get in front of the pack when the gate drops.

    If someone was your age and wanted to start riding, what advice would you give?
    I would say to just go out, try it and have fun!

    Do you have an ultimate bike goal?
    Yes. I want to be in the Olympics and race in BMX.

    Best bike memory so far?
    Racing my hardest at Spreckels BMX track in Manteca, CA. It was for State Qualifying Race and I gave it my all and got first place til my legs gave out at the finish line.

    What is your favourite place to ride?
    I like to ride at Santa Clara PAL BMX, which is also my Home track.

    Which riders proved inspirational in your early days or now?
    Trent Jones, Connor Fields, Anthony Bucardo, Sienna Fines, Jeff Aana and Pat Coo

    Where do you see your bike taking you to this coming year?
    Hopefully to stay in the top 10 9 year old expert ranks.

    What is riding about to you?
    Riding is special and different to me. It’s a unique extreme sport that not a lot of people do. I like riding with my team, going to different tracks and having fun!

    What is your favorite thing about Hawk Racing Components?
    HawkRacing has strong and reliable components. My favorite part is their bottom bracket that spins forever on my bike!

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    What is the Difference Between Standard, FSS, and FSS+CX Seal Hawk Racing Bearings?

    Everything You Need to Know About the Different Types of Hawk Racing Bearings!

    With all the FSS and CX Seals it can sometimes be a little difficult to decide which Hawk Racing bearing you want in your bottom bracket.

    But not anymore…

    This article is here to tell you all about the 3 different types of bearings we offer: Standard, FSS, and FSS+CX Seals. We will also be going over what you get when you choose one of the pricier options.

    Standard Hawk Racing Bearings

    Our Standard Hawk bearing is easily our most affordable bearing option. When you get a standard bearing you are getting a high quality bearing that is guaranteed to spin more smoothly than your stock bearings.

    Just like all of our bearings…

    The Standard bearings are extremely durable and maintenance free. So you will be riding on them for years to come with little to no maintanence.

    FSS Hawk Racing Bearings

    FSS Stands for Full Stainless Steal. So, when you opt for a FSS Hawk Racing Bearing your getting a bearing that is going to stand up to the elements a lot better than a Standard Bearing.

    Which is why…

    We mainly recommend the FSS bearings to people who live in humid or salty conditions, because it will keep your bearings from rusting in those conditions.

    FSS+CX Seals Hawk Racing Bearings

    The FSS+CX Seals are easily our highest quality Hawk bearings. Not only do they come in Full Stainless Steal to keep the water out, but they also feature our revolutionary CX Seal.

    This CX seal was designed to help keep dirt and debris out of your bearing. Meaning more time between unpacking and cleaning your bearings. That’s right these bearings are virtually maintenance free.

    If you take your bike on a lot of trails like this you could definitely benefit from a FSS+CX Seal.

    Hawk Racing Bearings

    Now that you know everything about the different types of Hawk bearings, you can head over to our Bottom Bracket page and make an informed decision when you are making a purchase.

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    Do you Need a Hawk Racing Bottom Bracket Upgrade?

    Are Hawk Racing Bottom Brackets as Good as They Say?

    We get the same question all the time, do I need a bottom bracket upgrade?

    The short and simple answer is, YES!

    But, a lot of stuff goes into a Hawk Racing BB to help make it one of the highest quality stainless steal bottom brackets on the market. If you upgrade your stock BB to a Hawk BB today, you’ll experience significant friction loss, higher quality, and a lower cost all thanks to our patented Folmer Technology.

    Friction Loss

    This is the #1 reason you need a Hawk Racing bottom bracket upgrade!!

    When your cycling, no matter the category, friction is your biggest enemy. Anything you do to reduce friction on your bike is going to give you an edge on the competition. Which is why you should equip your bike with a Stainless Steal Hawk Racing Bottom Bracket today!

    There was an independent study conducted by a company called friction facts that compared the friction loss of different bottom brackets across the market.

    When it came to stainless steal BBs Hawk Racing came out on top with a friction loss of 0.32 watts. Hawk’s stainless steal bearing were beat out by 3 other companies with Ceramic BBs.

    And the best part?

    There was only a .03 difference in watts lost between the best ceramic bearing and a Hawk Racing Stainless Steal Bearing.

    Don’t believe us?

    We posted the all the results of the Friction Facts study, that way you can check it out and make a decision for yourself.

    Higher Quality for Lower Cost

    If the friction loss study wasn’t enough to prove the quality of our bottom brackets then check out the video below. You’d be hard pressed to find a BB that spins as smoothly and for as long as a Hawk BB.

    Remember earlier when the friction study proved that Hawk Racing Stainless BBs are just as good as their ceramic counter parts?

    Well those ceramic bearings can sometimes cost upwards of $250. We just want to make sure you never spend that much on brittle ceramic bearings again.

    Folmer Technology

    Our patented Folmer Technology is Hawk Racing’s secret ingredient. We can’t tell you much about it without giving away our trade secrets.

    But we will say this…

    Sven Folmer, the founder of Hawk Racing, was an expert in aviation and used his knowledge of this subject to help create the #1 stainless steal bottom bracket on the market.

    Just another reason you need a Hawk bottom bracket upgrade.

    Where Can I Get a Hawk Racing Bottom Bracket?

    So, you like what you’ve heard so far and want to equip your bike with our components?

    That means its time for you to check with your local bike shop to see if they stock our products, and get them to stock them if they don’t.

    If your local shop refuses to stock our components then you can always visit our site to see all the Hawk Racing Bottom Brackets we have for sale.

    Brandon Scales: Hawk Racing Sponsored Rider Interview

    We’ve been looking for a way for people to stay up to date on all the latest Hawk Racing news, and we think a blog should do the trick. We aren’t quite sure what we will be posting or how often quite yet but you can expect things like Hawk Racing news, information on our products, installation guides, and maybe even some sponsored rider interviews.

    Earlier this week we were lucky enough to sit down and with Brandon Scales, 30 year old sponsored rider from Torrance, CA. He’s been riding for Hawk Racing for a while now and he takes incredibly beautiful shots of the landscapes he explores while out on his bike (which is of course equipped with Hawk Racing components).

    If your into cycling and beautiful scenery you should definitely give him a follow on Instagram: @shutuplegzzz.

    The Brandon Scales Interview

    Who are your Sponsors?
    Hawk Racing components, Pearl Izumi cycling apparel, And NOW helmets.

    Do you remember your first bike?
    I definitely remember my first bike. It was a little cheapo bmx ,black, as all my bikes are have been and will ever be. I made it super custom and had the 80s gear to match. I’ll attach a photo to this email.

    How old were you and what was it?
    I was probably 4, that would have been late 80s.

    What does your inner voice tell you when the ride gets tough?
    My inner voice is a lunatic. I try not to listen to him. He ends up getting me into trouble. Especially on the mountain bike. He usually says things like, “ come on, just do it.” Or , “you can totally afford that.”

    If someone was your age and wanted to start riding, what advice would you give?
    Better late than never. Be sure to keep fun in mind.

    Do you have an ultimate bike goal?
    To have the most fun, and find my true self.

    Best bike memory so far?
    The ones I’ll have tomorrow.

    What is your favourite place to ride?
    I’ll ride anywhere, I haven’t driven or owned a car in years. I love every aspect of cycling. You tell me where to be and what time, and that’s a ride I’ll show up for.

    Which riders proved inspirational in your early days or now?
    My friends. Through out my entire life, haveing fun and pushing boundries with my friends has helped me to grow And continues to inspire me.

    Where do you see your bike taking you to this coming year?
    To new places, to new memories, to new friends and new versions of myself. Im So excited.

    What is riding about to you?
    It’s about a lot. It’s a way of life for me honestly. A way to help our planet, to keep myself healthy, a mode of transportation as well as pleasure.

    What is your favorite thing about Hawk Racing Components?
    There’s a lot I like about Hawk. The first is the amazing quality and care of their world famous bearings. The second is the small family style vibe with with they successfully run their company.