Preparing for summer at annual bike rodeo

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Thompson - posted Tue., Jun. 7, 2011
Kids eagerly await their inspections at the recent bike rodeo. Photos by D. Coffey.
Kids eagerly await their inspections at the recent bike rodeo. Photos by D. Coffey.

Assistant Boy Scout Masters Daniel Larson and George Becker manned the tire pressure station at Thompson’s annual bicycle rodeo on June 4 at Riverside Park. Becker leaned over to check the tire pressure on Steve Sirapchansky’s bike. “You want it around 50 to 55 PSI,” he said, “but each tire is different.”

The two men were with four Scouts from Boy Scout Troop 30, on hand to offer bike reviews and basic repairs for any child who came to the rodeo. They tightened loose seats and chains, filled tires with air, adjusted brakes, and made sure the bikes were safe before setting the kids loose on an obstacle course.

“We can’t repair the bikes,” Becker said. “But we can tighten up anything that’s loose.”

Thompson Parks and Recreation Director Renee Waldron was there with a table covered with prizes for kids riding through the obstacle course. Three age groups could participate in the timed event. All children received free t-shirts for participating.  

Virginia Livernoche was with the VFW Post 10088 Ladies Auxiliary, which co-sponsored the event. She checked the children’s registrations.

The Scouts paid particular attention to all safety-related items in their bike inspections.

“You want to make sure the bikes are safe and they’re wearing helmets,” Becker said. “If they aren’t, you tell the folks.”

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