Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Just let it rot! A composting guide.


Compost is simply decomposed organic material. The organic material can be plant material or animal matter. While composting may seem mysterious or complicated, it’s really a very simple and natural process that continuously occurs in nature, often without any assistance from mankind. If you’ve ever walked in the woods, you’ve experienced compost in its most natural setting. Both living plants and annual plants that die at the end of the season are consumed by animals of all sizes, from larger mammals, birds, and rodents to worms, insects, and microscopic organisms. The result of this natural cycle is compost, a combination of digested and undigested food that is left on the forest floor to create rich, usually soft, sweet-smelling soil.

COMPOSTABLE MATERIALS

Most yard wastes can be composted, including leaves, grass clippings, plant stalks, vines, weeds, twigs and branches. Compostable food wastes include fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, eggshells and nutshells. Other compostable materials are hair clippings, feathers, straw, livestock manure, bonemeal and bloodmeal.

Materials should NOT be composted if they promote disease, cause odors, attract pests, or create other nuisances. These include meat, fish, poultry, dairy products, foods containing animal fats, human/pet feces, weeds with developed seed heads, and plants infected with or highly susceptible to disease, such as roses and peonies.

Materials that should be composted only in limited amounts include wood ashes (a source of lime), sawdust (requires extra nitrogen), plants treated with herbicides or pesticides (the chemicals need time for thorough decomposition), and black and white newsprint (composts slowly, so it should comprise no more than 10% by weight of the total pile).

COMPOSTING REQUIREMENTS

1. SHREDDED ORGANIC WASTES. Shredding, chopping or even bruising organic materials hastens decay. One way to shred leaves is to mow the lawn before raking, collecting the shredded leaves in the mower bag. It takes at least 34 cubic feet of shredded material to form a compost pile.

2. GOOD LOCATION. The compost pile should be located in a warm area and protected from overexposure to wind and too much direct sunlight. While heat and air facilitate composting, overexposure dries the materials. The location should not offend neighbors.

3. NITROGEN. Nitrogen accelerates composting. Good sources include fresh grass clippings, manure, bloodmeal and nitrogenous fertilizer. Lime should be used sparingly if at all. It enhances decomposition, but too much causes nitrogen loss, and it usually isn`t necessary unless the pile contains large amounts of pine and spruce needles or fruit wastes.

4. AIR. The compost pile and its enclosure should be well ventilated. Some decay will occur without oxygen, but the process is slow and causes odors.

5.WATER. Materials in the compost pile should be kept as moist as a squeezed sponge. Too little or too much water retards decomposition. Overwatering causes odors and loss of nutrients.

BUILDING AN ENCLOSURE

Enclosing the compost pile saves space and prevents litter. The enclosure should be collapsible or provide an entry large enough to permit the pile to be turned. It should measure at least 4'X4'X4' (a pile under 3 cubic feet generally does not decompose properly), but no taller than 6' (too much weight causes compaction and loss of oxygen). The enclosure can be built of wood, pallets, hay bales, cinder blocks, stakes and chicken wire, or snow fencing. Prefabricated compost bins are also available.

BUILDING THE PILE

Aside from the basic requirements for decomposition and preventing odors and other nuisances, there is no set method for building a compost pile. One technique may be faster than another, but a variety of methods work well. Piles can be built in layers to ensure the proper proportion of carbon (e.g., leaves, woody materials) to nitrogen (grass, fertilizer), but the layers should be thoroughly intermixed after the pile is built.

MAINTENANCE

Turning and mixing the pile with a pitchfork or shovel, or shifting it into another bin, provides the oxygen necessary for decomposition and compensates for excess moisture. A pile that is not mixed may take 34 times longer to decompose. Recommendations for mixing the pile vary from every 3 days to every 6 weeks. More frequent turning results in faster composting. Odors indicate that the pile is too damp or lacks oxygen, and that more frequent turning is necessary.

Occasional watering may be necessary to keep the pile damp, especially in dry weather. Covering the pile with black plastic reduces the need for watering; it also prevents rainwater from leaching out the nutrients.

A pile that is decomposing properly should generate temperatures of 140°-160°F at its center. The heat kills most weed seeds, insect eggs and diseases. The pile should be turned when the center begins to cool. Turning the pile maintains the temperature and ensures that all material is exposed to the center heat. When the compost is finished, the pile will no longer heat up.

Small amounts of fresh materials may be added but should be buried inside the pile to avoid pests and speed composting. It is better to add fresh materials to a new pile.

FINISHED COMPOST

Finished compost is dark brown, crumbly, and has an earthy odor. Depending upon seasonal temperatures, a well-built, well-tended pile generally yields finished compost in 2 weeks to 4 months. An unattended pile made with unshredded material may take longer than a year to decompose.

ALTERNATE COMPOSTING METHODS: Using compost tumblers

Under normal environmental conditions, both the open (hot) pile control and the tumblers yielded rich, finished compost in about 10 weeks. The tumblers were certainly easier to use than turning an open pile with a pitchfork, but they did not appreciably increase the speed of production when compared to a properly managed open pile. Ease of turning is probably the main benefit tumblers offer, some are easier to turn than others.

Compost tumblers do have advantages in addition to ease of turning. By and large, they are clean, neat, unobtrusive, pest-resistant and odor-free. Because of this, tumblers often can be used in urban and suburban areas, where local laws or restrictive covenants may prohibit open compost piles.



Monday, April 13, 2009

Jatropha curcus: an unusual fuel source


There's a lot of interest in the inedible jatropha, but can this rough-and-tumble weed ever really take the place of Big Oil?

Perhaps its most unusual feature is its modular construction. The dry fruits and seeds will remain on the tree for some time, before falling to the ground, especially under dry conditions. Benefits include but are not limited to:

Oil as raw material: Oil has a very high Saponification value and is being extensively used for making soap in some countries. Also, the oil is used as an illuminant as it burns without emitting smoke.

Medicinal plant: The latex of Jatropha curcas (VanaErand or RatanJyot) contains an alkaloid known as “jatrophine” which is believed to have anti-cancerous properties.

Raw material for dye: The bark of Jatropha curcas (VanaErand or RatanJyot) yields a dark blue dye which is used for colouring cloth, fishing nets and lines.

Soil enrichment: Jatropha curcas (VanaErand or RatanJyot) oil cake is rich in nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and can be used as organic manure.

Feed: Jatropha leaves are used as food for the tusser silkworm.

In addition to these benefits, scientists elsewhere are working in the extraction of usable pharmaceutical derivatives from Jatropha Curcas while others are attempting to grow non-toxic plants.

Preliminary research indicates Jatropha may display certain Anti-Tumor properties, Anti Malarial properties and research is advancing related to HIV/AID’s and immune system response enhancement. There are other levels of use that can be exploited. Direct fermentation of seed cake and pulp delivers an organic fertilizer that has a high potential for export to developed countries.

It is in the field of Bio Diesel fuel, however, that Jatropha’s properties are the most exciting. At same power output, Jatropha curcas oil specific consumption and efficiencies are higher than those of diesel fuel. Tests conducted show that out of these various vegetable oils including copra, palm, groundnut, cottonseed, rapeseed, soya and sunflower - the lowest exhaust gas emissions were obtained with copra and Jatropha Curcas crude oil.

Despite its potential, there are still problems that will have to be worked out before jatropha is a viable biofuel. One is that jatropha contains the toxin phorbol ester, and if its seeds are eaten, they can cause vomiting and even death. Jatropha also needs to be cultivated. Since it is a wild plant, its seeds do not ripen at the same time, so a field of jatropha cannot all be harvested at once.



Friday, January 11, 2008

Wearing Bling Bling Jewelry


Everyone has seen hip hop jewelry, which ranges from jumbo dookie rope chains to iced out diamond crosses and ridiculously bright watches. Now, with the availability of replica styles on the internet, you even see your friends wearing bling jewelry.

Hip hop jewelry is made with large amounts of precious metal like gold and platinum then laced with rare gemstones such as diamonds, rubies and sapphires. Because of this, it is very expensive, more so than most other types of jewelry. This makes it a status symbol because only a select few can afford to wear it.

Within hip hop, it is a symbol of success and hard work. Not many fans and stars come from rich backgrounds. Most of us have to work hard and ride out the hustle in hopes of a brighter future. Along the way, some hip hop jewelry is a reward as well as a constant reminder of how far we've come.

It is a fashion statement as well. Much like the clothes you wear and the shoes you buy, hip hop jewelry says a lot about you. With tons of designs to choose from, there is something that fits you style. Most bling exudes attitude. It screams out I am a unique individual and I don't care what you think. The bottom line is that is their preference and it reflects their unique personalities, anyone who objects probably can't afford to buy it anyway.

Luckily for us and many others, hip hop jewelry doesn't have to be expensive. It can be made with cheaper base metals like brass and sterling silver. The jewelry can be set with replica diamond stones instead of real diamonds. This makes it available to the masses and now you can buy hip hop jewelry without recklessly spending your hard earned dollars.

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Monday, December 10, 2007

African wooden carvings and their representations

African carvings are symbols of power and ritual in the life of the tribe. They are used for fertility, divination, status, rites of passage, music and many other functions. An African legend states that spirits of dead beings choose trees as a resting place, between the worlds. A wood carver or sculptor has only to scratch away the surface of the wood to reveal the spirit inhabiting the tree. In African culture wood carvers are given a special place in the community, and are well respected for their creativity. They have the ability to show to everyone the beauty and magic that lurk in a dead piece of fire wood.

When a person views African art, several themes seem to come up over and over again. These themes are representations of different things that are significant to African culture; and reveal the importance behind some of its most beautiful art.

Couples are most commonly shown as freestanding figures of relatively the same size and stature. They may be representative of ancestors, a married couple, twins, or community founders. This is representative of the importance placed on two as one. Most art of this type was developed for shrines or for positions of ceremonial honor. Sexual intimacy is rare in African carvings. This in that it is rare for men and women to display their affection publicly. The most common theme of the male and female couple is that of strength and honor; not love and intimacy.

The mother and child couple is often representative of mother earth and the people as her children. African women will generally have a very strong desire for children as well however. The strong desire that a woman has to bear children further shows the strong mother child relationship that is a vital part of African culture.

A male with a weapon or animal (commonly a horse) is commonly produced to show honor to departed ancestors. Animals are rarely sculpted for the purpose of showing the inward or outward beauty of the animal; but to give status to the person. Even today, many in Africa would consider the ownership of a horse to be of greater status than the ownership of an automobile. Showing a person with a horse would then be giving great honor to them. Sometimes people are shown with animals that are not really ridden; possibly even mythical. The purpose is to show the power given to one who rides such an animal; and the wealth that they must have. As women achieve significance through their children, men will often be honored in warfare. The one who goes into battle must have physical, emotional and spiritual energy to survive and to conquer. Thus the emphasis on weapons and the spoils of war in many African works.

A final common representation in African art is that of the stranger. In Africa, a stranger is someone from a different country or tribe. They would usually not be welcomed; and the more distorted the portrayal of the stranger, the greater the gap that is normally symbolized. Sometimes strangers; especially white foreigners; are given a form of respect based on their relatively great weaponry and other powers. Unfortunately, much of African art comes with no explanation of the meaning intended to be symbolized when it was created. When the meaning can be discerned, the deeper understanding gained and fuller appreciation of the cultural heritage can be obtained in a more meaningful and memorable way.

The sweet smell of perfume

People have used perfume, oils and unguents on their bodies for thousands of years in lesser or greater amounts dependant on fashion whims. The early Egyptians used perfumed balms as part of religious ceremonies and later as part of pre love making preparations. Myrrh and Frankincense were exuded gums from trees used to scent the atmosphere in rituals. Other plants such as rose and peppermint were steeped in oils until a perfumed unguent formed. The unguent was then rubbed into the skin. It's interesting to note that perfume has come full circle today as more and more of us seek out high quality aromatherapy perfumed oils to use in exactly the same way as our ancestors did.

Products that enhance the feel of skin and the smell of the body have been highly valued in every culture. Trade routes introduced spices to other parts of the world and a wider range of scents could be made. In the past people often mixed their own potions using home methods creating their own aromatherapy products. Many homes had a still room where essences were steeped out of flowers and herbs.

By the 1600s scents were applied to objects such as furniture, gloves and fans. In the Georgian Era non greasy eau de cologne was developed and it had many uses from bath essence to mouthwash. The late 19th century was the first real era of perfume as we know it when new scents were created because of advances in organic chemistry knowledge. Synthetic perfume products were used in place of certain hard to find or expensive ingredients. At the same time a similar chemical knowledge development happened in textile printing dyes.

Grasse in Provence, France became a centre for flower and herb growing for the perfume industry. The men who treated leathers in the same area found the smells so bad they perfumed themselves and the leathers. They were knowledgeable about making the botanical essences and were the early perfume noses. But it was only in the 20th century that scents and designer perfumes were really mass produced. Before that, the few trade names that existed were Coty and Yardley who made fairly light scents with familiar smells.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Psychic Reading


Since the beginning of recorded history, humans have looked for ways to understand, interpret and obtain a deeper meaning of events. Many of the tools used in modern psychic readings have their roots in Egyptian, Grecian and Roman civilizations. Over thousands of years gifted, natural born psychics and talented scholars have studied and learned to use these tools.

In modern times, the spiritualist movement in the late 1800's and contemporary "new age" movement have continued to evolve psychic practices. We use the term "psychic readings" broadly. That's because the psychic arts encompass a wide range of practices. There is no single right way to be psychic and there are many approaches to offering psychic readings. They can explore and discover which approach to psychic readings works for them.

Some say psychic readings are not about fortune telling, not about ominous predictions, guaranteed love spells, stereotyped gypsy women in turbans, or any of the psychic scary stuff that Hollywood sells. It was mentioned that psychic readings are about sharing intuitive gifts and offering insight. Maybe the readings can offer insights about relationships, recommendations for making a change in your life, provide relevant information that can make a difficult decision easier to make or increase awareness of influences that may be impacting our life.

Many of us may have experienced magical, fleeting moments of psychic awareness at one time or another. A sudden feeling that the telephone is going to ring, or knowledge of who is calling before you pick up the receiver. A certain sense that a loved one has been injured or is in trouble. Or perhaps walking into a new place, and yet knowing that sometime, somehow, you had been there before. Psychic impressions may come to us in the form of dreams, everyday hunches, synchronistic experiences that seem to defy logic, and even chance encounters or conversations with friends and strangers.


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Monday, April 16, 2007

Big Feet, Big Shoes

Do you have a problem finding good shoes because of the size of your feet? Thousands of women have hobbled through life in too tiny shoes, unaware, embarrassed and underserved by a shoe industry that largely failed to make stylish footwear big enough for their feet. The mainstream footwear industries are now waking up to a full footed demand for upper-end shoes sizes 11 and above.

At the same time, sales are booming at online niche outlets that only sell hip, larger shoes, challenging industry business models and prodding manufacturers to make more. Behind the boom is the ever expanding American foot, which is growing bigger than ever before. More than a third of American women today wear a size 9 or larger, triple the number who did 18 years ago.

Seventy percent of shoes are sold to the under 30 set, who’ve been disappointed trying to buy sizable strappy stilettos at the local mall. The internet has flooded frustrated yet fashion conscious full footers with new options proving that demand for chic, large styles exists. No one is entirely sure why feet are expanding, but they are. The average women’s shoe sold last year, a size 8.5, was nearly double the typical 4.5 sold in 1900, and a full size bigger than the average sold a generation ago.

Americans are, on average, an inch taller and 25 pounds heavier than they were in 1960, and extra weight, podiatrists say, puts pressure on feet, stretching ligaments and causing feet to spread. Americans are also living longer, and feet can expand with age as arches fall. In addition, children are growing faster, thanks to improved nutrition and health care, and they shun the hard leather loafers of their parents’ generation, wearing less restrictive athletic shoes that give their feet more room to grow.

The size hike could also reflect that for the first time, people are simply reporting their sizes accurately because they are finally finding shoes that fit. The new generation could avoid a lot of the damage that too tiny shoes can cause, preventing the corns, bunions and mallet toes that can deform feet in ways reminiscent of ancient Chinese foot binding. Some 80 percent of all foot ailments are in fact shoe-related and doctors estimate that American women spend more than $3 billion a year on surgical foot repair.

Still, the footwear industry has long balked at producing bigger shoes. Unsure that the oversize market would support their investment, manufacturers are hesitant to spend money to make large shoes and retailers worry that they won't able to unload them. Luckily there are many online retailers that cater to men and women that need larger shoes.



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Sunday, April 15, 2007

To Sew or Not to Sew


When you want to buy a cotton shirt, it is a lot easier and just as inexpensive to pick one up at the shop. However, when it comes to items like dresses, sewing can be more economical and the quality better. Many children's items are easily made from pants and tops to pajamas and bathrobes. If you are going to sew for yourself, you will have to take more care. You need to know which type of fabrics you like, the lines that flatter you, and the colors you look best in. You would think this knowledge would come naturally, but you can get very confused looking at all the different fabrics and colors when you are in the store.

Then you need to make sure you alter the pattern if you need adjustments for your size. Once you get a pattern that fits, you can use it over and over with variations that make it look different. When an item of clothing you own wears out, you can pull apart the seams and use the pieces as a pattern and make the item with new fabric. When you become skilled, you can turn men's suits into boy's suits, alter larger size clothing that you may find at a thrift store to fit you, or even sew for others.

The great thing about sewing today for the beginner is that fashions are very relaxed, and there are many very simple patterns. You don't have to fight with set in sleeves if you don't want to. Most of us do not need to make the stiff, heavily interfaced and lined suits of yesterday. We can get buy with casual clothes and a few dresses, or skirts and blouses.

Keep sewing costs down by buying patterns and notions secondhand. There always seems to be a wide selection at thrift stores. Summer clothes are very economical to make. You don't need much fabric, and it is lighter weight and more economical. The joy of patchwork and quilting is also being discovered by more and more home sewers especially the unique fabric combinations, the placement of the fabric pieces, and the finishing touches with quilting or embroidery.

If you've thought about sewing, now is a good time to give it a try. If you are very nervous, find someone who teaches classes out of their home, or take one at your community college. There are also many good books to help beginners. Find a friend who will help. Most people are more than willing to help others. Read more about some of the latest books dedicated to the art of needle and thread. There are a number of sewing magazines with full of inspiration and projects as well as stories for all skill levels.


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Email Marketing and Spam


Like it or not, email is still the best way to reach a mass online audience and even community sites and online services are willing to use it. The question that remains unanswered is whether these companies are providing an additional service or if they are overstepping the bounds with net users.

Spam email is no longer the mild irritant it once was. It’s clogging corporate networks and ISP mail servers and has become a real productivity drain, forcing corporate and consumer email users to spend a lot of time a day dealing with this deluge of junk. More and more legitimate email is not getting through to recipients due to Spam filtering taking place via ISPs or corporate networks.

Opt-in email campaign is one solution. If you do decide to use this campaign, make sure you buy opt-in email lists from legitimate top-tier broker or list managers who are well established, not “over-sending” messages to list subscribers and who are constantly refreshing their list quality by adding new subscribers. Critical questions to ask brokers include how many messages are sent to each list recipient per month, how are new subscribers added and what is the percentage of new members added per month, are they using “third party” lists to augment their own, are their lists “double opt in” and last but not least, what is their privacy policy and how strictly do they adhere to published industry standards.

Newsletter insert advertising is considered very effective. It is now possible to track when and if people clicked on a text link ad in a newsletter. With new technology which enables virtually any publisher to provide you with this information, enabling you to track your ROI for the media buy. Finally, the real beauty of newsletter text advertising is that it is very targeted and people want to receive the information so you can be confident your ad will at least be viewed by some finite number of prospects.

Email is something personal and most people see their email box as their personal space. I think when it comes to email, if you did not specifically sign up for a list, you will consider your privacy being violated.


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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Beauty beneath your skin


We've never really thought about the importance of our skin. Here are the things you should know. The skin's jobs are to form a protective layer over the body to help prevent injury and disease, to keep moisture in the body, to make vitamin D, to regulate body temperature and to excrete waste. The outer layer of skin is the epidermis and the inner layer is called the dermis. It contains hair follicles, nails, nerves, sweat and oil glands and blood vessels.

The skin keeps your insides from falling out. It helps you warm up when you're cold and can cool you off when
you're hot. It lets you feel things by touch. It protects you. So let's learn how to take good care of the skin you're in. Like the heart, stomach and brain, your skin is an organ. In fact, it's the largest organ in your body, but it's still easy to take skin for granted. Unless there's a problem, you may not think about your skin very much. But skin has an important job to do.

Your skin is constantly protecting you. Your skin keeps infections out of your body and keeps you from getting sick. When you take care of your skin, you're helping your skin do its job. And taking care of your skin today will help prevent future problems, like wrinkles and even skin cancer. Keeping your hands clean is especially important because your hands can spread germs to the skin on other parts of your body.

When washing your hands, use water that's comfortably warm. Wet your hands, then lather up with a mild soap. You should lather and rub everywhere, including the palms, the wrists, between the fingers, and under the nails. Rinse well, dry thoroughly with a clean towel, and you're done. You'll also want to use water that's warm, not too hot, when you take a shower or bath. Use a gentle soap to clean your body. Don't forget under your arms and behind your ears. It's a good idea to wash your face once or twice daily with warm water and a mild cleanser.

If you look in the drugstore, you'll see shelf after shelf of skin care products. Talk to your doctor if you have questions about what to use on your skin. If you have dry, flaky, or itchy skin, you might use a moisturizing lotion or cream. When choosing a moisturizer, pick one without a lot of colors and perfumes. If you are worried about pimples, look for a moisturizer that is non-comedogenic, that won't cause pimples. With pimples, you might think that scrubbing your face is the way to get rid of them. But actually, your skin will be less likely to break out if you clean it gently, using your fingertips, not a rough washcloth.

Everyone wants to have younger looking skin. Unfortunately, even the most expensive face creams, with all their claims of reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, can't turn back the years. In order to look after our skin properly, first we need to understand it. Our body's largest organ is made up of three layers. The outer epidermis comprises pigment cells, the stratum corneum surface layer, which is made up of flat, dead skin cells, and the basal layer where new cells are generated and travel upwards. The middle dermis layer contains blood vessels, nerves, oil glands, collagen fibres and elastin. The inner subcutaneous layer contains blood vessels, hair follicles and fat cells.

There are a number of reasons that determine how quickly our skin ages ranging from genetic factors, your natural skin type, as well as external factors such as exposure to sunlight, environmental factors and whether you smoke or not. In general, pale skins wrinkle faster than darker skins, which are protected by increased amounts of pigment and lipids. Another vital factor is, of course, our age. Our skin is very different at 20 to how it is when we are 70.


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Power Sports - Motorcross


Motocross racing is inherently dangerous. There is always a risk of serious injury. Riders should not participate in events or ride unless they have adequate medical insurance to cover a catastrophic injury. Riders or their guardians are solely responsible for preparing all equipment. Ride at your own risk. Whether you already own a bike, are going to buy a new bike or are planning on buying a used machine you will still have to find a dealer to get parts and service as well as additional advice on getting started.

There is a simple rule in racing, dress for the crash, not for the ride. The more gear you have on the more likely you are to go home sore then to end up in the Emergency room. Amateur riders, especially young beginning riders should be more concerned with wearing as much protection as possible. Sizes on gear vary a great deal and are not always accurate. Helmet is the single most important piece of protection you will buy. A helmet should be snug going on and off but not so tight it is uncomfortable. A full-face helmet offers more protection against both front and side impacts than a helmet with a bolt on mouth guard.

Goggles should always be worn. Get used to them when you practice and you will feel naked without them later. Try different brands on while wearing your helmet to find the ones that are most comfortable. Make sure you get a lexan or similar lens and learn to clean them with care so they will last. Body armor is also know as chest and back protectors. It is important to learn to ride with these from the beginning since they can take some getting used to later. These can help protect from an impact injury by spreading the impact over a wider area.

Long sleeve shirts are required to race. Racing pants are not required to race. Jeans are okay to star out in. It is recommended to buy some sort of kneepads. Most dealers sell them to go inside race pants so you will have to buy them eventually anyway. If you want to know what happens with out kneepads, let a friend hit you with a hammer on the kneecap. Gloves are also recommended. Elbow pads are optional also and are a good idea for beginners.

To race some sort of boot that covers the ankle is required. When you buy motocross boots it is important to take the time to break them in properly. If you try to race with them before they are you will have a hard time working the controls on your bike which could result in an accident. If you are buying for your child get them a little big, but not too big, to allow for growth. If you take care of boots they will last quite awhile and then you can sell them to another rider.

Motocross differs from a lot of sports because unlike team sports like baseball, football or soccer, it is an individual sport. This can be helpful in teaching young people personal responsibility. If they set a goal and come up short there is no one else to blame. As in any sport that involves young people there are parents that sometimes push to hard for success. The difference is that if you push to hard in motocross it can result in your rider and possibly other riders getting injured. Motocross is hardly as easy as the pro riders make it look. There are skills that will develop only with time and practice.



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