It may be a small town in the Scottish Borders but this week one small company based in Walkerburn sent a bit of the Tweed Valley to Tokyo, Japan. Bike Track People design and manufacture portable cycle tracks and equipment from their facilities in Innerleithen & Walkerburn.
Earlier this year Strider, Japan based in Tokyo got in touch to see if the guys at Bike Track People could design and manufacture a bespoke pump track. As one of only a handful of manufacturers in the world and with the knowledge and experience of the fantastic mountain biking trails in the Tweed Valley they stepped up to the challenge.
Working 7 days a week the team at Bike Track People designed the conceptual pump track specifically for use with balance bikes. Working alongside George Oliver & Sons at St Boswells and DCB Welding Design in Walkerburn the track which is the first of its kind in the world took shape.
A pump track is made up of a mixture of berms (banked bends) and rollers (a series of bumps). The rollers provide a means for the rider to create momentum and the berms provide a change in direction. With no peddling involved it is a safe and fun way to teach cycling and improve the ability of the rider. A pump track can be any shape or size and be permanent or portable.
The Strider pump track was completed earlier this week before being packaged up and shipped via sea container to Tokyo
Bike Track People along with a host of other companies were created on the back of the fantastic success of the 7Stanes Mountain biking in the Tweed Valley and the Scottish Borders. With more national and international orders on the books they are hoping this is just the start of things come and little pieces of the Tweed Valley can be exported around the world.