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Why Adults Will Be Riding Big Wheel-Type Bikes This Saturday

Danger Wheel
Competitors channel their inner kid to jump ramps on glorified Big Wheels Saturday.

 Updated: July 30, 9:25 a.m. 

Thousands of people are expected to watch the 4th annual "Dangerwheel" competition in Cincinnati's Pendleton neighborhood this weekend. Sixty-four teams go head-to-head as adults ride Big Wheel-type bikes down hills and over jumps.

Organizer Andrew Salzbrun says each team has three people. Two push at the beginning and the other person rides the bike. "It's a straight shot. It's about 300 yards long. Speeds go up to about 15 or 20 miles an hour and as you advance in the tournament bracket the course gets more dangerous," he explains.

The bikes have been modified and they are not the plastic kid's version you are used to seeing. Salzbrun says they would break apart given the size of the people and the sport. These are sturdier.

Credit Ann Thompson / WVXU
Organizer Andrew Salzbrun poses with a bike similar to what competitors will ride. The ones for the race will not have pedals or brakes.

The race and the event, with food trucks, craft beer and music, happens at the intersection of 12th and Broadway Streets, Saturday, July 28 from noon until 11 p.m. The first race starts at 2 p.m. The finals begin at 9 p.m.

Says Salzbrun, "You're going to see something on the course that you're not going to see anywhere else."