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World Record Wheelie for Clean Water

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Throughout the past year there have been ups and downs, and sometimes slow spots, that have made this experience a ride I’ll always remember. A clear end in sight was not always apparent, but there was a little light at the end of the the end of the tunnel; just enough to keep me focused on a goal. What started as a fun and freeing form of exercise shifted into entertainment for a community and an idea to make a noticeable and worthy difference in the world. What you see with the wheelies, I feel, is now part of something much bigger. Whenever I ride it’s not so much for my enjoyment anymore, or to show off my skills to turn heads and get a thumbs up from passing drivers. I’m always reminding myself of the logo I proudly sport on my shirt and the cause I’m promoting. I wanted to take this chance, before I attempt to ride the longest wheelie I ever have, and thank anyone and everyone who is reading this. Your encouragement and support has kept me on track and I am grateful you are a part of this.

This has been a job for me, and I have loved going to work.

I was once pulled over by a police officer who I tried to explain what I was doing riding wheelies on the sidewalk (always aware of pedestrians and opening car doors), occasionally coasting through red lights, and weaving through stopped traffic for. I said to him, “I’m out here everyday, this is like my job.” He glared over his glasses and doubtibly replied, “Oh really now. who pays you to do these stunts?” and proceeded to tear off a ticket. Needless to say, I couldn’t be more stoked on the fact that my plan is working and in a way, I am getting paid to ride now. All of the money is funding well drilling in Africa and bringing clean water to people in need. What now, Mr. Officer? Told ya’ so.

The Adventure Begins

Looking back, I know now I’m exactly where I am supposed to be. The dots have been connected the canvas is about to see it’s last stroke. You see, when I was a kid I used to have dreams about bikes, fantasize trail rides and even draw out what my future bike would look like in detail. I have heard stories of when I took my own training wheels off.. (they throw off your balance apparently). And even on short rides home from day-care with Mom creeping slowly a few blocks behind me in the car I felt independent and adventurous. If you would have told me that adventure would lead me to this I would have thought you were pulling my leg.

One For The Record Books With Clean Water On The Line

It’s finally time I prove myself and ride one more wheelie, one for the record books, that will solidify my commitment to help provide those in need of clean water with the one resource we all need to live a happy and healthy life. These families and children I have never met, but I know they need help and I think they deserve every chance to get an education, live a fulfilled life and not worry about where they will get their water to drink. Just because they are far away and across an ocean doesn’t mean we can’t make a positive impact on their situation. Everyone has talents, ambitions and aspirations and I feel very lucky I can utilize my unique skill to raise awareness and make a change in the way our world is accommodating human life. After all, we are humans and it’s in the core of our nature to want to help others who can’t help themselves.

Enjoy The Show? Support The Flow.

Come show your support for the flow and join me, as I attempt a world record; riding over 11 miles on one wheel in just an hour. The track is located at South Salem High School on Ruran Ave. SE. The wheelie will last for one hour beginning at 8:30am lasting until 9:30am. Fresh coffee and hot chocolate, t-shirt sales and signing, and a root tootin’ good time!

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Riding a Wheelie, What Does It Take?

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I’ve been stopped and asked many a time “How do you ride a wheelie for that long?” or “How long did it take you to learn how to do that?” Well, I’m here to try and explain the learning process and some of the key things I’ve learned about riding some of the world’s longest wheelies.

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It might be easier than it looks.

Some of the fundamentals are obvious; balance, strength, focus, endurance… but that’s not all it takes to keep a front tire in the air for longer than a few pedals. Your balance comes from knowing your surroundings and being conscious of your immediate presence has on the space around you. To make your balance better, then you need some strength in your legs & arms, your core, and your back. Now, with an ample amount of strength you’ll be ready for the long haul and endurance won’t play a factor. But, your focus… your focus will keep you gliding along, floating weightless, or pull you back to the – riding you and gravity are comfortable with.

Play with the all the possibilities.

Okay, now focus on this. When you see a wheelie one perception is that there is one sweet spot, one perfect balance point. This is somewhat true, but I’ve found a better way. There is perfection all around us, and exploring all the possibilities and learning to work with every angle of that sweet spot is the secret. You see, if you can shift your weight from one side to the other to correct for an error in balance… and learn to do that from every direction where you might fall out of perfect alignment… then you now have the ability to reach and every boundary of the balance point.

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Keep things moving and use the force.

While you are adjusting to this new found space you inhabit it’s important to remember keep something moving and use any opposing forces to your advantage. Movement does not hinder the flow you enter when pulling up your front tire and using the force of your breaks, or a few swift pedal strokes can help counteract a change in the flow of energy around you.

Lessons for life and why this is important.

Let me try and connect these dots for you. Without water, there is no life. We’re all here to help others and without working together everyone isn’t going to make it. We all have the physical ability to do anything we choose to help change the lives of people of this earth. It’s not a question of strength, or balance that keeps my wheelies in the air for this clean water. It’s because I can imagine another possibility for the kids in villages who are thirsty and not living the fulfilled and happy lives they have the capacity to do. These are people just like you who need your help. This is one earth made up of mostly water… although we are many individuals, we all need one resource to live.

Will you help support the flow?

Now you can help keep things moving by supporting this cause and sharing with everyone who cares. Together we can do something incredible, there is a force working to make all of this fall into place exactly as it should. So I’m asking you to recognize how important this is; not only to me and the people who enjoy seeing me ride wheelies, but how important it is to contribute to the well-being of the entire human family. We all are a part of each other and to improve someone else only improves you. What do you have to loose?

Why wait? Donate!

Visit the charity:water campaign to find out some more about the organization I’m raising money with and see the affect your contribution will have. All donations, yes that’s 100% of funds, go to the people in need. Months down the road when the well is drilled we can track it with GPS! How cool is that? Not to mention, a tax write off!

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New Year & Another New Clean Water Campaign

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Wheelie For Water 2012 has begun

Our new logo is ready for screen printing and the new t-shirts are on the way. Don’t miss out on your chance for a hand printed shirt that supports a good cause. Follow the W4W twitter account and there might just be a chance to win your t-shirt for free. Where my tweeters at?!

The wheelie training is in full swing

… and we even had some time to edit the Wheelie For Water video premier. It’s been a hit so far, almost 450 views in the first two days! Thank you everyone for watching and please share with your friends and family. We need this message to be heard, everyone deserves clean drinking water.

Wheelie for Water – Chris Barnett from Oregon Trail Trash Productions on Vimeo.

Please watch this video about clean drinking water and world record wheelies!

The wheelie in this video was 1 continuous wheelie from start to finish. Chris never touched the ground. When watching the video and it seems like we might have cut it and started over is my bad bike riding and filming skills. I’m not good at it. Thanks for watching and this is important, every penny helps!

You can help support the flow by donating right here on the website.
Or by visiting the official
Wheelie For Water Charity:water campaign page.

Song: No Go Know – We Discovered Water
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Filmed with Gopro Hero

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