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Several riders, like this one, removed themselves from their bike, swinging it around them in mid-air. (Johnson Publications photo)

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One of the impressive maneuvers of the show was this rider’s jump over the head of BMX Nowear Compound owner Karl Hinkley. (Johnson Publications photo)

Once bullied himself, BMX company owner now out to help youths

    Karl Hinkley was bullied as a youngster growing up in the Lincoln and Ashland communities of Nebraska.    
    Now, his goal is to help kids who may be experiencing the same thing. And, he’s not just doing it with talk.
    Those attending the Chase County Fair this year had a chance to see that Hinkley’s Nowear BMX Compound team riders can provide some impressive entertainment, but his company’s mission is much more.
    “I started in this profession at 18 years of age and later felt a calling to help kids,” he said, as his team of seven riders set up for one of their five shows at the fair.
    “I wanted to open a place for kids who may have a tough go at school,” he noted.
    He feels strongly about supporting youths.
    “If you invest in youths you invest in your community and its growth,” he said.
    The Nowear Compound was established in 2011 outside of Unadilla and includes a six-acre “BMX paradise” full of ramps, dirt jumps and much more. Use of the facility is free to anyone interested in the sport of BMX. Those without bikes and safety gear can use equipment there free of charge.
    Hinkley said he just asks three things from those using his facility—sign a waiver, wear a helmet and be respectful of others using the facilities.
    Other equipment besides BMX bikes is also welcome at Nowear, he said, including skateboards.

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