The Factory Experience
Testimonials & Stories
“I could write a book about what the Factory has done for our family. Seriously. The Factory isn’t just a building with some ramps where dudes (and dudettes) ride bikes and do crazy tricks for fun. That might be what it looks like at first. But really it’s a community and a safe place where my boys are building friendships, being supported and learning to support others, learning perseverance and patience, discovering that they can do so much more than they first thought they could. Their confidence has grown as well as their joy. And I’m learning how to let go and let them fly (sometimes with eyes closed and holding my breath…but still). The Factory is not just life changing…it is life SAVING. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. To Dustin, Evan and every single person who has come through those doors and taken time to help my boys and be positive influences in their lives….bless you!!”Jennifer, Mother
“I tell so many people what a great sport this was for my son to grow up in. An individual sport yet I never saw there was competition among riders, just encouragement from each other, never giving up and seeing hard work paying off. Or just the simple love of riding. And a kid in middle school finding his passion, dreaming of having a skatepark someday! Great job Evan and Dustin and all the members past and present, getting this project running 6 years ago. You’ve created a community everyone is proud to be a part of.”Joni, Mother
“Our little guy Zephyr had a heck of a time in school up until this year! 4th grade! He started reading and writing. He has ADHD and is on the Autism spectrum. He started going to the Factory in September and I used it to get him to focus in school. All riders are educated, you can’t go to the Factory unless you do good in school…things like that and it worked!!! I can never express my gratitude to ALL of the guys at the Factory for being an incredible influence for Zeph! Especially Tristan who is training him on a weekly basis now! Also, Zephyr’s father was diagnosed with MS when Z was only 3 months old. So to be exposed to guys who can do physical activity with him is so powerful. Thank you so much Dustin for creating this place! It is guiding Zephyr in a direction he will take with him FOREVER.”Angela, Mother
“Hard to sum up in a few words what being a factory member has meant to Jack and our family. Definitely a confidence builder for Jack. Amazing role models for Jack to positively influence him and show him how hard work pays off. We love being part of this bmx family/community at the Factory. ..it’s much more than just a place for Jack to ride and make friends that share his passion for bmx. It’s a place we all belong to and are a part of. Thanks Dustin, Evan, Factory members and many more riders we meet through the Factory shows!”Amy, Mother
“I made a deal with my son as he started high school this year. Good grades for a pass to The Factory. I’ve never seen him so motivated for anything…ever.”Vicki, Mother
“I know Jaden has made many friends over the last 5 years along with Joel. Jaden’s grades and concentration level has really improved over the last year and a half knowing if his grades slip it means less time at the factory! I also think the factory has helped his maturity level for a 10 year old. Every Tuesday and Thursday when i pick them up he asks are we going to the factory tonight? Thank you Dustin and Evan for giving us this opportunity to have a place to take our kids!”Jon, Father
“I can’t believe I have the option of having my own key to The Factory… Then there are no session times, no more 5 minute warnings before the skate park closes when we’re trying to land a new trick. Every summer I spend $1,000+ to ride foam and resi jumps for one week at an action sports camp, now I am able to continue learning year round at The Factory.”Matt, Rider
From Our Blog: EVERY Parent NEEDS to Read This: “Why do you pay so much money for your kid to race BMX bikes”? Well I have a confession to make; By Steve Hulbert (And Originally MParks.org)
One of my friends asked “Why do you pay so much money for your kid to race BMX bikes”? Well I have a confession to make; I don’t pay for my kid to race his bike. Personally, I couldn’t care less about bikes.
So, if I am not paying for bike racing, what am I paying for?
– I pay for those moments when my son becomes so tired he wants to quit but doesn’t.
– I pay for those days when my son comes home from school and is “too tired” to go to the track but goes anyway.
– I pay for my son to learn to be disciplined, focused, and dedicated.
– I pay for my son to learn to take care of his body and equipment.
– I pay for my son to learn to work with others and to be good team mates, gracious in defeat, and humble in success.
– I pay for my son to learn to deal with disappointment, when he doesn’t get that win he’d hoped for, but he goes back week after week giving it his best shot.
– I pay for my son to learn to make and accomplish goals.
– I pay for my son to respect, not only themselves, but other riders, officials and coaches.
– I pay for my son to learn that it takes hours and hours, years and years, of hard work and practice to create a champion and that success does not happen overnight.