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The cultural roots of BMX

Go back to the US, where this type of sprint riding was used as a grooming stage for kids who wanted to get into motocross. No surprises it took on a life and culture of its own and is now an established and huge bike riding scene.

There are two types of BMX riding

One is racing and the other is freestyle. BMX Racing is an Olympic Sport that consists of a single lap over a course filled with jumps and fast corners. Freestyle involves performing tricks and perfecting bike handling skills for tricks.

What are the features of a BMX bike?

A BMX bike typically features 20-inch wheels, rigid forks, high-rise handlebars, a single gear and horizontal rear dropouts.

Racing BMX frames tend to be made from aluminium or carbon fibre, which delivers a good stiffness/ lightness ratio. These feature a rear brake only, high gearing and are generally very lightweight. Additionally, it's normal for BMX racers to use 'clipless' pedals in order to attach their feet to the bikes.

Freestyle BMX bikes will usually be made from steel (entry level) or chromoly (a popular steel alloy) for impact resistance. Some BMX riders choose to remove the brakes from their bikes, while others prefer having brakes to assist with specific tricks. Even freestyle BMX bikes can vary depending on whether it's dirt jumps or 'street' that they'll be used for.

BMX Bike Brands

Some BMX brands include Wethepeople, Fit, Haro, Sunday, Kink, Mongoose, United, GT, Verde, Demolition, Diamondback, DK, Stolen, Hoffman, Fly, Colony, and Cult but to name a few!

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