BMX Bikes

BMX Bikes for Sale

For all leisure and sports biking, the popular BMX bikes are the rides chosen by many. Still, those who do not have a clue are wondering what the "BMX" means. The BMX abbreviation stands for bicycle motocross.

Motorcycles, of course, dominate motocross and the sport started in England with off-road scrambling in the 1920s. Then, in the early 1970s, children in California started racing their bikes on dirt strips. The tracks were set up because the children were influence by watching motocross stars. At that time, the Schwinn Sting-Ray was widespread and was the main bike used in the first organized BMX races in California. As the sport became official stateside and then world wide, development for a performance dirt and off-road bike began in earnest.

About BMX Bikes

In current times, designers craft the BMX bikes models for the different BMX events. These events are as follows:

  • Race
  • Dirt Jumping
  • Freestyle
  • Flatland

The bike frames of BMX bikes are generally made of different types of steel, but the higher-end competition bicycles have aluminum frames. The gearing technology has gone for the use of smaller gears. The cassette hub has been a great asset for BMX because the hub can be out near the frame. Stress on the rear axle is less and, being small, cassette hubs are lighter and give more clearance for grinding. BMX bikes use wheels of varying sizes from 18" to 26", but the 20" is the favorite for most.

When safety is well observed, bikers can achieve thousands of amazing tricks and moves on their BMX bikes. Freestyle has been very popular as bikers test what their bikes can do. Absolutely, BMX bicycles are top performers, and they offer an affordable extreme sport option.

By the end of the decade, the American Bicycle Association was organized and a national sanctioning body was made for motocross and the BMX sport.  The beginning of the 1980s was witness to the founding of the International BMX Federation.  Championships were held on BMX bikes the following year.  As a development to the use of BMX bikes, BMX freestyle was created by racers who like to push the limits for styles of riding the BMX bikes.  Vert, dirt, flatland and street were included in BMX freestyle.

Even if you don’t join BMX competitions and sports events, there’s still a lot of fun and thrill to be had with BMX bikes.  While the wind in your hair is enjoyable when you’re riding your bike on the road, there more exhilaration to be felt for riding off road, on dirt terrain or hilly ground with a high performance BMX bicycle.

BMXs

If you’ve found a passion for BMXs and are looking for a BMX bike for yourself or for a loved one, it’s easier to find the right BMXs if you ask yourself some questions on what kind of race will you be participating in and what kind of features do you want for your BMXs.  First off, do you want to race?  Is it your purpose to buy a BMX bike to race?  The next question to ask yourself is will you be riding in the streets or on the dirt?  Do you want something that’s lightweight?  Do you intend to use your BMX bike in the local skate park, in ramps made in your backyard or a real BMX track?

Once you’ve thought about the answers to these questions, you can get to buy the right BMX bike.  You also have to understand that BMXs can refer to any one of the three different types of BMX bikes.  You have the real BMX bike, a freestyle bike and the third, a dirt jumper or what is simply known as the jump bike.  A BMX bike is a bike that’s ready for any kind of dirt race.  This kind falls into BMXs that are lightweight with knobby tires and a strong rear brake.  You can also use this kind of BMX bike for going on fast off road races that are short distance.

For the freestyle kind of BMXs, this is a trick bike that’s super sturdy.  It’s characterized with a beefy frame and wheels with tires that are pavement ready.  It’s equipped with axle pegs as well as a cable detangling headset.  This kind of BMX bike is good for riding at skate parks and learning to perform BMX stunts and tricks.  The jump bike for BMXs is essentially a bike that’s both freestyle BMX and real BMX.  It has a frame and wheels that are sturdy with tires that are knobby.  It’s a BMX bike that has a rear brake designed for jumping ramps and carving local trails.

The real BMX bike even comes in a variety of sizes to sooth the soul of a BMX enthusiast of any age.  There’s the mini real BMXs for a child aged four to six.  There’s the junior size for a six to nine year old kid.  There’s the expert real BMX bike for nine years old to 13 years old.  And there’s the pro size which is a BMX bike with a full size frame for people ages 12 and up.  Now that you know there’s more to BMXs than just BMX, dirt racing and jumping, you can now see what the right kind of BMX bike is for you.

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