BMX is all about breaking the rules, pushing your limits and having fun on a bike. Small, compact and strong, BMX bikes will hold up to as long a day at the track, jumps or the skate park as you can stand. There are 20" bikes or 24" cruisers for jumping, skate park and freestyle riding for those just starting out up to those looking for performance and competition level bikes.
Having the right parts makes all the difference. Dial in your fit with specially designed BMX components - stems, pedals, wheels, pegs, chains, chainrings, brakes, hubs and cranks.
If you're new to BMX here are some helpful descriptions of terms and the different types of BMX riding and equipment:
BMX stands for Bicycle Motorcross and began back in the late 1970s. BMX racing is a type of off-road bicycle racing derived from motocross racing. BMX races are sprint races on purpose-built off-road single-lap race tracks. The track usually consists of a starting gate for up to eight racers, a groomed, serpentine, dirt race course made of various jumps, and a finish line. The course is banked and has flat corners.
Riding street is just what the name suggests - finding an everyday urban obstacle and doing tricks on/over it. Street (and ramp) bikes used to be very heavy, as race bikes were not strong enough to stand up to the rigors of ramps and street riding. To combat this, bike companies made bikes that were built like tanks - They wouldn't break, but you couldn't really do anything on them either. Nowadays, bikes are built light as possible - but with the strength that modern materials can offer.
Dirt Jumping and Trails
'Dirt Jumping' is basically what you see at the X-Games where there are two or more huge jumps and riders try and do as many tricks over them as possible. Dirt bikes are generally heavier than a race bike, but lighter than a street bike. 'Trails' is used to describe a collection of dirt jumps. Trail riders tend to spend their time in the woods - building jumps that link and create fluid lines.
Ramp and Park
This involves riding and doing tricks around a specially-designed ramp park for bikes and skateboards. Ramp parks can be made of concrete, wood or aluminum. Bikes for riding ramps are basically the same as those used for riding street.
Flatland involves doing tricks on your bike while on a flat piece of ground. This type of riding takes a lot of practice and long hours in parking lots or parks. Flatland bikes are very short and light, making them spin easier. They also have four big, fat pegs that are used to stand on.
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