BMX, short for Bicycle Motocross, are bicycles designed for off-road racing or freestyle riding. BMX bikes originated in the mid-1970s, during the initial boom of BMX riding and racing. They have exponentially since grown to a hugely popular activity and sport. There are two main types of BMX riding: BMX freestyle and BMX racing.
BMX freestyle involves performing tricks with the bike while riding in skate parks, empty dirt lots, street spots, or using other unique and creative obstacles. Freestyle BMX is much more recent than BMX racing; it only became popular in the mid-1990s. To facilitate the tricks that are part of the sport, freestyle BMX bikes have a very strong frame and components, from gyro brakes or detanglers which allow the handlebars to spin multiple times to pegs on the wheels and more.
BMX racing was the original incarnation of BMX, having been around since the 1970s. BMX racing is a type of track racing that involves multiple riders racing around a track with various obstacles like jumps, berms, and tabletops. Bikes used in BMX racing have a shorter wheelbase, one gear, and small wheels to give the rider a quicker and more responsive feel on the track.BMX racing is suitable for all ages and abilities, and the bikes used in racing are specifically designed to be lightweight and strong.
Due to the speed and higher technical demands of BMX racing, the bikes have to have larger and heavier components. This type of BMX riding requires bigger tires, reinforced frames, a higher number of harder components like brakes, and stiffer suspensions. All of these features make BMX racing more expensive than freestyle riding and can be intimidating to beginner riders.
BMX bikes are lightweight and strong, allowing riders to perform tricks, race around tracks, or just have fun cruising around. BMX bikes come in two main types – freestyle and racing – and each type have different parts and features that make them suitable for the specific style of riding they are intended for. BMX riding is a great way to stay healthy, have fun, and experience the thrill of biking.
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