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A Beginner’s Guide to BMX Bikes

by Thomas Lyons
A Beginner's Guide to BMX Bikes

Are you new to the world of BMX bikes? If so, you’ve come to the right place to learn. This guide will give you a complete overview of the ins and outs of BMX bikes, from what they are to the different types available. Keep reading for everything you need to know about getting started with a BMX bike.

What is a BMX Bike?

A BMX bike (which stands for Bicycle Motorcross) is an off-road bicycle designed for stunts and tricks. Typically, these bikes have 20″ wheels, making them lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. They also feature robust frames that can take a lot of punishment, plus brakes for added safety. With its versatility and durability, a BMX bike is perfect for riding in parks, trails, or even city streets.

Types of BMX Bikes

There are two main categories of BMX bike.

  1. Freestyle

Freestyle bikes are designed for performing stunts such as jumps, grinds, and flips. They typically have a flatland frame with pegs on both sides for grinding railings or curbs.

  1. Race.

Race bikes are lightweight machines specifically designed for racing around tracks or at dirt jumps. These bikes usually feature a single-gear drivetrain with front and rear brakes that allow riders to quickly accelerate and slow down as needed during races.

Is BMX good for beginners?

According to BMX Advice, BMX is an excellent choice for beginners who want to get into the cycling world. Not only are BMX bikes more affordable than other types of bicycles, but they’re also incredibly durable and easy to manoeuvre. Plus, with its versatility, you can use a BMX bike in various environments, from trails to city streets. With the right safety gear, BMX can be a great way for beginner cyclists to get their feet wet and develop the skills needed for more advanced cycling

Buying Your First Bike

When buying your first bike, you must consider what type of riding you plan on doing most often. Freestyle bikes are great if you want to do tricks in skateparks or street ramps; race bikes are ideal if you want to get into racing or ride dirt trails. Once you’ve decided on the type of bike you want, it’s time to look at components such as tires, handlebars, brakes, etc., as well as frame size and wheelbase length (the distance between the front wheel hub axle and rear wheel hub axle). Once you’ve chosen your components based on the intended use and budget constraints, it’s time to hit the trails.

Essential Accessories for BMX Riding for Beginners

Now that you’ve got your bike, it’s time to hit the streets. Before doing so, here are a few essentials for BMX riders

• Helmet – It is essential to wear a helmet whenever you ride

• Knee and elbow pads – These will help protect your joints in case of falls

• Shoes – A flat-soled shoe will give you more control and stability while riding

• Clothing – Wear comfortable clothes that will allow you to move freely.

• Water bottle – Staying hydrated is essential for any strenuous activity, so make sure to bring a water bottle with you on your rides

Some BMX Clubs In Ireland

  • BELFAST CITY BMX. LOCATION: Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • TRAILS: Barnetts Demesne Jump Park –
  • CORK BMX. LOCATION: Tramore Valley Park, Cork. …
  • COURTOWN BMX CLUB. LOCATION: Riverchapel Community complex, Gorey, Co Wexford.

Conclusion

BMX biking is an exciting sport that can provide hours of fun whether you’re just starting or have been riding for years. With this beginner’s guide in hand (or laptop!), all that’s left is finding your perfect ride! Remember that no matter what type of riding you plan on doing freestyle or race you should always wear protective gear such as helmets and pads when hitting the trails so that any spills don’t end in injury. Happy biking.

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