BMX Bikes Buyers Guide
MAIN FEATURES OF BMX BIKES
BMX bikes were first designed in the US in the 1970s, as youths copied motocross riders on their pedal bikes. Since then it's become a massively popular form of cycling and is even an Olympic sport.
The jumps, speed and stunts associated with BMX biking means the bikes have to be strong, light and extremely durable. They usually have 20 inch wheels (smaller than other models like road bikes or mountain bikes) and small but sturdy frames.
There are two main categories of BMX bike, each tailored to the type of BMXing you might enjoy:
BMX RACING BIKES
BMX Racing is a fast, furious sport involving riders competing against each other on sandy or hilly tracks. BMX racing bikes are built for speed and usually feature aluminium frames for a faster, stiffer, lighter and more responsive ride.
BMX 'Cruiser' bikes with 24 inch wheels are sometimes used for racing, particularly for taller riders.
If you want to do tricks and stunts on your BMX bike then a racing model is probably not for you - a BMX Freestyle bike is what you're looking for.
BMX FREESTYLE BIKES
BMX Freestyle involves riders doing daring jumps and stunts rather than racing against each other to win. Riders perfect their tricks by practicing in skate parks, on flat ground, or using obstacles like benches and walls on the street.
BMX Freestyle bikes normally include the following features:
- Frames made of high tensile steel or chromoly. High tensile steel is used on most entry-level BMX bikes as it's cheaper, but more experienced riders prefer chromoly as it makes the bike faster and easier to manoeuvre
- Strong wheels and rising handlebars that can withstand the impact of jumping and landing
- Stunt pegs for tricks like grinds and balancing
- Rotors (or 'gyros') for 360° bar spins without tangling the cables
One discipline of BMX Freestyling is dirt jumping - dirt jump bikes have most of the features of BMX bikes, but have chunkier tyres for jumping on dirt trails.
HELP CHOOSING A BMX BIKE
Feel free to browse our online selection of BMX bikes to give you a better idea of the different specifications. If you need further help, don't hesitate to drop into your local Halfords store where our staff will be able to assist you.
BMX BIKES PROTECTIVE CLOTHING
When practicing BMX tricks, you're likely to fall off at some point - that's why you should invest in some quality protective gear like cycle helmets, bike gloves, and bike body armour & pads. Buying these as part of a bundle with a new BMX bike can make this cheaper.
GET YOUR BMX BIKE BUILT AT HALFORDS
The high speed and impact that BMX bikes have to withstand means it's important they are built properly. Reserve and collect your BMX at Halfords and one of our expert technicians will build and safety check it for free (excluding Trax bikes*). You can even bring it in for a free 6 week service to ensure it's in top condition.
*Trax bike build prices - £9.99 for 12"-16" wheel bikes and £19.99 for 18" wheel plus bikes. 6 week first service included.