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BMX Bikes for Sale

Since its introduction in the 1970s, the BMX bike has stood out as the bad-boy of the biking world. Forget lazy Sunday cruises and calm long-distance treks. BMX bikes are for intense racing, jumping and stunts!

There are some basic traits that all BMX bikes share; they have a compact frame design, half-metre wheels and wide tyres. They’re built for quick moves and are extremely solid to handle all the jumps and stunts you can come up with. We’ve put together a guide to explain the different types and features of BMX bikes on the market, so you can make an informed choice.

The Right BMX Bike Comes Down to Riding Style

You first need to determine what style of riding you will be doing. If you’re new to the sport, you might not yet know. Once you get into BMX riding, you’ll learn there are four main categories:

  • Street - You do street riding in town. It allows you to take advantage of curbs, stairs and ramps for performing stunts.

  • Park - If you’re lucky enough to live near a bike park, you can really pull off some great tricks. Park riding is also a great way to meet fellow BMXers.

  • Flatland - Here’s where you get to be creative. Flatland riding encourages you to learn - and invent - cool tricks. Check online for some great videos of flatland riding.

  • Dirt - You’ve probably seen dirt track BMX riding on TV. A popular extreme sport, dirt riding combines speeds, stunts and cool, impressive techniques.

Of course, you can do all these types of riding on any BMX bike. If you really plan on getting serious about a specific BMX discipline, however, you’ll want to pick a bike for the conditions.

BMX Bike Tips

As with any bike, it’s important to pick the right size. While BMX bikes are typically quite small, there are slightly larger frames available. The material of the frame dictates how strong it is. Aluminium frames are generally light, but they won’t withstand frequent abuse. Chromoly steel bikes are a bit heavier, but they’re built to last.

Different tyre treads are suited to pavement, parks or ramps. One important thing to remember with BMX bikes is you can adjust the tyre inflation for different styles of riding. A lower air pressure can be useful when you’re doing stand-still tricks, hops and stunts.

Rear pedal brakes are standard on all BMX bikes, and you can add a front brake if you’ll be doing a lot of stunts. Make sure the cable allows the handle to spin around if you’re doing serious tricks. If you don’t need front brakes, leaving that option off means your bike will be less complicated and a tad lighter.

When you’re landing hard on your BMX, especially in park and dirt riding, you want strong axles. Sealed bearings are more expensive but are ideal if you’ll be riding in a lot of dirt, dust or water. Axle pegs are a great addition for certain tricks, but they can be more of an annoyance if you don’t use them.

For more information, check out our article on BMX Bikes

Whether you’re interested in cheap BMX bikes you can start out on, or you’re looking for BMX bike shops to buy a professional-level bike, you’ll find it all on BikeExchange. Jump over to our editorial section for the latest in all things BMX and biking, from reviews to industry news and plenty of contributions from World Champion BMXer Caroline Buchanan.