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Need Help Choosing A BMX Bike? I’ve just started BMX and need a new bike. I have a 250 dollar spending limit and I’m 5’11 and 157 lbs.
I forgot I’m going to be doing mainly freestyle.
BMX bikes are sized by the length of the top tube. At 5′-11″ you will need a Pro XL or Pro XXL frame size (top tube length 20.5″ or over). Haro makes a very strong free style bike with 14mm axles and 48 spoke wheels. They are the real thing and will stand up to the hard use that free style bike riding demands. With a budget of $250 you should be able to find something in the Haro line — or check danscomp.com — they are a BMX specialty company and usually have a wide variety of good strong BMX bikes and components. You could probably find a good deal on a used BMX free style bike but If you buy a used free style bike, make sure you inspect it very close — or have someone who is familiar with BMX bikes inspect it — they get rough use and there is a good chance that there could be damage or wear that is expensive to repair. Save a little of your money for a good helmet and knee and elbow pads. Ride safe and have fun.
Are All BMX Bikes Trick Bikes As Well? I’m Confused About This.? Hi, I started to look at BMX bikes online, but I don’t understand how all this works. I’m looking for a bmx trick bike for my little girl. Unfortunately, I don’t understand what really constitutes as a trick bike. There seems to be so many different companies for BMX bikes, that I just don’t really know what I’m looking at. I don’t know if one company is better than the other, or what I should be looking at. Sorry, that this is such a general question.
Thanks for any advice. ^_^
In the world of BMX you have:
Racing (a bunch of riders racing around a dirt track with small jumps and hills and obstacles)
Street (a rider grinds ledges,hand rails,hucks themselves down a set of stairs,bunnyhops over things)
Park/Vert (a rider rides ramps like quarter pipes,halfpipes,mini-ramps,pyramids,airing out of and back into them…grinds rails or coping etc.)
Flatland (the rider does a bunch of balancing tricks while either rolling or stationary…honestley the hardest of all BMX to learn..it can take years just to learn the basics….not meant for street,park/vert,or dirt jump use AT ALL….parts will break if you ride anything other then flatland on a flatland bike and parts)
Dirt Jump/Trails (a rider rides down a trail full of big or small jumps and rhythm sections)
Here are some links to vids of each style of bmx:
I think you should both sit down and read the comments I have made and watch the videos I linked and come up with a decision of if she really wants to ride BMX or not and if she does want to,then you need to go over what kind of bmx she wants to do.
Street and park bikes have a very similar geometry and either can be used for either or even dirt jumping/trails.They have toptubes ranging from 20″ to 20.8″,chainstays around 13.25″ to 14″.
Dirt Jump/trail bmx frames have the longest wheelbase and the longest toptubes ranging from 21″ to 21.75″,long chainstays around 13.5″ to 14.75″.You can use a dirt jump/trails bike for street or park if you wanted.The reason for the longer wheelbase and overall geometry is for stabilty in the air when performing tricks and so you don’t loop out the rear end when trying to hit that jump.
Flatland frames have a geometry all their own with the shortest wheelbase and toptube lengths ranging from 18″ to 19″ with a few companies offering frames with 19.25″ to 19.75″ toptubes for the taller guys/girls.Chainstays are short too usually around 12.5″ to 13″,lower slung toptubes to make stepping over the frame in tricks like whiplashes easier,more clearance for your feet between the downtube and front wheel to make scuffing tricks like squeakers a little easier.They are so short because as in the vid I linked you can see there is a lot of stretching around the frame in some tricks and the shorter geometry helps with this.
Racing bikes I have no clue as I never raced,just a little street as a kid but more into flatland and just got back into flatland after 12 years of not riding.
So read the descriptions for each style,then the description of each frame,then watch the videos and come to a conclusion of if she does or does not want to ride bmx and if she does then what style she wants to learn/ride.
Also,how tall she is will play a factor in what bike to get…if she’s really short she may need a jr. sized bmx with shorter geometry like a WTP Arcade 18″
If you’re unsure visit some local bike shops that carry or better yet specialize in bmx and they will help you out.
How Do I Customize My Diamondback Bmx Bike? I have a stock Diamondback ’04 Grind bmx bike and I want to customize it to a good flatland bmx. Can someone please tell me what kind of sprockets, wheels, forks, etc. I should put on it? Thanks
A new Flatland bmx will set you back between US$350 and US$2,000… depending on how good you want your parts to be. Obviously, the $2,000 bike will come with the best parts on the market today. Here’s an example… http://flatlandfuel.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1311
At the cheaper end, you have the beginner-orientated bike, which has low-end parts, but good to start out with. Here’s an example .. http://flatlandfuel.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1124
As a rule of thumb, the more expensive a bike or part is, the lighter it will be, over the cheaper parts. When it comes to Flatland, a light bike is usually better, and will allow you to develop your skills a lot faster, and let you ride longer, without getting as tired as you would if you were riding a street bike for Flatland.
So in saying all that, here are your options…
1: Buy all new flatland parts for your current frame. http://flatlandfuel.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=2
This option will set you back around $1000-1200, but keep in mind, your frame is way heavier than any flatland frame on the market, so you will more than likely switch to a flatland frame soon enough. If ur outlaying all that money for new parts, throw in the extra $300 and get urself a nice Flatland frame while ur at it… http://flatlandfuel.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWCATS&Category=26
2) If ur on a budget, spending thousands on a bike might not be such a good idea, and since ur new to Flatland, you might wanna get a good beginners bike, and then upgrade ur parts as you feel you need to, or can afford to. This way, you have a frame that you can stick with for years, without needing to upgrade. A good example of this kind of bike is this one… http://flatlandfuel.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1322 or this one… http://flatlandfuel.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1331
That last one is a beginner bike, but the same bike, with pro-range parts on it, looks like this… http://flatlandfuel.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=1309, which is something you can turn the ‘beginner bike’ into, with some extra money.
You can still ride Flat on a street bike, if you change a few parts, it will just not be as ‘smooth’ and easy as riding a flatland bike. Heres what you will need to do to your current bike if you wanna make it more of a flat-bike…
– Get a longer seat post, around 300mm, and set it to max. height, as noted on the bottom of the post.
– Get minimal or zero offset forks, to make front wheel tricks way easier. They allow u to pop up onto the front wheel so eaisly.
– Put pegs on, all round.
– Be sure to have a gyro set up for back brakes
– Put a shorter reach stem on. Anywhere from 26mm-40mm.
– Get tyres no wider than 1.95, and make sure they’re high-psi. For flatland, 120psi is super smooth for spinning and rolling.
– If you really wanna lighten ur bike without spending much, take the cranks off. You’ll save about 2 kilos, and you can do a lot of tricks without needing to pedal. It’s not a popular option, but it’s a cheaper one.
So there are some options for you. The main deciding factor for people buying a Flatland bike, is budget. I splurged and bought pro-everything when I build mine, so I knew nothing was going to hold me back from learning, except myself. Right now, there is 10% off on all parts and bikes from the site I’ve posted links to, so now is the time to buy… you’ll save a packet.
Email me if you have any more questions about any of this. ?
What Kind Of Bmx Bike Should I Get? Ok so im 15 and im looking to get my first bmx bike im about 6’3 and 200 pounds i cant seem to find one that is complete to start with so im thinking about building me up one from the ground up but i dont know what size i should get for my height anyone have some ideas or a site i could go to and buy a complete
im looking for just rideing around maybe some basic tricks
Dang son,your only 15 and already 6’3″?!
For starters what kind of riding are looking to do?
There is: Racing,Street,Park/Vert,Dirt Jump/Trails,and Flatland bmx.
Racing is a bunch of riders riding around a dirt track with a few jumps (although the object isn’t to really do tricks but get a good speed and to maintain that speed,the jumps are merely to keep rhythm if you will).
Street is riding in the street and jumping off or onto things like ledges and other objects/obstacles,jumping down sets of stairs,grinding ledges,hand rails etc.
Park/Vert is ridng at a skatepark and airing out of and back into ramps like quarter pipes,mini-ramps,halfpipes with vert,doing grinds on the coping of said ramps and on coping of boxes,rails,peg stalls etc.
Dirt Jumping/Trails is just a series of dirt jumps big and small and rhythm sections along a dirt trail (not to be confused with MTB trail)
Flatland is doing tricks while stationary or rolling,on one wheel or both,feet balancing on the pegs 99.99% of the time.It is probably the hardest form of bmx to learn as it can take years just to learn the basics of flatland.Many get into it and get out of it as quickly as they got into it.It requires a lot of patience,discipline,and hard work to do and progress.
Here are some links to videos of the different styles of bmx
Since you are a beginner you should just buy a decent to good complete bike,as custom builds require you to buy a frame,fork,and all other parts required to build a complete and it costs more to build a custom complete then it does to by a complete bike.Custome builds can cost from $800 to $1500+ depending on the frame and parts used.A decent complete can be had from $275 and up with most decent completes being between $350 and $450.
One thing to look for in a bmx is to make sure it’s frame completely produced from 100% chromoly tubing,or at the very least that it has a chromoly main frame/front triangle (main frame/front triangle includes toptube,downtube,seat tube,and head tube) as chromoly tubing is lighter and stronger then hi-tensile steel tubing of the same thickness and diameter.
Street and park/vert and dirtjump/trail bmx frames have a similar geometry to them.Street and park/vert bikes share the closest geometry of the three.They have toptubes that range from 19.5″ (for the little guys or technical riders) and 20″ to 20.8″,chainstays are usually 13.25″ to 14.5″
Dirt Jump/Trail bmx frames have the longest geometry with the longest wheelbase,toptube and chainstay lengths.Toptubes can come from 20.75″ to 21.75″ with 21″ to 21.75″ being the norm.Chainstays are usually 13.75″ to 14.75″.The overall longer geometry of dirt jump/trail bmx frames is for stability in the air while performing tricks/jumps,and so you don’t loop the rear end out hitting a jump.
You can ride Park/Vert on a Street bike,and you can ride street on a park/vert bike.You can ride dirt jump/trails on a street or park/vert bike.You can ride street or park/vert on a dirt jump/trails bike.
Flatland bmx frames have a geometry all their own and these frames have the shortest geometry of all bmx frames,because with some tricks you have to rach around the frame.They have toptubes ranging from 18″ to 19″,a few companies manufacture frames with 19.25″ to 19.75″ toptubes for the taller guys (6’0″+),they have lower slung toptubes to make stepping over the frame in tricks like whiplashes easier,more clearance for your feet between the downtube and front wheel to make scuffing tricks like squeakers a little easier,chainstays are normally 12.5″ to 13.25″,steeper head tube angles to make whipping the frame around easier.
I would not recommend buying a flatland specific bike witht he intention of riding street,park/vert,or dirt jump/trails on it,even if it;s just light use as flatland bikes are not made for that and can not really handle the abuse of slams from high up in the air,or landings to flat like those bikes can,and you will most certainly break or damage the flatland frame and the flatland specific parts.
You can ride flatland on a street,park/vert,or dirt jump bike but it will feel weair for some tricks and make other tricks almost impossible to learn due to the geometry of the different frames.
If you want to ride flatland with a little light street/park then I would recommend a Hoffman Strowler frame (flatland specific but built beefy to handle some street/park use) and then buying some street designed parts to outfit the bike with…but this would be a custom build and get pricey.
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Cheap/Respectable BMX Bike? Hi, i really want to try my hand at bmx, but i don’t have a good bike, i have a tony hawk bike from Walmart, i feel as this bike is, to heavy for my comfort, im not that small, im 13 and i weigh about 160 or so, im almost 6 ft so, i really don’t know what good bmx bikes are, i imagine they are pretty lightweight. i am looking for a fair price , for a reasonable bike, if you guys could tell me where to look, thatd be reallyy helpful
Walmart bmx’s are great for making your rubbish collection look good, and not much else.
A decent bmx isnt cheap, but u get what u pay for, so start looing in the vicinity of around $400 and you’ll find urself a decent bike. Parts can always be pugraded as u get more money, so look for a bike with a good frame, most importantly.
Maybe try bargaining with ur local bike shop owner, and see if he’ll give u a good quality bike and maybe change the rims for cheaper ones, to make the bike cheaper. U can always upgrade rims at $50 a pop. A good frame can cost u up to $400.
Look for these names…
Stroll Around The Neighborhood With Bmx Bike? I just bought a Diamondback Viper bmx bike from somebody so I can just take a stroll around the neighborhood subdivision. I bought the bike because I was wanting to exercise my dog more. I am 5’4” 116 Ibs and the bike has 20″wheels weighs appx 30 Ibs.
I thought it would be easier than walking and would be able to cover more distances over a shorter time.. I just rode it and it is so hard to go up a hill!! Hills aren’t even steep, just a regular ground where it’s going up. I couldn’t go up so I had to just walk with the bike.
Should you be able to stroll easily around the neighborhood with a bmx?
Is it the bike type’s fault or am I too weak?
I don’t know anything about bicycles and this is the first time riding since I was rode a couple of times when I was like nine.
BMX bikes usually have only one gear or speed. And you’re wondering why it’s difficult to get up a hill? PLEASE. You also stated you haven’t been on a bike in quite a while. Don’t you think it will take some getting used to? You’ll need to build those leg muscles that haven’t been used in a while.
You want a bike that’s easier to go up hills on? Get a bike with gears…at least 21, possibly 24. In short, you bought the wrong style of bike. BMX bikes are low & slow.
My Four Year Old Wants To Start Riding BMX Bikes? My son saw BMX riders for the first time and is very interested in riding a BMX bike. I have searched on the internet but can’t seem to find a place for him to learn how to ride or even a estimate on how much it may cost to involve him in this sport. any ideas on where to start?
I realize his age and I realize the dangers in the sport. i am asking for suggestions on where to start from. I am not asking for people to give me their ideas on what he should not be doing. Children start BMX racing at 2 so from what I have learned, he is starting late. so PLEASE give me ideas on where to start.
The great thing about BMX, is that it’s not expensive to get into. The cost of the bike is the initial outlay, then it’s just the occasional tyre and chain, once they wear out every 6 months or so. Get him a 16″ bmx, preferebly from a bmx store, as Wal-Mart bikes usually have odd dimensions, and what may LOOK like a bmx, may not FEEL like a regular bmx does. Believe me, an extra inch on the top tube and chainstay length, can make a bike feel totally different, expecially to a young boy. A 16″ to him, will feel like a 20″ does to a teenager.
Secondly, I suggest putting 4 pegs on the bike, front and back. They are the aluminum/steel bits that attach to the axles, allowing him to stand on, or carry friends around the place, which is illegal, but usefull. He might be too young to do tricks on them just yet, but it will allow him to get used to using them, even just standing on them as he cruises along. This will also help him decide which discipline of BMX he wants to follow, be it Racing, Street/Park, Vert, or Flatland.
Your best bet at this stage of his life, is to just let him discover BMX for himself. It’s a means of transport for him, as well as a piece of sporting equipment. Do him the favour of getting him well equipped with all the necessary gear, so he feels the part, as well as looking the part. If a kid had a cool helmet, shin pads (those pedals can come round and bite you bad!!), pegs, and a bike with a GYRO (this allows him to turn his handlebars a full 360 degrees without tangling the brake cables), he will feel like he’s got ‘top of the line’ stuff, making his interest and motivation higher than just having a ‘regular bike’.
Keep him intereste din it, by showing interest in his riding. Go riding with him, film him riding and play it back for him. He’ll get a kick outa seeing himself on tv, riding his bike ?
Show him clips on Youtube of the pro’s doing flips, spins, whips, and massive airs. It will blow his mind, and if you encourage him, telling him he will be able to do that one day, he’ll hold onto that dream.
I ride Flatland bmx, myself, and I do shows occasionaly, with a BMX Stunt team. Last weekend, we had a fill-in, as one of our regular riders was overseas with his sponsor. This fill-in was a 13yr old kid, who was doing huge Superman Airs, 10 foot in the air, off a 5 foot ramp. This kid was fearless, and for sure he will be a pro in a matter of years.
You might wanna look at building a foam pit in your back yard. Dig a massive hole, and fill it with foam, with a little ramp at the edge of it. He can ride off the ramp, into the pit. He’ll love the feeling of flying into that thing, and get him comfortable with taking risks, that way.
With BMX, the more time you spend on your bike, the more skill and controll you have over your bike. The internet has a world of tricks he can learn. Just look up ‘How To bmx’ on Youtube, and there will be stuff you can teach him.
Being a BMX pro would be such a dream life for a kid. Encourage him, teach him that he TOO can have the life of being a Pro Rider… the comps, the sponsors, the hot car, and girl to match. lol All in good time, but for now, show your interest in it, encourage him, and that’ll bear it’s fruit.
Recomendations For A First BMX Bike? I want to get into BMX really bad, but i have no idea what bike to get. I’m looking for something cheap, like 350 bucks, but i just don’t know.. any recomendations?
Mongoose make some really good quality starter bikes that will keep you going for a few years and they not too expensive. check out this bike to start with!
BMX BIKE????????????????????????? I was looking to get a bmx bike for under 200 bucks and i was looking for a bike with 3 cranks. I am 16 but 5’3. I was looking at the dk cincinnati, but are there any other decent bikes out there? i want to ride on the rail trail and go off jumps and stuff, some off road.
I doubt that you will get a good BMX for 200 bucks i suggest you get a bit more of a healthy price range maybe 300 – 400 and that will get you a good entry level bike, if you are into dirt jumps and off road then i would recommend you take a look at Fit Bike co. they make good cheap BMX bikes that really last for ever they also make some pretty good dirt jump bikes. Also take a look at United Bike co. check my link in the source for a bike that i think will fit your needs, cheap, has Chromoly parts and sealed bearings, my only concern would be the Top Tube size i don’t know if it would fit you, you’re 5’3 so i would say you will need a bike with a 20.5 – 20.75″ top tube. But its up to you go into some local bike shops and test ride some bikes to get an idea of the size bike you want. Just before i was going to post this i saw a better Fit bike the BF 1 its the same price and it has a 20.5″ top tube which will fit you better and it still has all the features you need. Good luck!