BMX, or bicycle motocross, bikes are designed for young riders
between the ages of 7 and 14 years old. With their small, sturdy
frames, 20-inch wheels, and hand brakes, BMX bikes are maneuverable and
practical for kids. Because they have no gear shifting mechanisms
or derailleurs, they are also fairly inexpensive to maintain.
Of course, BMX bike technology has continued to evolve since kids began
using their basic 20-inch bicycles to imitate off-road motorcycle, or
motocross, riders during the late 1960s. In recent years,
mountain bike technology has even been adapted for BMX bikes, spawning
a new class of high-end BMX frames and components.
If your child is seriously interested in BMX stunt riding, he or she will
need a durable BMX bike, as well as safety equipment such as body pads,
full headgear, and riding gloves. A few unique parts and accessories
are also available for BMX bikes.
BMX pegs — knurled cylinders that mount over the front and
rear axles — provide a spot for riders to stand on when performing
stunts. These pegs and their adjoining axle nuts should be checked
regularly to be sure they are firmly secured.
Gyros — devices that mount on the head tube — enable
riders to spin the handlebars 360 degrees without tangling the brake
cables. While gyro-equipped bikes are useful for freestyle riding,
they can be expensive to maintain.