Choosing the right BMX can be a very exciting, and frustrating, experience. There are so many options to consider. If you are feeling overwhelmed by these myriad of choices, don’t. Just follow these few, simple suggestions to help you choose a BMX bike. Don’t overlook this important first step. It can mean the difference between being a star on the ramps, or sitting on the sidelines.
- First, choose the correct style of BMX bikes. You can pick from a jump bike, freestyle BMX, or a classic BMX. Jump bikes are mainly used for ramping. If you are interested in performing all the insane tricks possible, then go with the freestyle BMX. If you want an all around sturdy, reliable bike, then purchase a classic BMX. If you’re having trouble making any decisions, ask the sales staff at your local bike shop.
- The next part of choosing a BMX bike is setting a price limit. A classic BMX bike have less frills, and therefore, will more than likely have a lower price tag. A freestyle BMX is generally a lot more technologically advanced, so you can expect to pay more for one. Generally speaking, a decent bike will probably cost anywhere from $50, all the way up to $300, or more. If BMX is just a hobby, then go ahead and buy a bike of lesser quality. If you are interested in one day pursuing BMX professionally, it might be a good idea to invest in a higher caliber piece of equipment.
- One more consideration to keep in mind while choosing a BMX bike is the size of the frame. BMX bikes come in four frame sizes. The "mini," is lower to the ground, and ideal for children 4 to 6 years old. If your child is 6 to 9, then go with the "junior." The frame is slightly larger on the junior than the mini, which will help carry a heavier child. The third category is the "expert," which is for children 9 to 13 years old, and has a longer upper tube than the junior. The last frame style on a BMX bike is the "pro," which is for any person ages 12 years old and up, and has a full sized frame.
Once again, if you are still having trouble choosing a BMX bike, ask a salesperson at your local bike shop. Another great source of information is an experienced BMX rider, after all, he or she has been confronted with these vast numbers of choices as well.