THE RIGHT BIKE FOR RACING
Many parents consider buying a bike for their children. Contrary to popular belief, BMX bikes are not “a one size fits all” bike & it is important to choose the correct size and type of bike. All too often we see youngsters on bikes that are too big or small & this can cause poor bike control.
ABOUT THE BIKES
Although similar in appearance, BMX race bikes differ greatly from freestyle bikes. Race bikes generally have aluminium frames for lightness, thinner tyres & a single rear “V” type brake & also do not have stunt pegs or gyros. The geometry of the frames is also different as they are built for speed rather than doing tricks.
BIKE SIZING GUIDE
BMX frame sizes are pretty well standardized across the industry.
A Junior model of one brand is much like a Junior model of another brand.
4'0" and under = Micro-mini
4'0" - 4'6" = Mini
4'4" - 4'10" = Junior
4'8" - 5'4" = Expert
5'4" - 5'10" = Pro
5'8" - 6'0" = Pro XL
6'0" and over = Pro XXL
WHAT TO BUY AND WHERE FROM
Local bike shops do not stock or have knowledge of BMX racing bikes therefore we recommend that you purchase your bike & accessories from a specialist BMX racing shop who will able to provide you with the right bike & sound advice. Many BMX bikes sold in catalogues, sports shops & mountain bike shops are often poor quality & unsuitable for racing. Listed below are links to BMX manufacturers & reputable dealers who will be able to supply the right bike & equipment
SPECIALIST BMX SHOPS
http://www.alansbmx.com/index.php -Britain’s oldest BMX shop. **Ask for Alan & be in line for free gifts if you mention Roch Valley Raiders when purchasing a complete bike! ** -