Get Your Thrills BMX Bike Racing
BMX bike races are exciting to watch and thrilling to participate in! Each race is a short sprint over one lap of a purpose built track (typically 300-400 metres in length), with about 8 riders competing to be first to reach the finish line after negotiating track obstacles such as flat and banked bends, hills and jumps. The keenest riders who race BMX bikes are typically in their teens, but many of their parents and younger members of the family start BMX racing themselves after first being spectators – it’s hard to stay on the sidelines when there’s so much fun to be had.
BMX bike racing is a healthy open-air recreation that encourages competitive instincts, develops skills and prowess, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages from pre-schoolers to the over sixties.
BMX bike racing is a development of ‘motocross’ racing. All BMX bikes have the same style of frame with a relatively low centre of gravity and high U-shaped handle bars. The wheel diameter varies depending on the height of the rider: children and teens usually ride BMX bikes with 20 inch wheels, and wheels for adults have larger diameters of about 24 inches.
The basic BMX frame is adapted and other accessories are fitted to the bike depending on how and where it is to be ridden. BMX racing bikes - the original style of BMX bike - have frames and wheels that are very light in weight, narrow knobbly tyres, and a single strong rear brake.
Street BMX bikes are designed to be ridden over hard paved surfaces and obstacles like stairs, and have heavier, more robust frames, brakes at rear and front, and wider, shallower tread tyres. Jump/dirt BMX bikes have frames that are strong but fairly light, one brake and deep tread tyres. Whether for riding on race tracks, urban streets or muddy dirt and jump trails, all types of BMX bike are designed to be robust and quick-handling.
When you race BMX bikes, you are required to comply with a few regulations concerning safety. These rules require riders in BMX races to wear clothing covering the legs to the ankles and arms to the wrists, as well as helmets protecting their heads and faces. When being ridden in a race, their BMX bikes must have functioning back brakes, padding on the frame tubes, and plugs fitted to the ends of handlebars. This protective clothing and bike safety equipment helps to ensure that the sport is thoroughly enjoyable while safeguarding your kids (or you!), as well as other riders and spectators against avoidable injury.
If you love the open air, relish competition and would like to participate in a thrilling sport, BMX bike racing may be the perfect sport for you. Racing BMX bikes allows the rider to find tune the skills of bike handling, and develop speed and physical strength, all in a fun, family-friendly environment. If you’d like to learn more about this exhilarating and challenging sport, the friendly folk at DK Bicycles will be pleased tell you more about race BMX bikes.