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The 24 BMX for Racing and Freestyle Riding

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Motorcross BMX

BMX is short for Bicycle Moto-Cross. With X being the abbreviation for ‘cross’. BMX biking is cycle racing of sorts with riders using specially designed BMX bikes. Generally speaking the wheel diameter of BMX bikes is 18 to 24 inches. 24 BMX bikes are used in both BMX racing and BMX freestyle competitive events. BMX racing is typically done on dirt tracks and while freestyle events are held in a controlled environment where BMX ramps and jumps have been built into a tight circuit for close and exciting competition.

BMX is considered a Class of bike. The BMX frame is quite small but very strong and light weight. When one first looks at a BMX bike they might be mistaken to think it is a child’s bike. Just looking at a BMX one can’t fathom how a full grown adult could ride one. But ride they do! And they do it all standing up. Some riding styles and BMX bikes don’t even have a seat or seat post. This gives the rider the ultimate in quick handling and performance for stunts and jumping. The standard BMX frame is mounted with 20 inch wheels, and it is often a customize or modified version of single speed youth bicycle. Variations include the larger 24 inch BMX wheel which is also know as the cruiser-class of BMX. Cruiser bikes were first created for adults who couldn’t fit the 20 inch models but in racing you will see both sizes used byall age groups.

While BMX racing is considered an individual sport, groups of riders often form a team so they can enter a variety of class levels at different competitions. Competing as a group has other benefits including camaraderie and socializing among team mates. Registering and racing as part of a group also offers greater exposure for riders to get noticed and possibly sponsored by a biking related company. Strength, speed and handling are the hall marks of the successful BMX competitor. Many successful BMX racers are able to leverage their skill in a variety of bicycle and motorcycle events.

There are all kinds of BMX ramps and jumps which range from small rollers to huge step up double jumps. There are pro-straights used in junior and elite men levels of competition.

The 24 BMX bikes available with 24″ tires are often thought to be more for tall or heavier riders but this is quickly changing as taking BMX jumps with a bigger wheel diameter can actually help the rider achieve better control in landing.

The bottom line is whether you ride a 24 BMX Cruiser on the beach or in heavy duty freestyle competition your sure to get great results.

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Jump Bikes and Jump Biking – A New Sport

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Jump Bikes and Jump Biking – A New Sport

The newest addition to extreme sports is jump bikes!  They are taking dirt bike enthusiasts to another level and offering the athlete a new challenge! Traditional BMX bike owners are raving about the newest option, thanks to their appearance and overall performance abilities.

If you are new to the sport or are in the market for a jump bike, the following information should be taken into consideration before purchasing or riding one.

Jump bikes, like BMX bikes, limit the number of gears involved. Keeping the number of gears limited and the mechanics simple makes maintenance and upkeep minimal.   Another useful feature in addition to your gears is the horizontal dropouts. They allow a rider to set the tension of the chain more precisely. This creates a constant, reliable speed.

The frame should be lightweight but very strong. Jump bikes will be flying high and the weight of its frame should be kept at a minimum. Chromoly and 7005 Aluminum are both good metals for manufacturing bikes.  They reduce the weight of the bike, allowing it to soar upward effortlessly. An easy  way to spot a jump bike is by the location of its seat and the overall style of its frame. The frames are very compact and the seats are positioned extremely low. This positioning allows the rider greater flexibility and more room to move.

Tires chosen for a jump bike are usually wide and not fully inflated.  They must have a deep tread.
These features make landings softer and more controlled. Tires that are over inflated or have a slick tread will bounce or slide and can endanger a rider’s safety.

Durable wheel rims are a necessity for jump bikes. They must repeatedly bear the weight of a rider during the moment of impact each time they land a high jump.  Strong rims will diminish the chance of damage to your bike and even injury to the rider.

A rider doing such daring maneuvers requires brakes that can be trusted.  Mechanical disc brakes are always standard on true jump bikes. Another, more expensive option is hydraulics that help keep the brakes clean and reduce the signs of wear and tear. When considering the cost of replacing worn brakes this initial added cost may prove a wise investment.

The suspension system on your bike is critical. It will absorb the most punishment, therefore the finest system available should be demanded for your frame. The ability to adjust accordingly to the surface the rider will landing on will prove invaluable.

Dirt jump bikes that include all these features will enhance your ride and last the test of time!

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