Evans Cycles

Evans Cycles

August 16, 2012 09:21 ET

Choosing Your Perfect BMX With Evans Cycles

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 16, 2012) - BMX is huge in the UK. From our top competitors showcasing their skills at the Olympics, to the many skate parks up and down the country, BMX is accessible to all.

When choosing your perfect BMX it's important to understand the differences and to get the right model for you. Here Evans Cycles bring you the basics to help you make an informed decision.

4 categories of BMX

BMX bikes for sale can be broken down into four main categories:

Park BMX

This is the most common form of BMX on the market and can easily be used on street and dirt as well as down the skate part. The frame of a park bike usually has a lower stand over height than street bikes for example, as well as a gyro enabling you to spin the bars around multiple times without any cable tangling. Most park bikes have only one brake and pegs down one side as the majority of riders have a favoured side to grind on.

Street BMX

Street BMX brings the skate park anywhere, with riders using the many everyday obstacles in front of them as creatively as possible. The biggest difference with street bikes is that they are brakeless, with many designed without any brakes at all. Most have pegs on both sides and are constructed with high durability in mind.

Many street rides are also embracing flatland BMX'ing, which involves riders manipulating the bike on flat surfaces and does not involve any ramps, jumps or grindrails, with tricks performed by spinning and balancing on the bike in a variety of positions. Bikes with four pegs - one on each wheel - are essential, as is a gyro to spin the bars.

Dirt BMX

These are designed to go fast. There are no pegs, 1 single cable brake, big wide bars and big tires. Dirt riding in the UK is limited to only a few months a year, but a dirt bike is easily adapted to the street or skate part.

Race BMX

Race bikes are light, fast and have larger gearing to gain that extra speed. Pegs aren't always compatible with these models, so if you're looking for a street bike this isn't the best option. Racing isn't the most popular form of BMX in the UK, but its popularity is sure to increase following the London Games.

Wheel Size

Standard wheel size for your BMX is 20"; across all forms of bike. This is suitable for riders 4ft 10 and upwards and across most ages. If you're a little smaller you can opt for the same size wheels, but with a more compact frame. For young riders just starting out on their BMX adventure, wheels are available from 16" up.

As is the case with any bike, choosing your perfect BMX all depends on you as an individual. How will you use it? What are your needs and requirements? Even if these are going to change over time, a BMX is versatile and can work in many different ways. Whether down the skate park, in the dirt or on the street you can make your BMX work for you.

Notes to Editors

  • Founded in 1921, Evans Cycles is the UK's largest quality cycle shop, stocking the widest range of products and brands.
  • Deeply passionate about cycling in all its forms, Evans' friendly staff have expert knowledge and are happy to help out with all aspects of cycling.
  • Evans celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2011, evolving from a family owned store to an award winning enterprise. Evans Cycles is now the UK's leading bike retailer selling road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes, as well as cycling clothing and accessories.
  • Evans Cycles operates stores nationwide along with an ecommerce website - where you'll find the best product from the world's leading BMX brands including Mongoose, WeThePeople, Ruption and Fiction.

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