BMX bikes- What's more exciting?
BMX bikes are a particular form of bicycle, with smaller wheels than normal,
the Racing bike wheels vary in size, from 18" to 26" (with 20" being the most popular).
They are designed to be very light weight but in addition very robust, as well as streamlined for speed. They're also noted for being easier to perform tricks with than conventional bikes.
These type of bicycles are available in different models, Race, Freestyle, Dirt Jumping and Flatland.
BMX stands for bicycle motocross, which relates to the origin of the sport: children saw motocross races on the television in the ‘seventies and wanted to emulate them.
Since they had no motorbikes of their own, they used their bicycles to race around similar dirt tracks to the ones they had seen. Nowadays the sport is renowned for being among the few sports that is participated in almost entirely by the under-10s. Although there are a few older professional riders. Most expert ones progress on to other cycling or motorcycling sports.
Among youngsters today, these bikes continue one of the most popular forms of bikes around, even if they don't compete in competitions, and Bicycle Motocross magazines are some of the biggest-selling hobbyist magazines. This was a surprise to many, as the sport was believed pretty much dead in the ’80s and early ‘90s, only to experience a dramatic resurgence in the mid-‘90s that is still continuing nowadays.
This form of bike riding is now one of the ranges of exciting sports like skateboarding and snowboarding, and similar antics can be performed with the bikes to the ones the boarders do.
The sport of Freestyle for these bikes was devised to allow the riders to focus on doing tricks in skate-parks rather than racing, and has since arguably outgrown the popularity of racing altogether - this is the style that the most celebrated bikers, Mat Hoffman and Dave Mirra, compete in.
This is not just a male domain either with Shanaze Reade a young woman from the U.K. being a professional rider in the sport.
In 2003, the International Olympic Committee made Bicycle Motocross a full medal Olympic sport for 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
In 2011Denmark is honoured to host another two great cycling world championships, the UCI Bicycle Motocross World Championships and UCI Para-cycling World Championships. Previously Denmark has been assigned the 2011 UCI Road World Championships.
In 2012 British Cycling will host the UCI BMX World Championships in Birmingham during May 2012, just three months before the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games begin.
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