Sometimes we need some adventure in our life, to make our lives more interesting and exciting. Living a sedentary life might be suitable for some, but for others it might bore them immensely. This is where the BMX bikes come in as the BMX bikes are built just for that – individuals looking for some adventure in their lives.
Malaysia is an ideal place to develop the BMX culture in the region. With its equatorial climate and various types of surfaces – dirt, park, and flat lands, at easy access to the riders, Malaysia actually has the natural nature settings for the BMX sport to develop.
You might wonder, is there any significance behind the term “BMX” or is it just another fancy name? Actually, “BMX” is an abbreviation that stands for bicycle motocross, meaning that a BMX bike is typically an off-road sports bicycle more commonly used for racing and performing stunt-riding. Yes, those people you see flying high on their bikes over a mud slope, they are riding BMX bicycles. Though originally used to refer to bikes for BMX racing, the term “BMX bikes” now includes race bikes, as well as the street, flatland, dirt, vert, and freestyle forms of BMX too.
The BMX trend started in the early 1970s when children in Southern California raced their bikes on dirt tracks, drawing inspiration from their favourite motocross racers of the time. By mid 1970s, BMX racing became a huge trend amongst children, as they would race standard bikes off-road, around purpose-built tracks in California. The trend continued to flourish that by the middle of the decade, bicycle manufacturers started creating bicycles specially designed for the sport, hence starting the creation of BMX bikes.
Eventually, racers who wanted to push the limits of what they could do with the sport started creating what is called BMX Freestyle – which today, encompasses the Dirt, Park, Street, and Flatland disciplines. Today, BMX Freestyle is one of the staple events at the Summer X Games Extreme Sports competition, which is organised in the United States on a yearly basis. The popularity of the sport has increased significantly due to the relatively ease of access to riding locations.
Not all BMX bikes are built equal. Although they are all categorized under BMX bikes, but they can be differentiated according to the terrain that they are built for. The most common types of BMX bikes are:
- Race – Racing style BMX bikes generally have larger sprockets than other BMX bikes to generate a higher gear ratio, which enables the riders to pedal at high speeds.
- Park – Park style BMX bikes (also known as vert) are lightweight as unnecessary weight is removed by reducing the excess on certain parts of the bike’s structure, due to the smooth transitions needed for riding in parks.
- Dirt – Dirt style BMX styles generally share similar features with park style BMX bikes, with the only exception that they feature tyres with thicker treads to provide better grip in case of loose surfaces on dirt surfaces.
- Flatland – Flatland style BMX bikes feature different geometrical designs to typical park BMX bikes. This is because flatland riding requires better and more precise balance on multiple parts of the bike for better performance.
If you are interested to add some adventure into your life while burning off some calories at the same time, then you should consider trying out the BMX sport! This is a good opportunity for you to explore Malaysia as well.