Tips for Getting Great BMX Bike Deals

Most people get overwhelmed with the amount of money it takes to get started in a new sport, and BMX riding is no different. But when it comes to flying through the air on a bike, do you really want to pinch pennies on your equipment? Your goal should be getting a BMX bike at the right price, not necessarily the lowest price. The following tips can help you get the bike you need at a price that you can feel good about.

Set a budget. Entry level BMX bikes start in the neighborhood of $200. You should steer clear of anything less than that, unless you’re buying a used bike. Don’t forget to budget for essential safety gear like gloves, elbow and knee pads, and a rated helmet.

Figure out what kind of riding you want to do. There are three basic kinds of BMX: dirt jumping, freestyle and true BMX racing. BMX bikes for racing have lighter frames. The other types of riding need more frame strength and will be heavier. Unless you’re buying for a child, stick with full-size frames.

Shop online. Getting your BMX bike on eBay or Craigslist can give you lots of bang for your buck. Start by checking out the brake and look for padding in critical areas like the stem, top tube and crossbar. Used bikes are often missing some of the “non-essentials.” Kickstands, fenders and the like are often removed by previous owners to make the bike lighter. You’ll have to decide for yourself if you can live without these items.

The popularity of BMX continues to grow and it has now been included in the Olympics.  If you want to get started in BMX, figure out how much you can spend, decide what kind of riding you want to do, then start shopping online for the best deals.

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