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BMX BIKES at OOTDOORS
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BMX, BMX Bike, BMX Cycle

BMX, an abbreviation for bicycle motocross, is a cycle sport performed on BMX bikes, either in competitive BMX racing or freestyle BMX, or else in general on- or off-road recreation. BMX began when young cyclists appropriated motocross tracks for fun, racing and stunts, eventually evolving specialized BMX bikes and competitions. BMX began during the early 1970s in the United States when children began racing their bicycles on dirt tracks in southern California, inspired by the motocross stars of the time.

In the UK, BMX was a craze which took off in the early 1980s, specifically 1982/3, when it became the “must have” bicycle for children and teenager. Previously a small niche area, BMX exploded at this time into the dominant bicycle for the younger rider, with older teenagers and even adults becoming known know names in the sport. BMX bikes are re-gaining some popularity following the exposure at the 2016 Olympics. The use of the correct safety equipment is a must due to the nature of the sport so check out our helmets, knee pads, elbow pads and gloves.


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