What are the Parts of a BMX Bike?
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Yes, your BMX bike is technically a vehicle (even though that term evokes weird images of trucks and cars), and you have to know its most essential parts if you want to be able to maintain it properly (just like a car). Below is a list of BMX bike parts, along with their uses. Read the list, commit the details to memory, and start riding with confidence!
BMX Bikes Parts List
BMX Bike Parts Explained
1. Handlebars & headgear – Your BMX bike’s steering mechanism wouldn’t be complete without the headgear. “Headgear” is the collective term that refers to the various levers that control the gears and braking system of a bike.
BMX bikes don’t have gears, for obvious reasons, and because of this, the chain drive is much simpler and easier to take apart compared to the chain drive of a mountain bike with multiple gears.
Our only advice when you are modifying the bars is to choose handlebars that are comfortable and sturdy. By comfortable, we really do mean comfy – the rise and shape of the bars should complement your body’s common position when riding, as well as your favorite “grip position.”
Taking apart a bike is relatively easy if you have the tools, so don’t be afraid to modify and customize your BMX to suit your needs.
2. Gyro – The gyro mechanism on a BMX allows the rider to make full turns (especially in mid-air). A well-oiled gyro can definitely help a budding BMX enthusiast when he is training, so make sure you apply the right type of lubrication, depending on the general weather conditions in your area.
3. Freewheels – The freewheeling system is applied on BMX bikes because of the need for reverse pedaling. The chain drive on other bikes will simply spin when a rider pedals on reverse. On a BMX bike, reverse pedaling will generate more or less the same number of wheel rotations, which will allow the rider to balance and move in the opposite direction.
4. Freewheel accessories – Reverse pedaling is often done when the rider needs to lift the bike vertically, or if he wants to show how he can balance while straddling the bike’s frame. If this is what you’re planning on doing, you have to install platforms and other accessories to make sure that your feet will be able to lock onto the bike’s frame while you are performing a stunt.
5. Chain guards – If your chain is derailed while you are performing a stunt, you’re toast. That’s why chain guards, or bash guards, are commonplace in stock BMX setups. If your chain guards are worn out from repeated falls, consider replacing them.
6. Braking system – The most popular brake variant for BMX bikes is the clamp type brake. It’s simple, cheap, and easy to maintain. You can even perform re-planing if you don’t want to replace your brake clamps yet.
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