Why BMX Has Become Widely Popular

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

The BMX is an adventure sport bike range. The bicycles that are used in this sport are specially designed and so that they are not damaged by doing these stunts. This sport has become very popular in the USA and many other countries as well.

The 'BMX' first became popular in the California state of the United States. It was in the year 1970s. By this time the especially the teenagers mainly had a great influence of it, on their mind. However, similar sports were being played in some of the parts of Europe since 1958. In the countries as the Netherlands, the children used to have races similar to this, on their bikes.

The sport mainly consists of a race as the other races, and in this too the racers have to win the race. However, here the difference is that they do not get the regular smooth roads as in the other bike races. The roads in the BMX races are earthen and they have the ups and downs as, any off road area may have. In addition to this the soil too is not stable and therefore there is always a danger that the racers bike may skid off the track. Thus, it is a dangerous game.

This sport can be divided into two types, the one is the BMX racing and the other is the freestyle racing. In the BMX racing the track is comparatively regular. The freestyle can be divided in to five types as the Street, Park, Vert, Dert, and Flatland. All these types include their own distinctive movements and stunts in the race.

In addition to this there are also other types as, the High Jump, Leap of Faith and Drag. However, these are not linked to any organization or sports association.

Similar to the normal races in this sport too, the sportsman who reaches first will win the race. However, in this case, he will have to pass the irregularities in the way. Therefore he has to jump with his bicycle as the irregularities come in the way.

The bicycles that are used in this sport are of special type. They have very broad tires than the normal bicycles. These may be around 20 inches. In addition to this, they bicycle also bears special features as lightweight and strength for bearing the shocks because of the regular jumping and falling on the ground.

As the BMX is an adventurous sport the people really enjoy watching it. Therefore, whenever these races take place, many people go and watch them. As the racers ride with the best of their speeds and because of the hurdles in the way, many of them fall, or collide with the things on the side of the track or with the other racers. This provides adventure to the spectators. However, this may be dangerous to the racers themselves. However, generally because of the various protective pads and the earthen nature of the track not many fatalities occur.

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