As a child of the 80s, I used to be pretty much nostalgic about the trends that marked the decade. Thankfully, one of them, despite all the time that has passed, made it to this decade with all its ups and downs, so as you can imagine there’s no time for nostalgia.
Yes, I’m talking about the BMX bikes and going on adventurous rides. Boys, girls, men, women, you’re never too old for BMX! Back in the 80s they were the must have bikes, if you didn’t have one, you were dreaming of having one, and I was lucky to be in the club of those who had.
Sadly I don’t have my original bike anymore however I wasn’t disappointed finding out specialised BMX stores today have what’s needed for both the old and new fans of BMX, even when you buy bike wheels.
Continuing the tradition of my downhill BMX, I had to get the same, the difference being I now pay more attention to the wheels. When you buy bike wheels you have to really consider different aspects as there are many options and you would want to buy what’s right for your bike.
Sure, the frame is an important component when choosing the bike, then again so are the wheels, especially when it comes to speed and sturdiness, and it depends on the discipline you’re into to make the choice between aerodynamic or tough wheelset.
Though the standard size, that I am fond of, is the 20” diameter for my pro BMX, nowadays there are both smaller and bigger models of wheels available. What’s essential is to buy the wheels using the frame as a guide too, because confident as I was in the wheel size, I had forgotten to consider this and had to replace in the end.
As much as I prefer speed (I loved racing as a child), I use the chance whenever I can to do some jumps and hit the street, which is what made me choose the 36 spokes and 2″ inches tyres, instead of the chunky tyres preferred by those doing stunts, or the slim tyres the favourite of the racers.
While often overlooked, the tyres’ PSI is equally required as a consideration because it’s connected to the safety and comfort of the ride itself. Indicated on the side of the tyres’ walls, the PSI should be higher than 70 for anyone doing spin tricks, whereas below is ideal for the freestyle rides.