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anyone into freestyle bmx? - March 8, 2009, 11:20 PM

snowboard season is winding down and I'm all amped up on trying to do tricks. i figure i'm gonna want a new outlet come summer. anyone into freestyle bmx? what's the deal with the bikes, what do you need/not need? are there plenty of places to screw around (parks/street/whatever)? i never knew anyone or even seen anyone do this type of stuff (besides on tv), so any info is appreciated.
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I used to ride flatland and some vert. For very basics, grab a helmet and gloves, beyond that, shin pads are nice esp when you slip a pedal and it comes flying around right into your shin. Not fun. Wakefield (near Braddock & 495) has a small park that bikes are allowed on. Nothing crazy, so if you're looking to just screw around, it might be a good place to start.

In terms of bikes, all depends on what style of freestyle you want to get into. Most vert guys wont run front brakes, cause you dont want to accidentally hit that when coming down the transition. Same goes for dirt. Although if you're planning on just dirt jumping, a gyro is not necessary, just add in like an extra 1.5 feet of rear brake cable to allow the bars to make it all the way around without tightening up the brakes.

If flatland is gonna be your thing, most people run a slightly smaller front chainring so it takes less effort to move around from a stop. (Also wont allow higher speeds, but you dont need that in flatland) Also, 4 bolt on pegs, not screw on ones. Be prepared to spend all summer and get basically no where with flatland though, talk to anyone familiar with the whole freestyle bmx world, and they'll tell you the same thing; flatland takes years and years and years of riding 8 hours a day to make real progress.

If snowboarding was your thing and you liked jumping, my recommendation would be to pick up a dirt jumping bike. They're the least complicated, lightest, and you dont have as much to break on them. Plus there's a bunch of places where you can go and find dirt jumps and not have to pay for admission to a park or something.

I can't think of anything else this early, if you have any other questions let me know. Happy Trails!




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I used to ride BMX at Columbia and then York when the Columbia track closed. Also did a lot of freestyle, got planty of scars to prove it. Recently I broke out my Dyno Air to ride around, cmplete with mags and big pegs haha. Plenty of parks around, and heres a page I found for tricks http://www.bmxtrix.com/

Between that, skating, blading and running, I have no time to dedicate to any sport except the Buell of course.
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I used to ride flatland and some vert. For very basics, grab a helmet and gloves, beyond that, shin pads are nice esp when you slip a pedal and it comes flying around right into your shin. Not fun. Wakefield (near Braddock & 495) has a small park that bikes are allowed on. Nothing crazy, so if you're looking to just screw around, it might be a good place to start.

In terms of bikes, all depends on what style of freestyle you want to get into. Most vert guys wont run front brakes, cause you dont want to accidentally hit that when coming down the transition. Same goes for dirt. Although if you're planning on just dirt jumping, a gyro is not necessary, just add in like an extra 1.5 feet of front brake cable to allow the bars to make it all the way around without tightening up the brakes.

If flatland is gonna be your thing, most people run a slightly smaller front chainring so it takes less effort to move around from a stop. (Also wont allow higher speeds, but you dont need that in flatland) Also, 4 bolt on pegs, not screw on ones. Be prepared to spend all summer and get basically no where with flatland though, talk to anyone familiar with the whole freestyle bmx world, and they'll tell you the same thing; flatland takes years and years and years of riding 8 hours a day to make real progress.

If snowboarding was your thing and you liked jumping, my recommendation would be to pick up a dirt jumping bike. They're the least complicated, lightest, and you dont have as much to break on them. Plus there's a bunch of places where you can go and find dirt jumps and not have to pay for admission to a park or something.

I can't think of anything else this early, if you have any other questions let me know. Happy Trails!
great info. thanks. i was confused about the front brake/no front brake thing. i kinda wanted to try flatland . oh well something to inspire to!
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damn 1987.....


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haha NICE smb!!!! Like straight out that movie Rad, anyone see it? Slow, are you in VA or MD? I know some parks in MD.
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there is a skateboard/bmx park in Alexandria...on Duke St I believe

that pic those gloves... those rock wash jeans!!! Space I guess that few mil from ur distant uncle will come in handy lol... I can't front...I had a few pair lol
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there is a skateboard/bmx park in Alexandria...on Duke St I believe

that pic those gloves... those rock wash jeans!!! Space I guess that few mil from ur distant uncle will come in handy lol... I can't front...I had a few pair lol
I tore through gloves so fast that gardening gloves worked just as well. My sponsor would only give me set ever couple of months After paying something like 600 1987 dollars for that frame a fork I was a poor fuck.
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I tore through gloves so fast that gardening gloves worked just as well. My sponsor would only give me set ever couple of months After paying something like 600 1987 dollars for that frame a fork I was a poor fuck.

hahaha I was RIGHT!!!!


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Theres a small park in warrenton too. By the High School.


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I've been looking for Rad on DVD.. can only find it on VHS

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used to do a lot of ramp and dirt jumping, some freestyle but the bikes were always so expensive...

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I can't really say anything that santa hasn't already said...but I used to ride a little street on my old Haro and got a DK a few years back to try trails.

Space: That's a hell of a picture! I always wanted to ride flat but never had the coordination or patience.
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