BMX Cycle Glossary: Key Terms and Definitions for Indian Riders
BMX – Short for Bicycle Motocross, a type of cycling sport that involves riding a small, sturdy bike on various terrains and performing stunts and tricks.
Frame – The main structural component of a BMX cycle, which holds all other parts of the bike together.
Top Tube – The horizontal bar of the frame that connects the seat post to the handlebars.
Down Tube – The vertical bar of the frame that runs from the headset to the bottom bracket.
Chainstays – The two bars that connect the bottom bracket to the rear axle.
Headset – The set of bearings and components that connect the fork to the frame and allow for steering.
Fork – The component that holds the front wheel and connects to the headset.
Handlebars – The component that the rider holds onto and uses to steer the bike.
Crankset – The component that connects the pedals to the bottom bracket and allows for pedaling.
Pedals – The component that the rider places their feet on to power the bike.
Brake System – The component that allows the rider to slow down and stop the bike. Common types of BMX brake systems include U-brakes and V-brakes.
Wheel Size – The diameter of the bike’s wheels, which can range from 20 inches to 26 inches for BMX cycles.
Tire Type – The type of tire on the bike, which can vary depending on the type of riding. Knobby tires are suitable for dirt jumping and off-road riding, while slick tires are better for street riding and tricks.
Suspension – The component that absorbs impact and provides a smoother ride. BMX cycles may have front suspension or no suspension at all, depending on the type of riding.
Riding Style – The way in which the rider uses the bike, such as racing, freestyle, dirt jumping, or flatland.