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BMX bikes

It's hard to tell when BMX bikes first came on the scene but by 1984 the BMX bike craze was in full swing and nearly every kid had one. BMX bikes were quite different from anything ever seen before - they only had one gear, they were lightweight and tough and if you were a proper BMX rider you didn't have any brakes and would use the pedals to slow the bike.

The BMX was, and still is, the ultimate street stunt bike and was used for all sorts of tricks and jumps. Some riders would perform acrobatic tricks on the bike (a bit like skateboard freestyle) and others would use them on half pipe ramps to achieve somersaults and other impressive tricks.

The BMX is an incredibly versatile bike and can be used off-road, on ramps, in the street, in races and on dirt tracks.


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Do You Remember BMX bikes?

Do You Remember BMX bikes?

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    I had one of the first box bikes in the country. It was bought from halfords, but I had to choose it from a catalogue because it had to be ordered from America. It was going to be a birthday present in November, but because of a five week delivery I ended up having it for Christmas. It was called a team murray. Was very state of the art compared to my friends bikes at that time. It was dark red and silver...happy days!
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    Yes I too was a Burner Boy. I went through a few BM's.... Mongoose, Kuwahara, Torker and ended with a DP Freestyler with C'dubs, Mushies, Skyways, Layback, Two finger levers...It was almost a fashion thing...Had to upgrade constantly. Remember 'Z' rims (zeddies)? And how many buckled pair of Araya's did we go through?....A few tricks in my day were...Kickout, Wheelie, Rock Walk, 360, invert tabletop, 540 kickturn and of course 'getting out' on a Quarter without hookin up. :-) I remember a friend had our dream BM....It was a 'Haro Freestyler'(chrome) with Haro crank. (Envy)We had the best time growing up...Not a Nintendo in sight. But....I've grown up now...Or have I?? ...I ride an R1 now :-D
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    1984? NO WAY! That was fashion victim time! The only REAL BMX mentioned above was the PK Ripper. Harrow Freestyler was the daddy too. No one has mentioned the Grifter either. BMX came out of California and was born in the skate-parks. Stripped down home made track bikes used for vert ramp action. We were doing the same thing here but lacked the resources. Took a few years for the good kit to cross the pond. By the time ET showed EVERYONE on a BMX looking bike the market was flooded with crappy heavy copies. Just like "mountain bikes" now. Skate boarding is the same. Kids Think Tony Hawke is some innovator but he's a new kid on the block. The true pioneer was Tony Alva-first frontside air for a start.'70's ROCKED!
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    icon of the 80s! i have a diamondback now!
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    DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THE MEGA,MEGA EXPENSIVE BOB HARROW FREESTYLER? A MATE OF MINE HAD ONE AROUND 1984/85 THEY WERE THE TOP BMX OF THE DAY AND IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY WERE DELIVERED TO THE DOOR IN BITS!! THEY ALSO CAME WITH 'Z-RIMS' (FLEXIBLE WHEELS) HARD TO BELIEVE IT WAS 25 YEARS AGO.....
  • Anonymous user
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    used to own a p.k.ripper back in 85,sold it in 89 and got a zx spectrum (big mistake for which i still reget to this day!)
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    Yes i had a Redline 78-80- proline .Origianl candy red f/f set with vbar and brute stem ..Had that since 1979-80.
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    I remember my first intro to BMX -- We had move from the East to the midwest in 1977 (I was 10) . Back in NY everyone was still riding banana bikes. The closest thing I had seen in NY was the Huffy Thunder Road. To me the BMX bikes were like a Huffy Thunder Road but with a 10-speed bike's seat. Unfortunately for me, the BMX bikes like the MONGOOSE, REDLINE, RAMPAR,TAKARA were too expensive. I had to settle for a Huffy Thunder Trail, which actually was just a thunder road with a 10-speed seat.
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    my first bmx bike was a raleigh burner this was the thoughest bike ive met these days it made me so happy and ive jumped a lot with it without any damage occuried waw thats a bike men congratulations
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    My mate had the super tuff burner Blue with yellow pads and wheels.I nagged my mum for one which she got out of the catalogue and it was a "fireballer"(was that it mxledge?)it was red with yellow pads and wheels but definately not as good as the burner. Al