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.