How to Size a BMX Bike

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BMX bikes come in different sizes for different riding styles. Size a bike for yourself using this free video presented by a BMX expert.

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Video Transcript

Hi, my name is John from Competitive Edge Cyclery in Upland, California, and I'm going to be showing you how to size a BMX bike. First of all, you want a bike that's going to suit your needs. You're going to need to figure that out, be it a BMX bike, a freestyle bike, a dirt jumping bike, that's going to be up to you but in all those bikes they do come in different sizes. The sizes of the top tube is what's going to determine the size of the bike. Most manufacturers will make a bike in a different size. They'll have a pro bike, which means it's a different size than the smaller bikes. Obviously, you're going to want to know what you're looking for. To measure a bike properly, you're going to want to go from the center of the top tube to the center of the head tube up here and that's going to give you your length overall. Usually, you're going to want to have a bike that's going to be set up for your height. Smaller riders are going to probably going to want to ride a little bit longer bike so that they can grow into it if they are younger and the way you're going to measure that is take a tape measure, measure it out here. This happens to be a 20 and 1/2 inch top tube, and I'm going from 20 and 1/2 from about there to the center here. That's going to be for a rider about five to five and a half feet tall. You're not going to want to get, you're going to want to get a longer top tube if you're six foot, obviously. But that's going to be how you're going to measure that. Consult with a salesperson, and they'll be able to help you with that.


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