How to Lighten a BMX Bike

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A lighter BMX bike is a faster, more efficient bike. Lighten your bike using this free video presented by a BMX expert.

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Hi, my name is John from Competitive Edge Cyclery in Upland, California and I'm going to be showing you how to lighten a BMX bike. Alright, the best way to lighten your mountain bike, BMX bike or any other type of bike is to start with simple things like the tires. Tires can be extremely heavy between one brand and another. Tires are a great way to start, say with inner tubes. Inner tubes, they make ultra light ones. They make heavy duty ones. The light ones are going to obviously make a bigger difference. Each pound of rotating weight in a tire or in a rim equals four pounds on a static object like the frame. So, if you take a pound out of the rim or the tires, or the rim and tires, it's equal to four pounds of static weight on the frame. Handlebars, another exceptionally easy place and cheap place to lose weight on a bike. Handlebars can weight six ounces difference between one bar and another. Check with the manufacturers, they will give you weights on the bars and compare bars to see which ones will give you the best bang for your buck as to light weight. Frames, frames is a good way to save weight but it's an expensive way to save weight. You can save it more economically through things like petals, tires, inner tubes, cranks is another great place to save weight, seats as well. So you've got to look at your bike from each aspect. What is going to save you the most weight for the least amount of money. Keep in mind that if you take a little bit of weight off the handlebars, a little bit of weight off your wheels, frame, crank, all those little weights will add up and make a huge difference in how you can do tricks, jumping and acceleration. All those things will come into play. Hopefully, I've been a little bit of help to you.

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