When Did BMX Begin?
If you're a biking enthusiast, you may be asking yourself, "When did BMX begin?" Who can forget the BMX Bandits. The freedom of running from the law while fighting bullies with your BMX racing bike, what a feeling. In the 80s, it was called BMXing. The formal term is motocross. BMX began way before the 80s though.
Like the kids in the BMX Bandits, kids have raced bikes in rough terrain for years. BMX Begins around 1963 when Schwinn introduced the Sting-Ray. This was a model that was specifically designed to be a racing bike. Looking different from the bikes we see today on the track, the Sting-Ray gave kids a chance to imagine the possibilities.
In 1970 in California, a man named Scott Breithaupt brought the first BMX bike race together. Seen as the original founder of BMX, Scott Breithaupt begins to bring light to the BMX motocross world. One year later, the motocross documentary On Any Sunday, was released. Now more eyes see the hand-built tracks and bikes kids were using. BMX begins to emerge as a new sport.
With the challenges of the tracks, there was a need to build a better frame bike. Looking for lighter and more durable frames, Gary Turner and Richard Long teamed together in 1974. By 1975, they were building quality BMX frames with twenty inch wheels, still standard today. This year is the same year the first professional race for BMX begin.
Now with BMX racing becoming professional, in 1976, the American Bicycle Association was born. This gave a governing body to the BMX beginnings. In 1979, GT started to sponsor the best riders of the sport. The BMX sport was off and running.
With movies like ET and BMX Bandits, BMX begins to take a firm grasp around the world. In 1982, the first BMX Bike World Championships were on the scene. In the 90s, there was a decline in interest, but in the new millennium, BMX begins to take off again. This was clear by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) deciding to have a motocross race in the 2008 Olympics. There are thousands of BMX tracks across the US today. With thousands turning out to see the skilled professionals at play, it is clear that BMX is here to stay.