This is part 5 of our beginner’s guide to BMX.
As you transition from a BMX beginner to intermediate and beyond, you’ll want to learn how to build a BMX that suits your riding style.
This doesn’t mean starting from scratch. You can use your beginner BMX as a donor bike, and simply upgrade and customise parts.
So, where do you start?
The Best BMX Upgrades For Beginner Bikes
#1 – Bars
Even on some of the best bikes, the bars tend to suck.
They are rarely lightweight, not wide enough, and they look, well…
The Best BMX Bars
So, what are the best BMX bars?
That’s not an easy question to answer. A lot of this comes down to your height and riding style.
But, if you’re looking for recommendations, the Odyssey produce some pretty-good bars.
#2 – Grips
Like bars, BMX grips tend to suck too. Maybe the brands manufacturing bikes know they are the first thing to go in the bin.
Buying better grips with a grip-lock will mean your grips don’t turn on the bars, you get fewer vibrations, and they’re more comfortable.
The Best BMX Grips
So, what are the best BMX grips?
ODI produce a decent range of grips, and not just for BMX bikes.
I’ve had some on my off-road bikes before, and noticed a reduction in blisters after long rides in comparison to the OEM grips that were fitted before.
Expect to pay $15-30 depending on the model you go for.
#3 – Tires
Next, we’ve got tires.
And, tire choice for your BMX comes down to where you ride mostly.
Dirt, street, or park?
The Best BMX Tires For Street & Park
For street and park, you’ll want something with outright grip and durability.
The Odyssey Hawks are one of the most popular.
The Best BMX Tires For Dirt
Dirt tires are slightly different to those suitable for street and park.
Being off-road, you need more grip. And for that, you’re going to need more tread and flex in the tire.
If we had one recommendation, it would be the Odyssey Aitken dirt tire.
#4 – Pedals
Aftermarket BMX pedals aren’t just going to look better, they’ll give a better grounding for your feet; that means more grip.
The Best BMX Pedals
Looking for recommendations for the best BMX pedals?
We’d be leaning towards the Fyxation Gates, Redline Monster and Primo Super Tenderizer pedals.