“Put a good MTB’er on a BMX and they'll be awful, put a good BMX’er on a MTB and they'll be brilliant” - this anonymous quote from Singletrack Magazine's online forum really resonated in the wake of the IMBA World Summit 2016 coming to Bentonville, Arkansas, and got us thinking about this new generation of eager, young riders.
BMX racing and the skills learned are truly a gateway to becoming a skilled mountain biker. The natural progression from balance bike to BMX to mountain bike is the perfect way to keep kids interested at all age levels.
Balance bikes encourage kids to develop the balance and skill needed to ride a regular bike (without training wheels) from a young age. Both BMX and MTB encourage participation from balance bike riders, often having their own races or clubs.
Many BMX tracks have balance bikes or Strider
races, and some even have their own smaller tracks. A pump track or bicycle playground or beginner MTB trail is a great place to get started with a toddler, and pretty soon you will be running to keep up!USA BMX
has a classes for 5 and under, so a child graduating from a balance bike can easily transition to BMX.
A BMX bike with its smaller wheels provides an opportunity to master skills such as pumping, jumping, and cornering on the track – skills that transfer to the trails and make mountain biking so much more fun. Being able to use your body as suspension, pump over obstacles such a roots and rocks, jump sections, and have great control on flow trail, can all be mastered at a BMX track.
Read this far and still interested…Arkansas has 3 USA BMX sanctioned tracks, located in Cabot
, North Little Rock
, and Lowell
has a newly installed Bicycle Playground
, while the State of Arkansas is now home to four IMBA
Epic trails, three IMBA Ride Centers, and currently boasts the only Regional Ride Center designation in the country. As if this wasn't enough, don't forget to check out our oustanding State Parks
and the Razorback Regional Greenway
- all great ways to get kids outside on bikes!