I hope you can help. I have a 15 year old stepson that wants to be a pro BMX rider. I have no problem with him chasing his dream, but he is fighting us constantly about school because he doesn’t think he needs to know any of it to be a BMX rider.
He just told me that he’ll pay attention and concentrate on it if I can show him where he will need to know multiplication tables and fractions to be a pro bmx rider.
Any examples you have would be a great help.
Everything in BMX is based on math; lip and landing angles, transitions, bike geometry and calculated risk. Take it even further and get into metric and standard threading for working on a bike, talk about the number crunching done while scoring freestyle events, the points structure of BMX racing, weight conversions from grams to ounces to pounds… Ask any serious rider and they will tell you it even goes beyond math. There are more accredited riders in BMX then any other extreme sport we have experienced. Probably because any serious rider knows it wont last forever, but if you love the sport you need a game plan to carry your skills into your own company, or help run someone else’s. Think school wont leave you with enough time to ride? Check out Austin Coleman who drummed up a Masters Degree while competing at the Dew Tour and X Games and Art Thomason who competed as a pro flatlander while working his way towards becoming a rocket scientist, currently works for NASA and still finds time to ride. Stay in school and you can stay with BMX forever, drop out and you at best have a few years.
Here is a snap shot of a BMX frame blueprint. Good luck if you don’t know math.
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