I have read the BMX Plus! magazine in my school and have wanted to try to get into BMX. I’ve been riding and jumping bikes since I was about 8, so I know the basics. I wanted to ask you guys what your opinion on a good starter BMX bike would be. I just want to learn how to bunny hop, jump small things, maybe use pegs for very small rails and just learn some basics. I’m hoping to maybe stay under $200. If it helps, I’m 13. Thanks for your help.
A: There are a ton of bikes out there that you can get started on, but not many quality brands that will hold up to even moderate riding for less then $350. Redline, Free Agent and DK offer some great budget rides in this price range, but if you plan to get a little more serious then “the basics” in the months and years to come, then you might be better off looking for a quality used bike, or better yet, an older model, like a 2008 or 2009 that your local shop is selling for a discount. Dan’s Comp is also a great place to check for closeout deals. This way you can get a bike that sold for $400 or more a year or two ago, for $250 or $300, and you know it wasn’t thrashed on in the mean time like any used bike may have been. Happy shopping Monkey Boy.