Should I Put Brakes on My BMX?
BMX brakes are essential for keeping you safe on your BMX. Whether you want to put brakes on your BMX is ultimately up to you. However, BMX bike brakes are not just for stopping, but also for trying out new tricks and adjusting your speed. Moreover, in many locations, it is a requirement to have brakes if you are riding on the road.
When buying brakes, you can either buy a full BMX brake kit, or individual parts such as BMX brake pads, brake levers, and cables. BMX brakes are composed of four parts: pads, arms, springs and pivots.
The Different Types of BMX Brakes
Freestyle bikes usually come with front and rear U brakes. This is compared to race BMX bikes which just have a sole V brake at the rear. BMX U brakes are mounted underneath the frame, meaning they provide minimal interference with the rest of your setup. With many contemporary BMX models, U brakes have become the standard fit thanks to their durability and simple, contoured design.
Another BMX brake system is the BMX Gyro brake. This brake allows the handlebars to perform a 360-degree rotation without the brake cables getting tangled up. If you’re used to fixing your own setup, then installing Gyro brakes should be an easy, straightforward process.