A New Breed of Wheely Cool Sees a Rise in BMX
Released on: March 2, 2011, 07:06 am
Following in the tracks of ‘middle aged men in Lycra’ (Mamil),
trick obsessed BMXers are set to become the next driving force behind
the UK’s continued love affair with two wheels.
Data shows sales of BMX have grown more than any other cycling category this year. BMX now accounts for 16% of the total cycle market and looks set to overhaul traditional
City bikes, currently 17%.
Retailer Halfords said demand is being driven by freewheeling youngsters looking for
cycles with more edgy designs and better styling, from X-Rated to Apollo to the
top-end, cool looking, US designed VooDoo range.
Widely available YouTube videos showing amazing bike tricks and the spread of a
BMXers language through social networks has helped to drive the revival in BMX. They
are becoming a fashion and lifestyle choice of cycles for both boys and girls alike.
The BMX almost disappeared during the 1990s but now analysts GFK say figures show
that one in five bike sales are BMX and 94% of BMX’s sold in Great Britain are
purchased by 6-15 year olds. There’s also a trend to customise BMX bikes. Halfords
says the sales of accessories like skull and dice decorated valve caps and special
stunt pegs have risen, along with skater helmets and fingerless mitts.
The growing popularity of BMX has developed against a backdrop of the rise of the ‘Mamils’, who have been at the forefront of the popularity of cycling in recent
years and have driven the ownership of cycles in the UK to top over 4 million.
Now Dads in their thirties who remember the fun they had on BMX bikes are
encouraging the revival, according to analysts Allegra Strategies in its Project
Velo report on the cycle industry.
Halfords BMX expert Peter Hunt said: “BMX is becoming mainstream once again. It was
always there with the cult pros but has filtered down to a new generation. GFK
reported 1 in 5 kids are choosing fashion over form, with a BMX and our sales trends
support this. BMX is already well established with boys, but we are now noticing a
marked increase from girls too.
“We stock an extensive range of models to ensure our customers can find their
perfect bike. Our VooDoo range is particularly exciting, offering cutting edge
premium bikes at great prices.
Industry Cycling magazine BikeBiz said the popularity of BMX products were now
exceeding peaks seen in the 1980s when speciality bikes became all the rage among
Success of UK riders such as BMX World Champion woman rider Shanaze Reade has done
much to boost the sport’s popularity and new facilities for BMX riders are emerging
all the time to cope with renewed demand for specialist facilities.
Stephen Rooke, Director of Redditch Skatepark and BMX Track, the largest outdoor
supervised charity skatepark in the UK, said: We are seeing whole families taking
part in racing and involved in the club. BMX has grown to become the dominant
discipline at our venue.
“BMX riding is a way of life to many young people, where they gain amazing riding
skills and develop a high level of fitness, agility and strength by doing something
they enjoy. It is a great way to tackle youth boredom that has been linked to
Construction is shortly to begin on a 43-hectare ‘Cyclopark’ facility in Kent, where
world-class facilities will include a 340 metre dedicated BMX circuit.
The Olympics and construction of London’s new cycling Velodrome and BMX track will
further drive the popularity of the BMX, with 2012 Olympic cycling events including
a BMX discipline after it was Introduced in Beijing 2008.
The Group is the UK’s leading retailer of automotive, leisure and cycling products
and through Nationwide Autocentres is also the UK’s leading independent car
servicing and repair operator.
Halfords employs approximately 11,000 staff and sells over 12,000 different product
lines with significant ranges in car parts, cycles, in-car technology, child seats,
roof boxes, outdoor leisure and camping equipment. Halfords own brands include the
in-store Bikehut department, for cycles and cycling accessories, Apollo and Carrera
cycles and exclusive UK distribution rights of the premium ranged Boardman cycles
and accessories. In outdoor leisure, we sell a premium range of camping equipment,
branded URBAN Escape. Halfords offers customers expert advice and a fitting service
called "wefit" for car parts, child seats, satellite navigation and in-car
entertainment systems, and a “werepair” service for cycles
Halfords customers shop at 462 stores in the UK and ROI and at Halfords.com for
direct home delivery or pick-up at their local store. Nationwide Autocentres
operates from 227 sites nationally and offers motorists dealership quality MOTs,
repairs and car servicing at more affordable prices.
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