I reeeeaaally want a BC wheel but i dont want to spend too much because i probably wont use it very much…
Does anyone know how i can get a REALLY cheap one?
I can maybe… get a wheel from my local bike shop or something but i dont know how to weld things or do any of that metal work stuff, so i dont know how im gonna get the… whatever they’re called that go on the side
This is made by me
Normal BMX Wheel > € 22,00
BMX Tire > € 10,00
Normal Tube > € 3,00
Plates… mmm… > € 2,40 + a little of skill to build them on the hub… but really nothing special
…isn’t a Bedford or a Nimbus one… of course… but it works and unless u’r already skilled for it, you won’t destroy it easily
For the plates i chose those angulars (angulars? ), but there are some others which look stronger if you think that these ones aren’t enough
Correction: Round pegs on the axle are really bad, because they rotate. Your feet will roll right off. But if you can do something to flatten them, like add something to the peg to give it a flat spot, then you’re fine.
Also if you can find some old-school moped foot pegs or something of a similar shape, those work great. At least until they bend downward from all that being jumped on. That’s what I used to have.
For only cruising along they are not that bad, my first BC had real round ones. Normal shoes dent enough to hold them in place (even when landing in the initial jumping on). At least till you loose balance and would fall of anyway. The only problem with round pegs is the higher likelihood of “shooting” the BC away when you fall off.
Of course plates have the large advantage that you can do tricks with them. Contrary to intuition riding with plates is not easier than with pegs (the lower center of mass is more than offset by the additional rotational degree of freedom of the plates).
My own experience so far was that plates are not really easier than pegs. But of course that might be just my subjective feeling.
I learned BCing with pegs and switched to plates later on. It took some effort to get used to plates, and I am still not good at it.
From my understanding of the underlying physics I am not sure why plates should make it easier. The plates move around the axle when you shift weight, so your feets position relative to the base point of the wheel constantly changes. This movement might be stabilizing, but I found the inertia of this movement hard to control.
With pegs on the other hand you have direct control over the wheel, one less degree of freedom to compensate.
Nevertheless I would go with plates, due to the tricks possible with them.