the ghetto BC wheel

I made myself a BC wheel today. It’s the back wheel of an old kids’ bike (and is therefore bending, but the hell with it, this is just to see what it’s like), and yeah, I’ll make a real one if I ever get serious about bc wheeling.

I got some BMX pegs from the LBS, who refused to believe what I was making would be rideable.

The only problem I had was when I managed to engage the still-intact coaster brake, quickly ending my fun. I have never been felled so swiftly from my lofty perch.

I’m getting knee pads tomorrow, and I expect to hurt myself again. But wow, is it ever fun. I can’t wait! :sunglasses:


i would not let your crappy BC wheel experience that you are sure to experience decide your future in BC wheeling.

I think that would make due, not until you decide, but rather to fill your time while your BC wheel is being shipped to you.

you definitely want the real thing, it’s fun

if the wheel is already wobbling, i think the impact of a few jump mounts would finish it off, should you ‘accidentally’ land on those pegs somehow :slight_smile:

I had tons of fun with this crappy BC wheel. I can only imagine the impact of a proper strong axle and some platforms. I don’t have the cash to buy a ‘real’ one right now, so this is gonna have to do.

I can see the awesome possibilities of a BC wheel though, as well as the awesome possibility for injury :stuck_out_tongue:

oh good, even better then.

then you’ll love a properlylove the one with plates and a strong weel

That’s the second BC wheel someone has posted about, using the back wheel from a bike. What happened to the front wheels from these bikes? They’re much better suited, especially from the bike with the gear cluster on the wheel.

Yes, BCs take a beating from jumpin on. To make it last longer, check it for trueness from time to time. It doesn’t need to actually be true, but the spokes need to be kept relatively tight.

Your BC is harder to ride than ones with footplates that hang below the axle. What you can do on yours will be easier on a “real” one. Enjoy!

This back wheel is from a kids’ bike. I wanted to use the front wheel, but the axle is actually smaller (!), so I couldn’t put the pegs on it, and even so they would have bent the axle immediately. That’s my reason for using the back wheel :smiley:

After playing around on this for a few hours (what a workout! chasing that wheel really takes it out of you!) I realize that a lot of the times when I slip off immediately it’s because of poor foot placement, and that plates would really make this thing fun. Sadly, I don’t have the cash or the equipment to make myself plates, so I’ll have to stick with these for the time being.

It’s like learning to ride all over again! I’m having a blast, and picking up some knee pads this afternoon.

I have a front wheel in my basement i might put to use tomorrow

I made this one a while ago:

It worked for awhile but the plates bent while you were riding it, limiting how long you could go before having to bend the plates back.

How can I rip the pegs off of my BMX? I pulled out a ratchet but their not really budging.


Jeesh, I got the pegs off my bmx, i just pulled harder and hoped for the best. I sprayed WD40 first which helped. The pegs were too big for the axle on my old front wheel, so i took the wheel off of my BMX and threw the pegs back on. Now I have a BC with a really sweet 20x2.5 wheel and pegs. I cant even get on the thing. My feet get on and slide off. Any suggestions besides get platforms? How do you get on a pegged BC?

yesterday I went to a metal shop and they were awesome and gave me some scrap angle iron 4" to a side and drilled a hole for me for free! :smiley:

I’ve attached this to another wheel, and I’ve got to say it feels a lot more comfortable to ride. However you won’t magically be able to stay on - it’s not called an impossible wheel for nothing.

You ride it by spinning it against the pavement, letting it roll out in front of you, and hopping onto the pegs. It might be good to practice hopping onto a curb the same height as the pegs so you get used to how high you have to jump, and so you can learn to land with as little pressure as possible. Once you’re up there, it’s an easier form of coasting.