BMX is a term used to describe a form of cycling on specially designed bicycles which usually have 20-inch wheels, which is often described as an extreme sport.
BMX originated in the state of California, United States in the late 1960s, when teenagers imitated their motocross heroes (most notably Steve McQueen) on their bicycles.
BMX is different than mountain biking, as the wheels are much smaller.
Back in the mid 1980's near the peak of the first wave in the sports popularity, female BMX racers were about 4% of the racers in the United States. In freestyle today it is estimated that 1% of Freestyle riders are female.
The BMX Industry is a niche group of both mass market and "core" companies that supply nearly every country around the world with BMX bicycles, parts, accessories, and lifestyle products
Freestyle bikes look much like BMX racing bikes, but they have extra places to position the feet while performing tricks and are much stronger and sturdy.
BMX racing is where BMX started. The courses emulate motocross tracks, but are smoother, and are about 900 to 1,100 feet in length. Races last about 25 to 40 seconds hitting speeds of 15 to 35mph depending on track conditions, the skill level and age bracket of the class.
The creator founder of BMX is Scot Breithaupt.