This one is mostly for the parents, but can be for anyone looking to buy a last minute gift. Just in time for the holidays we have a quick gift guide with inexpensive gifts for the BMX lover out there. You can pick up most of this stuff from your local bike shop or if you act fast you can get it from your favorite mail order shop and have it in before Santa makes his way down your chimney on Christmas eve. (Kids, if you need to give your parents a hint, leave this page up on the computer when you leave.)

If you aren’t sure where to start, we recommend the following mail order shops: Dan’s Comp, Albe’s, & Staff.

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Plastic Pedals: $10-$19
There are plenty of companies out there who have pedals under $25 and this year plastic is all the rage. Not the plastic pedals that come on department store bikes for 8-year-olds, but high quality plastic pedals from companies like Odyssey, Haro, Eastern, Eclat, Animal, Shadow, and others.

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Bar Ends: $5-$18 (pair)
No one likes a core sample taken from their midsection, but a lot of riders don’t want to spend money on parts like bar ends so they just go without. Buy a rider a pair of cheap, lightweight bar ends and he will thank you when he wrecks and doesn’t have a cookie cutter wound in his stomach.

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T-shirt: $20-$35
Every kid (except some in the Dirty South) wears a shirt on a daily basis, so you can never go wrong with giving a rider a T-shirt. If you aren’t sure which brands he or she is into check out their helmet or bike and see what stickers they put on there. Keep in mind the size of shirt they wear and feel the shirt before you buy it. If you wouldn’t want to wear a thick, scratchy shirt, they probably won’t want to wear it either, so go for the thinner, softer option.

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Chain: $10-$36
Sure chains can last years, but after a few months they may become stretched out, rusty, or just feel like crap. Riders get used to their old, beat up chains and often forget that they actually make a big difference, so they will be stoked as hell when their bike feels new again just because of a fresh chain. Don’t worry about a chain being too long or short because any chain you buy will work, although it’ll need to be fitted properly. What you need to keep in mind is what type of riding he does—a racer doesn’t need the same strength in a chain as a street rider.

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Headset: $17-$130
Just as with a chain, a new headset can give a bike that “fresh out of the shop” feel. Keep in mind that there are three different types of headsets (standard, integrated, and internal), so make sure you are getting the right kind for the frame.

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Brakes: $15-$75
Every freestyle bike uses U-brakes these days so make sure you don't get V-brakes or cantilever brakes from a shop salesman who doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Tektro, Diatech, and Dia-compe all have brakes that are under $25, but most other company’s brakes are a bit more pricey. Also keep in mind that the brakes don’t come with a lever or cable, so you’ll need to buy those separately—which are both on this list.

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Brake Lever: $10-$22
Since brake levers are small and stick out off the bike they can easily get bent, break, or just be severely scratched, so this may be a good one for the rider you are buying for. However, as with brakes you don’t want to buy a rider this if he doesn’t like to run brakes. About half the riders out there right now don’t run brakes on their bike, so do your homework before buying this gift. Just make sure you know if he’s not running brakes because he doesn’t want them, or because he doesn’t have them.

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Brake Cable: $4-$10
If your rider is a beginner he probably won’t need a “linear” style cable designed for allowing the bars to spin without getting the cable getting kinked up. But if the rider is more advanced go for the linear cable to give him more options with his tricks.

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Videos: $9-$24
Sure the Internet is filled with zillions of YouTube and Vimeo videos—no one should know that better than us. But nothing can beat sitting around the big screen with a bunch of friends watching a high quality DVD. There are lots of new releases out right now and plenty of old classic titles to choose from. If you don't know how to pick, ask whomever you buy it from what’s the best seller right now and go with their advice.

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Tools: Prices Vary
Every bike rider needs tools. Few have them. Help keep your rider on his bike by buying new tools to help with the day-to-day bike maintenance. The most common tools used for today’s freestyle bikes are: 15mm, 17mm, and 19mm deep socket wrenches and an extension, and 5mm, 6mm, and 8mm Allen wrenches. Other common and practical tools are a 15mm open-end wrench, multi-size spoke wrench, chain breaker, and tire levers. Also be on the lookout for tool kits or multi-tools like DK's Random Wrench.

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Tubes: $3-$8
Give your rider a stack of tubes and there is no way he can complain. They may not be fun to play with at first (unless he is really creative) but they will definitely come in handy down the road. And they never go bad or out of style, so no matter how long they sit, eventually the day will come when it’s time to put that gift to use. If you really want to earn some brownie points, keep in mind what type of tube to get: thin, regular, or thick. If you aren’t sure, get the regular. If the rider wears tight clothes and listens to indie music, then get thin. And if the rider listens to old metal, has a bike that weighs so much you can’t pick it up, and wears JNCO jeans, get the big ol’ heavy duty puppies.

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Bike Stand: $18
Parents, this may be more of a gift for yourself, but maybe the rider will be stoked too. A simple wire frame or plastic bike stand can be a great way to keep the bike from making marks on the floor and walls of your house and will help make the room look a bit more organized. Or if you really want the bike out of the way, get big hooks and hang it on the wall or ceiling in the garage. But don’t give hooks as a gift, that’s just an insult. Seriously, who wants a freaking hook in their stocking?

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Grips: $9-$12 (pair)
Grips wear out and need to be replaced pretty often, so you can never go wrong with giving someone grips. If you are unsure, go with black ones, but if you know a bit about the rider, his style, and setup you can find some wild colors out there that he may be stoked on.

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Pegs: $8-$25 (each)
If the rider doesn’t like pegs, skip this one because similar to brakes, many street riders don’t run pegs these days. However, if the rider likes pegs, a fresh pair will be great as they tend to slide better and faster than old, worn, rusty ones. And if the rider’s pegs are old there is a good chance that anything new you get will be lighter, which is always a bonus. If the rider sessions only skateparks then you can get away with buying aluminum ones which are really light. But if the rider cruises the streets you’ll want to stick to chromoly ones so they grind better and last longer. (Man, that almost sounded like a sexual enhancement commercial.) Also keep in mind in most cases you will have to get two different size pegs—a 3/8″ for the front and a 14mm for the rear.


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Tires: $9-$45 (each)
Ah, nothing like a good fresh set of rubber… Foldable tires are really popular right now as they are very light. And they make you go, on average, 83.67% faster. Okay, not really, but they are super lightweight which means a lot since they are the outermost rotating weight on the bike. In layman’s terms: it makes a huge difference and the rider will love them.

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Hat: $18-$36
Beanies are cool (or should I say warm) and are a little less expensive, but New Era fitted hats are what’s really in right now. So if you want to show your rider you are hip and know what’s up, get a dope new fitted cap with the “New Era” logo and the shiny gold “59Fifty” sticker on it. Just don’t ever brag about being “hip” once you’ve made the purchase.

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Belt: Free-$25
Hey, call me old fashioned, but I like a nice belt. It’s a great accessory, but a lot of kids these days are wearing shoelaces as belts. So you can either: a) drop a 20-spot on a nice leather belt with a cool metal buckle, or b) pick up various colored shoe strings and slap them in a gift bag. Hopefully you know which type of rider you are buying for to make an educated decision about the two options just listed…


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Socks: $4-$8
I know what you are thinking…”Socks are a lame present. What, do you want me to get underwear too?” Well, if it is from a BMX company, then the answer is yes. Riders are stoked to represent the brands they are into and believe it or not, BMX socks are way more comfortable than the white tube socks you guy in bulk at Walmart. And companies like Fox make awesome boxers and boxer briefs, too, so when your rider’s pants are sagging he’s making a statement about which companies he supports. Just don’t write his name on them before wrapping them—or after he unwraps them. That’s lame.

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Mat Hoffman’s Autobiography, “The Ride Of My Life”: $2-$15
You probably won’t find this at the shop or in the mail order catalogs, but you can definitely find it on Amazon.com or other book sites online. Every kid should read, and what better for a rider to read about than one of the biggest living legends in our sport? Mat’s story is incredible, inspirational, and super motivating and this book is a must-have for riders everywhere.

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Subscription To Ride BMX: – $18.97-$23.97
Oh come on, like you didn’t see this one coming! If you are on this site, then you should have a subscription to this magazine! For less than $19 you can get our magazine sent to your door all year long and even receive a free T-shirt. And for less than $24 you can get the mag for two years! Really, how can you beat that?