How to Set Up a BMX Bike to Practice Flatland Tricks

Written by jonathan d. septer
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How to Set Up a BMX Bike to Practice Flatland Tricks
A BMX bike is suitable for racing and is not suitable for flatland. (bmx image by Claudio Calcagno from

Most bicycles with 20-inch wheels are commonly referred to as BMX bikes, but this is a misnomer. A BMX bicycle is designed for bicycle motocross racing, is typically lightweight aluminium and is unsuitable and unsafe for practicing flatland--a balance-based competitive cycling sport--style tricks. A 20-inch freestyle bike is typically a heavier, more solid steel framed bicycle with a gyro--a brake detangler--installed from the factory that allows for the handlebars to spin completely around without the brake cable becoming tangled. These bicycles are frequently misrepresented as BMX bikes, and as such are what most people commonly desire to "convert from a BMX bike to a flatland bicycle," when in reality they already own a bike suitable for flatland tricks that needs only pegs, such as the ones pictured at, installed.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Four non-threaded universal bicycle axle pegs for 3/8 inch and larger 14mm axles
  • 3/8 inch driver
  • 15mm deep socket bit
  • 19mm deep socket bit
  • 2 inch socket extension

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    Installing Pegs

  1. 1

    Remove one axle nut and washer by turning counterclockwise with the appropriate socket bit and driver. Set the washer aside as pegs will take the place of the washer.

    How to Set Up a BMX Bike to Practice Flatland Tricks
    The bolt attaching the wheel to the frame holds the axle nut. (bmx weels image by Alexey Klementiev from
  2. 2

    Slide one peg over the axle, using the included sizing spacer for smaller axles if necessary.

  3. 3

    Insert the axle nut in the bit and, using the 2 inch extension and driver, reattach the nut by turning clockwise.

  4. 4

    Repeat steps 1 -- 3 until all pegs are installed.

    How to Set Up a BMX Bike to Practice Flatland Tricks
    These bicycles have pegs installed. (bmx on the street image by Alexey Klementiev from

Tips and warnings

  • Be sure the wheel is straight in the frame before tightening axle completely
  • Universal fit pegs are easily obtained at the local bike shop.
  • Never use a washer with the peg unless it is specifically designed for the peg. A washer diameter smaller than the peg face diameter will create a leverage point and possibly bend or break the axle when stood on.
  • Threading style pegs are not recommended as they can easily unthread while attempting a balance trick. Use bolt-on style pegs only.
  • Most children under the age of 16 lack the strength to tighten the bolts on a bicycle wheel to required specifications and should never attempt repairs without adult supervision.

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