Do BMX Bikes have Brakes? (Explained)

Are BMX bikes equipped with brakes? So you’ve done some study on BMX bikes and discovered that they don’t have brakes. You’ve been wondering, “Do BMX bikes have brakes?” Well, I’ll tell you everything you need to know in the rest of this blog post. Continue reading

BMX Bikes Overview

BMX bikes are bikes used for racing and stunt riding. They have 20” or 24” wheels and a single gear. The sport was developed in the early 1970s in California by teenagers who modified cheap department store bicycles to make them more rugged.

BMX racing is now a well-established international sport with a world championship event held annually, known as the UCI BMX World Championships. There are also national-level events in many countries.

BMX racing is often associated with various stunts performed by riders such as barspins and tailwhips, but these stunts are usually not required for successful competition of BMX racing itself.

Do BMX bikes have brakes?

Yes, BMX bikes do have brakes. The most common type of brake on a BMX bike is called a coaster brake. A coaster brake is a rear-wheel braking system that uses the pedals to provide friction to slow down or stop the bike.

The coaster brake works by having a lever attached to the back wheel hub that presses against the rear tire as you pedal backward.

This creates resistance and slows down your pedaling motion. As you pedal forward, this mechanism releases and allows you to spin freely again.

Do you need brakes on a bmx bike?

The short answer is YES.

The lengthier answer is that it depends on the type of bmx you have. Most BMX bikes have brakes for safety and should always be utilized when riding downhill. If you don’t have any brakes and you’re driving downhill, you could get into danger easily if you need to stop unexpectedly.

The other reason why you might want to consider having brakes on your BMX bike is because they can make your ride more fun! You can do tricks with them, like riding backwards or doing wheelies without having to worry about losing control of your bike because you’ll have a brake close by in case things get out of hand.

Bmx bikes have what kind of brakes?

Most BMX bikes have brakes, and there are three main types: coaster brakes, V-brakes and U-youbrakes.

  • Coaster brakes are found on most entry-level bikes. They’re simple to operate — just pedal backward to stop. The downside is that they’re not very powerful, so you’ll need to pedal very slowly in order to brake effectively.
  • V-brakes are found on higher end BMX bikes and are more powerful than coaster brakes. To activate them, squeeze the brake levers toward each other.
  • U-brakes are also found on higher end BMX bikes and work similarly to V-brakes but with one key difference — they’re activated by pulling back on the lever instead of squeezing it together like with V-brakes.

How can you stop a BMX bike that doesn’t have brakes?

First, the obvious. Don’t ride your bike like without brakes it’s dangerous.

If you’re going to ride without brakes, you have to learn how to stop without them. Here are some tips:

  • Slow down gradually before stopping. This will give you time to react if something unexpected happens and also give you more control over your speed when you do come to a halt.
  • If there are obstacles in the way, try to avoid them altogether or at least slow down enough so that you can safely get around them. If an obstacle is unavoidable, try riding through it instead of trying to jump over it or go around it.
  • Learn how to bunny hop off of ramps or other high objects so that when you do hit something on the ground, it won’t hurt as much (or at all).


Bmx bike’s brakes are to be used in order to slow down while in movement. Most times they are operated by the rider’s feet. The brakes on a bmx bike are also quite different from other bikes, however, if a beginner does not know how to stop their bike, they can just put their foot down. There is no need for gears.