A comprehensive guide to the "king of street sports." Intense racing, jaw-dropping stunts and freestyle tricks make BMX a favorite among youth. BMX Riding Skills is about the tricks, guiding readers through the maneuvers, techniques, clothing and equipment that add up to competition-worthy skills and a pro street image. Packed with hundreds of illustrations and action photos and written in a laid-back style typical of its audience, the book features: 35 of the most popular BMX tricks The origins and culture of BMX Types of BMX riding The rules of this "rule-free" sport Competition and events Types of BMX bikes, materials and components Choosing the right wheels and tires The best in protective equipment and clothing How to avoid injury when falling All of the tricks are described in step-by-step photographs and graded by difficulty, progressing from basic to intermediate to advanced. There are also valuable tips and visualization techniques used by pro riders to control nerves.