The BMX-specs calculator from Bikes.com is a handy tool to help you figure out how much pedaling power your bike has, but it can be a little tricky to navigate and, as you’d expect, it is expensive.
So we’re here to help.
Here are the basics you need when buying your new BMx spoke: How much pedalling power is in your bike?
The pedalling capacity of your bike is what it says.
It can say 100kg of pedalling force for a 50kg bike, but you can only really go up to 200kg of pedal force (which is roughly the equivalent of a 250mm bike).
If you want to go higher, you’ll need to invest in a caliper or something similar to increase the pedalling capability.
How much does it weigh?
The pedaling capacity of the bike depends on the frame you’re using and how big of a frame it is.
Most frames can have a pedalling weight of between 20-40kg.
If your bike doesn’t have a rear shock, you will need to find something with the same gearing as the rear wheel to keep the weight of your pedalling forces down.
What size bike is best?
It’s a personal preference, but the bigger your bike, the better it will handle.
If you are taller, it may be a better idea to go for a bike with a taller head tube and longer wheelbase to make your pedaling force more manageable.
If your bike comes with a smaller head tube, then go for something with a shorter wheelbase, and for a taller bike, go for more of a travel frame to increase your pedating force.
Which bike should I buy?
If you are looking for something cheap, or if you want a bike that has good performance but doesn’t need a ton of pedaling, a small, light, or medium sized bike will work well.
However, if you are a big rider who needs a bike for longer distances, a more expensive bike with the right gearing will be better for you.
If I already have a BMX bike, what do I need to do to make it work with this calculator?
You’ll need an internet connection to use this calculator, and you’ll also need a compatible device like a phone or tablet to use it.
If all else fails, you can call a BMx spokes representative for assistance, but don’t worry – if you’re not in the UK, there’s a free helpline you can dial to ask a specific question about your bike.
Do I need a pedaling calculator?
The BMx Speak calculator doesn’t really come into it until you get to the section about pedalling speed, but here’s a handy diagram that shows the most common pedalling speeds you can expect from your bike (using our reference chart, which we’ve put together to give you an idea of the speed range we recommend).
For the more experienced cyclist, you should also look at the speed calculator to see what speed you can achieve with your bike without pedalling.
But for beginners, this is a good way to gauge how fast you can pedal with your BMX.
Which type of bike should you buy?
You may be wondering, what’s the difference between a touring bike and a BM.
Well, it depends on what kind of bike you’re looking at.
Touring bikes are often lighter and more aerodynamic, which means they have higher top speeds than their BMX siblings.
BMX bikes are designed for racing, and their pedalling capabilities are generally higher, but they tend to be heavier.
You can find more information about how different types of bikes work here.
For more information, you might also want to read our guide to the best touring bikes.
For a more practical look at what a touring or BMX bicycle will cost, check out our guide.
Can I get a BM X spokes calculator online?
You can use the BMX Speak calculator to get a real-time comparison of the pedaling abilities of different types and sizes of bikes.
You don’t need to have a website account, but if you don’t already have one, you could sign up now.
How does the BMx speak calculator work?
In order to use the calculator, you need a BM2 or BM2+ device, or a phone app that supports BMXspeak.
The BM2 can be used to download and run the BMSpecs tool.
You need to download the BM2 app to your phone, and it’s best to download it from the BMTech store (or download it on your PC from the app’s homepage).
When you’re done, you’re going to need to add a reference number (the address you enter in the BM Speak calculator) to your BMSpecies address bar, so that the calculator will recognise you as a BM user.