Story: Bicycles

BMX bikes and 10-speeds

BMX bikes and 10-speeds

Some of these boys riding round the Eastbourne coast near Wellington in 1983 are on 10-speed bikes and some ride smaller BMX bikes. 10-speed bikes sparked a new bicycle boom in the 1970s, as their many gears made them much easier to ride, especially up hills. The BMX was popular with children and teenagers.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1983/1865/21A

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Jamie Mackay, 'Bicycles - Types of bicycles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 February 2024)

Story by Jamie Mackay, published 11 Mar 2010, reviewed & revised 27 Sep 2016