Tuesday, 4 November 2014

DIY Modified BMX Bicycles

Geed on after someone posted a picture of a BMX that they modified to a commuter bicycle in my Raleigh Twenty post, I decided to post a collection of photos of BMXs which had been modified to suit the needs of the cyclist, including commuter, racing, and cargo BMXs.  It might fire up a few of the old creative grey cells rattling around in your cranium and inspire you in some way or another.
A fixed-gear conversion with drop-handlebars, long seatpost, and racing saddle.

(Source: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2004/g/skid10.htm)

(Source: http://forums.mtbr.com/commuting/bmx-commuting-crazy-fun-837199.html#post10172755)

(Source: http://forums.mtbr.com/commuting/bmx-commuting-crazy-fun-837199.html#post10172794)

This is the photo that a commentor posted in the Raleigh Twenty post.  He's turned it into a good commuter BMX complete with rack, long seatpost, conveniently placed bottle holder, kick-stand, bell, and by the looks of it a powerful front light.
(Source: https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-RGR9xJuRpxI/UbIMVGmXPFI/AAAAAAAAAO4/hTnKBpIBCSQ/w958-h715-no/DSCF2765.JPG)

A large cargo-sidecar on a BMX in Manilla, Philipines. There are plenty of mods on BMXs in the Philipines, some of them are for sale on the internet. HERE are a few adverts of ones for sale. They range in price from 1,500 - 4,000 pesos. (BTW the exchange rate is roughly £1 - 72 Pesos).

(Source: http://miltblog.com/friday-photo-007-bmx-mods-manila/)

A short (1:48) video of a handful of modified BMX bicycles in Manilla, including one with a street vendors trolley mounted on the side.

A motorised BMX.

(Source: http://www.bsmotoring.com/news/bmx-modified-bicycle-bmx-bandit/311/1)

Another racer with brake levers in an unconventional location.

(Source: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2003/escobedo.htm)

A BMX with slick tyres, front suspension forks (possibly from a kids or commuter bike), longer seat-post, comfortable looking saddle, and a coaster brake (according to the blog author who posted the photo).

(Source: http://mybagisbigger.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/last-day.html

Touring?  In Australia?  On a BMX?  Apparantly so...

(Source: http://www.bikeguide.org/forum/index.php?topic=219838.0)

Just a regular BMX with the seat-post raised, ridden by a pathologist!

(Source: http://mindyhull.com/bmx-bikes-or-my-new-commuter-part-2/)

Long seat-post and stem-post, racing handlebars, slick tyres, but no brakes or chain (yet).

(Source: http://www.bikeguide.org/forum/index.php?topic=219838.0)

[Cheeleader style] "Front-rack, rear-rack, ra-ra-ra. Carry your load both near and far!"

(Source: http://www.bikeguide.org/forum/index.php?topic=219838.0)

Prepare to blink and say "what...?" A £235 BMX used by none other than the Leicestershire Constabulary.

(Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/7656850/Police-criticised-for-BMX-patrols.html)

Well, there we have it, a small collection of modified BMX bicycles, modified to meet the needs of the individual. After all that's what it's all about: expressing your own Will using the materials that are available to you. In this case mobility in some form or another using a bicycle with 20" (406mm) wheels.



  1. Hey! I was wondering if you know the brand and/or how to get the extension seatpost for the bmx bike? I'm wanting to modify as well.

    1. Um, that's a good question! I don't know of any, and none of the links above mention any. Other than recommend you Google 'bmx extended seat post' I can't offer any useful advice. Sorry dude. Good luck with your venture though.

    2. You can always use a 1 inch galvanized steel pipe, a reductor and a short 3/4 inch pipe.

  2. The seatpost is the problem. If it is a frame with a 7/8" seatpost, that's going to tend to bend. I handled it (on a 16" VFR BMX) by putting a banana seat with a home made extra long sissy bar and an extra long unicycle seatpost.