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What Are Bike pegs For?
BMX bike pegs, or BMX stunt pegs, are essential for any freestyle rider looking to try new kinds of tricks. The pegs attach to your wheel axles, so you can have up to four on your bike. Pegs are used for many common tricks such as rail and ledge grinds as well as flatland stunts and are therefore associated with freestyle BMX rather than race or dirt jumping. When buying pegs, you can choose from different materials, axle sizes, lengths and diameters.
While most BMX pegs are designed to fit the standard 10 mm in the front wheel axle and the 14 mm in the rear, you should always check before buying that the pegs will fit.
Are Metal or Plastic Pegs Better?
There are advantages to both metal and plastic pegs, and it largely depends on how you will use your pegs. Metal pegs are usually made from steel or aluminium. Steel pegs are durable and can withstand a lot of abuse, making them ideal for street BMX. Aluminium pegs offer a great balance between being strong and lightweight.
Meanwhile, plastic BMX pegs are more commonly used by park riders, as they slide well on metal. In most cases, when we are talking about plastic pegs we are often referring to peg sleeves, however some full plastic models do exist. These are lightweight, affordable and easy to replace, however are not as durable as metal bike pegs.
How to Fit and Remove Bike pegs
Adding and removing pegs is a relatively straightforward process. However, you will need a socket spanner, deep-well socket and an Allen key. The first thing you want to do is to remove the washer and axle nut from the axle. Then, place your peg onto the wheel axle and thread your axle nut through the peg. Then use a socket spanner to tighten both the peg and axle nut. To remove the pegs, do the opposite process and turn the socket spanner counterclockwise.
Furthermore, it is a good idea to rotate your pegs from time to time. This will help increase their longevity.
If you are looking for sleeves for your pegs, check out our Bike peg Sleeves.