A BMX bike is an off-road sports bicycle used for racing and stunts. BMX means bicycle motocross (off-road motorcycle racing). BMX started in the early 1970s when children began racing their bicycles on dirt tracks in Southern California, inspired by the motocross superstars of the time.
The BMX bike in our collection is donated by Duncan Martin, Iris Project trustee and volunteer for the museum.
Duncan said: "I knew that I wanted to donate a bike to the Living Museum because cycling has always been such a big part of my life. It's also a bit part of the life of the city of Oxford. I chose a BMX bike, because this was the first sort of bike I had as a child."