Old Ned wrote:
It's also illegal on the road with only one brake and a freewheel.
Mind you, I don't know how bike shops get away with selling BMX's these days with only a back brake as standard - or none at all!
scarily they just either have to say "off road use only" or they dont supply any pedals to get round the law
a friend of mine was parked in his transit at the bottom of a very steep hill. he noticed some bmx'ers flying down the hill. one only had one brake. now the kid only has one tooth but 4 bits of jaw. apparently you cant win a 20mph head butting contest with a transit rear door hinge.
The law states that you need two separate brakes front and rear. The CTC reckon that fixed at the rear is enough to comply with the law, but that is only CTC advice. Until that has been tested in the courts (and AFAIK is hasn't) then it's not strictly legal, nor is it strictly illegal. Doncha just love the law?
Track bikes are sold without brakes and plenty of people buy those for road use. BMX race regulations only call for a single brake, so why should a BMX bike be any different to a track bike? Or what if you fancy a cycle speedway bike?
AFAIK it is not strictly illegal to sell a bike without brakes, but it would be illegal to sell it as complying with BS whatever it is. I bought a BMX bike a while ago and it came with only a rear brake fitted, but came with a box containing the front brake, reflectors and a bell. Apparently this is enough to comply with the BS certification.
Most of the kids round here remove the brakes from their BMX bikes anyway.
A few years ago the nanny government announced plans that all motorcycles sold must comply with construction and use regulations and be capable of passing an MOT. This was apparently the usual new labour over reaction to the use of mini motos on public roads. Of course this never got past the discussion stage. It would be completely ridiculous to make, say, a motocross bike comply with C&U regs. It's very doubtful that any manufacturer would bother to bring their off road bikes up to C&U standards just to meet the needs of the British market. Likewise you can't force shops, manufacturers and importers sell track and BMX bikes that comply with the laws for road use when they are not selling them for road use. If somebody buys one for road use that is not the retailler's problem.
Last point (honest) I bet most of you use bikes that don't comply with the law. Yes every new bike has to come with refelectors and a bell. Do you have them fitted to your bikes when you ride on the road?