TheBicycle Motorcross Culture
Culturerefers mainly to a collection of beliefs, values, attitudes andprinciples that a collective group of people obtain within time. Thiseffect mainly results from a certain group activity that these peoplemay be into and, as a result, this makes them to have an almostsimilar manner of thinking. In the world of bicycle motor cross, alsoknown as BMX, groups of young individuals gather together toparticipate in this adrenaline-fueled extreme sport. It involves highspeed riding around obstacles such as ramps, stairs and railings.Each individual tries to outshine the other by performing gravitydefying stunts that make the spectators have their hearts in theirmouths. Most of the individuals in this type of culture are usuallyyoung men and a few ladies. They normally have almost similar dresscodes and manner of dressing. The way their bikes are designed is insuch a way that they can be dismantled for easier transportation.They are then later assembled when needed. These individuals arewilling to travel very far just to go to a specific event that may behappening. Skateboarders and roller bladders usually accompany theBMX riders. All these encompass part of extreme sports. Such peopleare normally used to getting injured. These injuries range frombruises to sprains and even fractures. In the documentary film, I sawseveral instances where the participants tried to some stunts, failedand got a hard fall in return. All in all, this culture has made theindividuals involved to develop three main qualities that arediscussed below (Martin & Nyakayama, 2013).
Theindividuals in this BMX culture develop a unique sense of attitude.They view themselves as sort of rebels and are proud to categorizethemselves as being so. This is because all the techniques involvedin their riding are way beyond the traditional operation of abicycle. They see themselves as risk takers. The stunts that they doare usually extremely dangerous. An example is Kurt Yaeger. This wasa BMX rider who back in 2006 was crossing the freeway while on hisbike. He was hit by a lorry and broke one of his legs so bad that ithad to be amputated. This truly shows the risk such individuals areprone to while in this culture. They are commonly referred to as‘adrenaline junkies’. This is because most stunts involved in BMXriding are high energy and the body produces a lot of adrenaline.Most of their events and competitions are usually sponsored by energydrinks such as red bull. This just shows how much extreme theirattitude is (Nelson, 2010).
Theindividuals in this BMX
Cultureform a bond that is akin to brotherhood. They are usually a closeknit group and are always together. They believe that they shouldalways stand by each other through thick and thin. In the examplementioned earlier involving Kurt Yaeger, most of his friends stood byhim all the days he was in the hospital. When he was released, theywere there to cheer him up and encourage him. When he was given aprosthetic leg, they were with him all the way through his therapyuntil he learnt to use the leg perfectly. This was a display of truebrotherhood. Another belief these individuals usually obtain is thatno task is too difficult to complete. They always push themselves tobeyond their limits until they achieve what they want. This isusually evidenced by the numerous scars and marks that theseindividuals wear proudly like medals (Martin & Nyakayama, 2013).
Manyvalues are characteristic of the individuals of this BMX culture. Oneof the values is hard work. Some stunts that are performed are verycomplex. For one to fully master a specific routine, it normallyinvolves several hours in a day painstakingly doing the same routineover and over again. This usually goes on for several weeks untilpractice finally makes permanent. This just portrays the diligencethat is involved by the members of this culture. The people of thisculture are not quitters. They normally face numerous setbacks intheir journey to achieving success yet they never set down theirbikes and give up. However, some members of this culture tend to havenegative values. This may include drug use and even drug peddling.Most of their events take place at parks and sports ground that mayattract the deviants of the society. They may approach these ridersand convince them on illegal ways of making quick money (Nelson,2010).
Overall,this BMX culture is rich and vibrant. It is responsible for theinteraction of people from across the world. People fly from allplaces in the world just to go to a specific event that maybe at aspecific part of the world. It has led to booming sales in the energydrinks sector. Also, the bicycle industry has profited greatly asmore and more youth venture into this culture. The clothes departmenttoo has made a killing since the fashion of this culture mainlyoperates around jeans, sneakers and hoodies.
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Martin,J. N., & Nakayama, T. K. (2013). Experiencing InterculturalCommunication. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
Nelson,W. (2010). The historical mediatization of BMX-freestyle cycling.Sport in Society, 13(7-8), 1152-1169.