In the early eighties kids tried to do clever stunts on their BMX bikes, but invariably ended up with grazes and broken bones instead.
The bikes were made ultra-cool by their appearance in ET. However, the ones you got down Argos very rarely flew. They did come with special wheelnuts that you could stand on during tricks. Or give yourself terrible flesh wounds with, depending on how good you were.
BMX racing was incredibly popular. Getting your own number plate to attach to the front of your bike so you
could take part was a coming-of-age ritual for many boys.