Does his bike have brakes? If not, is he allowed to cycle on roads / pavements? ds wants a bmx for Christmas - all his friends have one and seem to cycle all over - as well as at local skate park. I have said that unless it has brakes he will only be allowed to use it at the skate park - and will be taken there and back by car. He is a bit put out at this (he's 14) as wants to be able to bike to / from his friends (about 4 - 5 miles, mostly bike path but some road) and to school (same distance / route). Having brakes makes tricks difficult / impossible apparently.
Yep he's planning to jam his foot on the back tyre for braking. Apparently this is so common that although the bike will be supplied with one brake, it wont even be fixed on as the norm is to have no brakes. Interested in what other parents to - let them get on with it or insist it can only be used at skate park.