Anyone here ride a BMX?

by Super Domestique   July 15, 2012  

Anyone here ride a bmx?

I know a number ride mtb as well as road but interested to know if there are bmx riders here. I have seen a lot of threads on stw about them.

Second question would be, how old is too old for a bmx?

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
15th July 2012 - 16:39

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Unless you're making a living from it, a la Dave Mirra (38) or Mat Hoffman (40) then you HAVE to stop riding BMX in your early teens Wink

The only exception would be if your racing of dirt tracks and stuff.....keep them off the roads though Big Grin Devil

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posted by Gkam84 [8669 posts]
15th July 2012 - 17:16

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Man you guys are boring Wink

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
15th July 2012 - 17:45

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i like ranting round the bmx track round the corner but at six feet two and 100kg, i just look like i've stolen a kid's bike if i ride a bmx. i did have that vitus vee-1 for a while but i've had to give that back now, so i'm without a suitable bike, really. the wheels of the 29er fit perfectly in the dip of the first jump, stopping you quickly and effectively Thinking

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7252 posts]
15th July 2012 - 19:17

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I had the same problem. Used to like buzzing around a track, but my knees used to rattle the bars and my elbows

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posted by Gkam84 [8669 posts]
15th July 2012 - 19:19

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I thought one might be fun for a quick pop to the shops type run.

Worried my kids will disown me though Crying Crying

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
15th July 2012 - 21:43

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Old Ridgeback rides and races BMX doesn't he? I'm sure he'll be on here to confirm soon enough.

I reckon a BMX for popping down to the shops might be fun, don't know if anyone still does, but back in the 90s used to see the occasional fella couriering on a BMX in London.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4132 posts]
15th July 2012 - 21:59

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I've got a jump bike basically set up as a grown-up BMX. A Charge Iron with a bmx hub on 26" rims, single speed.

Lots of fun, a great for hoofing around town.

posted by localsurfer [160 posts]
15th July 2012 - 22:32

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A jump bike....One of those things without a saddle or seat post? I've always wanted to give one a go and try to get onto of something planted into the ground, like a council bin, but knowing my luck, I'd face plant the curb Devil

I think most couriers now run around on single speed, Unless they be dwarfs Wink

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posted by Gkam84 [8669 posts]
15th July 2012 - 22:51

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No saddle / seat post would be a trials bike.

Jump bike is different. More bmx blended with mtb.

You can also get bmx cruisers with 24" wheels.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
16th July 2012 - 7:14

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Gkam84 wrote:
Unless you're making a living from it, a la Dave Mirra (38) or Mat Hoffman (40) then you HAVE to stop riding BMX in your early teens Wink

The only exception would be if your racing of dirt tracks and stuff.....keep them off the roads though Big Grin Devil

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Seiously, I compete in the South Region and we have a lot of grey haired riders - one (who I won't name but she'd know who she is) is 54 and is still competitive. There may be older riders competing in the UK but she's the oldest I know to talk to and trust me, she'd leave you in her dust. There is one guy I know of who still rides who is over 60, but I think he's coaching only now and not competing any more.

Thanks Tony, and yes I still ride a BMX and I'm well past that 40 so-called age limit, as are rather a lot of us racing here in the South Region and against whom I was competing at Mitcham yesterday in a Regional.

I ride a 20" and a 24" cruiser. Most adults tend to favour a cruiser, because it's close in size to a mountain bike. I started with a 20" and had one first but I prefer racing the cruiser. That said, in many ways I prefer the 20" as a fun bike. I ride both on the road, and why not? They are race bikes with back brake only but that's still more braking capacity than your average simpleton riding a no-brake fixie on the road. BMXs are simple and extremely tough so I can well understand why someone would consider them for courier use - much more durable than a flimsy fixie with its skinny wheels for London's potholed roads.

Racing BMXs are different from trick bikes as they have longer frames and different gearing - it suits them better to road use if you ask me.

A properly sized 20" won't have you banging your knees off the bars even if you're 6' 2" - look for an adult sizex XL or XXL race frame and a decent set of slam bars.

I also go to the local skatepark regularly with my son and I'm not the only grey haired guy there riding either, tho there tend to be more older skateboarders than there are BMXers. I take my race bike which is ok. As it's longer than a trick bike, it's turning circle isn't quite as sharp (and it doesn't have stunt pegs of course) but it's still pretty good and I do like getting it airborne and know it's strong enough to cope. I have taken my cruiser to the skatepark as well, but I prefer the 20".

A decent 20" or cruiser won't cost the earth. You can get something credible secondhand for £200 that'll be ready to race. Of course, you can spend a lot more if you wish and I know getting something similar to my 20" for instance would cost rather a lot more if you were to start from scratch.

If you are going to race, you'll need a full face MX lid and wear long sleeves and trousers - pads are optional but once you've come off a couple of times you'll realise they're worth using. I wear my knee and elbow pads at the skatepark too and have seen enough teenagers make hard landings and limp home dripping blood to know I'm in the right and they're replacing common sense with bravado.

So on balance, if you want a BMX then get (a properly sized) one and ride it on the road. And I'd say over 65 is maybe too old to ride one.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2125 posts]
16th July 2012 - 12:14

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That's more like it.

I have always liked Mongoose (from early 80's) and have seen them pretty cheap which might be a good starting point (the model was the Subject) but its 20" not a cruiser.

Still not sure I will get by on this one with my kids, although I am still the right side of 40 so that is ok.

Not sure I am skate park capable but ragging to the shops for a pint of milk or to post a letter could be fun lol.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
16th July 2012 - 12:23

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Super Domestique wrote:
That's more like it.

I have always liked Mongoose (from early 80's) and have seen them pretty cheap which might be a good starting point (the model was the Subject) but its 20" not a cruiser.

Still not sure I will get by on this one with my kids, although I am still the right side of 40 so that is ok.

Not sure I am skate park capable but ragging to the shops for a pint of milk or to post a letter could be fun lol.

I had a Mongoose and it was tough but a bit small for me and heavy too. The higher end of the range is pretty good.

If you're not even 40 I strongly suggest you try racing. Take your kids as well. I train with one of my kids and there are loads of parent/child groups competing.

There is a retro BMX scene and Raleigh Burners with all the right bits go for large sums of money. Having ridden one, I'd say they're for show only as they're horrible on the track and no better on the road or at the skatepark.

You can get a base model GT or Diamondback for not too much, Redline offers good value stuff at the lower end too, all the way up to top quality. Look on BMXtalk.com as there are always loads of bikes coming up for sale and they won't be your average Halfruds heavyweight frame either. Winstanleys has a good website and offers a lot of choice. Skatepark bikes are ok if that's what you want, but for an older (adult) rider they will tend to be on the small side. Don't bother getting a gyro - it'll cost you more, reduce braking efficiency and 99.9% of BMX riders never acquired the skills that make them worthwhile.

You can ride a racing BMX at the skatepark and it'll be better on the road anyway as the gearing is slightly higher - 43:16 is a good ratio to have tho 42:16 or 44:16 are popular as well for 20" racers. A trick bike will have a 9 tooth sprocket at the back - can't remember what they have at the front. A 24" cruiser will be better still on the road.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2125 posts]
16th July 2012 - 15:36

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Super

i rode a bmx at parks, raced on the track and some street riding until i was 43 yrs old on a regular basis, only injuries have stopped me.
The injuries are not the problem it the time off the bike healing thats a pain in the a##e and thats why i started road cycling to aid recovery and really enjoyed it.

i have a Standard 125r, standard 250L, felt 24" BMX's

Would not change riding a BMX even with the classic 'that bike to small for you'line everytime i went out towards the end still got the bike just do not ride them so much but go for your bike handling can only get better. i recently did the draggon sportive and bunny hopped the full width of a cattle grid coming off the Bulch climb on a road bike. like oldridgeback say get one try racing and take the family its a great laugh Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin

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posted by road ronin [56 posts]
16th July 2012 - 20:52

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A good game is doing the hooligan ride back from the skatepark. Do that sometimes with another BMX riding dad, his son and my son. We bunny hop all the speed bumps down one street, cross the main road and then jump the steps on one of the council buildings, plus various other challenges.

I get that crap about the bike being too small from time to time. Heard it once from someone on an MTB, then beat him round the track and took delight in pointing out I was twice his age.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2125 posts]
16th July 2012 - 22:23

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Certainly seen a few over 30's getting the bmx bug on stw.

I think a cruiser is more appropriate yet a 20" wheel has a 'classic' appeal to me.

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
17th July 2012 - 22:37

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Get both then that's both itches scratched

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posted by OldRidgeback [2125 posts]
17th July 2012 - 23:18

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n+1 theory in full effect then! Big Grin

posted by Super Domestique [1592 posts]
18th July 2012 - 9:07

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