raceface 90 43 here same here,let me no what you buy,had a go on a 20inch being 6ft i felt a right tit on it
New to BMXs - what do I need to know?
have just looked at the mongoose site.man i love the look of this beauty
as the shop i go to stocks mongoose (i think they do we the people also).
i just love the colour of it (reminds me of my old raleigh elan road bike from back in the day)
will only be using it as a runaround/for messing about on.maybe if i feel brave,to try out some of the small jumps at the skatepark near to the shop (as long as no one is there
anyhoo it's a new bike what's not to like
SourceBMX were a client of mine in my corporate days - their shop and indoor bike park is amazing! I would say the best thing in Hastings but that rather undersells it...
The BMX saddle height thing - is it put it all the way down because it's always too low for pedalling and gets in the way when higher? Part of me thinks I should leave it up so I don't come to hate my MTB saddle being in the way when jumping...
i just have bike lust (for a bmx after seeing this on wethepeople site
by the gods i would love to be able to afford one of those bad boys (but i would be too embarrassed to ride it (as i really do not have any bike skills to do it justice).
i'll shut up now
Here is my flatland bike
Stripped it down for a lick of paint. It's a heavy old thing though, I'd like a lighter one and some 3 piece cranks.
there all to small for me, looks like a brompton
The BMX saddle height thing - is it put it all the way down because it's always too low for pedalling and gets in the way when higher?
Pretty much. There's no point in sitting down to pedal on a bmx so get it out of the way. And a high seat looks shit. I do hate my mtb saddle being in the way even when its at its lowest now though, takes ages to get used to.
I'm taller than you.
I have a Fly Pantera with a 21.4 inch top tube. Perfect for me and Im over 6'2".
Its currently unused and is covered in rust, want to buy it?
ANYBODY post me a photo or info on some nice bmx cruisers please,ive got to get 1,like the look of the se big ripper
The Sunday Model C is a good ride. The full chro-mo one is better and more expensive.( the older model is full chro-mo though) Later model comes with a longer top tube.
The Wethepeople avenue and avenger is suposed to have the same geo as the sunday, but it's cheaper, especially second hand completes.
Liquid bikes made a beautiful run of frames only. Finished now but if you come across a used one...
Standard bikes made a good 24 frame and forks. also finished
S & M 24 dirt bike frame and fork only, is a beaut too.
and here's a website all about cruisers http://cruiserrevolution.com/
The ripper would be ok for cruising about on, and light smooth track use but wouldn't take a thrashing.
Biker66 got your reply thanks bud love the mongosse
Biker66 Wayne's awesome thanks for the link top man
Dam you lot and having this thread when I cant ride. I am seriously looking at improving my BMX and getting on that when I can ride again.
Im going to shuffle down the garden tonight to measure the TT of it and see how useful it will be at perry bar track.
make a bmx thread
Thoughts so far: Really good fun for messing about on. Confused as to how to do pedal wheelies on it. Will try some manualling on the way home. Bunnyhops well. Not as nervy as I was expecting. Accelerates fast when you put the power down. Really bumpy offroad. Hard work to cover distance on (did 3.5 miles in a hurry yesterday) - didn't realise how much I sit down on the MTB...
Any adults here race BMX?
I'm tempted to give BMX racing a go (much missed childhood desire). I'm 30 now and can't shake off the feeling that I'm going to look like an idiot - an unskilled 30 year old BMX racer who can't 'do the jumps'.
Or just give 4X a go instead?
I went to Birmingham BMX track once before I was laid up with injury (not related) and it was fantastic. I took my BFe because I was scared to take my BMX as I have ridden it about 10 times in the 10 years I have had it.
Don't worry about not being able to do the jumps, I started not being able to do any of them and after two hours could do the first step up and was trying a couple of the others. As soon as I can ride again I plan to take my BMX down there and get some practice in. From the small amount I have done I was surprised how much fitness you need on a little few hundred meter track.
I cant see myself going to the skate park or DJs on it but it will certainly help with jumping my MTBs.
Go to your local track on your MTB and see how much fun it is, you will want a BMX after.
Been following this discussion with interest, at 38 I was under the impression I was well past my BMX riding days. I live about 5 minutes away from this place EK bike/skate park and have been so very tempted to go along for a shot although furthest I have got is going in for a look. Any "older" riders regulars there ? I do check the website occasionaly for any sign of an old mans session when all the kids are in school
i have just ordered that wethepeople zodiac bmx (which i will spend the next 5 odd months paying for/you only live once
have heard that there may well be a bmx track built in devizes/along with a skatepark
there is no way i'm going to use them with other people there though
i'm just planning on learning to get some air with it tbh (and try and learn to bunnyhop wheelie e.t.c)
Get down your track and try it out, racing is forall ages andquite a family sport. Most clubs will be really friendly.
Park /ramp riding is very different but just as fun but youll see more kids doing it although its been good to ride recently and see more people over 30 riding these days
Further learnings: You get punished if you land poorly with heavy hands - no give whatsoever! Feels nice when you get it right though...
I've been riding bmx now for about 6 months once maybe twice a week and am now starting to pick things up. At 39 I do feel pretty old and will think twice about riding a very busy skatepark for fear of looking like an arse.
In fairness though I have picked up the following
180 and fakie roll out
360 from flat (sketchy)
Can manual pretty well and hold it out of a quarter and around the top to drop back in again (my favourite trick)
Hop to manual across a pad (no higher than 2 foot)
Footjam the top of a quarter and drop in (sketchy)
Full cab from fakie
The thing I've noticed is that you need the time to master any of this and unfortunately as a full time working married man with two kids, time is very limited but I chuck the bike in the back of the van and when I get a spare half hour or so I'll ride. Looking at getting a new bike in the next week or so (wife doesn't know this yet !) as said you only live once.
For anyone in the Northampton area there is a great new skate plaza opening on sat, I looked over it yesterday and it looks great.
Nice one Donks - you've got some tricks I'm jealous of, especially the manual to drop in.
You ever ride Corby?
New to BMXs - what do I need to know?
The quickest route to A&E...
I've an old (late 90's) GT Perfmormer in the shed. And a set of coaster brake Skyways that I'll marry up one day. One day....
I had a go on a £900 We the people last week. It was bloody ace.
Always fancied a go on the ramps in the park but I think I'll wait till theres nobody around...
taki you're in Lichfield arn't you? What ramps are there and in what park?
donks respect to you sir.if i can do any of those tricks,i will be a happy chappy indeed
Ok, sod it. I'm going to give racing a go. Always wanted to do it and was too young during the early 80's BMX boom so at 30 I'm going to do it.
Where to start? I guess at 6'3 tall I should look at 24"??
Donks where's the northampton skate plaza going to be and are bmxes welcome? Nice trick list i can't really do much other than 180 and a few grinds. Really wish i could manual well, it'd open up a lot more lines for street and park riding.
Why is manualling so scary?! Do I need to expect to throw myself off the back of the bike repeatedly until I get the hang of it?
I've been riding park for a few years and went to my first track recently - just took my BFe along with race tyres pumped up to the max. Had an awesome night.
Before (original spec)
Now (race spec) - replaced post/saddle, removed front brake + gyro + pegs.
Here's mine..... Haro 300.3 (2011). Found I enjoy racing it at the local BMX track, than killing myself at the skatepark.
Slightly too short (20.5" TT), but it's good enough for now. Might upgrade to a race-specific BMX later this year.
Tom, the Northampton plaza is right opposite the big BMW garage next to the hospital (go onto facebook and check it out). There are no jumps to speak of being a plaza but its big and looks like it will flow really well and should be the place to get manuals down a treat.
if you have a back brake you'll be fine, a quick dab or just drag it and it brings you straight back down. otherwise just get used to dropping off the back into a run...dont forget your BMX is quite low and close to the ground plus you have flat shoes not clips....i used to get a right bashing coming off the back of the MTB still clipped but have yet to hurt myself manualling the bmx. Its the other stuff that hurts..especially the pedal strikes from tricks gone wrong.
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