how old is too old to be riding a BMX?
The question is really – “how old is too old to have fun”?
I ride BMX (age 35) and ride with others that aren’t teenagers and the age range is 25 to 50 – at our Xmas party seeing a guy in his mid 40s do his first front flip was a sight to behold and truly inspiring!!!
I used to think that BMX was only for the teenagers but now totally don’t think that way since taking it up.
I think people have that perception because when our generation were young there were no adults riding BMX as it hd only been invented in the late 70s / early 80s. Now there is this thought that as we didn’t see any adults on BMXs back in the day that adults shouldn’t ride BMX now even if they grew up doing it. But if you look hard enough you will find a very active race scene with people of all ages racing regularly and a very active park scene also and in terms of a sport, in many ways it is far more demanding than MTBing. I see no reason why there is an age restriction on this aspect of cycling – that’s just silly!
Where are you in the country?Posted 9 years ago
I only took it up a few months ago, at 28(chronologically, about 12 mentally) I deffinitely wouldnt consider myself too old for anything, but I race against guys who are mid-late forties they’re still having fun at it and some of them are pretty damn quick too…Posted 9 years ago
never too old IMO!
LOL @ Woody2000
JojoA1 – My BMX is set up with similar to my MTB – Same width bars, height BB, seat to stem distance (not quite this but the distance between legs and stem as obviously the seat is lower on a BMX) – only difference is the bars are about 5cm lower.
Its that perception they are kids bikes – I’m telling you!!!Posted 9 years ago
Therealhoops – Just wondered where you were – if in my neck of the woods I’d suggested trying out my bike and seeing what you think.
There’s an get together at a skatepark in Burnley next Sunday (18th) that you could pop along to if you were close.
Also, being in stockport – you are a damn sight nearer to Rampworx in Liverpool than me and for that I am very jealous!!!
Check out http://www.radbmx.co.uk – like minded individualsPosted 9 years agoswisstonyMember
I’m 37 but i got back into it a few years ago, i’ve great excuses though as i’ve bought both my kids BMX’s so i’ve got to go to the track with them but they’re too little for the skatepark yet so i set up a BMX club in the school i teach which gives me an excuse to ride every friday.
do itPosted 9 years agotailsMember
therealhoops if you do decide to take it up I have colony endeavor frame I’m looking to sell or a slightly older WeThePeople bike I might sell at the right price, both very good condition, the WTP has only been out the shed a handful of times since new powder coat.
In regards to your post, I guess you gotta try to find out. Dave Mirra still top his game at 34.Posted 9 years agoZedsdeadMember
Hey Dave, how you doing? – I’m the dude that looks like Jebus. I’ve a photo of you wiping out on the first berm, along with about 4 other crashes from that Sunday, lol.
I can’t make it this Sunday as we’re visiting my parents but we’ll be back the week after. Unfortunately the contractor didn’t turn up to re-surface the track on Monday so we’re chasing that up just now. Pretty slippy just now eh?Posted 9 years agoJakeDaSilvaMember
Get one, pull skids and wheelies, and wear clown shoes if that helps. At 6-4 myself and 31 I couldn’t give a sh1t about the kids laughing at me down the park. To be honest I was pleased that the yoot of today actually turned up, and gave encouragement and support on a qrt pipe hip I was stalling on. Give it a go, they’re a right laugh. But like most people here, “tool for job” sense suggests its not the one for commuting, (unless its a sweet manual slope all the way there and a series of hips, pops and berms on the way back?) but then I wouldn’t think fixed gear brakeless bikes are good for mixing it up with the traffic either so maybe I am past it.Posted 9 years ago
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