- New to BMXs – what do I need to know?
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.Posted 5 years ago
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.
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…Posted 5 years agofervouredimageMember
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?Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years agomnmngMember
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 😳Posted 5 years ago
i have just ordered that wethepeople zodiac bmx (which i will spend the next 5 odd months paying for/you only live once 😉Posted 5 years ago
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 daysPosted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
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.takisawa2Subscriber
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… 🙂Posted 5 years agoxiphonMember
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.Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
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.Posted 5 years ago
for anyone whose interested.here are the 2013 wethepeople bike models (no prices unfortunately) http://www.bmxinternational.com.au/Script/MCH/ShopProductL.asp?CatID=8426774C-8E6D-475A-9919-F9F42F75AD46
i got this from bmx-forum.com
man i’m the only one without an actual bmx at the moment 😆Posted 5 years agobiker66Member
20 is easier to learn stuff on , takes up less room in the boot and house.It’s the real thing.Posted 5 years ago
24 is more stable, especially in jumping and you can ride it on the road fairly comfortably. It looks almost like a normal bike.
24 cruiser race class is very competitive and full of older blokes.
I’m with bushwacked its bloody tiring, I went on my BFe about 5 weeks ago and I was knackered after two runs. It was fantastic fun and I will be heading back there but I will dust off my old BMX before I go back again. I’m thinking about buying a new decent BMX but I want to give it a go on a 20″ before splashing out on another new bike.Posted 5 years agoJoeGSubscriber
I went to the LBS the other day and asked what they thought about getting a BMX to sharpen my MTB skills (or lack thereof). They said “just ride your MTB.” I think that they thought that I was kidding when I first brought it up…
I’m still keeping the idea alive but will probably look for a cheap used BMX to try first. if I don’t like it, I can sell it on without losing a lot of money.Posted 5 years ago
I find it makes things harder on the mtb to start with as theres too much seat in your way and the whole thing feels massive and clumsy. Then you get used to it and it’s better as you feel like your massive bike can roll over anything 😆 Learning to jump on a bmx improved my mtb jumping loads as well, but again much prefer to do it on the bmx now..Posted 5 years ago
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