Skateboard or BMX for my mid-life crisis?
So I’m 40 in March and fancy doing something different. I used to skate until my early 20s so that feels like the obvious thing to go back to, but falling off hurts like hell. Maybe a BMX might be a bit easier and my MTB skills might transfer?
I guess a skateboard is a less costly mistake financially.
Welcome your thoughts, especially from any “old” skaters or BMXers out there.Posted 4 years agototalshellSubscriber
fat and 45 i bought a bmx went down the park and i could have been grandad to most thier.. but.. at a half decent park i can do some competant stuff now.. the quality of parks varies massively.. hebden littleborough all first rate whilst even some brand new parks must have been designed by someone who’s never seen one .. milnrow..
i did recomend a competant bike but nothing flash..Posted 4 years agophatstanleyMember
i’m 44 this year and am loving skating more now than ever in the 30 or so years since i started.
not super tech at all (never learned to kickflip even, but love boosting f.side bonelesses over a hip!), but the building of out and indoor parks around here (edinburgh) means there’s always somewhere to ride, regardless of weather….been off the mtb for weeks cuz the weather has been so pants.
i wear elbow pads usually, cuz that’s my main impact area…
was helping my seven yr. old face his fear of dropping in today….
you’re too old *NOT* to get back on a deck. 😀 😀 😀Posted 4 years agosinglespeedstuSubscriber
I’m still waiting for my mid life crisis and I’m 46 this year.Posted 4 years ago
Maybe you have to grow up first before you can have one?
Maybe when i hit 50 I’ll buy another enduro bike and start racing against all the other ex british championship enduro riders that were touring europe back in the day and are still showing the uk kids how to do it…fervouredimageMember
Life’s too short to get caught up in self imposed rules about what we can and can’t do at certain points in our lives. If you fancy doing it, do it. I’d never ridden a BMX until last year (30) and now have a proper race BMX and dabble in a bit of racing and am down my local track every other weekend having a blast trying to clear the doubles, triples etc. I initially thought i’d look like a fool turning up at 30 years old with a load of kids and teenagers practicing but no one could care less. I realised it was just my problem and overt self awareness. No one else is remotely interested or bothered.Posted 4 years ago
I would also add that the bmxing crew are a really nice bunch.
Walking past you would think they are a load of louts but when you ride with them they are really friendly and they have always been really caring when one of my boys have fallen off. Stereotypes and all that eh!
Age doesn’t appear to be a boundary for bmx.Posted 4 years agoqwertyMember
If it’s pain your fretting about, I don’t think it matters which you choose if your just rolling around. But, if you really start pushing some boundaries then I think BMX will beat you harder when you get it wrong.Posted 4 years ago
I’m 42 and just brought myself a BMX to roll around at my very local indoor skatepark. Most of the BMXers there are either at school or 30-40. Age DOES NOT have any affect on ability. Learn park etiquette and no one minds if your crap. It is amazing how breathless you can get from just pumping round a bowl without pedaling. I acknowledge that I’m rather late to the BMX party and wish I’d gotten into it years ago!
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