BMX - Looking for a Cruiser... Help!
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Im planning back to ride in tracks after some years of calm mountain biking (i'm 26 years old).
I just want to remember my youth time, ride calm, take it easy...
Im looking for a good cruiser. Not "high end" but nice quality. About 600 $ is a good budget?
What do you think about models? Free Agent Limo 24? Redline Flight Pro 24 or Proline Pro 24? Gt?
Tell me more, please :-(.
Im 1.73 high and 65 kilos weight.
Thanks and sorry about my english.
02-10-06, 11:49 AM
Get whatever fits you best.
02-10-06, 02:01 PM
You're not really tall enough to *need* a cruiser if you prefer the MUCH wider selection of 20" bikes out there. I'm guessing you don't live in the US, so it's really difficult for me to say exactly what's available and what's a good deal where you're at.
So, you think is not necessary change to cruiser? I thought that because my age, and the way about Im going to ride. Taking easy ;-). I thought that a cruiser will give me more control abosrving and jumping... ┐?
Also, the diference with the mtb (I ride too) is not too big ┐?
Cruiser aren't more comfortable for "olders"?
Well, do you think cruisers has any advantage over 20"?.
The truth is that im a little lost :-(.
Thanks for your answers!
PD: I live in Spain (sorry about my english). Here we can find surely GT, Haro, and is probably that FA, Redline etc.
I'm "older", 39. Will be racing this year on a cruiser. Guys that have riddin both will aggree that cruisers are more stable for jumping, and just generally a smoother ride. I find the cruiser WAY easier to control on a track. The fact that 20's can be whipped and thrown around so easy is the same reason that makes them more sketchy. I have alot more fun on my cruiser because I feel it's a lot safer for me. I raced MTB's and the cruiser is "kinda" like a MTB bike in that it's big. But not as big. If you were jumping at all on your mountian bike, you'll love jumping on the cruiser. You can get a tough cruiser non-sealed bearings in the $250 range. If you buy off EBAY you can get a great sealed cruiser in the $400 range. Mine is unseald. Makes no difference. I don't ride in water or mud ever, I keep my bearings greased. I'll keep the extra few hundred in my pocket. In the cruiser class, you can save some weight by spending more, you are going to be in the 24 to 28lb range. My 14yr old daughter has a cruiser and will be racing cruiser class BMX this year. It has nothing to do with how tall you are. It's a differnt bike with a different feel. Before you buy a 20, check it out. There is also a debate about chromo vs alum. I'm going to stick with as mush alum as I can.
02-11-06, 10:24 AM
- A cruiser's going to have a slight edge on stability. It's going to feel closer to a mountain bike, but like I said, you're not tall enough to really be *uncomfortable* on a 20" once you take the time to get used to it. Your options will be much broader. I'd recommend riding both before you make a decision.
- Steel is real. Don't bother with aluminum frames unless you need something lightweight for racing.
Thanks for your answers.
Im agree with you Darin about: "It has nothing to do with how tall you are. It's a differnt bike with a different feel".
I didnt ride in bmx since 10 years. Just yesterday take an outing with my old Haro Group 1, and is true that is not unconfortable (in spite of the size), but I remember when I rode a FA Cruiser in my bmx times as very confortable and "┐easy?", like Daring appoint stable I think...
So, is true that the best way is try one. Difficult here in Spain. Unfortunately there are not much Bmx activity :-(. Perhaps with the Olimpic anouncement it will increase again (like 90s).
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