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Old 08-17-05, 03:17 PM   #1
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too old to ride?

I recently decided to get back into some bmx, flatland mostly. I haven't done it since '88-90, I have the itch again, but I'm 32 now! Maybe I'm to old, maybe not but I need help. What are some good bikes to get back into this with...My last bikes were Dynos and GT's...
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Old 08-17-05, 03:21 PM   #2
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well dynos and gts are kinda out now so try out a haro or redline if that is what you are into and your never to old
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DK, They offer a nice flatland bike for a good price, not sure of the model name though
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yeah I've been hearing that haros, redlines and esp. DKs are the best to go with...
I guess that bike weight, and parts are important too. anyways thanks...
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As stated before you are never to old, im the same age as you and about to turn 33. Did all my riding in the 80's and now im into street/park/vert. Maybe build your own from scratch if you have the cash? Try www.danscomp.com
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thanks dude. its good to know people my age are out there riding. thanks for the site too... I just need to get myself familiar with the brands, products, etc. thanks.....
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http://www.flatlandfuel.com

You're not going to want a Haro or Redline if you're going to be riding flat.
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Take a look at the DK Signal and familiarize yourself with Flatlandfuel. Haro only makes one flatland bike (and sort of a half-assed one at that) and Redline doesn't make any.
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www.flatlandfuel.com - The DK Signal is the best entry level flatland bike ever made. For the price you are getting an overall excellent design.

You want to talk flatland? Look at what Flatland Fuel offers and you will see names you have never heard of. Ares, St. Martin, Quamen, KGB. Those are names that mean something now - but they really only apply to custom built rides.

The old days of buying a general purpose 'freestyle' bike are gone. Things are much more specific these days. But, a bike like a Haro F2 is of decent enough quality that you could do some flatland and street on it with no problem.

Flatland specific bikes don't deny you from going out and trying to grind, but the geometry and size is more suited for flat riding.

I started riding around 86 and have a couple of years on you - all flatland. York Jam is in about a month - if you can make it, that will be the time of your life and you will see more than a few guys that are older than you and totally rip.
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yah the signal, thats the one i was talking about, great bike, definetly worth the money
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Crap! Am I the oldest one here? [goes back to looking for his fuzzy house-slippers]
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Crap! Am I the oldest one here? [goes back to looking for his fuzzy house-slippers]

Ill be 33 in November.
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Only 3 years older than me then, grandpa.
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Older maybe, but not a grandpa, thank you.
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I'm almost 39. I never 'raced' as a kid, But always wanted too. Since I now have a son, we raced some about 2 years ago. When I went down pretty hard breaking my collar bone. I'm not sure I'll race competitively again, I push myself to being out of control in the heat of the moment and stupid stuff happens. But I dig goofin around and jumping. I'm having a small track built in a few days. No more than a big "U" with a 5 foot high starting hill and a couple table top jumps. Much safer than doubles. But I expect it to be big enough to have fun on, and perhaps still be able to breath when I get the finish. I built a jump out of some pallets trying to find what I was capable of jumping, and also to get and idea of the size of jumps I want. It should be quite fun.

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I'm also riding a Haro Cruiser, I just feel alot more stable on it than a 20 inch. But I actually didn't even ride a 20 when I bought it, haven't been on one for 20 years. I'm wondering if I should, but they just seem 'small'.

I don't plan on stopping riding anytime soon. I recommend getting to a track and racing, or at least riding the track if you arent already. Our local track has pratice nights. "Real" tracks are amazing. Watching the teens FLY over the big tables and doubles was great. Made me want to hit em fast, but I know alot can happen in the air when you're up there that long. I'm working up to it though. I hope to be doing 10 to 15 tables soon.

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I'm also riding a Haro Cruiser, I just feel alot more stable on it than a 20 inch. But I actually didn't even ride a 20 when I bought it, haven't been on one for 20 years. I'm wondering if I should, but they just seem 'small'.
Im 6ft and ride a 20". Much easier to control than a "cruiser".
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Darin, have a look at my local track. It's been too cold for me to race, but I'll start again when it warms up.

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never to old to get back in. it will be the best choice you ever made. bmx makes you feel alive end of story.
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Darin, have a look at my local track. It's been too cold for me to race, but I'll start again when it warms up.

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Is there an indoor skate/bmx park in your area?

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We've got outdoor parks everywhere, but nothing indoors. I'll be moving back to the US next year, so I'll just have to find a new local track, or build one in my backyard.
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Too old at 32?! I'm 52 and I'm on kidney dialysis to boot. I would rather be dead than not ever ride. Just get on the bike and ride. I just read an article about a 71 year old man you has been on dialysis for 4 years. He just completed a 500 mile fundraising ride! So, I don't think being a 30-something should be a problem, do you?
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I work with a guy who is at least as old as you are. He has a family so he couldn't afford a mountain bike to ride, so he bought a BMX, he loves it. As stated, you are never to old.
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Dude thats fu*king awsome still riding at 52 i hope ill still be able to ride when im that age
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In the tandem forums, Rudy and his wife are in their 70s, if I recall correctly. There's a couple out here that's probably close to that, and there's a guy that races the masters in my BMX club that's got to be close to 50.
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