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    24" cruiser + old man = ???

    Are there any ooold spodes who ride 24" cruiser class bmx regularly ??
    If I was to take my shiny new bike to the track, any tips other than stay
    out of peoples way 'til I know whats going on ?? I trailride a P2 and
    roadride about 75-100 miles a week so I do have minimal skills.....
    Not too much stuff on the web about 24's.

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    theres some older guys racing at WA03. thats in walla walla, wa. but if your really wanting to start racing. go for it. if you really feel your old, and don't want to hurt your arms, you could always but suspension on your bike.

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    Ex races cruisers, but from what i've heard from him, he's no expert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by queensrider86
    Ex races cruisers, but from what i've heard from him, he's no expert.
    Ouch. It's true though, I'm not very good at racing. I did race them until winter set in, and now that it's warming up, I'll start again. Many of the guys I raced with in the Masters class were on cruisers as well. You shouldn't have any problem on your local track, just because you're on a cruiser. Over here, the newer you are, the more room they give you on the track. That may be the fundamental difference between BMX racing, and all other kinds of BMX. You can be brand new to the sport, and still get respect. Oh, don't be afraid to ask questions at the track. Older riders are always more than helpful.

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    From what I've seen at the local track, the cruiser class is made up of fathers in their mid 30s. They get their sons bikes, then take em to the track, and before you know it, they're wishing they could race too.. So then they talk to the wife, and the wife convinces them that they SHOULD race, simply to get back into shape, and to better bond with their sons.

    Its actually quite cute, and all of the dads I've talked to are just thrilled to be ripping it up on the bikes likey they're still kids.

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    Thanks for the replies guys !
    Ive been looking for a bike and am stoked about
    getting involved in this ! I go in with no expectations
    other than having fun and meeting new people in this area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lyledriver
    From what I've seen at the local track, the cruiser class is made up of fathers in their mid 30s. They get their sons bikes, then take em to the track, and before you know it, they're wishing they could race too.. So then they talk to the wife, and the wife convinces them that they SHOULD race, simply to get back into shape, and to better bond with their sons.

    Its actually quite cute, and all of the dads I've talked to are just thrilled to be ripping it up on the bikes likey they're still kids.
    I can't get my kids to race. My younger daughter goes, but it's a social event for her. I got my wife a cruiser too, but she didn't race it, so we sold it and got her a beach cruiser instead. And yesterday I got myself a 20" BMX as well. One of my kids will want that, I'm sure.

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    mercy on this but whats a cruiser
    Have you ever been through the emergency room in less than an hour?....i have...1 time

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    BMX with 24" wheels.

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    o whats the point does it help with anything?
    Have you ever been through the emergency room in less than an hour?....i have...1 time

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    Quote Originally Posted by scooz
    o whats the point does it help with anything?
    Yes, if you're over 5'6", or 30 years old. Better on the knees too.

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    I started racing April this year in Cruiser, and yes lyledriver taking my kids to the track got me involved, cool thing is I did not have to ask the x-wife for permission!

    The unfortunate thing about racing cruiser in ABA is you race people of all skill levels unlike in 20" where you start off in Novice and work your way up to Expert.

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    L8, don't they have a proper class for oldies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    L8, don't they have a proper class for oldies?
    I just got info on what I need to start from the people who operate the
    track I will be riding. They are NBL (??) sanctioned and say 2 people make a class and
    I will have other old goats to battle with.......
    If my interpritation is correct even MTB's can run cruiser class.
    Im applying for my number and going ahead with getting a cruiser (RedLine TT-24 or DK GenLee)
    but I might take my P2 with me only because I very familier with it even though Im not a big fan
    of shock forks, gears etc for racing.....
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    I wouldn't race a mountain bike on a BMX track. All the things that make MTBs great will work against you on the track. I'm actually going to see if I can sneak out to my local track and try my 20" bike on there. But you'll find the cruisers to be a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Yes, if you're over 5'6", or 30 years old. Better on the knees too.
    o well i still have 2 inches left.....im only 5'4"
    Have you ever been through the emergency room in less than an hour?....i have...1 time

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    Short people can ride them too, but for taller racers, they do provide a bit more room and comfort.

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    X, yea they have age classes for cruiser. I don't know how the NBL works, but for ABA they break them down into age groups like this. 26-30, 31-35, 36-40 etc....I fall into the 36-40 group, but at local races I end up racing all age groups because there are not enough guys my age racing 36-40 cruiser. At larger races I gate with my own age group normally.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    And yesterday I got myself a 20" BMX as well.
    Good man, what did you get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by L8Braker
    X, yea they have age classes for cruiser. I don't know how the NBL works, but for ABA they break them down into age groups like this. 26-30, 31-35, 36-40 etc....I fall into the 36-40 group, but at local races I end up racing all age groups because there are not enough guys my age racing 36-40 cruiser. At larger races I gate with my own age group normally.
    My age bracket is 30+, and we've had up to 16 guys show up some nights. It's good, because there's 2 gates per moto when that happens.


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    I just dove in last weekend, 42 years young, had my 415 fatboy, took the pegs off and hit the dirt, well actually I didn't hit anything, actaully had a great time, but, I'm definitly looking at the cruiser now. My knees are already bad and I dont' want to make them worse. Doing this to get the son into a sport since he doesn't do ball play. Everyone at the local track was very welcoming and made it really easy. I was racing in the 28+ class and managed to make the Main and finish 4th (6 riders in the class) so not a bad day. Looking forward to many more.

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    That's what it's all about. BMX racing is a great family sport, as everyone can watch or participate.

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    Great to hear that OOde !
    I was on my local tracks website and saw little kids getting
    these MONSTER airs and I think "hmmmmm, racing might not
    be one of my better career moves" but then in the foto section
    they have pics of 'old' guys having fun too......made me feel a little
    better. I cant wait 'til May !
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    Have you guys seen the photos of our track? It's the Aussie BMX photos thread.

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    Ill check them out now !

    ::::EDIT::::::

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    I better think about...... girls class

    That air on those tiny bikes is frightening.
    I just realized what is going to be my most pressing
    issue to confront.....hitting jumps at speed.
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