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    The switch to a cruiser

    I was thinking of swithcing to riding a cruiser, but dont know if it will be way to big and i dont want to
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    Im 5,8 I weigh 215, my inseam is 30 and my arms are 28"

    I rode one and liked the feel when i was just cruising around neighborhood so thought i should try it for a while and see if i like it. Id like to know your opinions on these bigger bmx's.

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    My daughter, 14yrs old rides a cruiser. I think they are alot more fun. I ride a cruiser and prefer it for jumping. Alot less scetchy.
    I play guitar in a country band, this is my page on the band website.
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    If you race dirt tracks, consider a cruiser. If you ride park/street/vert dont get a cruiser. You are only 5'8". I rode a 19" for a while and im 6ft.

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    It depends on what kind of riding your going to do. I race, and cruiser was the best way for me to go. Even though I had no previous racing experience, and being thrown into ABA's cruiser class where you compete against all skill levels in your age group, I am having a blast.

    If you are jumping and doing tricks, you need to stay with the 20".

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    How often do you ride bmx? do you also ride mountain bikes or anything? I have found that older (over 25) guys who mostly ride mountain bikes and ride bmx occasionally have a much easier time transitioning back and forth between mtb and cruisers. If you only ride a 20" once in a while, it feels so twitchy, compared to a mountain bike that it takes a lot of the fun out of riding. Cruisers are nice and stable at speed and for jumping, while regular 20" bmx definitely win for maneuverability.

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    For racing, a cruiser is the way to go. For anything else, stick with a 20". By the way, my Haro cruiser weighs 5 pounds less than my 20". Yeah, that's comparing aluminium to cro-mo, but it's still 5 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darin
    I ride a cruiser and prefer it for jumping. Alot less scetchy.
    I'm willing to bet that anyone that rides real trails would beg to differ with your opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beerman
    I'm willing to bet that anyone that rides real trails would beg to differ with your opinion.
    For them on trails, sure. But for me on a race track, I'll stick with 20"=sketchier than cruiser.
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    Well ive never raced, and I was most likely just going to use it to ride around the neighborhood with a few occasional jumps since the city tore down mine to make a school. I think ill stick to 20". Do you have any sugestions on a nice 20" for a reasonable price since I dont have a job.

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    I'd suggest a job before a bike. But if you're only rolling over little jumps, and will be using this bike for transportation more than anything else, a cruiser is still an option.

    Please define "Reasonable price", as we all have different means and budgets. My reasonable may be unreasonable to you.

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    Reasonable to me would probably be around 250. As for the job I've tried but no one will hire a 15 year old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    My reasonable may be unreasonable to you.
    thats because your reasonable is spending 10k on a tandem

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    How much is the DK or Specialized cruiser in the US? If you're looking at a BMX for transportation, that would be the way to go. For real jumping or tricks, you'd need a 20".

    I plan on putting my Maxx Daddy's on my cruiser and playing in the snow with it some day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mude
    thats because your reasonable is spending 10k on a tandem
    That was so last year. For 2005, I've bought 6 new bikes. And there are still a few weeks left...

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    can i have one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mude
    can i have one?

    Hmmmm...








    No.

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    to say a cruiser can't rip on the trails is a completely ridiculous statement. a cruiser fills a great niche between a ss dj mountain bike and a bmx. it all comes down to personal preferance and how you like your bike to respond. no one can tell you the right answer but you. it's also hard to get excited about a bike which someone recommends as a good choice for a 14y.o. girl... please. the shadow conspiracy has a limited run cruiser for sale now which looks badass in addition to other currently available options from dk and free agent

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    Cruisers are generally lightweight race bikes. They are meant to be used on groomed tracks, by riders that know how to land smooth. I have seen enough frame failures to know that if you want to use a cruiser off the track, it will break.

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    The thing about the bike for the 14yo girl is just to point out that the size of the rider is not the reason to get a cruiser. I think some people believe the myth that cruiser ore for bigger people.
    I play guitar in a country band, this is my page on the band website.
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    My freind has a PT Cruiser, says it works great, and it fits a bike or two, with so tinkering...

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    Taylor, I've been waving the ban stick all morning. Behave.

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    sarcasm never hurt anyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Expatriate
    Hmmmm...








    No.
    pretty please

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    Fine. You can have a bike. But you'll need to pick it up.

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    when you coming to the states?

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