I recently got back into riding after a 20 year layoff (did some BMX racing back in the day nothing big) and am now riding for fun and exercise. I have 2 bikes a 90's Balance 24' "Killer Bee" that I built and a 04 SE racing OM flyer. I'm 6 foot 210 so the 20 inchers of old (FMF's) won't do. I'm not intrested in doing tricks or racing or jumping (besides Bunny Hop's and wheelies) but I do want to get more top end speed out of these 2 bikes. My gear ratio on the OM is 44 14 (not stock) and I have replaced the tires with 26 x 1.25 slicks but the bike still seems slow to me. I ride in traffic in a big city and I'm starting to think that to achieve my goal I might have to switch to a :gasp: Road bike. At hart I'm a BMX'er but I want to go fast. I have been toying with the idea of building a 29' bmx bike in an attempt to go faster and for a better fit on longer trips but I'm beginning to think BMX geometry was no made for top end speed.
Any thoughts/suggestions on this matter for an old BMX'er?
You could always build up a single-speed 29'er mountain bike. A lot of people ride those with rigid forks, and love them. I don't like big bikes very much, even my 17" frame Hardrock seems big and I'm 5'11.. 24" cruiser is good, I wish I had a 20" now though.. But anyway, if 29" feels right for you, why not..
And there's no way a 29'er could ever be called a BMX bike.