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Old 10-15-08, 08:06 PM   #1
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BMX Hate

So most of you probably don't deal with this unless you're into street. But I don't really get why people hate on bmx so much. For instance just messing around the side of some gas station, not beating up the concrete or anything that could ruin/break something. The guy that is out there says your making people angry or something like that. I mean if we aren't doing anything that can ruin the property and there is no customers around to complain about us running them off the road, what is the big deal? I see no reason why we can't be there for a few mins until we get bored.
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Old 10-15-08, 10:17 PM   #2
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it happens. its gay.
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I royally pissed off my neighbor the other day (what I was doing was of dubious legality, however I try not to live by laws and instead by a personal code and I thought that 1 or 2 minutes couldn't hurt). Eventually I just asked what he was getting out of this long, drawn out argument (he treid to follow me home and kept trying to start an argument long after I had tried to end it) and he just shut up and went back into his house. count it! srsly though, just as a biker in general, even in Portland, bike-friendliest city in these US's of A, I still get yelled at/honked at/****ed with.
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it happens. its gay.
Maybe people hate BMXers because they describe intangible emotions as gay in a negative connotation.

Sometimes BMXers can get in the way or make people uncomfortable. The gas station is private property so the owner has every right to remove you from his property, whether he has a reason or not. I'd say you should forget about and just find a new place to ride. I've had good luck going to university campuses, as long as you chill (i.e., stop riding) when the security guards roll up.
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what I was doing was of dubious legality, however I try not to live by laws and instead by a personal code
I'm gonna guess you're about 16.
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I'm gonna guess you're about 16.
guilty as charged. I know it sounds really stupid and juvenile and all those other bad adjectives, but I wanted to make it clear that I was doing this because I wanted to and not because I was trying to rebel against The Man. But it sounded really lame in the process.
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Maybe people hate BMXers because they describe intangible emotions as gay in a negative connotation.

Sometimes BMXers can get in the way or make people uncomfortable. The gas station is private property so the owner has every right to remove you from his property, whether he has a reason or not. I'd say you should forget about and just find a new place to ride. I've had good luck going to university campuses, as long as you chill (i.e., stop riding) when the security guards roll up.
Honestly I try not to get in peoples way, like on sidewalks and what not. I always move to the dirt or road. I know the gas station is private property and he can do whatever he wants, which I have no problem with, it was just his dumb comment about how we make people angry. I've been to the university it wasn't that great, too many people everywhere as well.
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It's just something you have to live with.
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Everyone hates on us, we usually keep coming back (to certain places) alot until they realize that we're not gonna leave. One of the reasons is if we get hurt, we can sue them. As long as they ask nicely, ill leave right away, but if there a ***** and say im gonna call the cops right away or get out of here, then ill just sit there and ride to piss them off more. I have no respect for people who are rude for no reason.
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I just hate how people are so judgemental on something harmless. Most of it is sterotypical stuff like graffitti, drugs, and other stupid stuff.
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groups of people on bmxes can be pretty intimidating for outsiders, particularly if there's a bunch of you. i guess shopkeepers/etc worry that it'll drive away business if you're hanging around nearby and people are scared to approach. and some people are just dicks, and react to feeling intimidated by getting all up in your face. feh.
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Old 10-17-08, 05:43 AM   #12
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they're just jealous. some old granny started *****ing at me the other day when she was riding a granny bike real slow and I hit a jump and flew past her on my BMX.
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you probably startled her, sheesh
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and it doesnt matter how old you are. i am about to turn 30, just got my first bmx in 14 years or so. i ride the street every day now, and STILL get the bad attention. when i was young, they loved us... you all ruined it. haha. nah damn the man anyway!
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Old 11-07-08, 07:31 AM   #15
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The only good thing about getting older is having the confidence, ability to stand up to people in a cool calm and eloquent manor plus (in general) you can get given more respect from people because you're not a teenager.

It's not just BMX, people don't like cyclist in general, I ride lots of different bikes and a few months ago I was out with some mates on a social ride with people from the London fixed gear website. We stopped off at this one place (public road, non residential area, about 11 pm dead quiet) to do a mini time trail round this small circuit. Within 5 minuets the security guards came out to tell us to move on because we were a terrorist threat! Yes that's right a group of about 20 people aged 20 - 50 riding bikes round a circle is now a terrorist threat! The said they called the police, we carried on our time trail, putting down times for about 30 minuets. No rapid police response to the cycling terrorist threat from the police. We left when finished to leave them to write up their incident report on the terrorist cyclists.
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Old 11-07-08, 11:48 AM   #16
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Our town holds the same opinion on skateboarders.... they're treated like a bunch of druggies, criminals, etc.
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Old 11-08-08, 11:50 AM   #17
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yeah, same. BMX is like an upscale version of skate boarding. they think we're all wanted felons. some dickhole cop actually pulled over a guy in my neighborhood for having his brakes on the left of the bvars instead of the right/ wtf?
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know a guy with dreads who skates (double threat). apparently he gets pulled over multiple times per month. profiling sucks hard
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Old 11-08-08, 12:32 PM   #19
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I guess BMX is worse than skating here and my town is a "bike friendly" town. (road bikes that is) Most of the bike stores here even frown on bmxers.
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I'd rather see the teens put their energy into something physical like skateboarding or BMX than sit around the house playing video games.... but maybe I'm just showing my age there!!
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To tell you the truth, i used to ride BMX for about 3 years and only got kicked out of a place once. I (and about 10 other bikers) got kicked out of the skatepark because the skaters were being whiny (insert adj. here) saying we waxed their rails and halfpipe too much. Was funny seein them eat crap because of how slippery it was, but cmon. Its a friggen skate park (includes bikes -.-) Anyways, one skater got all sad and called the cops sayin we tryed to purposely run into them...which wasnt too far from the truth for some bikers Cops said technically bikes arent allowed since its a "Skate" park, so we had to leave. Showed back up not even 5 minutes after the cop left and kept riding. Ridiclous anyways lol.
Really, you can bike anywhere as long as your courteous. If you want to ride somewhere and you see the owner of the property, ask him first. Trust me, asking will get you so far...and dont get pissed when they say no and they just may change their mind

Edit: The reason you cant bike on private property is because if you get hurt, you can sue the owners. Another reason is because grinding and dropping the bike damages EVERYTHING (dont say it doesnt). People have been gettin kicked out of places for years, deal with it and find somewhere else to ride. Yellin and whinning is givin us an even worse name
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when i was in college, i couldn't ride my skateboard on campus without getting yelled at or a ticket. even just rolling to class. if i was on my bike no one said a word to me. actually the art museum was skate proofed and blamed on all the skaters on campus, but it was actually bikers who ruined all the ledges and rails. i hung out with them and took photos. when i was in college i had a shop sponsorship for skating, so obviously i did that more, but my bike of choice then, was my BMX bike. i've done it all, biking, skateboarding, rollerbladeing, hell i even had a pair of soap shoes (not proud of that) and i got **** all the time. i am not trying to step on anyones toes and piss off anyone with my story, but prove a point. you get **** for being young. that's all. hell i am 27 and i still look 18. i get **** if i have a day off of work or i am out on a video shoot and i walk into a mall. security guards want to call my school and see if i am allowed to be out for the day. it's not because you are on your bike, your board, or just sitting on a bench. you are young, and if you are like i was when i was 16, you look like a punk. that is why you get ****. when you get older, you will get **** because everyone is set in their ways. it's life. let it roll off your shoulder and move to the next spot. unless it's the cops, then run like hell.
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shoot i ride a 1987 diamonback hot streak around my neighborhood and the only 'hate' i experience is hoodrats hollerin' at me "yo, that's my bike!" or "give me back my bike!" trying to get my attention so i'll slow down and they can steal my ****. i just fly past 'em.
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We live in a litigous society. Many business establishments do not want riders, skaters, bikers, etc on their property due to fears of lawsuits. This transcends the BMX scene.

I have been in full kit on my road bike and tried to make a deposit at the drive through of a bank that I have had an account at since the late 1970's. Yes, I am that old. They turned me away and asked me to come inside to do business, as their insurance did not cover bicycles in the drive through lane.

I walked in, dripping sweat all over their nice shiny bank, with my road bike at my side, as they did not have racks and I did not have a lock.
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I have the same thing as Rekall. even when I ride my winter bmx (a Mole. that's a Sportchek brand), they still try that ****.
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