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Old 03-23-09, 07:01 AM   #1
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Need some help, have a few questions =)

Hi,I just got back into BMX got my fixed gear road conversion up and running , now im craving bmx again, so it's been a while since i've ridden bmx, so I have a few questions.

1. why do I see alot of complete bikes being sold without brakes are they fixed gear , if they are ... why?

2. I'm 5'10 180 pounds, should i get a longer frame like 21 tope tube?

3, is there anything else i should know about bmx nowadays?

I'm looking for just a descent bike dk, wtp,fit.. somewhere along those lines, I really want to cruise to the schools, do some grinding,park riding I also want to do some dirt jumping aswell.
Also are there any descent completes around 200-250?
Ive looked but I want other opinions, i dont know about all the new stuff out there

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Old 03-23-09, 12:52 PM   #2
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1. These are not fixed-gear bmx bikes. There is a trend to ride brake free, though most completes do come with an optional brake. When riding without a brake I use the foot-on-rear-tire stopping technique when necessary.

2. I'm 6'1" and ride a 20.75" top tube. It's a matter of taste and feel. Try a few and see whats cozy.

3. If you are INTO bikes than I'd recommend getting a frame and parts and building something up. CL here in Philly always has BMX parts and completes for a deep discount. As long as the frame is 4130 Cro-Moly steel than you'll be good to go.

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Old 03-23-09, 03:19 PM   #3
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Awesome ,thanks for the reply, I am very into bikes. I actually was looking at a cheap eastern dragon frame for like 50 bucks on craigslist, i already have some alex rims off my old chromo torker, i plan on using temporarily until i get a descent set, half the fun is building the bikes hehe .

I was leaning more towards a complete and upgrading because ive been out of the game for so long, but now that i think of it building one would be the best option for me even money wise , alot of bmx parts around here for sale.

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Old 03-23-09, 05:43 PM   #4
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easterns kinda suck though. probably wont last too long, even if you're just gettin back into it.
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Yea ,I'm sure you are right, it's just a temp frame until I save up for something descent.=)

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Old 03-24-09, 05:54 AM   #6
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well then i guess it should last long enough
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i wouldnt use eastern they crack.
fit dents pretty easy so that wouldnt be good for you.
i would have to say a good S&M frame.
i had a LAF and that thing was a tank!



and im 5'9 and i ride a 21'' top tube and i have no problems but my dropouts are really short so i can still manual and stuff like that.
every eastern part i had broke for some reason. yet there are still pros riding them with no problem.

and build your own bike dont buy a complete. mix and match
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Fits are good frames. Don't listen to this clown. He's trying to be funny.
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and im 5'9 and i ride a 21'' top tube and i have no problems but my dropouts are really short so i can still manual and stuff like that.
is that comfy? im 5' 10" and im lookin to get a new frame...only ever ridden 20.5, and i was lookin to size up for something that fits better
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i had a LAF and that thing was a tank!
That's funny, because myself (and everyone else I know that rode one) cracked it at the headtube.
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dude why does every one say that eastern frames suck, they dont i love eastern frames
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dude why does every one say that eastern frames suck, they dont i love eastern frames
agreed, i loved my eastern element when i had it. and i also love my eastern night train which has been holding it extremely well to the abuse i have put it through
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cool, im hoping to get that frame, do a little build up.=)
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dude why does every one say that eastern frames suck, they dont i love eastern frames
hahahahahahahahahahaha you're funny.







but no more tomfoolery from you.
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I'm possibly trading my ex girlfriends beach cruiser for a 2007 Free Agent imperial, full chromo, looks like a cool bike =D im stoked
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i wouldnt use eastern they crack.
fit dents pretty easy so that wouldnt be good for you.
i would have to say a good S&M frame.
i had a LAF and that thing was a tank!

and build your own bike dont buy a complete. mix and match
S&M and Fit are the same company if you didn't know, and buying a solid complete is a good way to start off with a good bike and then just upgrade from there.
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I ended up getting a used 2008 Fit AM complete for 165, kid who had it took the detangler off so running straight cable which is much better, it's a bit heavy though, what are the best parts to switch out to make it lighter?

I was thinking about running breakless,I love the simplicity plus im not riding in the street or near people plus thats a little bit off weight off the bike and will make me commit better to my attempts.

If i end up not liking it ill put it back on hehe
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If I were you, I would try to upgrade the frame ASAP. Ask FitRider about it.
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oh really, weak frame or something? , hah now you got me worried
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**** bike.
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Yeah, pretty much.
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my bike sucks?? just the frame ?? =(
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It's made out of hi-tensil crap steel. The rear triangles usually end up getting mangled and warped right away or just snap off.
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frame should be the first thing to go...the rest of the bike is halfway decent
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