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Old 09-08-09, 10:57 AM   #1
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BMX for the middle aged guy

I'm looking to start biking again for my health. I have an old Giant Iguana mountain bike, but I'd really like to get a BMX bike just to horse around with. I'm wondering if one of the big box off the rack 20" BMX will work for me.

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-43, not in great shape
-32" in seam
-Just street, very light off road (if any)
-No tricks
- Maybe an hour a day of riding

So, will a light cheapie bike work for what I want?
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Old 09-08-09, 11:11 AM   #2
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So you are just using this to commute basically? If there are no trick involve I suggest a race bike.
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Old 09-08-09, 11:17 AM   #3
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Not commuting so much as riding up and down the street. I really don't need something that can cover a lot of distance real fast. I have the mountain bike if I want to do that.
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http://www.danscomp.com/101700.php?cat=RACE
Probably the lightest you could go for a stock and still be under $300.
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Old 09-08-09, 12:04 PM   #5
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I don't think he wants a race bike.
How tall are you? Need to know what tt you need.
Do you want a trick bmx or a cruiser? One has 20" wheels, the other 24"

If you aren't doing tricks, you can def get away with a hi tenisle frame, and a bike under $300, but i wouldn't get anything resembling walmart or target bmx.
Get a cheap DK, WTP, Subrosa, or Kink.
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He said he isn't going to do tricks and wants it lightweight. That's what I gave him. A hi ten bike is a waste of money.
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Light weight not terribly important. I mistyped, I guess.

The Target Walmart genre isn't that great? I saw they had Mongoose, which was da bomb when I was a kid in the 70s.

Maybe I'm looking to relive my misspent youth...
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Maybe I'm looking to relive my misspent youth...
Then buy a cromolly framed bike from back in the day off ebay. Wheels and power train and such may need replacing (you can use recent but used) but good frames live forever, short of catastrophe.
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Get doing some tricks,one middle aged man to another!

I have just bought an Onza curve trails bike having raced BMX in the 80's, After about 8 weeks my tricks are equaling what I could do back then(mostly).
It is great for fittness, strenght and even weight loss. You dont realise how hard you are trying to keep on the Bike!
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from a late 30s who bought a bmx to hang with my kids, might i suggest looking on craigslist? i bought my volume for dirt cheap as the original owner bought a harley. i enjoy riding it and takubg jumps withcthe boys, even the one little curb jump that had me landing on my face!
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Thanks for all the advice. Sat on a 20" yesterday and was knocking the handlebars with my knees. Guess I'll just pull the old Iguana out of the basement and ride it.
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Thanks for all the advice. Sat on a 20" yesterday and was knocking the handlebars with my knees. Guess I'll just pull the old Iguana out of the basement and ride it.
You will not knock your knees on a trails bike. Not even close.
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Are they longer wb or something?
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Or just get a longer TT or a cruiser.
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22" bikes look a fave of the guys wanting a bigger-looking bike that's still useful on street or trails.
faction bikes (Google it).
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honestly, you should look at a mid-'90's 24" bmx cruiser. you can get 'em for about $200 and they will be a bit bigger, and be super comfortable for you... do it.
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