hey guys, im lookin at gettin a bike and have no idea what i should be lookin for..i would mainly just be ridin it around, possibly do a couple races or just be goin off a couple things nothin too big...i dont know much about these bikes too much, all i've heard is haro, GT, mirraco, redline...but i really don't know what a good bike would be...lookin to spend probably 400 tops, im about 5'10"/11" and probably 170-175 pounds...wouldn't be needin any pegs cuz i wouldn't be grindin on anything so if anyone could help it'd be nice...oh yeah MetroDetroit area if Craigslist has any good deals...i am willing to go used if its still a good deal and a solid bike that will last me awhile
31lbs is fairly heavy, by modern standards. The wheels aren't anything great. Probably just a set of unsealed 48s from Dan's Comp. I bought a set of 36s from them 10 years ago, and they have similar looking hubs. Not that impressed with the one piece cranks, either. If the frame's good, it might be worth it, just know that you'll probably be wanting to upgrade at least the cranks, before long.
Originally Posted by Jack Burton
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No way is that a good deal. Is there any good bike shop or even bmx specific shop in your area? You can get a who lot of bike for around 400. Do not spend 250 on that thing though. You'd have to spend at least another 250 on it just to make it LOOK like it doesn't suck. It'll still suck even then. You don't need to spend a ton to have a pretty great bike. I'm pretty sure around 400 will get you a bike that's a bit lighter, with higher spec, and proper cranks.
Take look, http://www.albes.com/fitprk12010stockbike-1-1-1-1.aspx Thats pretty sweet for the money though not exactly top of the line, has better parts and is a little lighter. For another 100 bucks you could get the slight higher spec str 2 and have a full chromo frame. If you really want to ride and think you're not just gonna quit in a month, go for a higher spec all chromo frame, you'll thank yourself later. I'm a bit of a snob and won't ride anything that isn't all chromo(Or just good steel as far as road bikes go).
Even if you do go used find someone who knows bmx to make sure if things are a good deal. A lot of people buy sweet bikes and then sell them as soon as they realise that riding a bike is tiring and that doing tricks is difficult. So good deals on sweet bikes can be had. That 450 dollar str 2 might be sold for 300-350 in near mint condition by little timmy who spent his communion money on it and decided it sucks. But if you're unsure about used bikes any bike in the 350-450 range at albes is a pretty safecbet. I just posted those bikes cause I think they're sweet, theres heaps of others though. Remember, if it says 100 percent chromo frame that is best!
I'm not saying you need a really amazing frame to enjoy bmx. But if you want things to be at least "good" and somewhat reliable, around 400 is where "good" tends to start.