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Old 04-14-08, 03:41 PM   #1
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Stupid of me?

So I mentioned this in my introduction thread. I am looking to get a bike to mainly get to and from work, and also around town a bit when need be. Sure enough I'm looking into getting a BMX bike for this, mostly cause of the recreational uses I can get out of it. Seeing how it only has one gear and probably wont be comfortable, is this stupid of me?
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So I mentioned this in my introduction thread. I am looking to get a bike to mainly get to and from work, and also around town a bit when need be. Sure enough I'm looking into getting a BMX bike for this, mostly cause of the recreational uses I can get out of it. Seeing how it only has one gear and probably wont be comfortable, is this stupid of me?
Yes, next question.
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Old 04-14-08, 03:47 PM   #3
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Yes, next question.
Ha ha,
fair enough.

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So what would be recomended for this commute?
I wanna say it's about 10-15 miles tops from my house, not a lot of hills but there are a few.
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Seriously... it's not even just a question of convenience and practicality.

If you're seriously considering a bmx bike, you should get yourself a razor push scooter instead. At least that would fit in a backpack, and would use the same amount of energy to get around.

To put it in perspective, even with an old steel road bike, any fatso with a little training can go a distance of 70 miles, climb 1,000s of feet of hills, hit 20mph on the flat, and exceed 45mph on a downhill. I imagine if a full-grown adult were to attempt any of that on the bmx, they would be liable to hurt themselves...
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Get a commuter bike and a bmx bike.

The answer to what bike should I get will vary by the persons replying. So... a fixed gear road bike is my response. Either that or a touring bike, a cx bike, a road bike, or just about anything with 2 wheels and pedals. Sorry.... I know that I am of no help.
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If you're going to insist on getting a BMX bike, at least get one with 24" wheels. However, if you're open to more options, there'll be (surprise!) more options.
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Bikes are like cars - you'll find different styles of bikes are meant to do specific jobs. For commuting, you want a bike that's like a sedan or a station wagon. Maybe a bit sportier or maybe with a big trunk... tastes differ, but a sedan does the job and does well. So the usual suggestion 'round here is a touring bike (a road bike with serious hauling capacity) or a hybrid (aka a fitness bike or a rigid mountain bike or a cruiser etc... it's sort of a messed up category). These sorts of bikes are good because a commuter needs fenders (skunk stripes are bad), lights (riding without lights at night is illegal in most of the US), and a way to carry your stuff (a rack or baskets).

The BMX bike can't carry much of anything but a person, and it won't take fenders, and the lights would have to come off for races. If you enjoy BMX races, that's probably where you should splurge... but you'll need a second bike that's more suited to commuting for getting around.
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So I mentioned this in my introduction thread. I am looking to get a bike to mainly get to and from work, and also around town a bit when need be. Sure enough I'm looking into getting a BMX bike for this, mostly cause of the recreational uses I can get out of it. Seeing how it only has one gear and probably wont be comfortable, is this stupid of me?
No, it's not a bad idea. There are a number of people in London that commute on 20" and 24" bmx bikes and a few that have 26" b-mix dirt/jump bikes.

Just get what you want and make sure you test ride before you buy.
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It's not even so much about one gear as about absolutely horrible riding position. It's not a bike made for riding any appreciable distances. 1-2 mile commute - it may have been okay, but 10-15... yikes.
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There are a number of people in London that commute on 20" and 24" bmx bikes and a few that have 26" b-mix dirt/jump bikes.
I didn't know that hoodies had jobs to which they would commute....
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I didn't know that hoodies had jobs to which they would commute....
hoodies are easy to spot

they ride wally-mart bikes (argus, toys-r-us or similar) that cost at least a fiver
they wear dark clothing with cap and hood up
they're obviously wearing bullet proof vests
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it's only a job until they either get shot, stabbed or OD
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Thanks for the replies everyone.
I have a mountain bike I am probably going to fix up for the commute, and just get a BMX for recreation.

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1-2 mile commute - it may have been okay, but 10-15... yikes.

Eh, I'm not 100% on the distance. I don't know if it is actually 10-15 miles. That was just a rough estimate. I am going to measure it tomorrow when I drive to work. Then figure out what I'm going to do from there.

Again, thanks everyone.
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I would commute on this BMX.

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You would have to be a very hardcore BMX guy to ride 10-15 miles daily. I agree with having another type of bicycle to go long distances and leaving the BMX as the fun one.
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I would commute on this BMX.

Beat me to it.
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Well my son used to ride his BMX styled target bike to school or church once in a while. They're each about a 4 mile trip and he was only 6.

We didn't get there too fast, mind you.

He's older and got a better bike now but a BMX bike should be fine for a few miles each way even if it's not ideal. If it's really 10 to 15 miles then I'd think about a touring bike. A CX bike might be a good choice if you're looking for something with more attitude.
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Plus BMX bikes look stupid.

But that might just be my personal taste.
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Go with a SS 29er, same fun as a BMX, but fit for an adult.
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Plus BMX bikes look stupid.

But that might just be my personal taste.
I'd say personal taste.
To each his own though.


Also I checked, my work is about 12ish miles away.
I recently got myself a BMX bike and I've been riding around town mostly. I wanna make a journey up to my work one of these days to see how long it'll take me and how exhausted I would become. Maybe over the weekend I'll do that.
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Ya know, someone who is the "uber commuter" needs to make a sticky on this subject..... Don't we see this question every day?

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...Also I checked, my work is about 12ish miles away.
I recently got myself a BMX bike and I've been riding around town mostly. I wanna make a journey up to my work one of these days to see how long it'll take me and how exhausted I would become. Maybe over the weekend I'll do that.
Please post the results as that's a decent distance to commute, especially on a bmx.
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