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    Wanna see an old, fat, guy on a BMX Bike?

    Hi. I'm thinking of getting a bike for exercise, transportation and fun.

    Thing is, I freakin' HATE mountain bikes: I hate their size - big wheels, etc.
    I hate the low handlebars - riding all hunched over.
    I hate the complexity the gears - having to adjust, having my chain fall off while I'm trying to change gears for a hill, etc...

    SO... I'm thinking of getting a BMX style bike. They're simple, light, and I rode one non-stop between the ages of 6 to about 19. (I'm nearly 37 now.)

    But the question is:
    Is an old, overweight guy going to look like a complete idiot riding a BMX bike around?

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    Actually, I don't think so. If that's what style of bike suits your riding, go for it. If you go in for some racing, you will still be 37, but you could wind up not being overweight .

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    Uh...wow.

    I have to admit that when I see something like that, I go directly to "...well there's a DUI..." but have you thought of just getting a single speed mountain bike? Not only is it size proportionate, but you'll end up riding a bike that also has at the very least a small nearly religious following.

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    The biggest problem with getting a BMX bike is that if you decide that you want to ride long distances, a BMX bike won't necessarily be comfortable.

    Have you hit the local bike shops yet, just checking out what's available? There's probably more styles available now then close to twenty years ago...

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    Oh, and I'm little. I'm only 5'2" so "size proportionate" isn't really an issue for the 20" bike.

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    Still, a BMX bike isn't really good for long distances. It can be done, but only if you are really determined. Are you going to be going up any big hills, or can you tell us what kind of terrain you're going to encounter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by redtires View Post
    ...but have you thought of just getting a single speed mountain bike?
    This actually sounds like a good idea. I'm going to start researching immediately!

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    Ultimately, whatever floats your boat.

    You'll see people pedaling around on a bike with very low seat, where their legs don't ever get close to being fully extended. If you're tootling around the neighborhood and stopping every 2 minutes to do something else, that's fine. If you're trying to go somewhere, that can be very tiring. The same guys that do that also don't mind standing up on the pedals whenever needed. If you're a 100 lb teenager, that works fine. If you're middle aged and overweight, that can be very taxing on the legs.

    It really sounds to me like any number of old or new single-speed cruisers would fit your needs as well as anything (as long as you're not jumping off ramps and stuff!). And a lot of them come in smaller/medium frame sizes- it can be hard to find one in a large frame size- plus, they tend to look cooler with the seat in a lower position.

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    I'll be riding bike paths; nothing serious. A few miles here and there; no long distances.

    I'm looking at single speed mountain bikes. It's looking pretty good. I may have to have a local shop hook me up with something that'll fit me.

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    Welcome to the forums! I'd also recommend a single-speed mountain bike - I ride one myself. It's comfortable, fairly upright, and yet I can ride it for a fairly significant distance. I'd think that after a few miles, a BMX bike would get tiresome, but I haven't ridden one in years so I can't really comment. A SS mountain bike definitely has the low maintenance and simplicity you want, just like BMX. Definitely have whatever bike you choose fitted for you by a local shop - it will make it much more comfortable for you in the long run. Good luck!
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    24" BMX race cruiser.

    "the bus came by and I got on, that's when it all began...there was Cowboy Neal at the wheel of a bus to never-ever land."


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    I'm 27 years old and I really love my Mosh Dj2 BMX......it's actually the only bike I never broke If you find that you really love BMX then do what makes you happy.

    if your worried about looking goofy try to find one that fits you best...most people have a hard time riding my mosh due to me having long arm and legs..

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    Welcome to BF.

    Quote Originally Posted by Excitabike
    Hi. I'm thinking of getting a bike for exercise, transportation and fun.
    Awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by Excitabike
    Thing is, I freakin' HATE mountain bikes: I hate their size - big wheels, etc.
    I hate the low handlebars - riding all hunched over.
    Hunched over??? You're thinking of a road bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by Excitabike
    I'm nearly 37 now.
    What makes you think you're old? You're just a kid. I'm 63 and I'm not old.

    Quote Originally Posted by Excitabike
    But the question is:
    Is an old, overweight guy going to look like a complete idiot riding a BMX bike around?
    YES!!! Get a real bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wethepeople View Post
    24" BMX race cruiser.
    Exactly. Good luck finding a non-WSD MTB for someone 5'2" that isn't on the cheapy side. But a cruiser would work perfectly. You get a slightly taller bike, it will be light, and it's not expensive to mess with gearing or tires.

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    24" Cruiser is another good option. Thanks for all the feedback everyone.

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    Does this mean that we've convinced you that the important thing is simply getting on a bike, and that the choice of your ride...is up to you ?

    Don't forget to come back and let us know what you decide on!

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    Wow, you're lucky! At your size you can get a seriously light vintage road bike. (Affordable too if you take your time looking.) And why exactly do you need just one bike?! Get a BMX for fun and a road bike for speed and comfort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogurt View Post
    Wow, you're lucky! At your size you can get a seriously light vintage road bike. (Affordable too if you take your time looking.) And why exactly do you need just one bike?! Get a BMX for fun and a road bike for speed and comfort.
    Dang it, Yogurt, I was going to work on him later to suggest that more than one bike is always a possibility, I just didn't want to scare him off .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yogurt View Post
    Wow, you're lucky! At your size you can get a seriously light vintage road bike. (Affordable too if you take your time looking.) And why exactly do you need just one bike?! Get a BMX for fun and a road bike for speed and comfort.
    Agreed. I'm down to, uh, six bikes now. Or seven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Agreed. I'm down to, uh, six bikes now. Or seven.
    Slacker.

    I need to do a herd count and see exactly how many I do have .

    Lots of Nishikis, I know that .

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    Good alternative might be a Shimano / SA internal gear hub folding bike.
    20" wheels, no derailluer nonsense bu you can roll out like a 'real' ( )
    bike. Ive gone to a Folder for my commute and it has turned out to
    be almost perfect for battling some harsh traffic .
    In any event, dont worry what anybody thinks of you, on the bike or off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=- View Post
    Good alternative might be a Shimano / SA internal gear hub folding bike.
    20" wheels, no derailluer nonsense bu you can roll out like a 'real' ( )
    bike. Ive gone to a Folder for my commute and it has turned out to
    be almost perfect for battling some harsh traffic .
    In any event, dont worry what anybody thinks of you, on the bike or off.
    You are all you should worry about.
    Since I no longer race, I'd like to be the ultimate heretic, and put a Nexus hub on my cruiser.

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    A friend told me that Single Speed Bikes have no freewheel and that you have to pedal "all the time". I don't want that. Is that right?

    Oh, yes, multiple bikes is definitely an option, now that you mention it. I could get my 1st or 2nd choice and get another later. I've got the room and the money; I just want to be picky about what I buy. Multiples is a good option too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Excitabike View Post
    A friend told me that Single Speed Bikes have no freewheel and that you have to pedal "all the time". I don't want that. Is that right?
    Single speeds have freewheels, fixed gears don't. You'll be fine with a SS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian View Post
    Since I no longer race, I'd like to be the ultimate heretic, and put a Nexus hub on my cruiser.


    Ultimate heretic ?
    You mean kool as Ica , baby Ice !!

    I engaged in the self-flagulation known as fixie and SS riding
    for a number of years in Vermont, even.....I am going to be
    the heretic here and go ahead and admit gears are OK

    Get the Nexus !
    Try to get a 4 to 8 speeder, though !
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