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    Junior Member rzm61's Avatar
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    Please allow me to introduce myself...

    Hello everyone here at Bike Forums. How is everyone?
    Anyway I'm rzm61. I come here bearing a few questions. I checked out the FAQ and I thought it might be best to ask the cats here who would know a lot more about this then I would.

    Anyway, I'm a skateboarder however it might shock some of you that I have a fond respect for BMXers, along with "fruit-booters"

    I call them that cause in-liners and rollerbladers doesn't sound right to me. Anyway, I've been interested in getting a BMX bike for myself to play around on every once in awhile, also I am hitting a delema that won't allow me to drive my car. So I wanna invest in a bike so I can get around town and to and from work.

    A friend of mine who is a biker told me that I shouldn't get a BMX bike to come to work, I would wanna shoot myself by the time I got to the town thats right outside of my job. So anyway, I was wondering if anyone could give me some pointers as to what I should look into.

    My journey to my job is about 30 minutes tops. I would say, maybe 10-15 miles from my house? That might even be a higher number then what it really is. I'm just taking a stab here at the distance. So any help would be appriciated, I plan on getting to a bike shop hopefully tomorrow to check out some bikes, talk to the guys and possibly make a purchase.

    Well thanks for your time, and see you around the forum.

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    Hi rzm61, it's not that you can't use a BMX bike to get around, but it's really not meant to be a commuting bike. Better to get something like a MTB for a commuter, and put slicks on it so you can go faster. You don't need a full suspension MTB either, a hardtail would work just fine.

    How hilly is the commute? How are you planning to carry everything you need with you?

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    Hey East Hill, thanks for the welcome.

    I never said that a BMX bike can't be used to get around, I was just mentioning that my friend said it wouldn't be wise to use a BMX bike to commute to work an all. I'm looking at it as I would get good exercise either way. Plus I would want to use this bike for recreation. About the hills.....I would say there is about one real good hill on my way to work. About carrying everything, I don't need anything for work besides myself and my ID badge, so that's nothing to worry about, however I would use a backpack if I needed to bring more things with me to where I was going.

    Also when you say MTB, do you mean Mountain Bike?

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    I think you definitely get some good exercise using a BMX bike, but remember that they only come with one gear, so you would in effect be riding a fixed gear up that hill. If you can't go for two bikes, I would say that you could use a BMX bike, but it's definitely going to be lacking in comfort. Perhaps you could look for a cheap MTB as well, and use that as a commuter?

    Yes, MTB stands for mountain bike.

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    Yeah, I'm undecided as to what I should do.

    If I go with the MTB, I can just fix up my old one. It's got a flat, but it seems like every time you get on the ***** it gets a flat.

    Quite a nusance.
    Speaking of which, anyone getting database errors?

    I keep experiencing lag from this place and nothing but database errors. It's starting to piss me off, I'm trying to lurk around a bit and I keep running into issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rzm61 View Post
    Yeah, I'm undecided as to what I should do.

    If I go with the MTB, I can just fix up my old one. It's got a flat, but it seems like every time you get on the ***** it gets a flat.

    Quite a nusance.
    Speaking of which, anyone getting database errors?

    I keep experiencing lag from this place and nothing but database errors. It's starting to piss me off, I'm trying to lurk around a bit and I keep running into issues.
    We are having a lot of problems with the servers. We keep hoping it will get cleared up soon...

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