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Old 10-29-16, 05:43 PM
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Reality check: My kid wants a BMX bike ...

... and I know absolutely nothing about BMX. I know a bit about road, cx, mtn, etc, but am totally out of my depth for this.

Is this one any good: Everyday - Dirt / Street / Park Series, Bikes | SEBikes.com

Seems like you can get it for $300 (although it was $360 at the shop we just visited). I can easily blow this much on bike junk in a week, so saying no seems churlish and mean-spirited. (This would be a Christmas present for a 13 year old who does some road and mountain biking, and is a bit frustrated playing with (his/my) full-suspension mtn bike on a local pump track.)
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To be honest I don't know much about the newer bikes and some brands that were great BITD are low quality department store bikes now. I would see what the local bike shops are carrying. Some things to consider when you think of BMX is a race bike verses freestyle, see what kind of riding he thinks he would like. When you do buy him a bike just make sure that it is a decent quality.
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Old 10-31-16, 02:02 PM
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Thanks. I sort of realized after I posted that a lot of folks here are interested in the vintage BMX bikes. This one is being sold by a quality LBS (they also sell Specialized, Santa Cruz, Surly, etc), and we checked it out in person. (They also sell it at Performance, FWIW.) If it was a mountain bike, I would stay away, but I really don't know what the standard is for BMX. I know you can pay a whole lot more, but it wasn't clear how much was for better quality vs. bling. BMX was popular when I was a kid, but I just never managed to learn anything about it.

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I can’t help you much since I haven’t ridden a bmx bike since the 80’s, but it’s cool that your kid is getting into bikes. I’m sure anything in that price range will be perfectly adequate if you need to get a new bike. Any less and you’re getting into pretty low-end bikes. Much more and your kid won’t notice the difference.

I have four teenagers and normally buy them used bikes because they
A) just want something to ride with their friends
B) are totally incapable of discerning quality
C) don’t take care of their bikes
I don’t think my wife would let me give my kid a used bike for Christmas, but the last bike I got for my 14 year-old cost me sixty-five bucks, and I got him a couple of video games for Christmas so everyone made out better.
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I laughed when I read that, because this sounds very typical. His only other new bike ever in his life was a BikesDirect.com $270 road bike (which is surprisingly decent, fwiw). I told him we should look for one at a garage sale or on Craig's list, but my wife I think is manipulating him as revenge for all the money I just blew updating my 1987 Bianchi...

Bikes on Craig's list seem remarkably over-priced for what you get, especially given that most people around here only have to recover the investment that they made in bolt-cutters.
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SE Racing is still a good brand and the PK Ripper is still a great bike. The one you linked to is on par with anything else at that price point. Red line is another brand that maintained its reputation over the years. Red line are more a race bike and SE Racing does a little freestyle and a little race. Look on Dan's Comp. Website and you can get an idea what is out there give a little perspective on what bad are used for these days.
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I have purchased 2 of the SE retro racers in recent memory - one for my nephew and one for me, a 26" cruiser ---- pretty good value for the money .

I just wanted mine to get in workouts at a local track and it was great for that -- frame and fork were great quality, - components a bit chintzy (no name hubs and crankset, cheap seatpost, tektro brakes) - but i think my cruiser was 500$ - built to "race spec" it would have cost 3x that but didnt seem necessary for my uses
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Well, I bought it at the LBS, and got a little bit of a discount when I showed them it was $60 less at Performance (which I was hoping to avoid). The bike looks reasonably sound, by kid's bike standards. I just hope he doesn't break every bone in his body riding the thing.

I feel cruel saving it for an Xmas present, but I just spent more than this on XT brakes for him when I more or less gave him my mountain bike.
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SE, originally Scot Enterprises, was the company behind the P.K. Ripper, which was one of the hot bikes when I was a kid in the '80s. The model's apparently still around, although it's changed a little to suit preferences of the times, but it's still a nice bike from what I've read.

These days, SE is owned by Advanced Sports International, along with Fuji, Kestrel, and a few other bike brands. The SE name is still being put on decent stuff. Coincidentally, since you mentioned Performance Bike... ASI just bought Performance a few months ago.
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There's nothing wrong with that bike! The weight is good, and it's a good brand name.

If you would feel better going with something more expensive you should look at brands like. Fit, We the people, United, Kink etc.
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Old 11-17-16, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by wgscott
Well, I bought it at the LBS
It's a done deal. Apart from the test ride, he gets to wait until Dec 25th (because I am a mean evil bastard).

Thanks, everyone, for the input.
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I call that good parenting
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Maybe, but these aren't standards I would be able to apply to myself.

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