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Old 11-02-18, 07:06 PM
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Too old to BMX

How old is too old to ride BMX/Race BMX ?


I hear that someone in their 80ís has raced recently. Thatís a strong person. Awesome.
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Old 11-03-18, 04:01 AM
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A person is never too old,...it's all about being active & enjoying the ride!
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When getting anywhere, pedalling always standing on the pedals , all the time,
is no fun anymore..

I think the X games stunt guys age out .. when they can't do it anymore..

Health insurance, for patching you back together on your parent's policy ,
has an age limit... 26?
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
When getting anywhere, pedalling always standing on the pedals , all the time,
is no fun anymore..

I think the X games stunt guys age out .. when they can't do it anymore..

Health insurance, for patching you back together on your parent's policy ,
has an age limit... 26?
funny

i tend to think just get out there and do it (do it responsibly)
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BMX wheels (20" 406) but more gears and higher seat to sit don and pedal
and bars, at a comfortable height
is a feature BMX bikes lack.

[but Mini Velos (& my Bike Friday travel bike) Offers]

But I don't Jump it..

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Old 11-03-18, 08:08 PM
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Bmx is not like road in that manner. Long distance is not the point. But most older now go 24/26/29 and collect their childhood or grails. Although a fair share still do FS on 20".
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I’m turning 41 in a couple weeks and I just bought my first bmx bike since I was in junior high school. I don’t get too crazy on it but it’s helping me with bike control in the air and that’s transferring over to my mountain bike as well. I never thought I could have so much fun by spending $400.
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46, race about 30 BMX races a year on both 20" and 24" bikes.

There are a ton of ultra competitive guys in their 40's and 50's who race. About age 60 is where the numbers drop off.
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46, race about 30 BMX races a year on both 20" and 24" bikes.

There are a ton of ultra competitive guys in their 40's and 50's who race. About age 60 is where the numbers drop off.
Good to know. You are an inspiration for us old guys.
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46, race about 30 BMX races a year on both 20" and 24" bikes.

There are a ton of ultra competitive guys in their 40's and 50's who race. About age 60 is where the numbers drop off.
Thank you!!!
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
BMX wheels (20" 406) but more gears and higher seat to sit don and pedal
and bars, at a comfortable height
is a feature BMX bikes lack.
Started with a midschool frame (when they still ha decently large chainring) added tall post and bolted a cruiser seat atop.

Still working on the gears part eyeing a Nexus or Sturmey IGH but haven't seen one yet come by here with a 20" wheel; some kiddie bikes do use them.

BMX frame is just too strong to be coldset wider, only got OLW about 100mm
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Old 11-06-18, 03:04 PM
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I'm 58. I no longer race, but I ride my 26" BMX cruiser a couple thousand miles a year. I own a lot of other bikes, but I'll be a BMXer until the grave!


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Old 11-09-18, 11:29 AM
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Most everyone on old school bmx FB pages is 40+, many ride and race. The Museum, Retro BMX riders and 24/26/29 cruisers (bmx) are good places to check out of you haven't.
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I'm 48 and plan to compete in the flatland discipline in 5 years. I broke my femur dropping in the bowl on a wet rainy day. It only solidified my resolve. Attituke and determination,not age,will be the determining factor. In my opinion
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Im 55 i dont race but i ride... we do group bmx rides wit dozens of bikes...
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Who’s the oldest pro BMx rider?
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Most everyone on old school bmx FB pages is 40+, many ride and race. The Museum, Retro BMX riders and 24/26/29 cruisers (bmx) are good places to check out of you haven't.
This... I've recently joined a few FB groups for older folks and there seems to be a bunch of over 40... I think most of them are in Europe though, but still a lot here in the US too... Been looking for some BMX mags and I can't find any.

Myself, I'll be 46 this year and recently started getting back into riding.

Ad of now, I've been riding anywhere from 3-10 miles 4 times a week on either my Trek 4900 Mountain Bike or my Stationary bike in the basement.

I've also wanted to get back into riding BMX and doing some really basic flatland freestyle tricks...
However, I'm afraid I'm a bit big and heavy as I'm 6'4" and 250+lbs...

I used to be good at Bunny Hops, 180s, 360s (every once in awhile) Endos, Front and Rear Wheel Hops. a trick we called the Grasshopper, another called a Cowboy and a few others I can't recall the names of... I'd love it if I could get a BMX bike and get back to what I could do then.

Over my BMX years, I had a GT Pro Freestyle Tour, GT Pro Performer, Dydno D-Tour I think it was, a Haro and a SE Racing SE Quad Angle with Landing Gear Forks...
Not sure what I'd get now... I have no idea what the coolest brands are now, every thing I see looks pretty Generic as compared to back in our day...
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@smullen I started back a little over a year ago after being away since mid 30s. I'm 49 now. 6'0 200. But lots of big guys now ride 24/26/29 which is also a FB group. I ride road/MTB also but bmx is my first love. Have a couple old school but ride new school. New frames are strong. Get a 21" top tube or 22" bike if you want to do serious tricks. If not the larger still allow you to so some but are heavier and not as easy. Fun either way. I like old school to look at but new are just much more functional and strong.
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Too old to BMX, too young to die?

Ah, but Jethro Tull called it quits in 2012
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I'm riding a BMX and I'm over 40. Only issue I see is that some people may think you're having a midlife crises.
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I'm riding a BMX and I'm over 40. Only issue I see is that some people may think you're having a midlife crises.
40, just started bmx racing with my kids. No one thinks it's a midlife crisis because I haven't grown up yet
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40, just started bmx racing with my kids. No one thinks it's a midlife crisis because I haven't grown up yet
Sounds a lot like me. I'm grown up in many ways, but I quite a kid in others—BMX biking is just one example of that. I suspect that many others who ride in their late years may be to same way. As much as society may this it's a trifle unusual, it's the way I am, and I've one life to live, so I go with it.

I figure one would have a true midlife crises if they failed to do the things they really want to do.

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What is a good BMX bicycle for an adult, give me a starting point please, I am only 65 and still growing up. I am being serious, give me a specific bike to shop!
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What is a good BMX bicycle for an adult, give me a starting point please, I am only 65 and still growing up. I am being serious, give me a specific bike to shop!
This seems like such a packed question that I'd recommend starting a new thread for it; there are too many variables to discuss here.
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