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Don't those short bikes hurt your knees?

Old 10-14-22, 05:47 PM
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Don't those short bikes hurt your knees?

can you raise the seat up enough to almost straighten your leg on the push stroke? thanks for replies!
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Old 10-15-22, 12:05 PM
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Since you haven't actually seen anyone ride a BMX bike in the 30+ years they've been around,; whether it's racing or freestyle, you usually ride standing on the pedals. The seat is primarily for control and stability when you're jumping or performing other aerial maneuvers, ie; "tricks"

You don't really sit down and cruise for miles on a BMX bike, so the seat is something you want to get out of the way if you're riding the bike as intended
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Since you haven't actually seen anyone ride a BMX bike in the 30+ years they've been around,; whether it's racing or freestyle, you usually ride standing on the pedals. The seat is primarily for control and stability when you're jumping or performing other aerial maneuvers, ie; "tricks"

You don't really sit down and cruise for miles on a BMX bike, so the seat is something you want to get out of the way if you're riding the bike as intended
Being away from BMX for sometime it was sure an adjustment to get used to seeing BMX bikes with the seats so low. In the late 70s early 80s we used our bikes as basic transportation and then raced on the weekends. I think things are so much more specialized that these days most are just track or park specific. I still ride 20, 24 and 26 and I can put my seat at a comfortable height,
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I think that's why 26ers like the Big Ripper are so hot right now. They're big enough that you can use them as an everyday "grown-up" bike, but still able to throw it around at the park or the pump track. They'll even handle some light MTB trails.
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Old 10-30-22, 09:20 PM
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I think that's why 26ers like the Big Ripper are so hot right now. They're big enough that you can use them as an everyday "grown-up" bike, but still able to throw it around at the park or the pump track. They'll even handle some light MTB trails.
I have trouble keeping my butt off the tire of my 24" when pumping, I don't see how anyone could ride a 26" BMX as a BMX.
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Old 10-31-22, 04:04 AM
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Somewhere I have an old BMX bike that I picked up at an auction in the late 90's. The seatpost is fairly tall and offset back slightly. It is definitely designed for a somewhat taller person, but I still don't think one can get full leg extension with it.
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Old 11-02-22, 03:08 PM
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This is the original BMX bike right here, look at the size of the front sprocket, leader of the pack ;]



Flower Power ;]
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This is the original BMX bike right here, look at the size of the front sprocket, leader of the pack ;]



Flower Power ;]
The slik chik! love slik chiks
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Old 11-08-22, 07:35 AM
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I think that one's a Fair Lady, but only a ghost image of the logo, so a Ghost Lady Stingray.
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Old 11-25-22, 09:13 AM
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I think that one's a Fair Lady, but only a ghost image of the logo, so a Ghost Lady Stingray.
s-7's or s-2's? that makes the difference. The Fair Lady had s-7 wheels front and back, the Slick Chik has s-7 front and s-2 rear.
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S7's front and rear, like this Stingray Jr. that came with the Fair Lady.


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Originally Posted by Ironfish653 View Post
Since you haven't actually seen anyone ride a BMX bike in the 30+ years they've been around,; whether it's racing or freestyle, you usually ride standing on the pedals. The seat is primarily for control and stability when you're jumping or performing other aerial maneuvers, ie; "tricks"

You don't really sit down and cruise for miles on a BMX bike, so the seat is something you want to get out of the way if you're riding the bike as intended
Never really considered it until now, but all my mountain bikes, the ones I ride regularly, are set up with the seat in the low position. BMX style. I went from 20" BMX to a mountain bike (about 1980) and kept the seating position. I just find sitting low on the bike to be more comfortable. I do pedal for miles like that, and stand going up hills.
I find the legs extended position to be uncomfortable. I'm 60 with no knee problems.
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Old 12-01-22, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by revetment View Post
can you raise the seat up enough to almost straighten your leg on the push stroke? thanks for replies!
Reviving this but layback post are taller and more comfortable for older bikes. There are some strong remakes you can go with. They old ones (GT etc) are expensive but bend easy if too high.

For new school, Cult has a long (300mm) layback pivotal post. Not very far back but helps. As for really low. Yes everything is technical now. I built up a couple new school and you have to work to find cool parts or they all look pretty similar since useless shapes and items have been refined away. At least colors are back in. For a while most everything was black only.

Basically, if low, just pedal standing and sit coasting if doing a group ride and not trying to do tricks. The seat leaned back (nose up) is actually more comfortable when really low and coasting on it. Have to find balance or what works and where you start slipping down. Too flat just hurts being that low with all the weight on.
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