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Old 01-28-24, 12:40 AM
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24" cruiser for old-guy racing

I believe that to get back into racing (age 52), I will soon purchase a 24" cruiser. It seems that there exist real racers such as the Haro Race lite Pro, as well as retro/fun bikes like the Monza 24 and Race Inc. 24.

Do any of you know which bikes are actually being raced in USA BMX 50-55 age range? It seems like a modern racer would be the way to go, but with all the nostalgia surrounding BMX maybe not?

I welcome any thoughts on this.
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Old 01-28-24, 09:26 AM
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Get a real race bike. The old guys are racing mostly the same bikes the elites are.

Modern tracks are a lot different than back in the day when those retro bikes were raced.

Also - don't be too attached to cruiser - some guys love their cruisers, but I just can't get comfortable on mine. Feels unwieldy. But match it to your local track - if the guys your age are racing cruiser there, then get one.
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Originally Posted by Viich
Get a real race bike. The old guys are racing mostly the same bikes the elites are.

Modern tracks are a lot different than back in the day when those retro bikes were raced.

Also - don't be too attached to cruiser - some guys love their cruisers, but I just can't get comfortable on mine. Feels unwieldy. But match it to your local track - if the guys your age are racing cruiser there, then get one.

Thanks for the reply. That's good food for thought. Makes sense!
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I love the looks of BMX Race bikes. Stretched out, low and aggressive stance.
Haro's Blackout XL gets my blood boiling but the price tag of a BNIB puts it back to simmer
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Originally Posted by Speedway2
I love the looks of BMX Race bikes. Stretched out, low and aggressive stance.
Haro's Blackout XL gets my blood boiling but the price tag of a BNIB puts it back to simmer

The Haro Racelite Pro XL seems nice for the price.
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Originally Posted by Hooligans
The Haro Racelite Pro XL seems nice for the price.
Don't know what the bike costs in your area but the Racelite Pro goes for $1050CDN at my LBS.
The Blackout is a bit more at $1750CDN......
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About $680/$1250 US
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Originally Posted by Speedway2
Don't know what the bike costs in your area but the Racelite Pro goes for $1050CDN at my LBS.
The Blackout is a bit more at $1750CDN......
There's a shop here in Ottawa that has a few Racelite's much cheaper. They may or may not have a Pro XL though.
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There are a bunch of used bikes around too. There's an Ontario BMX Racing Buy/Sell Trade group on Facebook, and there's usually a group for each track. Might be a single one for Stouffville & Milton, but I'm not down there enough to be in those groups.
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24Ē cruiser

I bought an intense podium when I wanted to go to the track with my kids. Now theyíve grown and lost interest and Iíve moved on. I think that bikes still relevant if you havenít found a cruiser yet.
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I bought an intense podium when I wanted to go to the track with my kids. Now theyíve grown and lost interest and Iíve moved on. I think that bikes still relevant if you havenít found a cruiser yet.
There are lots of used bikes out there - absolutely an option.

As far as cruisers, I started with a Redline Proline Pro 24, bought an Intense Sabot when I thought that frame was cracked, sold that and repainted the Proline when I realized that it was just a paint defect and the frame was fine, now have a True frame built up... (Bike Shop brand from SC)
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