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Old 05-15-07, 09:34 AM
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Fat Old Guy Bike Recommendations

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Eightdip got me thinking that I should buy a BMX bike to ride with my sons. Not going to be doing anything other than riding trails and maybe some light street stuff. Recomendations on a complete bike for a 40 something fat old guy? Thinking along the lines of a 24, like the DK General Lee 24

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Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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1 ) Get a 20, you are never too old for a bmx!
2) Get a DK Six Pack...I recently picked up one for my daughter, and it's a very nice solid bike, and not too expensive.

https://www.danscomp.com/101073.php?cat=BIKES
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Well said, but if your heart's set on a 24", the general lee is a good bike
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Heart is not set on anything really, you just got me thinking, which can be dangerous. I used to ride a 20 but that was in the late 70's, early 80's. Really I guess I wanted an opinion on the difference in feel between a 20" and a 24" ride. Not going to try and relive my youth, just screw around with my 6 year old son.
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24" is quite a lot different to 20", i'd go for a 20" if i were you
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guess I need to ride some when I am at the LBS buying new road shoes this weekend!

Here is what my LBS carries, what should I look at and stay away from?
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Hell, they're all pretty good. I don't really like Redline completes or Trek (in general), but any of those should be fine. I've been impressed with my Specialized Fuse 3, but 2-hip and Fit make some really nice completes and I would have gotten a Flow Street instead if it was available locally.
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I'd pick up this badboy:
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From one old guy to another (I'm 37, 6' tall 190lbs).
The main diff between a 20" & a 24" is the 24 will feel like a more stable ride. And for just cruising around with the kids, will honestly feel more comfortable to ride. The DK General Lee comes in a 24" version & is a good budget 24". If you want to drop a little more $$$ I'd say go with the We The People 24". I feel it's a better spec'd ride. Also try out some 20" bikes. But keep in mind, most complete 20" BMX bikes tend to fall on the small side. I personally ride a 20" FBM w/ a 21" top tube length. But BMX sizing is more about personal preference than anything.
If you really want to get into skatepark riding, etc. I say go with a 20". Though I've seen guys my age tear up a park on a 24" Gen Lee.
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cierrecart, what bike is that and why?
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cierrecart, what bike is that and why?
I'm pretty sure it's a Volume Sledgehammer 26", and I don't think it's too bad of a bike. It's all chromoly which is what you want. But look on here just for some ideas and as Madman said, Fit makes some really good completes from what I've heard.

www.danscomp.com
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Originally Posted by minichamp31
I'm pretty sure it's a Volume Sledgehammer 26", and I don't think it's too bad of a bike. It's all chromoly which is what you want. But look on here just for some ideas and as Madman said, Fit makes some really good completes from what I've heard.

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Yep, thats what it is. I like it because it's big. It's basically like a rigid mtb, but a bmx. I wouldn't be scared to abuse it and it would be comfortable for cruising around too.
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If you want a 20" look at fitbikeco, hoffman and possibly specialized but if you want a 24" look at the DK general lee or the Wethepeople Unified
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Go for a FIT Flow
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Originally Posted by eightdip
If you want a 20" look at fitbikeco, hoffman and possibly specialized but if you want a 24" look at the DK general lee or the Wethepeople Unified
Add DK to the 20" possibilities category and i agree.
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Ah yeah, forgot about that
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The guy at the bike shop today reccomended a Redline race bike. Said it is longer and more comfortable for just beating around on with my kids. Any opinions? He was also very high on the Volume Sledgehammer. Not so much on the DK General Lee. Said it was very short top tube and I would not like it. I was on my roadie and buying new shoes, and it was closing time so I did not ride anything.
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The redline Flightpro xxl is the bike, but its expensive. I think its around 650.00 but its a nice bike. my friend has the redline flightpro bubba harris model and its a really nice and comfrontable ride.
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Here is one you guys didn't mention: The SE OM Cruiser in 26"...Pretty Old SChool Style.
https://www.sebmx.com/2007/bike-detail.asp?id=17

For what ever reason, there are a few 24" cruisers on the Dallas Craigslist today:
https://dallas.craigslist.org/bik/
Couple of pretty decent buys.

Hey Sharr, RBS probably wanted you to go redline because thats what they have. THey're a great shop, but man, get a cruiser. The shop up at Parker/75 in PLano is an SE dealer. They had one of these a while back. I'm gonna scoop one up too.

Any chance we raced each other at Rabbit run or the place on the west side of 75 in the 70's/80's ?

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The SE is super ugly. I don't like it at all.
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Redlines come in cruisers, and there is a reason for us not reccomending the SE. I don't mean to come off sounding harsh but I like to speak the truth. Unless i'm lieing
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Here is one you guys didn't mention: The SE OM Cruiser in 26"...Pretty Old SChool Style.
https://www.sebmx.com/2007/bike-detail.asp?id=17

For what ever reason, there are a few 24" cruisers on the Dallas Craigslist today:
https://dallas.craigslist.org/bik/
Couple of pretty decent buys.

Hey Sharr, RBS probably wanted you to go redline because thats what they have. THey're a great shop, but man, get a cruiser. The shop up at Parker/75 in PLano is an SE dealer. They had one of these a while back. I'm gonna scoop one up too.

Any chance we raced each other at Rabbit run or the place on the west side of 75 in the 70's/80's ?
Real good chance of that. I used to ride there a lot in late 70's. Rode a Webco at the time. Have to find a pick and post it. I will check out Plano Cycling and Fitness as well. Thanks for the tips.
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I bought a Diamondback Assault used at a garage sale yesterday and it seems to handle my 220# just fine a nice sturdy frame and comfortable.
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Any opinions on this DK? https://planocycling.com/itemdetails....andasc&id=4347

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I'd probably pick DK's General Lee over that, but that's just because I prefer Chromoly Steel to Aluminum.
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