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Old 06-21-07, 12:41 PM
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Need advice on first BMX bike

I'm pretty old for BMX(38!) and I'd like to re-live the childhood I never had. All the cool kids had BMX and I only had a Huffy 10spd. I'm looking for advice on trying my first BMX bike. No tricks or anything, looking primarily for an urban errand runner, maybe bunny hop a curb at best. Trouble is, I'm 6'3". I didn't know they made them in 26" until I noticed a Volume Sledgehammer on Craigslist. It is too pricey for me considering it was used($350) and I've never ridden one before. But that got me really to thinking, what other options are there for my size? Would 24" work? Is this a silly idea and should I just go with a Single Speed MTN bike instead?
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Old 06-21-07, 01:17 PM
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Unfortunately, this doesn't sound like such a great idea to me. BMX bikes are terrible for transportation, and if you aren't going to do any tricks on them, then it's not such a good idea to buy one. If I were you, I would avoid a BMX bike.
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Old 06-21-07, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by FitRider 921
Unfortunately, this doesn't sound like such a great idea to me. BMX bikes are terrible for transportation, and if you aren't going to do any tricks on them, then it's not such a good idea to buy one. If I were you, I would avoid a BMX bike.
Thank you for taking the time to make a suggestion. I think though, that biking is much too fun for me not to try something new. I just finished reading bmx basics and that explained a lot for me. At the very least I think I'll head down to some bikes shops and try it out. I just didn't know it was even possible for tall riders.
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Actually, I'd say a 24" or 26" is perfect for casual transportation/running quick errands. I'm 37, 6' & I often hop on my 24" for a quick run to the local Chipolte. I have quite a few friends w/ 24" & 26" BMX rides that do the same. I'd say for quick runs around the neighborhood w/ occasional curb-hopping, I'd definetly check out the Volume Sledgehammer. Also give the SE OM Flyer a look as well.
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Old 06-21-07, 03:17 PM
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Originally Posted by wds178
Actually, I'd say a 24" or 26" is perfect for casual transportation/running quick errands. I'm 37, 6' & I often hop on my 24" for a quick run to the local Chipolte. I have quite a few friends w/ 24" & 26" BMX rides that do the same. I'd say for quick runs around the neighborhood w/ occasional curb-hopping, I'd definetly check out the Volume Sledgehammer. Also give the SE OM Flyer a look as well.
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Thanks Bill. So the obvious difference between the Sledgehammer and OM is steel vs aluminum. Which do you prefer?
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For just everyday riding, neither really has an advantage. I'm personally more of a Steel fan than Alum.
If the bike was gonna see heavy thrashing, I'd say steel for sure. For what you describe, I say try them put & pick the one you like if poss.
Were I to choose between the two, I'd take the Sledgehammer. Steel, plus I like the style of it a bit more.
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Thanks for the opinions.

So, I've been reading about it quite a bit today, and I'm thinking at the very least I would want to fool around learning how to bunny hop, something I've never been able to do. So, does the wheel size affect that ability? Would a 24" be easier than a 26"? Would a 20" with a 21" top tube be even easier?
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A 20" would be the easiest, but it might not be the most comfortable, whereas a 24" or a 26" would be much more comfy and a lot better for transportation.
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Old 06-21-07, 08:01 PM
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Yeah, like minichamp said, the smaller the bike, the easier it is to bunnyhop. But I can't recommend getting a 20" for your use. And fyi: I ride a lot of skateparks, etc on a 20" w/ a 21"TT. It's good for that but for just cruisin' - I always grab my 24" or my old MTB covnerted to a BMX-style ride. I say find a shop that sells bmx & try to give all sizes a spin. Maybe there's an SE dealer in your area. They make 20s, 24s & 26s. I still recommend the Volume though. Just me.
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Old 06-21-07, 09:44 PM
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i know i never like DK but the 24 inch is bot a bad bike.it sounds good for you
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you should definitely just get a MTB if ur 6'3
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Old 06-22-07, 12:46 AM
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Why? Lots of people even taller then that ride 20", hell, my friend is 6'4 and rides 20".
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