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Help me choose a used BMX

Old 03-24-09, 03:24 AM
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Help me choose a used BMX

I want to buy a BMX. With it, I want to learn to bunny hop and cruise around and have fun on it. Hopefully it would be lightweight. I am a beginner but I would like to buy a quality bike so it can have a high resale value if I decide BMX is not for me. Also my brother does flatland so I can maybe give it to him if I dont like it.
My budget is $200.
I would like a straight brake (not the gyro brakes that lets you spin the bars around), to cut down on weight; and I'm pretty sure I wont be trying any barspins.
Actually I think brakes would be optional, I can always buy some brakes later.
I would like the frame and fork to be full 4130 chromoly steel, because I read on the forums its lighter
I would like for it to be somewhat lightweight (<30lbs) and have 3-pc cranks.

Listed below are some bikes I picked out on craigslist around my area. Could you please have a look at the links and tell me which ones are worth it? I know there are a lot of links but I am new to BMX so I have no idea what to look for. My brother told me to look for companies that make exclusively BMX bikes (not also road/mtn bikes). But I noticed that Haro makes exclusively BMX bikes, but it seems some of their bikes are pretty bad, so I'm not sure if haro is a good company.

Yellow Haro BMX X-01 Backtrail Series - $150
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1087318387.html

Red Haro Bmx bike - $200
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1087197799.html

Rhythm BMX Bike - $175
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1086131400.html

Free Agent BMX Race Bike - $200
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1085823322.html

RedLine Tarmac and Trail Series - $150 (are these 1pc or 3pc cranks?)
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1080513458.html

Giant Bmx Bike - $150
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1078462258.html

EASTERN LOWDOWN BMX BIKE - $150
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1076689848.html

20.75'' DK BMX Park bike - $200
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1074138069.html

MirraCo Blend 2 BMX Bike - $20
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1068891735.html

2008 Haro F2 20inch BMX Green - $200
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1066891334.html

Haro F2 series bmx bike - $150
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1065901234.html

GT FLY - $110
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1065275012.html

Fitbike Freestyle BMX Team Edt. - $200
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1059216692.html

Freeagent BMX bike - $170
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1058618572.html

Custom BMX Haro/Fly/Fit - $200
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1056060711.html

haro f3 bmx bike - $90
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1044890385.html

Fuse BMX Model-III - $125
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1044699956.html

dragonfly bmx biike - $150
https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/1088578003.html

20' bmx bike mirraco.fivestarpark - $180
https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/1084383053.html

BMX RACING BIKE MOSH EXPERT - $175
https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/1084349413.html

GIANT GFR BMX BIKE / BICYCLE - $100
https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/1079176229.html

20inch Redline Bmx Bike - $80
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lac...081739723.html

Hoffman bike - $150
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...079936442.html

mosh bmx bike - $250
https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/1069775239.html

free agent hell cat - $200
https://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...086831385.html

dave mirra 20" $250 obo
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1086664544.html

20" BMX Fitbike XL - $225
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1083227298.html

BMX Intense.. - $240
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1070236284.html

GT BMX Bike - $250
https://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/1055734926.html

dirt jumping bike built - $200
https://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/1051002150.html

Also what is the difference between a freewheel and cassette in the rear? I understand cassettes can be made smaller (9-11t) and freewheels are restricted to 15t and larger, but are cassettes better than freewheels? are they better made or last longer? From what I understand, a smaller tooth cog would wear out faster than a larger cog. But I guess with a smaller cog you can run a smaller chainring in the front and it would be less weight and size? Is that the appeal to using small cassettes?
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The very last bike in that list SEEMS like the best.

Freewheels are basically a cog the threads onto a freewheel hub. They now go down to a 12T which has bushings instead of bearings. And cassettes have a driver and a cog goes onto them. A 1-piece driver can go down to an 8T and a 2-piece can go down to an 11T I think. People like them because like you said, you can run smaller gears, which in turn makes it lighter and more out of the way.
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word. go with the last one.
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