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Captain Worley 09-08-09 10:57 AM

BMX for the middle aged guy
 
I'm looking to start biking again for my health. I have an old Giant Iguana mountain bike, but I'd really like to get a BMX bike just to horse around with. I'm wondering if one of the big box off the rack 20" BMX will work for me.

Parameters:
-43, not in great shape
-32" in seam
-Just street, very light off road (if any)
-No tricks
- Maybe an hour a day of riding

So, will a light cheapie bike work for what I want?

fuzzbox 09-08-09 11:11 AM

So you are just using this to commute basically? If there are no trick involve I suggest a race bike.

Captain Worley 09-08-09 11:17 AM

Not commuting so much as riding up and down the street. I really don't need something that can cover a lot of distance real fast. I have the mountain bike if I want to do that.

fuzzbox 09-08-09 11:35 AM

http://www.danscomp.com/101700.php?cat=RACE
Probably the lightest you could go for a stock and still be under $300.

Kodyo 09-08-09 12:04 PM

I don't think he wants a race bike.
How tall are you? Need to know what tt you need.
Do you want a trick bmx or a cruiser? One has 20" wheels, the other 24"

If you aren't doing tricks, you can def get away with a hi tenisle frame, and a bike under $300, but i wouldn't get anything resembling walmart or target bmx.
Get a cheap DK, WTP, Subrosa, or Kink.

fuzzbox 09-08-09 12:15 PM

He said he isn't going to do tricks and wants it lightweight. That's what I gave him. A hi ten bike is a waste of money.

Captain Worley 09-08-09 12:21 PM

Light weight not terribly important. I mistyped, I guess.

The Target Walmart genre isn't that great? I saw they had Mongoose, which was da bomb when I was a kid in the 70s.

Maybe I'm looking to relive my misspent youth...

meanwhile 09-08-09 01:17 PM


Originally Posted by Captain Worley (Post 9635661)
Maybe I'm looking to relive my misspent youth...

Then buy a cromolly framed bike from back in the day off ebay. Wheels and power train and such may need replacing (you can use recent but used) but good frames live forever, short of catastrophe.

bhkyte 09-08-09 01:32 PM

Get doing some tricks,one middle aged man to another!

I have just bought an Onza curve trails bike having raced BMX in the 80's, After about 8 weeks my tricks are equaling what I could do back then(mostly).
It is great for fittness, strenght and even weight loss. You dont realise how hard you are trying to keep on the Bike!

progre-ss 09-08-09 03:14 PM

from a late 30s who bought a bmx to hang with my kids, might i suggest looking on craigslist? i bought my volume for dirt cheap as the original owner bought a harley. i enjoy riding it and takubg jumps withcthe boys, even the one little curb jump that had me landing on my face!

Captain Worley 09-09-09 01:00 PM

Thanks for all the advice. Sat on a 20" yesterday and was knocking the handlebars with my knees. Guess I'll just pull the old Iguana out of the basement and ride it.

bhkyte 09-09-09 01:18 PM


Originally Posted by Captain Worley (Post 9643074)
Thanks for all the advice. Sat on a 20" yesterday and was knocking the handlebars with my knees. Guess I'll just pull the old Iguana out of the basement and ride it.

You will not knock your knees on a trails bike. Not even close.

Captain Worley 09-09-09 01:27 PM

Are they longer wb or something?

fuzzbox 09-09-09 01:59 PM

Or just get a longer TT or a cruiser.

Talber 09-13-09 10:08 AM

22" bikes look a fave of the guys wanting a bigger-looking bike that's still useful on street or trails.
faction bikes (Google it).

xkillemallx16 09-13-09 09:12 PM

Good luck getting started! ;)

meatpants 09-14-09 08:38 PM

honestly, you should look at a mid-'90's 24" bmx cruiser. you can get 'em for about $200 and they will be a bit bigger, and be super comfortable for you... do it.


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