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Old 11-01-04, 01:07 AM
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I am 15 years old, I weigh less than 100 pounds and I can bench next to nothing, I could be ashamed to admit that I can actually only bench like 35 (but seeing as I am a girl that never had much appeal for me) what I'm wondering is, am I physically capable of doing BMX? and where could I get some solid verification? thanks in advance
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Old 11-01-04, 08:40 AM
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If you can ride a bike you can.

It depends really on what you want to do though - race, street, dirt, vert, flatland? That is your first decision as it affects directly the type of bike you need to purchase.

Street is probably the most physical right away. But, just jumping - hitting jumps and learning bike control is not that physical. It's a skill and it is something that may take years to get perfect, so if you are small, then now is the time to learn how to control the bike so when you get a little bigger it is second nature to whip the bike around as you want.

Racing is very physical, but doesn't demand it right away - you can work you way into becoming fast and strong for racing.

Dirt is a jumping skill - all about years of jumping and comes with practice.
Vert is just crazy, but can be worked into as you get better.
Flatland is very, very, very difficult, but is the least brutal on your body (except shins) generally speaking.

Which bike you buy depends on what type of riding you want to try and if you just want to try out everything then you may want to start with something like the DK Cincinnati at www.danscomp.com and go from there.
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Im a girl and I ride, you can do it sister!!!!!!!
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Try increasing your upper body strenght with another sport.

Judo is great for ballance and control falling (rolling).

Any gymnastic or swimming will also increase your ability to ride well.

Bikes are ballance - then legs -then bunnyhops.

The motions for pulling up handlebars require different muscles than you work bench pressing.

A different upperbody excercise will work better than isolation rep weights.

For biking? I mtb...boxing? pushups? swimming..judo or gymnastics for ballance.

The bike makes the legs strong..but your upper body needs the same exercise.
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