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MadMan2k 01-01-05 12:55 AM

BMX bike or 'street' bike
I'd like to get a bike for street riding. I have a mountain bike atm, but it's not really designed for that type of riding, so...

I could get a BMX bike for it (DK Cincinnati was recommended to me), which is probably best, but I've never been able to get the feel for them.. Obviously, there's plenty of riders taller/bigger than me who can ride them just fine, and do all kinds of crazy stuff. I just feel more comfortable on a bike with 26" wheels, bars with a small rise, etc. I'm 5'10 or so, weigh about 135lb. I probably won't grow more than a few more inches, so I should get a 19.5 inch top tube? Or 20, etc?

Or, I could get a 'street' mountain bike, like the P.1 or STP1, etc (I do want a singlespeed.. if I do go singlespeed with a custom build, I'd use a BMX cog, chain, probably cranks if they worked. I'd probably either get an Azonic Steelhead frame or a Transition ToP frame, since those seem like good deals... Both are small frames, similar to a BMX in some ways).

I'm willing to spend quite a bit if I need to (if I save up for a few months worth of paychecks).
I guess the advantages for a bmx bike is, they start out pretty cheap, you can run pegs without looking like an idiot, and they're probably less likely to break the wheels or etc...
The advantages for a street bike are comfort factor, and.. yes, i'll admit it.. bragging rights.

I actually told myself I'd keep the post short.. never happens with my topics, does it? :P

JMC 01-01-05 03:50 AM

go bmx. get a 20' to a 21' top tube, it'll be easier to get used to for you. i'd strongly recommend test riding any bike you are considering to buy. thats the big thing. find your soulmate.

MadMan2k 01-01-05 12:20 PM

I rode the Haro Backtrail x1 in the bike shop parking lot, I kind of liked it.. I can ride BMX bikes fine if I just ride them, but wheelies or whatever don't feel right. I could probably get used to it..

I guess the bikes I could get locally would be Haro, GT, DK, Diamondback, and probably a couple others.

What about one of the 24" bikes? Do they make those with pegs?

Maelstrom 01-01-05 12:22 PM

Yes they do. And depending on your size you may find it more comfortable. BMX always feels tiny to me.

rice400 01-01-05 12:47 PM

i have a haro backtrail x1. i think its pretty nice

i can't ride right now though. i got a popped front tube and i need to go to the store and by one

bmxrdr88 01-03-05 08:45 PM

im 5' 10" aswell. and i ride a 20.75"tt. so you might want to try that. but just try out some bikes, and se how it goes from there.

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