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Old 03-09-10, 11:37 PM
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Any former BMX'ers in here?

If so, please answer me these:

A) Why on earth do I see BMX bikes with the saddle nose point practically straight up? What purpose can that possible serve? Colonoscopy?

B) Then you see them with the saddle slammed all the way down to the seat lug (as such), there is no possible way to sit on the bike AND pedal at the same time, because the distance between the top of the saddle and the top of the pedal stroke is like 4 inches (or some ridiculously small amount).

I've been pondering these for some time, and can't come up with anything, so I thought I'd ask.

Yeah, I'm old. And I don't get it.
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The seat is not really for sitting on. You don't generally RIDE a BMX bike, you use it for jumping tricks and ****. It's there to make sure the top tube doesn't hit you in your vital areas. As for the nose pointing straight up, I have no idea.
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The nose pointing straight up is an old style some used to keep the seat out the way of turndowns, with the leg going under the seat. (like this photo). Having a seat angled like this showed you were more of a trails rider than a street rider who light land sitting down.

My bikes not had a seat post since 2005, since the bike is 100% for stunts and not for travling distance. I find having a seat gets in the way when jumping. I got alot of stick for not having a seatpost, but to me it made sense.

Most people have a very small seat post to make sure their bmx looks like a bike and not a scooter, or to get the seat in the right place to grip with the legs for barspins

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Old 03-10-10, 10:56 AM
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It also has to do with the angle of your body when sitting (eg coasting). Your legs are at a different angle than on a road bike, and so the seat is more comfortable with a slight upward angle. You really never sit and pedal on a BMX.
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