I really miss all that foam protection stuff...............NOT !
Hey guys. Just chiming in here, 31 years old, just got thrown off pinkbike, and I hit my first jump as a wee lad in 1987 on a 30 pound bike with mag wheels and dia comps. I hope vital will be a better fit.
Im 46 and stll trying to ridewith my kidsi dont do any tricks now days about the only thing i can kind of do is a half ass table top but i habe fun flying around and carving the skate parks and going to the tracks with my kids. I would like to see more dirt jumping and park riding in xgames and tv events and alot more of freeride mountain biking and i would like to see way less half pipe sorry guys its probably fun to ride but kind of boring to watch
just getting back into riding after many years away and its nice to see threads like this. im 32 glad to see im not the oldest on here. im currently waiting to have back surgery but as soon as im healed up I cant wait to buy a Sunday model c and get back into it.
Hey guys, I just been thinking about getting back on the wheels lately also, getting tired of seeing my poor bike rust away outside on the patio, think im gonna rip it apart for old times sake and maybe upgrade all those parts that i never could afford when i was younger.
Been checking out the forums here a bit the last week or so and trying to see where the current state of things is, does look a bit annoying with kids and weight nazis and the like, but not much different then we were kids, just new generation of brats i guess.
The only surprising thing i seen so far was those new (at least new for me) hubs that can go backwards, like some sort of centrifugal clutch or something, that was neat. otherwise searching through here and danscomp etc. doesn't seem like too much reason to buy new stuff. ill prob pick up a new chain, a new brake lever that i had broke a while back, and possibly new brake cables, maybe do a paint job. otherwise ill break it down, get all the rust and paint off, repaint it, lube the bearings in the gyro, headset, crank, just take my time and enjoy it, hopefully be riding pretty soon....
i'm 40 and have been out of the loop since i'm 17.. do the math lol! now i just got my two sons (13 and 10) their own bmx bikes off some bike store in my country, pre-built. both are 20-inchers.. so you can just imagine that the components are mostly crappy. as for me, i am now contemplating on building my own bike again and start riding with my kids and maybe relearn my old tricks and show it yo them. my problem now is that there are a lot of variations now when it comes to parts.. cassettes? what the fuck is that?! 25 teeth crank?! oh boy! i grew up and learned to ride and jump on one-piece cranks .. and my idols were matt hoffman and josh white.. oh and cru jones lol!
some store clerks are offering me a steal deal on mountain bikes. so i said to him, "what the hell am i gonna do with that?!" tsk!
BTW, my kid wants me to put a basket on his bike.. OMG!
so, the bottomline here is I want to welcome myself to this thread and to the forum :-D
Anyone got problems riding on your age ? Personaly it takes more time for me to recover from injury....
Just got back into riding about 2 weeks ago..All started with a diamond back 24 cruiser spotted on craigs list..I picked it up for a 100.oo bucks..My 17 year old daughter jumped on it and really liked it so the next day I got her a 24 haro..That started a viscous cycle that im now consumed in..a few days later I bought a mirraco 2040 and sold the db the my buddy..That weekend said buddy and I put 26 straight miles on our cruisers in a matter of a couple hours..Im about 2 weeks into this bike bender and im the proud owner of a stolen score and a mirraco blend also..Frickin house is lookin like a damn bike shop.lol..Im really diggin the new style bmx parts..Those little sprockets were a mind fuck for me for a while but I settled into them real well.The bars on the 2040 had to be upgraded so I scooped up a set of eastern 7.25 rise..Its good to be back ridin like a kid again..Thrash on guys!!
Glad this thread was on here. I have been wanting to get back into BMX once again and figured I'd come on here and see what's going on.
I am 29, started riding when I was 14 or so and rode until I was about 19 or 20. I pretty much always rode street because there was no parks near me. Joined the Army and went to riding a 26" eastern when I was about 23. After that I got my self a couple full suspension bikes and did the trail thing but other than being good cardio I was never super into it.
I have pretty much always stayed somewhat up to date with the trends and what not. I plan on finding either a newer custom off craigslist or I might get myself the 2015 Fit Aiken 2 gold.
As far as all the trends and what not, that is something that has been in BMX for the last 15 years at least. However, like many of you guys already mentioned it seems a bit segregated now which is a bummer. That is to be expected though as the sport is evolving and getting more popular.
I absolutely love the newer style of bikes. When I left for the Army the whole light weight thing was starting, it was annoying at first but I saw the benefits of it and I learned to love it. And as far as brakeless and what not that has been around since I started back in 1998-99 so that doesn't bother me one bit. I plan on going brakeless with my new ride even in my old age.
My first real bike was a Hoffman Taj, with slam bars, redneck stem, alex triples, etc and I rode brakeless my entire life, not for weight savings or because it was cool. I did it because brakes were expensive for a 15-16 year old, and I was broke from buying all the other parts. And it was just something else to break or have to maintain so it just simplified everything.
I just laugh when us older guys bash how stuff is evolving. It reminds me of old people talking crap about rock n' roll.
"you whipper-snappers and your devil music!" You can't legitimately complain about how everything is so separated and then talk crap about new school riders.
You guys just need to adapt and evolve with the sport or be stuck in old days. There is nothing wrong with wanting to experience the nostalgia of your BMX days but I am sure when you were younger, older people were looking at you thinking the exact things you are thinking about the new school riders. Just be happy that the sport is thriving now and didn't die off like rollerblading lol.
With that being said, I still enjoyed reading all the posts from all the old guys. It definitely made me feel a little more comfortable coming back into the sport. Even though I am old and broken now I have dreams of one day being able to do at least a couple cool tricks. I will settle for some bunny hop bars, tailwhips on flat, flat 360s and getting back my manuals.
My son is turning 3 soon and I hope to get him started early on BMX so that way we can ride together.
By the way I am in AZ so if any of you older guys are in the PHX area I will be down for a ride.
40yrs old, just bought a Diamondback Element. 22yrs+ of not riding and my last bike was a DP Firebird Freestyler. I got the Diamondback for a bit of fun and fitness, and apart from the low seat post height these days (so no sitting down unless you’re stopped) I’ve no complaints about geometry or build quality. Blasting about on BMX is tons more fun then any work out at a gym next to a load of zombies on treadmills, but I am already noticing its pretty tough on my older knees though, compared to when you’re a kid and indestructible!
Wow I can't believe Im considered a older rider!! WTF happened. I run a 24" Felt Brink. I wish I could find some 48h rims for it. I do run plastic pegs for 4 years now and no problems, I tried to run plastic pedals but they are no good, Im back on medal ones
One thing I wanna bitch about is the disrespect the younger riders have for the sport. When I was a kids, my friends and I went down to the city hall and fought for the skatepark to be put in. We didnt get to ride it untill i was 25 years old. Now these young punks destroy the park and disrespect it, breaking bottles tearing off ramps and rails. They dont know what it is like to have to build stuff! And no one wears gear!
Im 30 still ride i had a GT vertigo when i 1st started loved it wish i still had it just 2compare wiv my bike now, hate skinny jeans
I'll be thirty in November, and last month I just got my old joey Garcia automatic comp Schwinn rolling again. I'm dying to get back into riding again, its been about 12-15 yrs since I rode hard. It still feels natural when I ride but its gonna take awhile to get it fully back.