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9/21/2018 1:26 PM

Has anyone here taken a break from BMX intentionally?
The only thing getting between me and riding is work and school at the moment, I'm going to be moving to Leeds next year for uni as well and I'm not sure how I can fit in BMX and everything else.

I would just like to know if there are people who have successfully came back from a period without riding.

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9/21/2018 1:35 PM

I have many times. I've taken a few years off here and there over the last 16 years of riding.

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9/21/2018 1:37 PM

All the time . It makes coming back more fun. I've had school full time for 7 months and just finished , so I rode little during it . I've just finished , now I plan on coming back and riding and trying to expand some tricks instead of just riding . Also the weather holds me back quite a bit here , not to mention I have a specialist appointment next month to see what type of surgery I will need on my knee ... potentially 3 to 6 months off any activity which will suck .

I think talking a break is a good thing , its like of you ever play video games and get bored after a while . Sometimes you hit a peak in your riding , and time off gives you some fresh air and gets you more stoked

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9/21/2018 1:42 PM

I've noticed it's actually beneficial for me to take breaks from whatever I do, whether it was BMX, skateboarding or parkour. Sometimes months, sometimes years but everytime I return to it I notice how I quickly get above the level I was before taking the break. Don't really know how that works but it does for me.

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9/21/2018 1:42 PM

Yeah I took a year break this last year and it sucked coming back. I was able to relearn everything except hop whips

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9/21/2018 1:50 PM

I've had a few too. First when I was 17 because I was in college and poor. Then I rode again for a year when I was 19, then started again when I was 21 for a few years. Then again at 27 for about a year. Then started again at 32 and I'm still going. Every time I had a break was from not being able to afford to replace parts, but when I was 27 my son was born, an old knee injury was playing up, and I made the conscious decision to quit because I didn't want to hurt myself and miss out on doing stuff with him. Now I feel like I've only got a few years left in me so want to make the most of it, but I'll hopefully be riding into my 40's and beyond.
The best thing about starting after a break is the stoke levels, especially if you've still got a few tricks. And the best thing about getting old is you stop caring if you're good, which is a truly liberating feeling.

Loads of students ride, and it'll give you plenty of opportunity to find new local spots. You'll meet other riders, and you get plenty of time off. It's a much better time to take advantage of it than working a full time job and having a family!
Make uni your first priority, and bmx your second. You can do other stuff later on in life. I wish I never spent time off my bike. I wish I worked part time when I was still at home too. I didn't need a full time job, and it gave me less time to do what I want.

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9/21/2018 2:12 PM

Rabbe wrote:

I've noticed it's actually beneficial for me to take breaks from whatever I do, whether it was BMX, skateboarding or parkour. ...more

Same here man..I think it has something to do with perspective and mental blocks

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9/21/2018 2:34 PM

Yes. 100%, and its a huge benefit to know when to take a break and then actually take it. Do it. Concentrate on what's important (Pro-TIp: BMX is awesome, but not important to every day life in the big picture) and come back refreshed.

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9/21/2018 2:47 PM

grumpySteve wrote:

I've had a few too. First when I was 17 because I was in college and poor. Then I rode again for a year when I was 19, then ...more

I echo what Steve says...ride when your young cos as soon as work/family comes along then there goes most of your free time/money

Plus there’s a few of us up north so you can always jump a train and come ride with us

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9/22/2018 12:23 AM

grumpySteve wrote:

I've had a few too. First when I was 17 because I was in college and poor. Then I rode again for a year when I was 19, then ...more

I think I'll definitely take my bike to uni then and maybe being in a bigger town will make me want to ride if I see spots and stuff.

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9/22/2018 12:24 AM

philbaines wrote:

I echo what Steve says...ride when your young cos as soon as work/family comes along then there goes most of your free ...more

I am one of those few, (Newcastle) smile

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9/22/2018 1:25 AM

Me and Aitkenisgod sometimes meet up in Leeds (including this coming Wednesday) to ride so when you're down here you will have to get in touch and we'll go ride.

I rode for about a year when I was 16 and then quit because of a lack of money for parts/total lack of balls to learn any tricks. When I turned 24 (last summer) i started again and I'm so glad I came back to it, loving every moment I get on the bike

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9/22/2018 2:53 AM

grumpySteve wrote:

I've had a few too. First when I was 17 because I was in college and poor. Then I rode again for a year when I was 19, then ...more

philbaines wrote:

I echo what Steve says...ride when your young cos as soon as work/family comes along then there goes most of your free ...more

Edman123 wrote:

I am one of those few, (Newcastle) smile

You're a geordie? Do you have a funny accent? ?

My grandad was a geordie.

BTW, I'm selling those profile cranks and hubs if you're interested #sorryforthreadjacking

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9/22/2018 7:27 AM

Yeah quite a few times over the years. That old saying tho “if you don’t use it you lose it” rings true, always super rusty when starting back again but never takes too long to pick it back up again.

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9/22/2018 7:17 PM

I stopped when I was like 16 after riding for 5 years. I graduated HS early, and college at that age was ass and I was doing pretty well trading online. I just started traveling a bunch n found it much easier/cheaper to carry a skateboard. Finally settled now, so I got back on a bike like a month and some change ago. I’m not yet where I was before, but Its been raining daily so I’m lucky if I can get 3 rides a week. Also, my stance somehow switched, so i’m having to relearn things. I can still do pretty well “fuck-footed” though. Every time I ride, i improve a lot. I was able to hop bar height after my first week. The hardest thing for me currently is manuals and little bike control things like that which rely heavily on muscle memory, as opposed to technique. Geometry is drastically different than it was in 2008, but its actually much more comfortable and was much easier to adapt to than I thought it would be.

TL;DR You pick it back up quick. Bike control will suffer more than tricks will. If you stay off for a long time the tech will be different and you’ll have to adapt.

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9/23/2018 2:02 AM

Edman123 wrote:

Has anyone here taken a break from BMX intentionally?
The only thing getting between me and riding is work and school at the ...more

Yes, but I was hurt and riding mountain bikes so not sure if that counts. Seeing minus knee flex, I was jumping and wall riding on the 26”.

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