Fat old man needing advice

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3/15/2015 10:07 AM

Ok here is the thing. 52 years old over 300lbs. Need to lose weight and get in shape again. Have a good friend who races box with his son and it looks interesting. I have not always been this fat and haveountain biked some in the past. Thinking of trying bmx. Where do I start? What size bike? I know I will have to work out a while and drop weight before hitting the track. What do you think? Good idea or just stupid old man? Any tips or ideas or bike info greatly appreciated.

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3/15/2015 10:22 AM

It's never too late to start. If you'd like to start racing I'd suggest checking with your local bike shop. They might be able to steer you in the right direction by helping you find a track and maybe hook you up with some local racers if there are any. There are a few tracks in Indiana. This site can help you out as well.

http://usabmx.com/site/sections/3?force_mobile=1

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3/15/2015 11:01 AM

I was 285 when I started, so I bought a bike strong enough to handle me. Then built a custom a month later, lol. Go to a bike shop, see what feels good under you.

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3/15/2015 11:42 AM

What's your height?

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3/15/2015 12:12 PM

bobPA wrote:

What's your height?

6'

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3/15/2015 3:10 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/15/2015 3:10 PM

You might feel more comfortable on a 24 inch race bike instead of a small 20 inch

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3/16/2015 8:36 AM

TKeck wrote:

It's never too late to start. If you'd like to start racing I'd suggest checking with your local bike shop. They might be able to steer you in the right direction by helping you find a track and maybe hook you up with some local racers if there are any. There are a few tracks in Indiana. This site can help you out as well.

http://usabmx.com/site/sections/3?force_mobile=1

This is the best advice for your scenario.

Check out the local shops, check out local tracks when they are open. People are always willing to give advice.

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3/16/2015 10:36 AM

Thanks everyone for the help.

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3/16/2015 12:41 PM

I'd suggest a something in the 21.5" top tube range. Look for something with dirt inspired geometry. Fbm steadfast, S&M creedence.

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3/16/2015 2:39 PM

What about a 26" cruiser?

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3/16/2015 2:48 PM

If your looking into getting into racing if deffinatly suggest a cruiser size bike 24 or 26 , something to just have fun on and won't kill your back being so hunched over

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3/16/2015 3:26 PM
Edited Date/Time: 3/16/2015 3:28 PM

bob.barker.10 wrote:

What about a 26" cruiser?

If you're just wanting to get into riding then a 26" bike will be fine. If you actually want to be able to race a 26" won't be allowed in the 24" cruiser class. As far as I know, there is no 26" class.

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