Should I start riding again?

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12/22/2015 5:23 AM

Hey guys!

My name is Aaron McNeilly and I used to ride almost ever day since i was 15! I progressed alot throughout til i was about 17, had a sponsor as well! But from when i was 17 i sort of drifting from it and started hanging about with the wrong kind of people getting into trouble, taking drugs etc...and ending up having to live in a hostel.

Now I am off drugs 5 months and back living with my family i have my bike just sitting in the shed its a full custom sunday funday orange soda and im never going to sell it although i dont see the point in it sitting there... I want to start riding again but i just can never get round to it but time is not an issue its my lack of attitude and some my say laziness although i feel like if i start again i will just get frustrated because i cant get tricks down bat and just end up giving up. Also i dont seem to have the balls I used to have to try out new things.

I respect any helpful feedback and i dont appreciate anyone mocking me for the bad decisions i have previously made and I have worked my ass off changing my life for good.

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A Mcneilly

12/22/2015 5:27 AM

I have had similar "breaks" from riding in my past. The best thing you can do is start riding again, trust me. Riding is now the most important thing in my life (aside from family) and it really keeps me focused. Can't beat it!

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If it ain't broke...

12/22/2015 5:32 AM

@BikeLove626

Thank you so much for sharing that! That was kind of thing I wanted to hear! Did you find that after your breaks you pogressed back to your level quick enough or did it take alot off time? Thanks again for getting back to me man!

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A Mcneilly

12/22/2015 5:35 AM

BikeLove626 wrote:

I have had similar "breaks" from riding in my past. The best thing you can do is start riding again, trust me. Riding is now the most important thing in my life (aside from family) and it really keeps me focused. Can't beat it!

Thank you so much for sharing that! That was kind of thing I wanted to hear! Did you find that after your breaks you pogressed back to your level quick enough or did it take alot off time? Thanks again for getting back to me man!

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A Mcneilly

12/22/2015 5:54 AM

Aaron McNeilly wrote:

@BikeLove626

Thank you so much for sharing that! That was kind of thing I wanted to hear! Did you find that after your breaks you pogressed back to your level quick enough or did it take alot off time? Thanks again for getting back to me man!

I was actually very surprised at how quickly I got it all back. I almost couldn't tell the difference after a week. Now I am better then I was before.

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If it ain't broke...

12/22/2015 6:39 AM

YES.
Start riding again will probably will be one of the best decision of your life.

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12/22/2015 6:52 AM

Hey Aaron.

Don't get discouraged. BMX is a sport that might phase out once in a while, but when it comes back, it comes back hard. The only thing stopping this is, apparently, your reluctance to get started again.

Who cares if your riding went down? Who cares if you can't ride as you once did? Who cares if you no longer have the balls? What if you hopped on your bike, tried a 180, and failed?

You are still young, so this is all wrong. Don't think you can't do it.

You can, man. Just get over the first impression and that bike will be sticking at your side like gum on a shoe.

I get desperate sometimes. But I don't give up.

I look at the pros, and I say, wow, I want to be like them... I want to be able to do flips, tail whips, double barspins, 720s... THen I look at the mass of people who have quit: my friends, who no longer ride, and whose bike, like yours, is rotting away in a shed, gathering dust, unloved and forgotten.

I realize that the thing that separates those people from pros is that pros don't give up. Everyone can ride BMX. But if someone can feel the BMX vibe and can live to ride, ride to live; that's because they have pushed through their difficulties. That's because they have never let themselves down.

BMX for me is not how many tricks you can do. But how many times you can get back up.

THe way people combat this is to ride with friends.

I don't have any friend to ride with-the scene here is dead.

So what do I do? I take care of my bike. I switch up parts as soon as they die to freshen up the bike. I try different things.

And I don't give up.

Neither should you.

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It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

12/22/2015 6:57 AM

Tell you what.

Just ride. Just cruise. Don't go thrash metal hard. Go violin soft.

If you are free, go get your bike. Wipe off the dust. Stop vitalling.

Ride wherever you want! Dont do tricks. If you fail a simple thing, you will get discouraged pretty fast. Ride for fun. Get reacquainted back with the feel of your bike. How it handles. How it breathes. Do tire slides. Ride around Belfast. Go to a park. Look at all the kids who try, try, try, and yet fail. Say to yourself that;you have gone further than them; you can do better than them. You used to be sponsored. Heck, if someone thinks your riding is good enough to put cash in your hands, then do that. Ride.

Ride.

As soon as you get a trick back again, you'll only start climbing the ladder: and this time, Aaron, dude you are going to go sky-high.

Peace out, I gotta sleep.

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It doesn't matter where a train goes. It's decidin' to get on that does.

12/22/2015 6:59 AM

Do it! I'm 34 and have had plenty of time off my bike over the years. Mostly due to other hobbies getting in the way, or money problems. I always end back up on a bmx at some point though.
This time round I plan on riding until my body gives up, it's already pretty close! Just ride because you enjoy it though, don't stress. You won't worry about getting tricks if you just take it for what it is, pissing about on a little bike.
I'm no where near as good as I was 10 years ago, but I'm pretty sure my smile is bigger!

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12/22/2015 7:10 AM

i took 5 or 6 year off because of drugs, i start back riding 5 year ago. At first is a pain in the ass but after a week or two you forget all that and you start having fun again...

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12/22/2015 8:22 AM

I honestly cant thank you guys enough for giving me your time to encourage me!! Ive been through hell and back in my life due to adoption and family break ups and as i previously stated drugs...Not saying this to start a pity party at all I just feel that yous have really helped me even though yous might think yous have just wrote a couple of words that will make me feel better, reason for my longer reply here is that I went out on my bike just about my street and i just feel back in love with riding again haha i must of spent about an hour on my bike in just that flat space out side my house and i got flat 360's, 180 half cabs manuals and hang 5's, i have suddenly remember how could riding makes ou feel and if you guys didnt take your time to reply to my post none of that would have happened so I really wish all you guys the best of luck with what yous do and hope yous get blessed and have a great christmas!!

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A Mcneilly

12/22/2015 1:47 PM

If you want to, do it. Don't use what random dudes on the internet tell you as a means to justify what YOU want.

By all means, go for it if that's what you wanna do. BMX will always welcome a person back. If you don't, no worries, then don't.

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12/22/2015 8:49 PM

I'm going to be the side who's real straight up here. Only ride again if that's what you really want to do. Some people quit riding for a reason. If you want to ride bikes, then fuck yeah, go ride bikes, it's the shit. But don't force yourself to do something you don't want to do just because you have a bike and someone on the Internet said you should ride it.

But in the words of Tyler, the Creator, "get a bunch of bikes and ride em around with your friends. It's the shit."

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12/23/2015 7:26 AM
Edited Date/Time: 12/23/2015 7:29 AM

For arguements sake

Don't start riding again

Start drugs again

Skateparks are packed enough with scooter kids , be that guy who's at the skatepark high on drugs running around sucker punching scooter kids , every skatepark needs that guy

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