I grew up riding BMX bikes in the neighborhood, the same as every other kid on the block. I delivered papers on my Mongoose, envied my friends Redline, and even was part of the 8 kid chain that laid on the ground to let the one ‘semi-pro’ rider in town prove how many junior high kids he could jump over. Yeah, pretty stupid, but that’s junior high right. I haven’t owned a BMX bike of any sort for over 25 years…but here I am, turning 40 in just a couple months, seriously contemplating one again. Why? Good question…I’m asking myself the same thing…..
The biggest reason I’m thinking about picking one up, is because of my 11 year old son. When I first started riding more seriously last year, I found a smaller sized flat bar road bike that he could reasonably handle. We did one ride together, around my normal 12 mile loop, and by the end, he wasn’t in love with it. Didn’t like the bike a whole lot, so we passed it on to Mom, and set out to figure something else out.
Next we built up a single speed for him, but it turns out he didn’t really like that either, and we sold it…and with the proceeds he went back to the bike he knew he loved, a Premium (Haro) BMX. He rides it all over the place without really stopping…but we don’t do any riding together.
I have, once or twice, educated him on the basic tricks of the old guard – bunny hopping and curb endo’ing – which he clearly points out is “totally old school,” and apparently you don’t do wheelies anymore, it’s called a “manual” now, but no matter…the old man was still able to show a few things he hadn’t seen, and didn’t have in his bag of tricks yet.
After those two instances of trickery, I was sore the next day. Turns out hefting 215+ lbs up in the air, when you’re not used to it, can put a little stress on the muscles needed to do so. And in those moments, I was pretty sure that big guys like me probably don’t belong on such a small sized bike, and that I’d stick to my solid steel framed road bikes. But then I found out about Robbie Morales, from FitBikeCo. He’s no dainty fella himself:
And more here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnV8yzJf37k – (not responsible for rap content)
So I think there’s hope for a stout fella like myself. And I think my son would absolutely love cruising around together. I’ve actually stopped in a couple times to check out some bikes…I may just have to pull the trigger.