• 01-26-2013
    Katz
    Thanks for the video. I noticed you're jumping off a curb doing 180. Is that easier than doing it on flat ground? Seems you'll have ever so slightly more time to rotate the bike before the tires hit the ground.

    I probably should get a cheap rear wheel for practicing this. I don't want to bend my FR2050 rim. Seems nobody makes red rims anymore.
  • 01-26-2013
    GaspinForAir
    i didn't notice much of a difference, but i'm new to pavement riding and 180 off the curb was scarier for me than flatland 180's lol i rode in my backyard till winter made it to sloppy to ride on.

    The main problem i found with 180's off that curb was being scared and not going fast enough and clipping the curb with my front tire as i came around.
  • 01-26-2013
    pequin
    Any age 40s - 50s + Rider Here?

    Yeah, I'm 62. Haven't ridden a MTB since I was 40.

    I've been sick for quite a few years. I'm healing now thanks to great nutrition, and I feel so good now that I just got a MTB the other day. I need exercise, and exercise in & of itself is BORING. SUX! Much better to get out in the sunshine & fresh air.
  • 02-03-2013
    KennieC
    I'm 49 :) I started riding for exercise and weight loss and love it...I'm a addict now :)
  • 02-10-2013
    kevbo
    Turning 43. Jumpin my DJ out at the Folsom trail. Any body want to charge it let me know. Got over 13 jumps/obstacles going on 2 mile loop.
  • 02-11-2013
    bikeabuser
    51, and trying to get the body to remember stuff I did as a kid ... Without killing myself :)
  • 02-11-2013
    williesurvives1
    Im in my 50's and it's fun to try some small tricks like you mentioned mm9
    I just built my first hardtail dj bike and will soon be trying some small tricks with it
    it's a bit of a learning curve if your use to a full suspension bike like I was cause you come down with no plush ouch!.
  • 04-07-2013
    MarkEasthill
    52 here & since my biking time is so limited now days due to working 2 much OT (saving for retirement, ugggh) I find a simple DJ bike my favorite overall bike. Do miss long XC rides, freeriding & Whistler trips but since I been MTB'ing for 25+ yrs now (i.e.: been there & done that, all over western US & CAN) don't like using up time & money on travel & now prefer staying local. Anyway, i'm close to buying a Transition PBJ from Go Huck Yourself (LBS)
  • 04-08-2013
    manual63
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    45 here!
    Going be 46 next month! I ride BMX, 26" DJ, MTB, and road.......the active life is a good life!!

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  • 04-08-2013
    slapheadmofo
    45, been MTBing since 1990 or so, mostly trail/XC with a good bit of DH thrown in. Started getting interested in the DJ/park thing from following my kid around after he 'retired' from BMX racing and turned into a park rat at the ripe old age of 7. Built a few 26" and 24" bikes, but bit the bullet last year and bought a nice 20" ride and since then, I've ridden my mtbs about as much in the past year as I used to in a week; just been having way to much fun on the little bike, even if it is kinda rough on the old bones. Having a pretty good spring so far - managed to figure out 180's, riding fakie for 20-30', some little grinds, making a turn on vert, and dropping in / popping out of all sorts of stuff I never would have thought I'd be able to a few years ago. The kids get a kick out of it when I tell them my goal is to make a turn above the coping by the time I'm 50.
  • 04-13-2013
    jhazard
    45.

    Freestyle/street in the 80's. MTB early 90's. Dropped out completely for about 10 years, back in to it in 2005, but only really on a dj bike for the last year or so. Working on seeing how much I can gain back from what I lost...

  • 04-13-2013
    Katz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    Working on seeing how much I can gain back from what I lost...

    Seems to me you still have more than most of us ever had :) I absolutely suck at jumping...
  • 04-13-2013
    jhazard
    ;) thanks - it was my thing when I a lad, haha. Manuals, bunnyhops and 180s and the like, not sure I'll every get back. I sort of miss riding "urban", might have to put some effort in to that. Its harder now though, don't have the peers around to push and heckle you.
  • 04-13-2013
    Katz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by jhazard View Post
    ...Its harder now though, don't have the peers around to push and heckle you.

    Yeah, that helps a lot. We can post pics and vids here, but it's not quite the same.
  • 05-02-2013
    spirit4earth
    I'd like to get into this, too. What bikes are you riding? I've looked at the Specialized P20 and P26, but being a complete novice in BMX, I don't know what wheel size/bike would work best for me. I'd mostly be riding some dirt jumps out in the woods.
  • 05-03-2013
    Pkay
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    Bmx freestyle during the 80s, stopped for about 20 years, I'm 45 and I ride an mtb nowadays.

    I would like to say that age doesn't matter, but sadly it does, I can maybe do half of the stuff that I used to do on a bmx, and injuries take a looooong time to heal. :cool:
  • 05-03-2013
    jhazard
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by spirit4earth View Post
    I'd like to get into this, too. What bikes are you riding? I've looked at the Specialized P20 and P26, but being a complete novice in BMX, I don't know what wheel size/bike would work best for me. I'd mostly be riding some dirt jumps out in the woods.

    If you're going to be dirt jumping in the woods, I'd go with a 26" wheeled bike. Going back and forth from 20" to 26" can be tricky. You can always buy used, but Airborne is having a special on their Dirt Jump bike for $499. Its a great ride for someone trying to get their feet wet with dirt jumps...
  • 05-03-2013
    jhazard
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Pkay View Post
    Bmx freestyle during the 80s, stopped for about 20 years, I'm 45 and I ride an mtb nowadays.

    I would like to say that age doesn't matter, but sadly it does, I can maybe do half of the stuff that I used to do on a bmx, and injuries take a looooong time to heal. :cool:


    For sure... I'm about in the same boat. Nice air there, btw!
  • 05-03-2013
    Dion
    2 years shy of 40 here... so I really don't count in this lot. BUT! Two weeks ago, I attended the Old School BMX Reunion at WoodWard West. Here is my edit, and ESPN's edit. This was the one event that goes down as the MOST fun I've ever had on a bike. Ever.

    It was surreal. I had a conversation with Mat Hoffman about GoPro cameras. We watched the movie "Rad" with Eddie Fiola and Martin Aparijo (they were the stunt riders in the famous Send Me an Angel dance scene). Both of those guys are 50 and still rip. In fact, all those guys in their 40's and 50's still shred. Jose Yanez invented the damn back-flip and was the stunt man doing it in "Rad"... they were all very cool and incredibly good. Can't wait 'til next year!

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/64426395" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>

    Old School BMX Reunion 2013 | X games Video and Audio | ESPN.co.uk
  • 05-20-2013
    petey15
    Going on 42 here. No experience with bmx (although I did buy one a few years ago, right before they tore down the local track). I've been riding mtb since 2006 and now I'm fascinated with dirt/park riding. I'm finding it hard to figure out what would work best for me and not be too big (5'4" tall - with shoes).
  • 05-21-2013
    slapheadmofo
    45, been riding mtb's for 20+ years, picked up a 20" to follow my kid around the skateparks a couple years ago. Funnest bike I've had in ages; even with gobs of singletrack literally at my doorstep, I find myself raching for the BMX almost as often as heading out to the woods.
    FWIW, after a few years of trying to get a 26" (Sinster DNA, full rigid, park build) to work for me in the parks, I decided to get the right tool for the job and picked up a Premium Deathtrap. After a short adjustment period, I gotta say I'll never go back to big wheels for this kind of riding. The 20"ers just fit everything better, and the bike is so much easier to toss around. Took a bunch of test-rides to find one that felt right after all those years riding mtb's, but I highly recommend giving a few a try if you're thinking of getting a dedicated bike for park/DJ. Things just seem to come a lot easier on them.
  • 05-21-2013
    spirit4earth
    I'd love to get into BMX, but I'm clueless about what bike to buy. 20" or 26"? What brand? etc.. I wouldn't want to invest a huge amount of money, but I want a bike that won't require upgrades---just a good bike, ready to ride. Suggestions?
  • 05-22-2013
    slapheadmofo
    A nice BMX bike is cheaper than an 'okay' MTB fork...for under 500 bucks new you can pick up a sweet ride. Go to the local shop and pedal a bunch of them around a bit; pick the one that feels the least alien.
  • 06-06-2013
    Racegates138
    I'm 46 and I bought the Specialized p26 pro in black and love it. I've been at Rays in Cleveland several times this winter and felt so good to be airborne again. Started off small then went into foam pit and then jumped into the rhythm room, no tricks yet but jumping felt so good again. I will post some pics.
  • 06-07-2013
    spirit4earth
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Racegates138 View Post
    I'm 46 and I bought the Specialized p26 pro in black and love it. I've been at Rays in Cleveland several times this winter and felt so good to be airborne again. Started off small then went into foam pit and then jumped into the rhythm room, no tricks yet but jumping felt so good again. I will post some pics.

    What's the height range for the P26? I'm 5'4"-----do you it would fit? Thanks!
  • 06-07-2013
    Racegates138
    Spirit,

    the p26 pro and all the other p3 bikes only come in one frame size. I'm 5'10" and my friend is 5'4" and we both love the fit.
  • 06-07-2013
    smilinsteve
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Saddle Up View Post
    I'm 53, and not very good at all of those things also.

    Ditto!
  • 06-16-2013
    Saddle Up
    Ha!, 54 now. Best part of being old is that I wake up way before the youngins and have the skate park all to myself for a couple of hours. Small wheels seem to condense time or maybe I'm just runing out of it. Anyway, at my skill level the more time on the bike the more comfortable it becomes.

    Early morning ride
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/8960689204/" title="Specialized P20 by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2892/8960689204_c2a99fcd5d_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Specialized P20"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/8959497509/" title="Specialized P20 by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8537/8959497509_fcd2be2884_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Specialized P20"></a>

    Dropping in to this bowl is on my to do list
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/6266049923/" title="Things I Need To Do by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6231/6266049923_e83af7064f_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Things I Need To Do"></a>

    Even if I never have has much style as this kid on the exit
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/6266579106/" title="Things I Need To Do by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6103/6266579106_6667c19a15_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Things I Need To Do"></a>
  • 06-27-2013
    bicyclemech1
    I am sort of lame at linking media.
    Someone please link: Gregory Lap 2 from YouTube.
    47 years old and hoping to build up the guts to hit a line at the post office before it gets plowed.
  • 07-09-2013
    Geoff5
    Turned 50 in Dec. picked up a SE Dirt Flyer, sweet bike and working on getting my old skills back. Well worth the pain - lovin it.
  • 07-09-2013
    Sweetspot1
    Any age 40s - 50s + Rider Here?
    58 years old. 2 stents in heart. Retired last year. Was going to buy an elliptical. Instead moved to Colorado and bought a Tallboy LTC. Two of the best things I have ever done.
  • 07-14-2013
    dksix
    43 here, haven't ridden bicycles this century....until yesterday. My 10 year old has been asking me to build him a ramp. I rode raced BMX and rode ramps/flat land through out my teens. I ended up building him a 32" tall kick ramp and a smaller 12"er to start jumping on. I got him started learning a "kick turn" (what I knew the trick to be called, decades ago) and rolling back off the ramp, doing a 180* and riding out of it. Then trying to show him proper techniques for landing jumps. We ended up swapping his bike back and forth all day, although I'm sore today.....WE had fun riding together. Surprisingly enough, the mind still knew how to do it but it seems my body has long since forgotten (sore today, I am). Today I found myself looking at bikes and that things aren't as simple as they were in the 80's. Through the Google searches for info on different styles and how things are sized now, I came across this thread and was compelled to write this post. I'll be figuring out what type/size bike would be right for me. It's good to see I'm not the only one with the idea of picking up this hobby so late in life. I was hoping for a multipurpose bike that would be good for some ramp riding, flat land and road riding but have a lot of research to do to figure it all out. To all those who have posted, thanks. This thread is a big push forward, for me.
  • 07-15-2013
    Katz
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by dksix View Post
    ...I was hoping for a multipurpose bike that would be good for some ramp riding, flat land and road riding but have a lot of research to do to figure it all out..

    Sounds like a 24" DJ/Park bike with pegs would be a good compromise. Big enough for road riding, small enough for flatland if you're tall enough.

    Or stick with 20".
  • 07-17-2013
    Hank Moody
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    I'm 47, rode and raced bmx from age 10 to 25, been riding mtb off and on since, I usually build a new bike every year. Built my first DJ bike last year (P1) I love riding it, I feel comfortable on bmx tracks but am very intimidated by the big pump tracks in the Seattle area. I'm just going to have to go and start some where, and wear lots of pads.
  • 08-10-2013
    Saddle Up
    Fernie B.C.

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/9480014438/" title="Fernie Dirt Jump Skills Park by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2874/9480014438_2d4015491c_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Fernie Dirt Jump Skills Park"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/9477242353/" title="Fernie Dirt Jump Skills Park by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5332/9477242353_d9ce6586f6_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Fernie Dirt Jump Skills Park"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/9480032568/" title="Fernie Dirt Jump Skills Park by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7319/9480032568_1eb6453411_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Fernie Dirt Jump Skills Park"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/9480024386/" title="Fernie Dirt Jump Skills Park by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5538/9480024386_791d283025_c.jpg" width="800" height="600" alt="Fernie Dirt Jump Skills Park"></a>
  • 08-10-2013
    Racegates138
    Wow, Holy awesomeness!!! Did you actually ride it though? LOL, really amazing dirt jumps.
  • 08-11-2013
    Saddle Up
    Ha, yes really fun. I ride it all except the series in the third photo, that section is still a little big for me.
  • 08-12-2013
    vqdriver
    Ok. This thread has convinced me this is something I wanna try.
    Is there a park in Los Angeles that's beginner friendly or has rentals to try out ?
  • 08-14-2013
    Racegates138
    The Cove - Santa Monica Skatepark- try this park, I think it's on Olympic. Great people there, very friendly.
  • 08-15-2013
    Racegates138
    Saddle, what size are you pics? I'm trying to upload pics on here and it says files is to big. Do you have a trick up your sleeve?
  • 08-15-2013
    cmg71
    42 here, and Im not getting old, just my body is.

    After pilfering parts off my missus' old Scott Aspect 20 for my daughters race bike, I decided to cheaply turn it into a DJ/trick/track bike. She sent me a message this arvo that the final parts have arrived, so Im leaving work early to go home and finish it off :cornut:. It is being done on the cheap though, all up about 200 bucks spent, may sort it out better as time goes by and if I feel it needs it.

    Im a little excited.

    Hopefully will go to a bmx or pump track with my boy this weekend (should be better than with my 29er)
  • 08-15-2013
    cmg71
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    Re: Any age 40s - 50s + Rider Here?
    Here's a really bad pic of it

    Attachment 824083


    for my 200 bucks I got:
    • wheel set, Alex Rims on BrandX hubs 89.90
    • 2x Clark Discs & Brakes 40.00
    • 2x Cable sets (only needed 1 set in hindsight) 22.00
    • DMR Single Speed Set (Tensioner, Spacers etc) 45.00


    The disc brakes are mechanical, as I figured you dont need to stop on a track, just slow down. As you can see Im currently using the middle front cog, 15 tooth rear (out of the old cassette) and the old 9 speed chain, told you I was doing it on the cheap ;). Im using the old Avid brake levers off my daughters bike (as she got the SLX brakes that were on this one earlier) and some pedals that were just lying around.

    I may call it "Frankenbike"

    So tomorrow its off to the track :thumbsup:
  • 08-17-2013
    cmg71
    so to the BMX track we went



    I was landing really hard, then I let a little air out of the tyres and things got better.
    Still not happy with the gearing on my bike, but Ive got time to work on it. I did get a little more of the bug though, and I do have a feeling this is gonna hurt, the body and the wallet :nono:

    Im in no way "extreme", or high in my jumps but I'm loving it :thumbsup:
    The little fella loves it too (and thats the important thing), and it wont be long before he's handing me my arse on a plate.
  • 08-22-2013
    Saddle Up
    going cruising...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/saddleupbike/9573648124/" title="Specialized P24 by SaddleUpBike, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2838/9573648124_fe23b2c482_b.jpg" width="1024" height="768" alt="Specialized P24"></a>
  • 08-27-2013
    Huck Pitueee
    Hey you flatulent old bastids! I'm 51 and found the crack cocaine of cycling. Hitting the small stuff at the Truckee dirt jumps and very stoked.
  • 09-15-2013
    bike for days
    Ya'll going to run me out on a rail, being 34 and all, but I was looking for exactly this kind of thread. It's an inspiration and great example for some of us on the older "kid" side of the fence.

    Been thinking about BMX, but never did it, or skated as a kid. I wouldn't say I was sheltered, but the first words out of my parent's mouth regarding anything even remotely "risky" (don't want to use the word dangerous) was usually discouraging. I didn't get into XC until 28 or so.

    Well, a skate park just opened literally down the block from me. Outdoors and free! (Philly is finally catching on) I rode my 26 and fixed a little on it, but itching to check out BMX. But then it kept creeping into the back of my head, a voice sayin "you're to old to start that now"... But you guys are proving you are only as old as ya feel/act. Gonna get me a cheap BMX and try some park/pump!

    And Cmg71, you are a rad dad!:thumbsup:
  • 09-16-2013
    Saddle Up
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Racegates138 View Post
    Saddle, what size are you pics? I'm trying to upload pics on here and it says files is to big. Do you have a trick up your sleeve?

    Sorry I missed your post. I host the photos on flickr and then grab the html code and paste it here, you can choose the size when you grap the link. I'm using 1024x 768.
  • 09-16-2013
    Gerth
    45 here
  • 09-16-2013
    having fun
    Rad Mom?
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bike for days View Post
    Ya'll going to run me out on a rail, being 34 and all, but I was looking for exactly this kind of thread. It's an inspiration and great example for some of us on the older "kid" side of the fence.

    Been thinking about BMX, but never did it, or skated as a kid. I wouldn't say I was sheltered, but the first words out of my parent's mouth regarding anything even remotely "risky" (don't want to use the word dangerous) was usually discouraging. I didn't get into XC until 28 or so.

    Well, a skate park just opened literally down the block from me. Outdoors and free! (Philly is finally catching on) I rode my 26 and fixed a little on it, but itching to check out BMX. But then it kept creeping into the back of my head, a voice sayin "you're to old to start that now"... But you guys are proving you are only as old as ya feel/act. Gonna get me a cheap BMX and try some park/pump!

    And Cmg71, you are a rad dad!:thumbsup:

    You are WAY Not too old to start! I'm 45 with 2 kids (8 & 6) I got a DJ from my family for Xmas last year. Ride XC all the time but all winter, we have an awesome indoor park in our area (Joyride) and I am totally hooked especially on the pump track. They open on PA days & I am usually the only Mom not sitting around just watching. Hopefully I don't embarrass my kids cause I am having so much fun playing with them!
  • 09-23-2013
    Quick62bug
    44 Here. After 13yrs off I bought a pimped out Pivot Mach 5. The jumping skills from my youth have dwindled...so I am picking up an Octane One Zircus in a cpl days. I will put in some work and get the skills back...ok...some of them :lol: