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    Anyone riding 24" BMX cruisers?

    My son is just starting to get into BMX a little, and to encourage him, I was thinking about getting myself a new 24" cruiser to ride with him. But things have changed since my old SE Floval Flyer days (and my vintage Floval frame, tragically, is broken). Anyone have a suggestion for a 5'10" 170 lb guy? I'd prefer steel over aluminum, durability over lightweight, and I want to keep it reasonable, like around $400.

    This may be the wrong place to be asking, but it's a starting point. Thanks!
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    Since you seem to be an SE fan, why not just get a new 24" Floval Flyer or 26" OM Flyer. I think both are in or about your price range. Todd Lyons has been in charge of the SE Racing lineup for the last few seasons. He even has signed on Scot "OM" Breithaupt. Their website is:

    www.sebikes.com

    And the best BMX site on the internet is:

    www.vintagebmx.com

    You can get your old Floval fixed here:

    http://www.vintagebmx.com/rodmiles.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones
    Since you seem to be an SE fan, why not just get a new 24" Floval Flyer or 26" OM Flyer. I think both are in or about your price range.]

    Thanks for the links, CJ. I looked into the SE line,and you're right in that they're a real bargain. The Floval TT seems a little short, and the OM is unfortunatley now made from aluminum, but I have a dealer in town and I plan to go take a look.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Sausagehead
    Thanks for the links, CJ. I looked into the SE line,and you're right in that they're a real bargain. The Floval TT seems a little short, and the OM is unfortunatley now made from aluminum, but I have a dealer in town and I plan to go take a look.
    The new SE's are nice, but to me there's something lacking compared to the originals. Not bad for the price, though.

    I have a Bontrager B29 which is a really nice steel frame with fairly basic parts on it. I also ride my friend's Brooklyn Machine Works cruiser. Though a bit heavy (a lot heavy compared to an old school racing bike), it's one of the nicest bikes I've ever ridden. Sadly, neither the Bontrager nor the Brooklyn is made anymore.

    If you're willing to spend some cash, find a reproducton bike that companies like Kappa and Supercross occasionally put out. You get the best of both worlds, old school style and new school quality. In the past few years, they've done incredible updated versions of the Nomura, JMC, P.K. Ripper and Floval Flyer (in steel!), among others. Keep your eye on the Retro New School section of VintageBMX to see what's coming up.

    There's a woman named Kathy who posts on MTBR. She has a super-nice Brew Racing cruiser. Maybe she'll chime in and post of few pictures for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvrbob86
    If you're willing to spend some cash, find a reproducton bike that companies like Kappa and Supercross occasionally put out. You get the best of both worlds, old school style and new school quality. In the past few years, they've done incredible updated versions of the Nomura, JMC, P.K. Ripper and Floval Flyer (in steel!), among others. Keep your eye on the Retro New School section of VintageBMX to see what's coming up.
    Sorry, I just reread your post and saw that you'd like to keep it under $400. That should buy you a great bike, but will just barely get you a retro/repro frame, if you're lucky. I still highly recommend seeking them out to drool over, though. I'll post some links when I get a chance.

    I have some reasonably-priced suggestions for you coming up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tvrbob86
    I have some reasonably-priced suggestions for you coming up.
    If you can track down an '04 or '05 Haro Nyquist R24, you should be able to pick it up for under $400. I believe the list price was about $420. Haro doesn't seem to be offering an '06 24" Nyquist model.

    About $260 will get you a General Lee 24 (Complete Bikes > Dirt > General Lee 24). My buddy just picked up a 16" inch for his four and a half year old. It's a pretty cool little bike. The 24's a pretty cool bigger bike.

    More as I think of them . . .
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    I ride 24". I have the 2004 HARO Nyquist 24. I got it for $300 brand new last year. It's my second favorite ride next to my 26" ss. It's a cro-mo steel frame, heavy duty 14mm axels, 48 spokes (tho later models come with 36 spokes now). I couldn;t get a better bike for the money, IMHO.

    I'm 6' with a 34" inseam and it's perfect.

    For a couple dollars less, you can get the HARO Backtrail 24".

    Here's a pic of the 2004 Nyquist I have:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Sausagehead
    My son is just starting to get into BMX a little, and to encourage him, I was thinking about getting myself a new 24" cruiser to ride with him. But things have changed since my old SE Floval Flyer days (and my vintage Floval frame, tragically, is broken). Anyone have a suggestion for a 5'10" 170 lb guy? I'd prefer steel over aluminum, durability over lightweight, and I want to keep it reasonable, like around $400.

    This may be the wrong place to be asking, but it's a starting point. Thanks!

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    Wow, thanks for the thoughtful responses, guys! I just called around and found an '05 Nyquist for $365! TVR is right, things have changed a lot since the old days. These bikes are 30 lbs these days. I see that Haro has an aluminum 24" for '06 called a Group 1 SR24 for under $400 as well; my concern is durability because of my experience with my old (1983) Floval, but it might be lighter than the Nyquist model.


    Tukson and TVR, what kind of riding are you doing on your 24s?
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    I've got one of the 3rd? generation Flovals (with canti's). You can still find them on eBay, however, they are getting harder to find and more expensive. I sold my OM a few years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Sausagehead
    Wow, thanks for the thoughtful responses, guys! I just called around and found an '05 Nyquist for $365! TVR is right, things have changed a lot since the old days. These bikes are 30 lbs these days. I see that Haro has an aluminum 24" for '06 called a Group 1 SR24 for under $400 as well; my concern is durability because of my experience with my old (1983) Floval, but it might be lighter than the Nyquist model.


    Tukson and TVR, what kind of riding are you doing on your 24s?
    I haven't ridden mine much. As I mentioned in another thread, a few of my friends still like to ride BMX and we'll hit the track every couple of weeks in the summer time. Since I have my old school Hyper, my 20" and 24" Bontragers, and I like to ride my friend's Brooklyn, none of them gets ridden all that much. When I do ride, it's mostly just practice runs around the track. I get progressively faster as my confidence builds, until I do something stupid and hurt myself.

    The most fun I've had on a bike recently was about a year ago, taking my then five year old nephew to the BMX track for his first time. He was riding a little department store clunker. When he got to the first steep jump, he made it half way up, rolled back down and fell. The next time, I stood on the side and pulled him up the rest of the way. A few minutes later, I was on the other side of the track completing a lap when I heard: "I made it!" I looked over and there he was sitting on his bike on top of the jump. I felt the way I imagine my football coach brother will feel the first time he catches or throws his first touchdown pass.

    You and your son should have some great times ahead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Sausagehead
    My son is just starting to get into BMX a little, and to encourage him, I was thinking about getting myself a new 24" cruiser to ride with him. But things have changed since my old SE Floval Flyer days (and my vintage Floval frame, tragically, is broken). Anyone have a suggestion for a 5'10" 170 lb guy? I'd prefer steel over aluminum, durability over lightweight, and I want to keep it reasonable, like around $400.

    This may be the wrong place to be asking, but it's a starting point. Thanks!
    Look into a redline racing cruiser, they make there proline in a cruiser model, I think you should be able to get one around $400 complete, but not the pro model. I'm afraid that I don't think they make a steel model anymore, most of the resonably priced complete race cruisers are aluminum, and the steel jumping ones are heavy, a complete 24" aluminum race cruiser will be about 24# on the low side, and if you spend more money, to about 27#, the jumpers will be over 30#. LOok into a John Purse signiture proline cruiser that they made a couple of years ago, cromo frame decent parts and if you can find a used one should be pretty cheap, they look like the bmx cruiser version of the monocog steel one speed. Most redlines have a 21.5" tt length.
    I'm 6ft 170# and ride a badd racing cruiser(went out of buisiness boohoo) with a 21" tt, rides and races great, but I've also had a schwinn aluminum cruiser with a 21.5" tt and rode alright but the handling was a little slow- not as steep of a ht angle as the badd.
    The redline cruiser should be a little slow on the handling side, but nice and stable in the air, if you haven't been on a bmx bike in a while it would be a good choice, and you probably wouldn't think the handling was especially slow, at least compared to a mt bike

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    I've got a hopped up Schwinn pro stock I'm trying to sell........

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    SE Foval's are total garbage. they sucked back in the day, and they suck worse now. the geometry is just plain wrong.

    i was lucky enough the get a bontrager B29. in terms of cheap bikes that are built well, this is great. Free agent or DK make comparable models. redlines suck.

    the hardest part is finding a bike with a rear end that will allow the use of a 2.25 tire. most racing frames only allow 1.9" use.

    make sure you get something current. old school stuff is better left in the past.

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    I mostly dirtjump on the 24' . Once in awhile I take it to the local skatepark and show the youngins that a 34yr old man can still ride vert.

    For real knee punishment I take it to a couple of local singletrack mtb trails.



    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Sausagehead
    Wow, thanks for the thoughtful responses, guys! I just called around and found an '05 Nyquist for $365! TVR is right, things have changed a lot since the old days. These bikes are 30 lbs these days. I see that Haro has an aluminum 24" for '06 called a Group 1 SR24 for under $400 as well; my concern is durability because of my experience with my old (1983) Floval, but it might be lighter than the Nyquist model.


    Tukson and TVR, what kind of riding are you doing on your 24s?

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    vert on a 24". are you kidding. 20" is the only choice for vert.

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    Heh, it's not like I'm doing 540s or twists. Some simple air is all I need.

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