Newbie - daft questions

Author:  flash [ Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:51 pm ]
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I'm thinking of getting a BMX (don't ask) I'm quite mature and 5' 7" I know nothing of the world of BMX but ride SS MtB and fixed road bikes.
What sort of size should I be looking for. I just want something to play with as a project, I don't mind paying OK money for a good bike and hopefully get my money back in due course.
What should I pay? What makes are good? I'd be looking for a complete bike....

Author:  Bram J [ Thu Jun 16, 2011 3:56 pm ]
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Retro or new? If you want a modern one it's best you buy a full bike, unless you want to choose every part individually. Modern BMX's can have quite 'non-standard' features such as integrated headsets and weird sizes of bottom bracket/axles and so on.
I'd look for a late nineties or early '00 frame/bike which would tend to be more 'standard' or 'conform' with mtb's.
As for sizing: it's hard to tell with bmx's. It depends very much on the riders' personal preference. I'd suggest you try some bmx's out of people you know.

Author:  flash [ Thu Jun 16, 2011 6:05 pm ]
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not new, thank you for the pointers

Author:  Neil G [ Thu Jun 30, 2011 1:56 pm ]
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Question is what do you want to do with it as well, are you planning to hit up trails/ramps on it at all?

I'm about 5ft8 and a BMX with a 20.75 toptube is spot on for me but that's for trails riding.

BBs up to 2000 and onwards are pretty much all American/standard then, more recently there have been a couple of new sizes (euro and spanish) becoming common probably due to the weight thing.

Personally I'd be looking for a mid/late 90s Standard Bikes Trailboss or motocross 125....beautiful bikes and very, very well made :D

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