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#1 2012-11-05 12:48pm

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This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

I have been taking my bikes out here and there, hopefully more often, but with winter approaching I may have to wait till spring.   I have been taking it easy, shaking down the bikes, addressing anything that might have been overlooked (headsets and brakes are still a damn plague, even with the right tools and experience, aaargh mad ).  So in riding around the occasional bunny hop and maybe  air off a driveway is unavoidable...and man its not easy.   

Its amazing that I used to do this stuff when I was a kid, and much, much more.  Coupled with the fact that I have not been working our for quite some time....I've grown soft, my balance on a 20" is way off,  I just don't feel at home on it, stability is so squirrely.   The landings are so harsh (I ride a full suspension mtn bike).   Vans, seem too soft so when I crank hard they deform so much its borderline uncomfortable.   After losing all my body building muscle mass I am a soft 180 from a hard and lean 225.  When I was 15 I was about 170 so its not that I am much heavier. WTF!!!!

You dudes that are around my age and still rip it, I give you lots of credit.    Funny thing is I couldn't possibly have been stronger when I was 15 than I am now, yet every move, even a good bunny-hop seems to require an immense amount of upper body strength, I feel it mostly in my tendinitis prone forearms and my shoulders.   

It seems more than ever I need to get back into the gym.  When not working out makes you not be able to do what you used to take for granted (let alone not look nearly as good) then you know you have to make changes.

I am an avid skier, and even race, that too has been suffering due to my lack of preseason prep.   Now that I am trying to ride my Redlines again the way I used to I know that its not just a matter of me not having the skill ...its in there somewhere, I am just missing the conditioning that I used to have from riding 5-12 hrs a day, every day for years.

There is also fear.  I have had many many injuries from my "extreme" activities, been the the hospital by ambulance, bed ridden twice for weeks.   Most recently I broke my back and thumb practicing ski racing.   Being on the snow even though I am hitting 60-70 mph, seems a lot less scary than trying to do a 360 bunny hop and falling on cement.  Or trying to do a big bunny hop and ending up flipping over the bars face first.

Protecting the bikes I just rebuilt and spent so much time and money on is also a limiting factor.

How are you guys that are getting back into it handling it.


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#2 2012-11-05 12:49pm

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#3 2012-11-05 12:55pm

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#4 2012-11-05 12:59pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

Very cool thread fella ! It's all about getting older and the rehab on past injuries.

I had my part as well.  smile


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#5 2012-11-05 1:00pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

The key is to go slow and slowly rebuild those skills.
So often you hear about an old guy hopping on bike thinking that because he used to be able to do some crazy trick or kill it on the track, he can go straight to that. Then he blows up & gets broke off.
I started riding again around 27. 42 now. When I first started again, It was work hopping curbs. But I kept riding slowly and progressing at a rate I was comfortable with. And wore a bunch of safety gear. By around 35-37, I feel i was a better rider than I was BITD. Since then my skills have downgraded a bit, but as I've gotten older & slower, I've been cool with it.
I just keep mixing it up to keep it interesting. This year I started getting into flatland. A new challenge for me & a bit safer as well.
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#6 2012-11-05 1:07pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

XJ,

I've been watching your threads / posts on rebuilding your OG turq. '20II with pride and joy - she's a beaut'.  You clearly relish OS Redlines, and your OG bike is a great looking rig. 

I'm 44, also as active as mid-life (with all its responsibilities) will allow, also ride a full-susser downhill and will make the following suggestion only because it seems you really want to enjoy riding BMX again, to the best of your ability:

Build a new school bike.

Don't hate me for saying so; I also have Redline RL-20IIs in my collection and LOVE them.  Could stare at them for days (and frankly, if one is in the living room when I'm watching t.v. I spend more time staring at the bike than the tube).  But regardless of relative weight (what we weighed when we were 15 vs. our 40s) our bodies and muscles have changed, and I find that riding a new school bike makes all the difference.  I ride street, bunnyhop, ramp an park it (when I can) and once I got over what I was riding, and figured out what felt best to actually ride, bang-zoom...

Anyhow, just a suggestion from another Museum member in a somewhat similar life-spot.  Not meant to preach or denigrate your approach to things.  BMX is an individual, creative endeavor.  But I thought I'd give you my perspective because I also "found" BMX again (many moons ago) by building old RLs, only to arrive today sitting on a new school and loving it.

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#7 2012-11-05 1:09pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

it can be done, look at tony hawk, be glad your not skating pools at 44


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#8 2012-11-05 1:10pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

Sweet, sweet RL!

When I first got back into it at 38, I was bunny-hopping higher than ever. Then a good crash or two, and The Fear returned. Now, I'm stunted again. AND soft. Very soft...


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#9 2012-11-05 1:16pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

I have always ridden BMX and going to my 29'er now it's tough to deal with suspension.  Suspension makes up for a lot of mistakes.  BMX bikes are more unforgiving.  You really need to get smooth again.  I prefer Nike court shoes with a flat sole.  The stiffer the sole the better.  Cheap vans are the worst.  Some more expensive ones are much better.  Take your time and get the feel of the bike.  That is all you are missing.


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#10 2012-11-05 1:19pm

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#11 2012-11-05 2:07pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

how come the older we get..the more scared of crashing we get ? Ive noticed that im way more scared of heights and crashing now..as a kid i used to climb to the top of pine trees and jump off the roof of my trailer with an umbrella hmm

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#12 2012-11-05 2:13pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

AApro wrote:

how come the older we get..the more scared of crashing we get ? Ive noticed that im way more scared of heights and crashing now..as a kid i used to climb to the top of pine trees and jump off the roof of my trailer with an umbrella hmm

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#13 2012-11-05 2:14pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

I'm also 41, while I don't thrash like i used to I still ride pretty good. The key is baby steps, we cant get back on our bikes and ride like we used right out of the gate. Ease into it, build your stamina and enjoy the ride. When your comfortable you try and small, maybe whip floaters and bunny hoops...or what ever you feel is a easy trick. I was sooooo lucky, my trick of choice BITD was the g-turn, I got on and pulled it off first try....mind you it wasn't 30 feet like I used to, maybe 5 or 6 but i landed it and road it out.Take your time and start small.

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#14 2012-11-05 2:20pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

I recently rode my 82 supergoose in the local Halloween parade. I probably rode about 3-4 miles and bunnyhopped around 20-30 times during the parade. Yes I wore the hockey mask too. It was fun but the next day my traps and scapula muscles were sore. Those are muscles I just haven't been using but I was pulling off decent hops by the end of the day.

I haven't been riding much this year but in previous years I was riding my 20" BMX bikes around 15-20 miles a week in town with the kids. Sometimes I managed to ride alone to the bike shop or with some of the bike shop guys. I was also riding my MTB off road and riding my road bike peaking at 75 miles a week or more. I sold both of those last winter.

I started racing at age 36 and rode for about 2 seasons. Now that kicked my butt.  lol Hot racing clothes in summer with a full face helmet, gloves racing kids half my age when the old man class wasn't large enough for a moto. Woo! I am 40 now and still want to relearn some of the tricks I knew and add a few more to the list.

I guess at our age we need to take it slow, warm up, start with smaller tricks, build up to larger tricks, know our limits and don't try stuff that we know is stupid to try. In other words read the thread called Dumb Stuff on your bmx bike.  I would not ride skate parks alone either. Be sure to do a once over on your bolts and parts like wheels, stems, headsets, handlebars, brakes etc before going out on a session.

I started wearing a helmet about 2-3 years ago when I started doing more than just riding in a straight line down the street. I found it tough to tell my kids to wear one when I wasn't. So I at least wear a helmet and gloves when I am out and about on 2 wheels.

Ohh yeah last summer (2011) we had a 4th of july picnic at a park that was next to a skatepark. There were a few small ramps and a quarte pipe. I tried riding and I can only describe the way I looked as LAME. Luckily no one was really watching me. big_smile

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#15 2012-11-05 2:21pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

Don't outride your skills or comfort level.  40 and back in the gate again.  It's a rush, don't get me wrong, but watch the guys in your class, see where their weak points are and then see if those are your strong points.  I'll tell ya, I lined up for the fisrt time in 9 years on the track that took me out on 03.....I wanted redemption.  Well, I took the 2, but I was beaten by an x-pro who reclassified, so I did not feel too bad. He'll move up, cause he was fast.....

But I rode faster than my comfort, scared, but I was hella stoked when I crossed that line.  Felt ALIVE.....

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#16 2012-11-05 3:05pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

I can still jump, albeit not as high as I used to when I was 17. Also I am not scared of the jump but I'm worried that if I crash, I'll end up at the hospital, miss work, and not be able to pay bills. I have a family to feed now so I have to take care of myself. Gone are the days when I'd come home with bloodied knees, broken arm and treat it like it's a badge of honor for riding hard. Those days are looong gone.


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#17 2012-11-05 3:30pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

phusion X wrote:

it can be done, look at tony hawk, be glad your not skating pools at 44

Tony never took a 20 year break though.
It's tough getting back into it after a 20 year absence, at 40+ years old it takes a lot longer to heal and previous injuries hamper your flow. As said earlier though, just keep at it and you will notice improvements in your style and endurance.


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#18 2012-11-05 3:33pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

Mid 40's and going through a phase- I feel better today than I did when I was 25, go figure.  Love BMX, and unfortunately don't have the time to race due to the proximity of the track.  However, I have been mountain biking an awful lot.  No suspension for me.  I basically use what I call a BigMX- a 29er fully rigid single speed.  Makes me think I am a kid again ripping through the park, yet I am playing with the big boys.


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#19 2012-11-05 3:44pm

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Hey XJ! You've got nothing to worry about. I'm 42 and sloppy compared to you, i just wish that i could get off my a** and start building my core back which is 90% of ones balance, stability and endurance. I'm not gonna lie i love my beer , but some of the 42-45 yr old guys that i ride with that
also drink are borderline acrobatic because of their core muscles.... ooops beer callin'!!!

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#20 2012-11-05 4:03pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

wds wrote:

The key is to go slow and slowly rebuild those skills.
So often you hear about an old guy hopping on bike thinking that because he used to be able to do some crazy trick or kill it on the track, he can go straight to that. Then he blows up & gets broke off.
I started riding again around 27. 42 now. When I first started again, It was work hopping curbs. But I kept riding slowly and progressing at a rate I was comfortable with. And wore a bunch of safety gear. By around 35-37, I feel i was a better rider than I was BITD. Since then my skills have downgraded a bit, but as I've gotten older & slower, I've been cool with it.
I just keep mixing it up to keep it interesting. This year I started getting into flatland. A new challenge for me & a bit safer as well.
-Bill

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#21 2012-11-05 4:06pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

As was said start out slow.Everyone has muscle memory and while you may have aches at first they will go away the more you ride.I also have a physically demanding job and still play hockey so it's not as bad as some one who is not using all the muscle groups every day.After a few hours at the local skate park I am beat.The more you ride the less it will hurt.

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#22 2012-11-05 4:09pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

Practice, and just have fun. Find someone else to ride with, they may help you learn new or different ways to peform a trick your trying to do. You could also just ride one of your creations and just cruise around town, don't always need to be doing tricks. It's just cool you still have an intrest in BMX. Enjoy your rides!smile

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#23 2012-11-05 4:43pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

Im 45 & started collecting & riding again about 2 years ago .... eased into it & had my first race (retro) 2 weeks ago ....
Thought yeah i`ll go alright ....

Got my ass kicked by a dood about 75 years old .... lol lol lol
Seriously though  it was a good day big_smile

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#24 2012-11-05 4:48pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

Damn right it doesn't feel like before (25 years ago.. big_smile), thought I was the only one trying to do some beginner trick.  All mentioned are right on the marks, all seem so difficult now, although youtube seem effortless..

I just start riding bmx again about a month ago, trying to do the forkglide, but so far, maybe complete 10% of the trick, damn fear keep getting in the way and still got wack on the shin and ankle by the pedals, but one day I will conquer the bunny hop onto the curb.. one day.. roll


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#25 2012-11-05 4:58pm

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Re: This thing you call BMX, not so easy at 41

I'm in the same boat, I still snowboard actively and I used to rip it up back in the day on my SuperGoose, and now I'm just sore doing the little things. Just like everybody says, start slow, work your way back into it and it will come back. I moved up to a 24' Quadangle and its taken some time to get back to just getting my wind and I'm a year younger than you. Age dude..can't escape it.

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