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#1 2013-02-02 12:22pm

Chasmar
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Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I am 43 years old, so I come from the era of what we call "old school" bmx. Like all you other (say.. older gentlemen) I remember all the classics from back in the day very well, and like a lot of you had to settle with a Huffy because ...well back then you had to get a job the get something better. (Remember, we built ramps with a sheet of scrap wood and old bricks..... No Costco pre fab back then.)

Anyway, my question is how you guys pull off riding these bikes in an age bracket where you can afford a whole fleet of the grails you always wanted? Do you actually let the neighbors see you? Do you ride at night? It seems parks might be ok if you fake like you're actually doinf it for,the enjoyment of your kid..or something.

Just wondering. :P

-Chas


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#2 2013-02-02 12:31pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

Why should you be ashamed to do something you love?

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#3 2013-02-02 12:32pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I ride because I like it . It a great way to stay young and in shape. Most guys are age couldn't ride around the block without needing oxygen. Don't hide what you like and enjoy it.

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#4 2013-02-02 12:48pm

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I'm with ya man. Neighbors look at me funy and friends laugh that I have bikes. But then I pull a few footjam tail whips and a flail and their kids look at them and say "dad can you do that?" Or "that's awesome" and suddenly their parents feel like crap cause all they can do is watch and eat pizza.  Almost 42 and I ride just to be on a bike instead of standing and wishing I could.


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#5 2013-02-02 12:57pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

The guys I work with give me more greif than the neighbors.

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#6 2013-02-02 1:01pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I'm 44, and I ride all my bikes whenever and wherever i can. It's free, it's exercise, and people recognize and love to see the bikes.


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#7 2013-02-02 1:02pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I'm 47 and ride whenever I can. Mainly its a mountan bike, but I've been riding more BMX the last year or so. My oldest son, who is 10 years old, rides an 87 Schwinn Sting with me. We ride on the road (no freestyle for me - not that gifted) or at an old makeshift BMX track down the road.

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#8 2013-02-02 1:05pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

It's just riding a bike... what's embarrassing about that?
Do you hide your face when you walk into McDonalds? cause that's more embarrassing to me. lol


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#9 2013-02-02 1:18pm

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I feel sorry for the people our age who sit around and do nothing to get thier heart rate up...


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#10 2013-02-02 1:46pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I roll out my whole line up with my kids regularly.  We're the old school BMX family.  That's it.  I wish I could rockwalk, however.

dts123 wrote:

I'm with ya man. Neighbors look at me funy and friends laugh that I have bikes. But then I pull a few footjam tail whips and a flail and their kids look at them and say "dad can you do that?" Or "that's awesome" and suddenly their parents feel like crap cause all they can do is watch and eat pizza.  Almost 42 and I ride just to be on a bike instead of standing and wishing I could.


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#11 2013-02-02 1:51pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

goosta wrote:

I roll out my whole line up with my kids regularly.  We're the old school BMX family.  That's it.  I wish I could rockwalk, however.

Here ya go!
http://www.bmxtrix.com/how_to/flatland/rock_walk.htm


I'm 32 and I hope to be riding well past my 50's. Why not? You stay in shape, young at heart and doing something you love. If you are 43 and worried about what others think, I believe you have other issues to deal with cool

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#12 2013-02-02 2:06pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

i love it ride localy with my two girls 10 and 7  and ill be 47, love it all parks, skate parks,hangin with lbs guys etc. everybody says something but who cares my kids love it i love it and im getting a smidge better in skate park, that takes alot of time, welll everyone says somethin grow get a bigger bike or play with kids your own age, like theguy said above too bad for them enjoy 79

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#13 2013-02-02 2:12pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I ride are my house a fair bit, I live on the coast and ride at the beach watching the surf and other sights.  Usually take my kids but have found myself down there a lot by myself.  Didn't really consider what or if anyone even noticed me.

All you have to do is go to a decent sized race meeting and just see how stacked the older classes are and you'll never worry about it again.  A couple of neighbours have said things to my wife over the years, one couples kids questioned me a few times, obviously repeating what their folks have said, but then they are both plastic surgey addicts and the guy, in his early 50's now, walks nearly year round with out a shirt on and has zero hair on himself.  The wife hides half the year as she is recovering from some adjustment.  hahaha, I can judge too.

the only other one, well I'm not sure if it was a negative/positive comments, but she questioned me at 40 doing tricks and doing sprints etc.  She is a gym/muscle building junkie and rows a lot on the water and well her bod does not look natural in any way.  She bought her kids and her husband all race bikes and asked me to coach her kids (I am a registered bmx coach)

I think just ride your bikes and do what you enjoy.  Try to get the wife. kids or an old mate going too, might lead to life time of staying fit and healthy.  smile

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#14 2013-02-02 2:15pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

Johnnny wrote:

It's just riding a bike... what's embarrassing about that?
Do you hide your face when you walk into McDonalds? cause that's more embarrassing to me. lol

or walmart...
Be proud you old guys can still ride, I would be...

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#15 2013-02-02 2:19pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

aaronl wrote:

I ride are my house a fair bit, I live on the coast and ride at the beach watching the surf and other sights.

Living on the coast definitely makes this easier as the lifestyle is usually geared more towards activities and such. no one says anything where i live as pretty much every adult where i live surfs and most skateboard. so many half pipes in back yards and they are not for the kids.

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#16 2013-02-02 2:20pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I'm not in the 40+ age range just yet ( 37 ) but I still get out and ride everyday .
The other night I took my rigid 26" DJ home 15+ miles on met up with a kid on the bike path that was quite surprised I was able to keep up with him through the side trails and jumps just as fast as he was going .

I do get a few looks when I take my Pro Miniscoot up to the post office sometimes.


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#17 2013-02-02 2:23pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

i have had a 24in dirt jump bike for about 5 years now but dont use that anymore, im 40 and just got mi first rider bmx since the 80s about 3 months ago and only ride that now wish i had never stopped, i ride in mi street and even do wheelies up and down the street like a kid and think people will be looking out there windows thinking whats old guy doing but it doesn't bother me i will ride till i can't do it anymore, i have even started going to the indoor skate park and theres a foam pit so all good fun. keep on riding!!!!!!!

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#18 2013-02-02 2:32pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

Not 40 yet....but folk think what I do is cool.  The bros my age dig it

Ride out.  Do whatcha like...

Hobbies make us interesting.  Who wants to hang around boring folk???

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#19 2013-02-02 2:41pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

+1, minus the not 40 yet part...

tacoman wrote:

Not 40 yet....but folk think what I do is cool.  The bros my age dig it

Ride out.  Do whatcha like...

Hobbies make us interesting.  Who wants to hang around boring folk???


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#20 2013-02-02 2:44pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

Thats why i got a 24 to avoid the embarrassment. haha

Actually it had been a long time since i last had a bike and didnt think i would fit into a 20, but have seen that there are all kinds of bikes nowadays with longer tt. Ive been looking into getting one for myself now.

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#21 2013-02-02 2:49pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

lanceBurkhart wrote:

aaronl wrote:

I ride are my house a fair bit, I live on the coast and ride at the beach watching the surf and other sights.

Living on the coast definitely makes this easier as the lifestyle is usually geared more towards activities and such. no one says anything where i live as pretty much every adult where i live surfs and most skateboard. so many half pipes in back yards and they are not for the kids.

Yeah mate without a doubt.  Around here average home price is approx $2m and there are some quirky folks as it is.  I also understand there are localities where you would stick out like a sore thumb aand there would be a good chance of having your head smashed in and bike taken.

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#22 2013-02-02 2:54pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I ride twice a week on the track during race nights and practice on Tuesdays with my son. I don't have time to ride around town but I wouldn't care what others thought. I turn 43 in 8 days and I am loving riding again.


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#23 2013-02-02 3:10pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

Chasmar wrote:

I am 43 years old, so I come from the era of what we call "old school" bmx. Like all you other (say.. older gentlemen) I remember all the classics from back in the day very well, and like a lot of you had to settle with a Huffy because ...well back then you had to get a job the get something better. (Remember, we built ramps with a sheet of scrap wood and old bricks..... No Costco pre fab back then.)

Anyway, my question is how you guys pull off riding these bikes in an age bracket where you can afford a whole fleet of the grails you always wanted? Do you actually let the neighbors see you? Do you ride at night? It seems parks might be ok if you fake like you're actually doinf it for,the enjoyment of your kid..or something.

Just wondering. tongue

-Chas

How do I put this politely-don't really give a flyin F$$K what people think...but that's me.  I ride right around the corner in a High School parking lot with my boys alot.  I get some odd looks from younger kids but some are actually lookin at my scoot and then ask questions.


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#24 2013-02-02 3:27pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

RoadRunner wrote:

Why should you be ashamed to do something you love?

+1........can't do the tricks anymore on account of spinal cord surgery, but can ride all I want! cool


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#25 2013-02-02 3:37pm

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Re: Question For 40+ "Dudes"

I mostly mountain bike and road bike, and I don't ever get any flack.  But I do ride my BMX bikes around the streets with my nephew and his friends, and I get more compliments about my bikes from his friends than i do criticism.  I think some of the parents might have given me some strange looks at first, but they all now how athletic I am and I am always outside doing sports related activities.  I could really care less what anybody thinks about me riding BMX bikes.

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