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Old 13-01-17, 11:42 AM
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Poppy ! I've been doing it for years, started on a custom Pace cube frame hard tail, had a GT LTS3000 which soaked up the knocks like a pro then a GT Timberline same thing, they don't have to break the bank you just need the right frame size. OK some full sus bikes don't lend themselves to street like the GT STS lobo or Kona Stab (owned those too) but still they're fun. Ive come down in the world of cycling over the last few years but my latest bike the Carrera (mirrida) Titan LE loves hard hits an just keeps going for a £600 full sus its awesome.
I wasn't what you would call a "smooth" rider. I had all the finesse of a house brick.

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It was always the rear derailleur that would go. Riding down fire escapes and dropping gaps etc. I also never quite got the hang of tuning them, so they would fall out of tuning and then endo - back hop = caught in the spokes snap when you ride away.

There are probably mountain bikes out there that can take that sort of punishment, but not for a few hundred quid. I did think about a single speed Kona trick bike once (was 24" IIRC) but it sold before I pulled the trigger.

I found on account of size a 20" wheel could take a pretty decent beating. Especially the deep lip ones. Plus that was just what I rode dude. Never could get my head around huge great big wheels, always felt a bit cumbersome. Plus there is far less to go wrong on a BMX.
My Inspire MTB has no rear derailleur as such, its single speed. What you can see is more chain slack support. My SJ doesnt have a front one anymore. Amazing.. I spend more money for less gears

as you said though. These bikes.... don't come cheap. I picked mine up 2 years ago when in the UK and the pound was weak and even then £700. I do find it worth every penny though. Currently in a storage unit under lock and key for the winter, perhaps i should check up on the container and make sure I still have my bikes

I suppose I should call it a trial bike even though classed as MTB. I strongly suggest you try one out if you come across one. Immense fun.

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Old 13-01-17, 12:12 PM
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This was my last serious gap bike.



Standard STA 500 with Standard Strip (4pc) bars standard seat post and solid steel 48s. I used to go through wheels like a fat kid through candy

It was seriously heavy but seriously strong. Sadly that's the only photo of any of my 90s bikes that I have

Not cheap but when you are putting your life on the line better to be safe.
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Old 13-01-17, 12:25 PM
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This was my last serious gap bike.



Standard STA 500 with Standard Strip (4pc) bars standard seat post and solid steel 48s. I used to go through wheels like a fat kid through candy

It was seriously heavy but seriously strong. Sadly that's the only photo of any of my 90s bikes that I have

Not cheap but when you are putting your life on the line better to be safe.
I was never comfortable on a BMX. It felt too light and unsafe to me. Or well one way to put it was that I had the soft touch of an elephant. I needed more weigh between my legs

my first DH bike weighed in at around 19kilos! which is damn fun when going down a mountain. But that was back when gear was heavy
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Old 13-01-17, 12:26 PM
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Might be time to leave the BMXs to the kids and get yourself mountain bike.
Or something with an engine. I miss my bike. Well i miss that i had a bike not my specific one. I hated my sv650. If you can get around thefact that everyone else on the road is trying to kill you theres nothing better than wearing shorts on the motorway.
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Old 13-01-17, 12:38 PM
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I was never comfortable on a BMX. It felt too light and unsafe to me. Or well one way to put it was that I had the soft touch of an elephant. I needed more weigh between my legs

my first DH bike weighed in at around 19kilos! which is damn fun when going down a mountain. But that was back when gear was heavy
That standard was around 25 kilos lmao. Look at the dropouts dude, they were 8mm thick

I had a Standard Shorty as well, it too was made like a nuclear bunker.



Mine was identical, it just had the older decals (same sort of thing as the STA above).

Was a great bike for flatland as well as going mental
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Old 13-01-17, 12:39 PM
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My Inspire MTB has no rear derailleur as such, its single speed. What you can see is more chain slack support. My SJ doesnt have a front one anymore. Amazing.. I spend more money for less gears

as you said though. These bikes.... don't come cheap. I picked mine up 2 years ago when in the UK and the pound was weak and even then £700. I do find it worth every penny though. Currently in a storage unit under lock and key for the winter, perhaps i should check up on the container and make sure I still have my bikes

I suppose I should call it a trial bike even though classed as MTB. I strongly suggest you try one out if you come across one. Immense fun.

All that's missing are a pair of 203mm discs and it'd be a right little street killer.
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Old 13-01-17, 12:49 PM
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Or something with an engine. I miss my bike. Well i miss that i had a bike not my specific one. I hated my sv650. If you can get around thefact that everyone else on the road is trying to kill you theres nothing better than wearing shorts on the motorway.
engines and el-bikes are for lazy people

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All that's missing are a pair of 203mm discs and it'd be a right little street killer.
mine has them. I couldnt take a picture because its in storage, so just grabbed an inspired bike from their site just as example.
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Old 13-01-17, 01:58 PM
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Yay she's moving ! she's now in San Fran

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I love all this talk of bikes, just a pure roadie myself, but if the weather wasn't so awful I be out there. Honest
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