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Old 12-01-17, 09:04 PM
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Might be time to leave the BMXs to the kids and get yourself mountain bike.
They're crap. Every one I have had I have broken. You can not ride street on a MTB they just die.

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Old 12-01-17, 10:30 PM
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They're crap. Every one I have had I have broken. You can not ride street on a MTB they just die.

An old body can't take all the abuse of a young body, And I'm speaking from experience
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Old 12-01-17, 11:20 PM
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An old body can't take all the abuse of a young body, And I'm speaking from experience
I know dude, too well lol. The last serious slam I took pretty much ended my pro riding. I've not really ridden a bike meaningfully since. It's only that we have a promenade with a cycle lane away from the road that I am bothering now.

When I was young I would fall, bleed a bit and get back on the bike. When I went down in my early 30s I stayed down... So yeah, nothing too crazy now. May drop the odd gap if I can find anything but will make sure that I stay on the bike.
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Old 12-01-17, 11:32 PM
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I know dude, too well lol. The last serious slam I took pretty much ended my pro riding. I've not really ridden a bike meaningfully since. It's only that we have a promenade with a cycle lane away from the road that I am bothering now.

When I was young I would fall, bleed a bit and get back on the bike. When I went down in my early 30s I stayed down... So yeah, nothing too crazy now. May drop the odd gap if I can find anything but will make sure that I stay on the bike.
I had a 21 gear light wieght racer I rapped me and it around a lamppost, 8 weeks off work, never been on a bike since
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Old 12-01-17, 11:41 PM
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I had a 21 gear light wieght racer I rapped me and it around a lamppost, 8 weeks off work, never been on a bike since
It sucks man, that is for sure. I like racers but the problem is I start hopping them up curbs etc.. Just force of habit really. I'm not a light guy either. 18 or so stone @ 5'10. Even at ride fit I am around 14 stone.

But yeah when I came down the last time I came down hard. Over the bars straight onto a road that looked like grade 1 sandpaper. I scalped my elbow (had my arms over my face) and had to have surgery. Now I have no padding in my elbow at all so every time I bang it I yelp.

I destroyed the bike I was on too. I bought another one a couple of years later but crapped myself just riding down the street.

Thankfully a couple of years back I built a bike and rode that a few times. Started to build up my confidence a little.

I've gone as far as I can with regards to safety. Helmet gloves etc. Still, I know a slam would probably lay me up for months.
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Old 12-01-17, 11:59 PM
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That's one thing i miss, these days i watch what I eat, when I rode everywhere I ate what i liked and still weighed the same as when I left school.

Another tip wear steel toe cap boots for when idiots open car doors with out looking, nothing like leaving a dent in the door to remind them to look next time
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That's one thing i miss, these days i watch what I eat, when I rode everywhere I ate what i liked and still weighed the same as when I left school.

Another tip wear steel toe cap boots for when idiots open car doors with out looking, nothing like leaving a dent in the door to remind them to look next time
haha I usually carry a heavy lock and chain around my neck

Will be staying well clear of the road though.
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They're crap. Every one I have had I have broken. You can not ride street on a MTB they just die.
I'll disagree there. I have an Inspire MTB which is designed exactly for riding "street". I also have a specialised stumpjumper and demo8 so they do take abuse from 2metre drops and such and just keep going.

My issue is prob same as most.. Ive got older now so the "fear" of falling is creeping on me. When I was 18 I wasnt satisfied until I hit the deck at least once, or had some bruises to show for my weekend ride.
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Old 13-01-17, 11:17 AM
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I'll disagree there. I have an Inspire MTB which is designed exactly for riding "street". I also have a specialised stumpjumper and demo8 so they do take abuse from 2metre drops and such and just keep going.

My issue is prob same as most.. Ive got older now so the "fear" of falling is creeping on me. When I was 18 I wasnt satisfied until I hit the deck at least once, or had some bruises to show for my weekend ride.
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.
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They're crap. Every one I have had I have broken. You can not ride street on a MTB they just die.
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.
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