I stopped riding aged 42, started aged 10 on a Team Murray,then a Pro Star, Diamond Back Silver Streak, Skyway, PK Ripper, Harry Leary Turbo, Supergoose, Haro Freestyler, Standard STA, Mongoose Hooligan, Mongoose DMC, Standard TAJ, KHE Buster SE, and quite a few more. I rode for 30 years and do really miss it. So at one point I had your bikes younger brother, the DMC, IMO one of the better off the peg rides at it's time, the geometry was perfect for me. All I changed was the cranks, to a set of Profiles......
Last Sunday I went to the park under the bridge (pictured earlier in the thread) and rode there for about 2 hours. I haven't been down there for around a year and a half and had only used my bike as a mode of transport. I was rusty to say the least but after a while I was getting some pretty good air on my bunnyhops and getting more and more confident and finding good lines around the park. The park has changed a little bit, a few ramps have been repaired and hey have added a spine in there which was really fun. I didn't tackle the quarter pipes this time as I need more practice and also need the use of my limbs for my job! All in all I had a great time and planned to go back this Sunday but alas the weather today is absolutely terrible so it was very much a stay indoors day. My bike has also been pushed back into daily driver duties and I am absolutely loving it!
As a new member of this forum, to find a thread about BMX- is so awesome. I build cars, race motocross and have a family. I have been riding BMX since 1978. I'm 46 now and My son rides, we just built a grind ledge for the driveway. I still ride. Never really made any money at it, but won a few contests in the late 90's when I was in my early 30's. DMC is and always has been one of my favorite riders. Fortunate enough to meet him at the X-Games in California in 1997 and again in Cleveland in 2003. I still admire that guy. Skills that I always wished I had!
The K2 bike is looking very nice and I'd like to session that concrete park. (Ohio is a bit far from there) Here is a video from about 3 months ago, With so many moto and BMX injuries, my big air days are over, but I like to throw a flip on something at least once a year. I'm basically a fat bald guy that still rides occasionally. I want to keep riding until I'm 50. You guys are awesome for bringing this topic to a car forum!
These pics are all from the last five years or so. I'm a bit fatter now...
Wow! Awesome shots and video! And super awesome that you met DMC! and last but not least mega, super, turbo awesome that you are still riding! I have a serious case of "the fear" at the moment. I think I worry too much about something going wrong rather than just having a go. I think with practice and maybe buying a helmet this will die away a little.
Thanks for reading dude and keep the photos and riders stories coming guys!
this thread kind of reminds me of the tv program quest for backflip if anyones seen it? about the guy who always wanted to be able to backflip on a bmx then got back into it and made a tv series about him back flipping into a foam pit
Awesome! "I've been riding half my life" <-- Superb :-)
I (finally) finished respraying my frame so I can start rebuilding it now, this thread is definitely inspiring me to get back on my BMX!!
Rad! Chuck some photos up dude!
Here is the frame - it is an old Haro Ultra, I decided that since it was not going to be a "restoration" I'd paint it what colour and fit what components I wanted speaking of which I'm dropping into a BMX shop this afternoon to pick up some bits to start the rebuild...
For the last 2 weeks I have been in England doing a bit of this.
But in between organising my wedding I did manage to pop into Alans BMX in Wigan and picked up a new upper cable for my Giro. It snapped around 2007/2008 and I never got around to changing it until now. I put the new one on yesterday but the adjuster on the lever fr the rear brake has gone missing in the last 7 years so I "borrowed" the one of the front brake and removed the front brake completely so I can clean it up a bit. I have found brand new levers on eBay for 27 Euro from the good old US of A so will probably get them. In the mean time I still only have one brake but now it's a rear one because skids rule right?!
Ill get some pictures and post them up in the next few days.
Looks like you're both having fun so things must be going pretty smoothly :-) Interestingly I purchased a gyro (complete) from the shop I went to as well!
Skids are for kids, but then, it is a kids bike and we only get old when we stop playing so.... perfectly acceptable to me! Having said that, the current fashion is to run no brakes at all, I tried that in the mid-90's and it ended badly... Needless to say I'll be running a pair of Dia-Compe 990's on the beast once she is up and running again :-)
The colour is Rover Eclipse Blue - the left-overs from my Mini - although I think Google played with it a little...
The plan is to clean up the front brake and then refit it and run front and rear brakes but I had to wait until I had a rear brake before I could remove the front one. I really didn't fancy running no brakes at all, I think it probably gets very expensive as trainers can cost quite a bit.
The wedding was last week whilst I was in England.