Hello. I’m 43 years old and getting back into BMX racing after many years away. The last time I raced was in my teens. I’m planning on racing my current 24” cruiser, an SE So Cal Flyer. I know it’s not the racier version, the Floval Flyer, but it’s what I already own.
My question is about handle bars. I have noticed most of the bikes in the cruiser class are running low rise, mini style bars. I replaced my original 5” rise bars with 8.25’s. It’s more comfortable for me when I’m actually cruising and street riding. I am wondering if there is any reason I should run my lower bars when racing. I am 6’2” tall and fairly muscular and large framed…if that makes any difference.
It does make a difference having a slightly lower bar on a 24. It puts you in a more aggressive stance, with your weight forward in attack mode, versus, upright and less stable. This is why most cruiser bars are between four and six inches. Since you don’t appear to be interested in a new bike, you probably aren’t looking for too large of an investment. From the research we have done it appears that most of the So. Cal’s have a pretty hefty spacer stack under the stem. When you are racing, move those spacers above the stem and lower your bars about an inch and when you are cruising, flip them to the bottom of the stem again. Its not ideal, in a perfect world you would go down another two or three inches, but for casual racing, its a free way to make your on-track performance a little better.
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