Hello My name is Jay and I was needing some input on some bikes. I am 40 years old and grew up at the skateparks riding BMX and then when I got older I started driving trucks over the road. Living life over the road has taking toll on my body. I am 5"11 and 270pds. I got hit by the bug again as my 2 sons came of age to ride and now that I am off the truck and trying to get back in shape. I bought a redline and a WTP bike for them but when I went to buy mine they seemed so small. I am looking at 24in and maby a 22in. I would love to show them there old dad can still ride I hope. When we go to the dirt jumps and skate park I see a trend of dads starting to ride again and I think it is awsome. My problem that I face is my weight I am afraid I will crush wheels or frames. I know as soon as I start riding I will shed the weight I just want back on a bike. BMX has always been a part of my life and would take any advise I could get on what brands size wheels ect.. thanks. Jay White Lubbock TX.
Jay, don’t worry about breaking wheels, if Guys like Dakota Roche don’t fold wheels jumping off of roof tops, then you will be fine. Room to move when your knees are bumping your belly is an entirely different animal. Our advice would be to get a 22” S&M Holmes. We recently tested that bike in the October 2012 issue of the mag and loved it. It handles like a 20” but with the room to move and stability some riders need. It is also super fast thanks to the larger diameter wheels and S&M offers a full line of aftermarket parts, including tires, tubes, wheels and forks to suite the unique size. Fortunately it looks as though more brands will be making 22” wheeled bikes as well, so the options will only get greater. If a cruiser is still something your interested in, S&M makes a Dirt Bike cruiser which is great for casual skatepark use, as does Sunday, with their Model-C. Good luck Jay, glad to have you back.
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