ASK THE BMXPerts: FINDING THE RIGHT FIT 20 YEARS LATER
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Hi 

I am 6 feet tall and 37 years old. I know I should know better, from the years riding, but I was always in and out of riding, so things keep changing and I can’t keep up.

After so many years I don’t have a frame that fits me like it used to and the best I had was a Profile Racing Freestyle frame (in pink) with a Haro Kneesaver race handlebar circa 1992. I never quite got it again since then.

I already got a 21’’ up to date frame and the tallest handlebar I could get, but I still feel stuck handling the bike, especially bunny hoping into tricks.

Can you give some advice on what to change to improve how my bike feels? What could make more difference? And would all 21’’ frames feel the same or are there other geometry specs I should look into?

Thanks

Mario

Mario, it sounds like you are remembering an era of shorter bikes with mellow geometry. The Profile frame you mentioned was relatively short, but with mellower angles, making it quick handling because you could get over it and muscle it around, but stable because of the slower geometry. Now bikes are the opposite, they are long so you have room to move, but have quick handling geometry to compensate for it. This can feel awkward, especially if you haven’t been riding regularly. To add to it, super tall bars only make the bike feel more twitchy. Ultimately the issue is you going from 1992 to 2012, a 20 year leap in technology, and years on your life, and hoping for things to feel the same. Are you too old to ride? Not at all, and in time your bike will begin to feel familiar and tricks will start to come back. The 21” frame is perfect for you, but you may want to tilt your bars forward a touch to force your body over the bike and add a half, or even full link too your chain so balance out the tall bars. Hope that helps Mario.

 

 


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