My name is Travis Barlow and I used to be a points chaser back in the 80’s. Loved the sport and it kept me out of alot of trouble. A guy here in our small town is trying to start an ABA track and the racing bug got me again. So I was wondering, what should an old guy ride? At 6’3 and 230 lbs should I go with a 20” or go for the 24” cruiser?
A: This is probably the biggest issue people have when they return to the sport, so allow us to make it easy on you when we say go with either. Now before you state the obvious and say that we were no help there, maybe this will help steer your decision. Pick up the June issue of the magazine and check out our Cruiser Shootout. We took 24” bikes form all the major brands and tested them on the track with riders from various age groups, ranging from young amateurs, to experienced pros and even their dads. By the end of the day no one felt they were really any better off fit wise on a 24” then they were on any of the modern 20’s, the reason being, 20” bikes have gotten longer and taller, while 24” bikes have gotten lower and shorter. The reason for this is the brands trying to make both bikes perform at their best and ultimately, they met in the middle. The good thing for you is you can make your bike choice based on what you like visually and competition wise, without having to make sacrifices in performance or fit either way. Given your size and previous experience, if we had to put you on a bike, we would suggest looking into a Pro XL like that available from Haro, or if you are seeking out that classic cruiser fit and feel you remember, then consider a 24” like the Redline Proline which retains many of its classic design roots and much of it’s track stability without compromising overall performance.