Dear BMXperts, My name is Bill I am 40 years old and used to ride freestyle back in the 70’s and 80’s. I have a 12-year son who wishes me to ride with him now; you know a father and son thing. My question is I’m 5’9 and 148 lbs, what size bike you suggest for flatland for me? Thanks! Bill Graham.
ANS- Bill, mind if we call you Billy? A lot has changed since the 70’s and 80’s, including what you may consider flatland. Back then a freestyle bike could do it all and people were doing Chicken Butt Airs on the same bikes that they were doing Gumby’s on. Now everything has become so specific, a flatland bike is good for, well, just about nothing but flatland. Not to knock flatland, we love it, but the longest top tube you are going to find on a serious flatland bike is about 19”, which is exceptionally short for a guy of your stature, especially without laid back seatposts. The solution? Look into a freestyle (street/park) bike with a shorter 20” or 20.25” top tube length and a 75-degree headtube angle. Now you can keep up with your kid when he wants to put in some miles, as well as shred your local park or parking lot, without too much compromise in any direction. Check out the Deco Frame, Federal Lacey or Cult OS, all available with a 20” top tube. Happy Gut Levers Billy!