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AMERICAN OR MID BEARINGS

Okay, so I’ve recently ordered new sealed bottom bracket bearings and I have a problem. My frame is American, I have (or thought I had) American sealed cups. The site I ordered from claimed they were for American and Mid… The problem is, my old bearings are freaking  huge and these ones are way too small. I don’t want a whole new bottom bracket, I’m broke yo! But is there any way I can get cups that will fit or did I just waste my money?
I need answers quick…
PS. YOU GUYS ROCK
-Caleb the poor guy


RIDER AREA VERSUS TOP TUBE LENGTH

Hello BMXPLUS,
                          I’ve been racing BMX for a long time now (18 years give or take). 
I was ready to go out and start hunting for a new longer frame to race. 
But, when I talked to people from club, they started talking about rider area, 
rather than top tube length, as a way to compare different frames. 
What is this measurement, and what does it mean to me? 
I have only found a few frames manufactures that give you this measurement
(eg; Chase, Crupi and Yess).

Cheers
Alex Sewell
Down under in New Zealand


An affordable Fit

SHOULD I BUY A $379 FIT BMX BIKE?


SPOKE SWAPPING

Hello!
My name is Ryan I have a Primo Remix hub laced to the Primo rim that comes
with it but with white spoke and green nipples. My friend wants to trade his Profile rhd 10t hub for my Primo. Will the spokes I have now work for the Profile hub or am I going to have to get new spokes?

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STAY IN SCHOOL

I hope you can help.  I have a 15 year old stepson that wants to be a pro BMX rider. I have no problem with him chasing his dream, but he is fighting us constantly about school because he doesn’t think he needs to know any of it to be a BMX rider.
He just told me that he’ll pay attention and concentrate on it if I can show him where he will need to know multiplication tables and fractions to be a pro bmx rider.
Any examples you have would be a great help.

Thank you,
Scott Buckley


TO RESTOR OR REPLACE MY HUTCH?

Hi, my name is Jordan I am 15 and I  ride old school flatland on my dads hutch trick star. I have been riding for two years and I love it. My dad is my teacher and my favorite rider. I envy my dad so much. I really love riding his bike but i always fear I will break it. The price tag on the bike is ridiculous. Because my dad ran the best stuff he could. He has a candy apple red hutch trick star frame and forks, Peregrine 48 spoke sealed bearing rims, and woddy itson signature bars. We both love this bike and he wants to sandblast and repaint it. Were going to replace the worn out parts like brakes,grips, tires etc. But my question is should I put my Christmas money into the hutch or invest in a modern bike? My dad and I both love your magazine and have been reading it for years. thank you for what you do and keep doing it.

Jordan R.
Northwebster, IN


FUTURE IN PHOTOGRAPHY

My names Bryce Blanton and I’m looking to start working as a photographer. I love taking pictures of bmxers and skaters. In fact that’s really the only thing i take pictures of. I was wondering if I would be able to shoot some stock photos for your magazine.  I would love to have an opportunity to do this. Please let me know if this would be possible and any feed back is much appreciated.


THE RIGHT 24

Hey guys,

I was hoping to see my question already answered. Almost, but not quite. I bought my 9 year old son a Mirraco Velle two years ago and gave my youngest the hand me down Specialized Hot Rock. I took them to the local track the other day and they absolutely loved it! That being said I can and will get more use out of a BMX cruiser than I will out of my road bike and mountain bike. I plan to sell them and get a 24 in. cruiser.

I need your advice to narrow my focus of options. I would like more race oriented as I don’t see myself testing the bike/skate park. I’m more of a racetrack or trail rider. What type of material am I looking for in a complete bike? Brand and model specific would be very helpful.

I’ve been looking at the following:

Redline Flight Pro 24 - too pricey
Intense Code 24
SE Floval Flyer 24
Among others

My specifics:
Height - 6’ 3”
Weight - 220 - 230lbs
Inseam - 34”

Any help you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Brandon
McDonough, GA


TO RESTOR OR REPLACE FOR MY 10 YEAR OLD

Hi,

I have a GT Performer bike from when I was a teenager, and now my son is wanting to ride it. It is in need of some upgrades as the bike is close to 25 years old. I have been looking around for some new parts, but I really have no ideas what the current brands are, and what would be good options for the following parts. What are some reputable shops where I can purchase these parts.

1)    Tires

2)    Brakes: calipers and handles for both front and rear

3)    Brake cables for Odyssey Giro

4)    Pegs for front and rear

5)    Grips


It has been sitting in a shed for a number of years and just needs some TLC to bring it back to a rideable condition for my 10yr old son. I have not been around BMX for 20+ years, so it is all brand new to me now.

Thanks in advance,

Rob


A GOOD FIRST BIKE

I have just started BMX and I wanna get a BMX bike for Skateparks. I’m about 160lbs. What type of bmx bike should I get.

Don Irvine


HIGHER HOPS

Dear BMXperts,
My name is Will and wanted to know how to make my bunny-hops higher. Since
they are such a basic trick and I use them all the time they need to be
higher. Any suggestions?


$100 FORK CHOICES

Hi I am looking for a light fork around 100 dollars. Keep up the great mag! 

Ryan Sheppard


PIVOTAL VERSUS SEAT/POST COMBO

Is there any benefit to a Pivotal seat and post versus a seat/post combo because the combos are way cheaper?


FIRST TIME MIGHT BE THE LAST?

Im 46 and just recently attended my first BMX race. I took a group of the local young riders and we went to the Gator Nats in Oldsmar Fl. Well we were very impressed with how fast and controlled the riders were, especially the pros of course. But at the same time I was dissappointed in a few things—first of all the way the track was set up the riders only jumped one jump. Not very exciting for us newbies. BMX should be about jumping too, otherwise it is just riding fast over obstacles. That does require a lot of skill but its not visually that interesting. I know other tracks are different but I only know what I saw.     Second of all, and this is prob more important, as we walked past all the booths with our bikes no one acknowledged us except the bike shops that were selling stuff. We passed many pros sitting right next to us and I told the guys about who they were but none of them even looked at us, nor less acknowledged us. Pretty dissapointing. It wasnt because it was busy either, very few people were walking thru while we were there. We went thru about 4 times. Thirdly, some of the younger racers make smart remarks to our group, without any prompting from us. Yeah some of the guys have rag tag bikes that I have helped get for them but….I know kids can be cruel so it is somewhat normal. Just wanted to let you guys know so maybe if you print this some peoole may take notice and think about it.  Thanks Mike Cole, Nobleton Fl.


HALF PIPES IN OMAHA

Hello,

Is there a directory of halpipes or BMX parks listed on your web site anywhere. I was getting back into riding and I wanted to ride a halfpipe. The only place I know is Camp WoodWard. I was trying to find something locally. I’m in Omaha. Thanks.


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AMERICAN OR MID BEARINGS
RIDER AREA VERSUS TOP TUBE LENGTH
An affordable Fit
SPOKE SWAPPING

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