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UPGRADE CRAZY ON A BLEND 2

Q: Hey I’m Will, the one that asked about a 09 Mirraco Blend 2? Guess what? Some jerk jacked my bike, but now, I am planning to buy another one (the same model) and I have some questions. I am 5’5” and I am an intermediate rider. I enjoy riding street and park (mostly street) and it comes with Maxxis Grifter tires. What tire do you think I should get? What do you think about Premium Resist/Refuse? I also want to be able to run a gyro so should I trim my steer tube? Should I get Odyssey PC pedals or Eclat PCs? Should I get the Premium 9 stem? I like to go off of stairs. What kind of grips should I get? I like thin super soft grips. Thanks. P.S. Your magazine rocks!! My friend and I fight for the newest issue.


CAN TALLER PEOPLE HOP HIGHER

Q: My friend has a 2010 Verde Radia and I have a 2009 Mirraco Blend 2. Our bikes weigh the same and we are both even in riding skills…its just that he can do higher barspins, hops and 180s! I am 5’5” he is 5’9”, does height affect our riding abilities, or is he bagging on me just because I’m Asian? Please reply. He is making me mad!!


SEALED HEADSET SWAP

Q: I have a GT BMX bike that uses ball bearings in the headset. Can I buy sealed bearings and just put them in or does the frame have to be made a certain way?

Chris Huerta


DIRT IN PERTH

Q: Hi,
My name is Blake and I am ten-years-old. There are no BMX jumps or skate parks near me; the closest ones are like 20 kilometers away. So, my mates and I made a petition up to get some dirt jumps built. They built them and they’re really bad. There is a roller to get speed off of, but it is only about one and a half meters tall. From the roll in there is about a meter of flat before the lip to the first double and it is like two meters tall, so it’s like impossible to jump. On the other side of that is a set of whoops that are about a half meter high and there are only three of them. We thought this was rubbish because we got 1247 signatures to have the jumps built. What can we do now?
Blake
Hock Wannero, Perth, Australia


TAILWHIP TIPS

Q: What up BMX Plus!, I have been working on tailwhips off curbs and ledges and just can’t seem to keep my legs in the air. The bike only gets about 180 degrees away from me. Have any tips on how to land this trick?

Fabian Gaytia


CUTTING YOUR STEER TUBE

Q: Does having the steering tube on your bike shorter help in any way, and if so how?


PEDAL POWER

Q: I’m just starting to ride. I just got a new bike yesterday. I was out riding and I did a bunny hop, when I landed I broke my pedal. This is the second time it has happened to me!! What should I do??


STRAIGHT UP

Q: Why is BMX so fun?


FREE PARKING

Q: Hey, I prefer riding street/park, but there’s only one park within a reasonable distance from my house. I go as often as possible, but it’s still a bit of a drive and it costs money every time you go. What steps would I have to go through to get the town to build a free outdoor park?


PIG OF AN IMPRESSION

Q: I’m wondering about the weight of the bikes (complete) the professional freestyle riders have. I’ve got a pig of a Diamondback. What’s a respectable frame only weight?


BIG BOY TALKING

Q: I’m am about to get in to BMX and I’m pretty big. I’m 6’3”, weigh over 250lb and I really love to ride BMX. Is it ok to weigh that much? I mean, I can drop weight. I just wanna know.


BAR BANGIN’

Q: So I’m looking to try to cut my bars because they hit my knees alot when I do X-ups & barspins. I don’t know how much to cut off or if it would be better to just buy new bars.


MINI vs. PITBIKE

Q: My son wants to get into racing. We went to the track and all the boys in his age have minis (small frame, skinny wheels) but he likes the Redline Pitboss. It has smaller wheels and fatter tires, what is the difference? It’s in the race section, would this be a good choice?


MIRRA vs. HOFFMAN

Q: Who is better; Dave Mirra or Mat Hoffman?


BARNEY HOPPING

Q: I was wondering if the shorter the handlebars the more distance you have to pull up so you can bunnyhop higher. Does this make sense?


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