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NANO GEAR ON NON-NANO ARMS

Hey BMX Plus!,
  I just recently got an 8t back wheel and now I’m about to get a new sprocket probably a 22t or 23t and I’m not sure if the sprocket will fit my cranks because I don’t have “nano” drive cranks, do I need to have nano drive cranks for the cranks to be able to work with a 23t or 22t sprocket?
Thanks,
Tyler Buell


RACE TIRE TREADS

Why do so many riders use tires like the Intense MK’s that look bald? Dont they want traction in the dirt?

Via Web


CHROMOLY VS CARBON

Dear BMXperts,
Hey, I live in Belgium, Europe. Thanks for your mag. I have read since 1982 because it’s the only one to give us news of every disciplines of BMX.
I’ve noticed on the picture from pages 62 & 63 of the November issue that there are four cromo forks vs two carbon. It’s nice to see that the pros are back to basics with reliable 4130 forks.
Best regards from Europe.
Roland Martens

PS : I’m a French speaker so please, forgive me for mistakes ;o)


SEALED IN PLACE OF UNSEALED

Dear BMXperts,
I’m wondering if you can put sealed bottom bracket bearings in an unsealed frame?
Thanks Aaron


BIKE LOCK OR NEW BIKE

Dear BMXperts,
  My name is Matt, I have a RL 1.1 and I think is the coolest bike ever!! The thing is I am now in middle school and have to ride to school or walk. And who wants to walk, BUT my lock is not amazing. The thing is, I have a lot of money but I don’t really want to spend it on a lock. I am thinking about getting a Mongoose but what style? And remember I am in middle school so I don’t want some little kids bike or something like that. Thanks for your help.
Matt Out.


RIGHT TO LEFT SIDE DRIVE

Hey BMXperts, My name is Sky and I am 13. I was wondering, if I ride right foot forward and my grind side is on the right of the bike, then should I switch my sprocket and freewheel to the left side of my bike? Would switching my drive train to the left side of my bike feel weird?
Sky Trent


Under $600 and under 41Lbs

Dear BMXperts,

    My name is Nathan, I am 12 years old and I live in a small town in Texas called Aledo. I have always loved riding my bike around doing some tricks up and down the street. I got a bike not to long ago for my birthday, it was a Mongoose K.O. It is really a great bike but is extremely heavy (41 pounds). I have tried to do cool tricks off my ramps but its so heavy it’s hard to get enough air to do anything. I have been looking for a bike that’s lightweight, tough, and awesome but I don’t really know what’s best. I have looked at some Haro, Fit Bike Co., and DK bikes but I have no clue what bike/brand is the best. My price range is under $600. I hope you could give me some ideas of bikes that would be the best. Thanks. P.S. I absolutely love the mag!
Nathan Reding
Aledo, TX


BRAKELESS VS CALIPERS

Dear BMXperts,
I ride brakeless because my frame can only take caliper brakes but I’m so use to riding brakeless, that I’ll forget that I have brakes and probably break a toe or something. So I’m wondering if I should get caliper brakes or not.
Thanks, Aaron


TRICKS ARE FOR GIRLS

Hi my names Amanda, I am 14 and I own a Kink Launch. I started riding about 2 months ago and have gone to a skatepark once. I can bunnyhop, fakie occasionally, hop down a 3 stair (Woo-hoo right?), and jump the intermediate jumps at our park. I was wondering what tricks I should
start out with on the jumps? I am not scared to fall.


CRANKS COME LOOSE WHEN I RIDE

Hey BMX Plus!,
I have a problem, when I pedal, my crank arm bolts come loose every couple of feet, what should I do?
Harrison Yarrow


FAST LANE TO FEEBLES

Hi,
My name is Haresh, I am 12 and a big fan of your awesome magazine. I just got my bunnyhops right, so now I want to go out and learn some feeble grinds. I have found a place that I can bunny hop onto, but I am just scared that when I try to do the trick my rear peg is not going to get enough height and clip the edge of the ledge and make me flip over my bars. Do you have any tips for me to ace this trick?
Haresh Suganthan


HOW BIG IS TOO BIG?

Hi there,
My question is about handlebars. A while back tall and wide handlebars became popular among many riders. I bought a pair of Odyssey Lumberjacks, and also most recently have been riding a pair of S and M Grand Slam XLT’s. Both sets of handlebars have an 8.25” rise, which is great, because I am 6’2” tall.  Also, I feel they give me a lot more leverage for pulling up the front end, and doing tricks like turndowns and tabletops. I keep them pretty wide and when I race they are also great power bars!!  I was just wondering if there is a point where the handlebars are too tall? I know now there are at least 3 companies making 9” tall handlebars. Is there anything that this extra 0.75” would hinder?  Do you think this is overboard even for somebody my size? I kind of think it could also be a little easier on my back, not leaning over quite so much. I am very tempted to run a 9” bar and I am running a top load stem.  What do you think?
Jarret Sperling
Dalmeny, SK Canada.


BARSPINS AND STRAIGHT CABLES

Q: My brake cable always binds up when I do barspins. Its already a mile long and still locks up the brakes when I spin the bars, even if its only once. When I ride the cable actually snags on my front tire when I go over bumps or land. So please explain to me how guys like Chris Doyle and do double trucks with a straight cable?


GHOST PEDALING FIX

Q: When I do no-footers my cranks turn and I always biff it on the guys downstairs. Short of wearing a cup, how can I solve this issue?


SHORT RIDER, BIG BIKE

Q: I have a problem, I am only 5’1” and want to ride but we don’t have a lot of money. I got my brothers old Haro Backtrail but it was too big so my dad turned the stem backwards and mounted the bars backwards in the stem to make them easier to reach. Everyone keeps laughing and telling me its wrong and its gonna break, is it?


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