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Offline Verde

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Which BMX to buy? Expert size - new or used?
« on: August 09, 2018, 04:12 PM »
Hi all. I know very little about BMX, but I'm looking at buying my lad his first race bike for his birthday.  I don't want to spend over £200 so not sure if to buy a brand new entry level Cuda Expert or to look for something used... Similar to what I've seen on a FB group, which is a Haro Expert Pro for £120. Any advice would be most welcome.

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Jay.
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Re: Which BMX to buy? Expert size - new or used?
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2018, 05:14 PM »
Hi mate - if you're lad is gonna race then get something second hand but spend your £200 budget as you'll get a lot of bike for your cash. Rule of thumb is usually twice the value as a guide :coolsmiley:

First time he stacks it on a berm and it's gonna be scratched anyway, so look for something tidy but with a few cosmetic scratches and your lad will appreciate it way more as it will be lighter with better components  :daumenhoch:
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Re: Which BMX to buy? Expert size - new or used?
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2018, 02:34 AM »
Yeah, you’ll get a lot more for your money buying secondhand. :daumenhoch:

Has he started racing or at least practised on a track yet? If not, see if you can borrow or rent a bike at your local track, as that might help you to decide which way to go. In any case, keep us posted!
« Last Edit: August 10, 2018, 02:36 AM by Mikku »
From Dorset to Japan:- http://www.radbmx.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=182215.msg1828811#msg1828811
Ok riders, random start. Riders ready, watch the gate old guy on the Crupi!! :D

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Re: Which BMX to buy? Expert size - new or used?
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2018, 08:30 AM »
Yeah, for a first bike second hand is the way to go. Just need to find one that's mechanically fine and you're laughing.

Not sure about over there, but I know my local has "club bikes" which are for the newer people to use while they begin the sport, it also helps with sizing them up.
Even if you do buy one straight up it would be best to have him test ride them for sizing, so long as he is comfortable on it (ie correct crank lengths and so forth) then he should enjoy it more.

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Re: Which BMX to buy? Expert size - new or used?
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2018, 11:57 AM »
Thanks for the replies guys. He can get round the track okay (on his MTB) and we've visited our local club where he had a go on a proper BMX (it's light weight caught him out at first, but other than that he was getting round okay). His measurements were between junior and expert so was going to err on the side of expert as he has quite long levers. No plans to race just yet, just wants to be part of something that his thing, and I'd be made up if he sticks with it because all the family can get involved and have some fun. Away from home at the minute, but once I'm back the hunt for a BMX is on 👍
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Re: Which BMX to buy? Expert size - new or used?
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2018, 02:44 AM »
Excellent! Sounds like you’re both heading in the right direction! :daumenhoch:
From Dorset to Japan:- http://www.radbmx.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=182215.msg1828811#msg1828811
Ok riders, random start. Riders ready, watch the gate old guy on the Crupi!! :D

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