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now I know this is a BMX question, and I know this is a MTB forum, but I wanted to know if its rough to make the switch when riding urban? I love DH, and plan on putting most of my money into it, but I want to have a nice bike to tool around in, to Dj and do some street riding, and I can't ask for a better price for a nice urban bike than you can but a bMX bike for. what do you guys think of using bmx for urban and keeping the rest of the riding on mtb's?
 

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i ride both

hardest part i found is switching from big bike to small when hitting the same area. or if i ignore the bmx for a while - takes a couple min to get the groove back. otherwise no problems.
 

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another question, is it easier to learn to Dj and street ride on a bmx? aka, will riding bmx function as a sort of stepping stone for when I get enough money to go full mtb for urban and dj, or do the skills learned in bmx not carry over to mtb?
 

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If you can handle the roughness, which is easy, then hell yeah. It'll make you a smoother rider and you'll reconsider NEEDING a billion inches of travel for XC.
 

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i've been finding myself pondering the same type of questions lately. i've often been hopping on friends bmx bikes out at the jumps lately and been riding my bmx around town for the last couple of months now. the only thing i don't i don't like about the bmx is that i always am riding a little more hunched over than usual. no biggie at the dubb spots, but doing a lot of street riding around town it gets to be a little too much for my tastes. i eventually decided to just get another mtb and throw a custom 65mm fork on it (which gives it a nice steep bmx'y type head angle) and toss on a set of 24's for a MTB/BMX cruiser type of feel. so, IMO even though its fun to stick with the bmx roots, a bmx bike, while fun at the dubb spot, is just too small for doing lots of pedalling type riding....
 

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it carries over....

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another question, is it easier to learn to Dj and street ride on a bmx? aka, will riding bmx function as a sort of stepping stone for when I get enough money to go full mtb for urban and dj, or do the skills learned in bmx not carry over to mtb?
i say it goes both ways - and learning tables and what not is...for me at least... easier on bmx - and it will transfer over. if you get a chance to ride moto for a while that will make your bmx and dh skillz even better.
 

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A bmx cruiser, or a small framed MTB with 24s would probably be an easier transition.
Something like a Tonic Fall Guy or Molly Maguire, would be sweet, but not cheap.
BMX or MTB, you buy a cheap bike, you WILL be replacing parts, and sooner than you think. Buy used, but solid components if you are on a budget.
 

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riding BMX is a great way to learn basic and not so basic biking skills. in the long run it will help out greatly. sadlly i was not so awair of that, and i went straight to my big bike. learning on a BMX bike would have made alot of stuff alot easier in the beggining. i now have a BMX bike (free agent eluder) and i find it extreammly hard to ride all hunched over and stuff, and hard to jump.
 

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Dude. You can't ride a BMX AT ALL Sombrio.


Jeez.
 

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it is a good question....honestly if you don't have the cash to buy a decent DJ 26in bike then just get a very decent 20 or 24in BMX. for street and DJ they are great to learn on. the skills will definetly be carried over to MTB. i rode BMX for a bit before i got into MTB, and it will even help with every type of riding. it helps you learn to manuver a bike well in general. the only problem is what WCH said, the pedalling issue. other then that for a better price they will probably work just as well for this type of riding.
 

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i just "acquired" a GT Performer today and im gonna start ridin it. i noticed how much smoother you ride on a bmx bike too. no suspension to soak up your mistakes.
 

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You're screwed then, aren't you Kyle?
 

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I think a BMX cruiser is the perfect midpoint..
 
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