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Old cruiser stereotypes no longer apply

10 06 2010

For many in the BMX world, the stereotypical image of the cruiser rider as a squirrelly, middle-aged cruiser racer persists.

Another stereotype:

Nobody under 30 rides a cruiser (unless it’s for racing).

And finally:

“Big” tricks are only done on 20″ bikes.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that this kind of “traditional wisdom” is rapidly falling by the wayside.

Not convinced?

Check out this web clip from Ollie Sandles.

Granted, it’s mostly 20 inch riders but look closely at the lone cruiser rider (who I think is Peter Beer).  In addition to a nice turndown at the beginning, check out from about 1:54 on….flairs, tailwhips, vert airs.

This (relatively) young guy is tearing things up…including all those old stereotypes about cruiser riders.

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7 responses

11 06 2010
Goride09

I fit the stereotype.I got my 1st 24 at 32.I wish these cruisers were around 10years ago!

11 06 2010
Steve

Got my first cruiser at 37 and I am not even a racer. Go to the track for my kids but would rather be at a skate park or riding street and even flatland on it than racing.

12 06 2010
mike420lv

i raced on a 20″ when i was a teenager but when i turned 21 i started riding cruisers. been doing it ever since. I had much better balance on a 20″ but after braking about 16 different bones, i dont really need to be going all crazy anymore anyway. im 33 now btw.

12 06 2010
cruiserrevolution

I fit in the over 30 stereotype too. I just find it cool that younger guys are also starting to pick up 24s now and bust some big tricks on them.

For too long it seemed the only time a guy (or girl) under 30 rode a cruiser was to race. Glad to see that’s changing.

Sounds like you were ahead of the curve Mike!

15 06 2010
Sergey

I´m 34 now and hope will ride BMX till I die 🙂 I´m trying to keep my skills and ride my 20″ everywhere, I also have 24″ but I save it for later. I would try to ride 20″ as long as possible. Yeah I have stereotypical opinion, cruisers are for older or chicken-hearted 😉

15 06 2010
Dave

hahaha, Sergey I’m with you. I’m 32 and pretty much ride a 20. But I also have a WeThePeople 24 and an Azonic Steelhead for my 26. All single speeds too. I have found though that my 24 is almost as much fun and sometimes more on dirt, plus it rips a helluva lot faster in concrete bowls too.

17 06 2010
cruiserrevolution

To each his own. I still take my 20″ out for a ride from time to time. But overall, my 24 is a lot more fun. And I completely understand wanting to save your 24 for “later”…a 24 is simply too much bike for some people. Don’t worry though, you’ll be able to handle it some day.

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