Our friend Carla has been riding a 24″ cruiser, and she has two questions: 1) Should she rock a 20, and 2) what size should she be riding?
I’ve been riding a 24″ BMX cruiser at my local BMX tracks regularly for several months now. I started it as a way to develop skills on my MTB. I’m absolutely loving the BMX track riding too!
I have been wondering for a few weeks what a 20″ would feel like after riding the cruiser. I tried it out. It was a bit sketchy at first, but by the end of the night it was feeling smooth and so great. I’m hooked!
Do you think a 20″ would be a good idea, or should I just stick with the cruiser?
My other question is sizing – I was looking at the Intense Podium bikes. I’m 5’4″ and weigh 115. Would the Pro model be a good fit?
What would be a good option in sizing for a cruiser? My current one is too big and I plan to sell it.
Right on! BMX bikes are fun, aren’t they?
If you want to ride the quickest, nimblest bike possible, a 20 is the way to go. It sounds like you can afford and handle one, so I say rock it.
– Nothing builds skills as effectively as a 20.
– You can race both the 20 and cruiser classes. Less waiting around on race day.
– Street cred!
At 5-4, you’re right between an Expert and Pro size — probably better on an Expert.
Here are some common height-size relationships for BMX bikes (from my forthcoming BMX book). These apply to both 20s and cruisers. They are guidelines; if you’re on the line, be sure to test-ride different sizes.
|Rider height||BMX bike size|
|4’0″ & under||Micro-Mini|
|4’0″ – 4’6″||Mini|
|4’4″ – 4’10”||Junior|
|4’8″ – 5’4″||Expert|
|5’4″ – 5’10”||Pro|
|5’8″ – 6’0″||Pro XL|