I’m amazed at how many dudes came to me asking: “Am I too old for BMX?”
My quick answer would be: Yes and no.
I’ll approach this one from a different perspective.
You’re only too old if you think you are. That’s it. Period.
However, I feel like I need to go a little more in-depth with this one because your mentality and body need to work in harmony for BMX.
Here are two scenarios:
- Scenario 1: You’re all hyped up and excited about starting riding BMX because someone told you you’re never too old. But your body may not be as strong and mobile as it once was. And then you crash and injure yourself, which may discourage you from trying it again.
- Scenario 2: You’re actually being quite active, like doing yoga, even lifting weights, maybe running, but the idea of doing extreme sports frightens you, so you don’t.
Scenario one is a more physical aspect, and scenario two is mental.
By the way: I’m 35 and feel better than I ever had. And many pros are already well into their 30s and are still at the top of their game.
Is There An Age Limit For BMX?
Okay, now let’s get serious.
There is no age limit for BMX.
So when someone comes to me with a question like, “Is 40 too old for a BMX?” I’ll say no.
And this goes for everyone, whether 30, 40, 50, 60, etc.
BMX is for every age group!
If you’ve never done any sports in your life and then you see the Olympics BMX park competition and think, “I wanna do that!” – don’t.
Let me explain.
BMX isn’t like riding an MTB, not even riding a DH. Especially not if you’re using an electric bike!
It’s a tough sport that requires a getting-used-to-it phase. Unfortunately, this can last many months – and the longer it does, the better.
Hey, your body needs to build muscle, your ligaments need to be reactivated – and you’ll probably need to do some stretching before even thinking of jumping on a BMX bike.
Your body needs to adapt.
I’m saying all this only to help you avoid injuries.
If you can lower the chances of getting injured, you’ll be much more stoked about the sport.
Sadly, I’ve seen many dudes who jumped on a BMX, crashed and never rode again.
I don’t want that to happen to you.
Stretching is mandatory
That is why I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you start with basic stretching or even doing yoga.
AT LEAST for a month.
And this also goes for those who rode BMX when younger, had a looong break, and now want to get back into it.
Focus on getting more overall body mobility – not just wrists, or legs, or shoulders.
But I’ll focus on the best exercises for BMX in one of my future posts.
Between doing the stretches and other basic exercises, like planks, pushups and squats, you can also pick up your bike (if you already have one) and ride it on flat ground – parking lots are the best.
Riding flat is fantastic to get used to it.
Progress (as slowly as possible)
I DON’T advise going to the skatepark right away.
Another trick to help you get into BMX if you are older is picking up a scooter first. (Just don’t get the absolute cheapest one. At least a mid-priced freestyle one.)
Yes, it REALLY does help.
There are many similarities between the two sports, just that riding a scooter is much easier (no disrespect to scooter shredders – you’re killing it!).
The scooter is around three times lighter (if not more) than a BMX bike, which automatically makes it more comfortable to ride.
But the stance and learning/pulling some of the tricks are comparable (especially the basics, which are essential anyway), so progressing from a scooter to a BMX is clever.
An excellent example of that is Casey Starling.
Finally, when you think you’re park-ready, GO FOR IT, bro!
Note: If you’ve never been to the skatepark, there are some unwritten rules to follow, but it’s best to talk to the locals. They’ll help you mix in and enjoy your sessions more.
Can & Should Adults/Old People Ride BMX?
Yes, WHY NOT!
Not only will you look a lot cooler, but BMX will also help you build muscle.
Just don’t go straight into it.
- Start with stretching.
- Then mix in some weightlifting and calisthenic exercises.
- Eat healthy foods. (I didn’t mention it earlier, but it’s an important topic I will cover in one of my next posts.)
- Optional (but recommended): Get a scooter.
- Start riding BMX on flat ground (parking lots FTW!).
- Stick to the above for a few months (the longer, the better) before hitting a skatepark and thinking about trying a trick.
THERE’S. NO. AGE. LIMIT. FOR. BMX.
Go for it!
FAQs About Being Too Old For BMX
Is there an age limit for starting BMX riding?
No, there’s no specific age limit for starting BMX. People of various ages, including adults, can begin BMX riding. The key is to start at a comfortable pace and gradually build skills.
Can older adults still learn BMX tricks?
Yes, older adults can learn BMX tricks. It may take longer to learn compared to younger riders, and it’s important to focus on safety and perhaps start with less risky maneuvers.
Is BMX riding safe for older individuals?
BMX riding can be safe for older individuals if they take proper precautions like wearing safety gear, choosing appropriate riding environments, and listening to their body’s limits.
Are there BMX communities or groups for older riders?
Yes, there are BMX communities and groups that cater to older riders. These groups often provide a supportive environment for learning and enjoying BMX at any age.
What are the physical benefits of BMX for older riders?
BMX can improve cardiovascular fitness, enhance balance and coordination, and strengthen muscles. It’s also great for mental health, offering a sense of adventure and fun.
How should older riders approach BMX differently than younger riders?
Older riders should focus more on warming up properly, avoiding high-risk maneuvers initially, and opting for more cruiser-style riding. It’s also important to recognize and respect physical limitations.
What type of BMX bike is suitable for an older beginner?
An older beginner might prefer a BMX bike with a more comfortable setup, like a larger frame, and one designed for cruising or light trail riding. The key is comfort and control, rather than aggressive racing or stunt features.