That one kid in school that nobody gets

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by SignedByMe, Aug 15, 2015.

  1. SignedByMe

    SignedByMe New Member

    Hey fellow forum goers,
    I am Chris from Albuquerque. I'm 14 years old and like to tinker with my bike and just go for a ride. I know what you all might be thinking "Ok I just wasted 30 seconds of my life that I will never get back but hear me out". In New Mexico a motorized bike is considered a bike. This mean I can ride anywhere a bike can go. So yea, my bike is a cheap ass Ebay kit with some performance upgrades. I love it to death it's an old bat 700 miles on it and still going strong. I hope I can be helpful and maybe ask for advice thought this very friendly forum. If anyone else lives in Abq maybe we could start a club or something.
    Got to go,
    Chris, aka Signedbyme
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  2. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    ride safe, wear a real motorcycle helmet, preferrably full face, at least 3/4. none of that flimsy $12 wal mart bicycle helmet crap or one of those skid lid monstrosities. have at least reflectors, preferably a headlight and tail light.

    these machines are a great way to learn small engine maintenance and tuning, but a lot of people (especially younger people like yourself) have been killed due to their own recklessness or the recklessness of others.

    There are a few people going 40, 50, even 60 miles per hour on these things, and they are not your role models. I understand the need for speed, I'm going almost 55 miles per hour myself, but I readily admit that I'm an idiot and shouldn't be followed. Take it from someone with experience on these things, bicycle brakes are not meant for these speeds and the way a bicycle frame flexes after 35 miles per hour or so can only be described as terrifying.

    the fastest way around a track isn't even top speed, it's acceleration and braking.
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  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    Welcome to the forum. I liked tinkering with mechanical stuff when I was in school but none of my friends did. To each his own.
  4. SignedByMe

    SignedByMe New Member

    Thank you for the sound advice

    Hey thank for the advice. Because Abq is basically a huge hill so I have a 56 tooth rear sprocket. This allows me to do about 17 mph every were.
  5. bluegoatwoods

    bluegoatwoods Well-Known Member

    56 teeth, huh? This kid's smarter than we might have thought.

    I'm more serious about that than you might think. When we hear '14 yrs old' we're scared of the impulsiveness and recklessness that youths often show. And I could tell from the tone of your intro that you were aware of that.

    But if you're going to gear your bike down that low........well then.......I guess I'm not all that frightened for you. Good job.

    Still....ride safe. And have fun!
  6. SignedByMe

    SignedByMe New Member

    Thanks man I was kinda worried that I would be looked downward on because of my age. So thanks
  7. butre

    butre Well-Known Member

    that's good, still faster than you can sustain on an MTB or a cruiser but not so fast that you'll stress the gear much. 56 teeth will get you up any hill you want to take too.

    just remember to regularly inspect your bike, the stock chain tensioners in particular are known to be failure points, usually destroying the entire back wheel when they go.
  8. SignedByMe

    SignedByMe New Member

    Thanks for the tip
  9. chain

    chain Member

    Hey man . just be careful out there man . I lived In NM for 5 years and miss it like crazy .
    I have a motorcycle that I rode out there and loved it .
    Good luck bud .
  10. SignedByMe

    SignedByMe New Member

    Yea Nm is a relly cool place. Have fun on your motorized bike that can go 150. (motorcycle)
  11. chain

    chain Member

    I was told when I started posting that it's just as fun to got 30 mph on a bike ment to go 5mph as it is to
    go 65 on one thats made to do 130 mph !!