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Topic: Convert BMX to commuter bike

Posted on: 29th Sep 2015 8:59 PM    Quote and Reply

As per the subject, is it possible to convert a BMX to a more usable "commuter" bike? I have a BMX lying around the house for the last 15 years or so. 

Can I just change a taller seatpost and raise the handlebar? I only need it for a 2km ride, but at its current height, although usable, it is very uncomfortable.

Any advice would be appreciated.
Regular Forumer
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Posted on: 29th Sep 2015 11:05 PM    Quote and Reply


Depending on your height, it may be possible, but I would highly recommend against it. Why? Because the BMX frames and geometry is not suited to a commuter conversion. You'll end up spending more money trying to make it work than buying a cheap second-hand bike or using a mountain bike.

1) BMX bikes won't allow the use of a derailleur (unless you use a Nexus hub/DaVinci or similar) but then again why would you? A cheap single speed is around $300-400 second hand.

2) Short frame, twitchy handling. Especially if you try and extend the handlebar/stem and stretch it out. I would rather ride the 2km on a normal BMX/Freestyle frame and layout than try and mess with it.

3) To get the proper leg extension, you will probably try and get an extra-long seatpost to make up for the short frame. First time you lay down the bike, you will bend the post.

Whilst I am not trying to discourage you from trying, it will cost more in parts/labor to try and make a BMX into a commuter than either riding it as-is or getting a cheap single speed to do the job.

Freshie Forumer
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Posted on: 2nd Oct 2015 8:45 PM    Quote and Reply


Yes you can, you can convert the BMX into a suitable commuting bike, and I've done that. I setup my bmx bike (20" wheels size) to a higher seatpost and longer seat, put a basket, side mirror, mudguard, umbrella holder, front and back lights, etc... like this... (Image links)
http://postimg.org/image/yov6tx801/
http://postimg.org/image/hztqy0bep/

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I'm 5" 10" tall and I'm comfortable with my bike. I can even commute to 20+ kilometers all the way, back and forth.

Freshie Forumer
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Posted on: 4th Oct 2015 11:09 AM    Quote and Reply


Formerly posted by ModManZZZ: Yes you can, you can convert the BMX into a suitable commuting bike, and I've done that. I setup my bmx bike (20" wheels size) to a higher seatpost and longer seat, put a basket, side mirror, mudguard, umbrella holder, front and back lights, etc... like this... (Image links)
http://postimg.org/image/yov6tx801/
http://postimg.org/image/hztqy0bep/

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I'm 5" 10" tall and I'm comfortable with my bike. I can even commute to 20+ kilometers all the way, back and forth.[/QUOTE

Wow i like the way u setup the bike...  Has the old school chopper look... Interesting!! Cheers and ride safe!

Regular Forumer
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Posted on: 5th Oct 2015 11:10 PM    Quote and Reply


wow the seat makes it soo pimp!

I've actually seen bikes like that in my city and they use it to ride around town:

http://www.kijiji.ca/v-other-bike/oakville-halton-region/raleigh-chopper-mark-iii-brand-new-bicycle/1065723687?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

but using a bmx as a commuter can be a nice side project for funky bikes if you aren't concerned about saving costs. Even Cannondale had release a bmx style bike for adults to ride around.

http://www.cannondale.com/nam_en/2015/bikes/fitness-urban/urban/hooligan/hooligan-1

I don't think the seatpost and handling would be much of a problem which is probably like the geometry of folding bikes and you'll get used to it. But yeah normal bmx gearing is really low you can keep up that pretty easily with a smaller rear sprocket for cheap or a bigger front chainring. But only do such a thing if your commute is mostly flat and you are a strong rider.

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