David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/13/20 8:18 a.m.

Like many of us, the first vehicle I proudly owned was my bicycle. Sometime around my 13th birthday, I had finally saved up the money to buy a real BMX bike. 

One of our local shops had a pretty sweet deal. For about $300 they’d build up a pro-quality frame with decent components–not quite top-shelf parts, but they sent you out the door with a great foundation. 

I spent the next three years honing that chrome-plated MCS frame into my dream bike. I’m a researcher by trade, so each component purchase was preceded by agonizing analysis–or, as we called it back then, reading BMX magazines. Plus, working at a bike shop had its perks.

Sometime before my 16th birthday, I ate it hard at the Shoreham BMX track. My left arm broke my fall, but the fall also broke my left arm. The bike was parked while I was in a cast, replaced by a Honda scooter. 

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BA5 Reader
11/13/20 8:41 a.m.

The "I need to do x/y/z to my car first" was always the hurdle I found most difficult to get people who want to participate (or at least say they want to participate) over.

No, you don't need that fancy clutch/brake/suspension/exhaust to go autocrossing.  You could show up in a Camry with a blown suspension and it'll still be a faster car than a brand new driver.

dxman92 Dork
11/22/20 1:49 p.m.

If I had a dime for every time I heard that about they needed to do stuff to their car before hand.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
11/24/20 1:47 p.m.

In reply to dxman92 :

Yup. Just go out and do it. 

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