Q. Hey Gear Guy, I have a problem: I’m getting a little too “old” for my BMX bike. I’ve had it for three years, but now I need a new one. My saddle is too low, and when I stand on the pedals for a while, my back begins to hurt. There’s one big problem: I’m kind of low on the green stuff (if you know what I mean). Any suggestions?
—Biking Ike, Ocala, Fla.
A. I’m guessing you’re growing both older and taller. And eventually that does spell: bigger bike. While most BMX bikes are meant to be ridden with the seat lower than other style bikes, you can use a wrench to raise your seat. If it’s not up all the way (there’s usually a line on the seatpost showing maximum height) raise it up and that might get you a few more months out of your old bike while you look for a new one. You also mention you’re low on cash. Well, if you’re on a budget your best bet is to look for a new used bike. You might be able to find a good deal on a brand new bike at Wal-Mart or something like that, but they often lack durability and quality. You’re way better off looking for a gently used brand name bike in the online classifieds for your local newspaper or on craigslist in your area. Avoid bikes with excessive rust and always take it for a test ride before buying. If you’re patient, there are always good deals to be had on used bikes. Good luck hunting.