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Teenagers know everything, or at least they think they do – just ask their parents! But with age comes experience, and wisdom and sometimes even reflection too. So what advice would you give to your 15-year-old self? Here’s 17 pieces of wisdom!

Teenagers know everything, or at least they think they do – just ask their parents!

But with age comes experience, and wisdom and sometimes even reflection too. Recently we came across an outstanding question posted on Facebook to a community of passionate BMX riders and fans, the majority of who are old school and have seen a thing or two, here’s what was asked:

‘For anyone over twenty, what would you say to your 15-year-old BMX rider self?’

What followed was some great commentary, sage advice and a whole lot of laughs. Check out the 17 of our favourite gems of information for today’s current crop of teenage riders!

(PS. Show your kids, you can thank us later)

‘Send it’

‘Keep enjoying the sport so that when your kids come along and want to ride, you can ride with them’

‘Keep riding and stay away from pizza’

‘Don’t stop racing just because girls and cars look more fun!’

‘Start getting serious about your training. Junior elite is only 2 years away’

‘Don’t let them bikes go to the tip’

‘Do it for fun’

‘Don’t worry about the fact that you have to go to work on Monday’

‘Don’t throw your BMX into the dumpster behind Westpac…. Idiot’

‘Get up. Dust yourself off. Get back on. Keep pedalling. Don’t stop pedalling, and when the hippy chick comes along- do not let her go!’

‘Practice your gates more!’

‘Clip in’

‘Don’t stop riding!’

‘Don’t waste a day training halfhearted, it’s going to be hard but it’s going to be worth it! Get used to hearing things that you may not like, surround yourself with harsh but fair people and ask them to give it to you straight! There are plenty of ways to train so find out what works for you’

‘Don’t put beer before bikes’

‘Get a coach’

‘When your dad tells you to quit because you have ‘responsibilities’, don’t listen’