I almost mentioned the Holmes 22" but just the frame is going to be around 400 bucks let alone special 22" wheels, tires, and forks. Thats going to be in the thousands for a bike he might not like.
Since its been a while for him and he is not sure on what he wants, I still feel used is the way to go.
He might spend 200 bucks and not quite like it but be able to figure out why and change the next bike accordingly or even decide if he wants to bother biking at all.
The 400 dollar complete I got is a cool bike but after riding it around, I found it to be all wrong for my riding style but because I knew all the dimensions, I was able to figure out exactly what I want.
My new bike, I knew what I wanted. I wanted a longer top tube and rear end and a 74.5 head tube angle instead of 75 degrees etc etc.
straydawg has no baseline right now so he couldn't even be sure of what regular sizes of 20 or 24" that he might want let alone a whole new geometry of a 22".
All that being said, you can't go wrong with anything S&M or Fit (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool.gif
Oh, one other thing to think about, if your really looking to get back to BMX again. Since your a little older, you might like racing and you'll definitely have more older guys out at the track on their 24" or 26" racing 41 and over cruiser classes and sharing a hobby with their kids etc. so there will be more opportunities for you to meet guys your age that still ride and meet up one or twice a week to race or practice etc. That might sound cheesy but finding guys to ride with is important yet hard as heck as you get older.
At the parks, you'll be that one old guy in a sea of dudes in womens jeans riding with no brakes or manors and flocks of really little kids on scooters.
So before you buy, you should check out some tracks on race or practice days. The track is also a great place to find awesome deals on used BMX goods and bikes.
I almost forgot to say why visit a track first....... bikes aren't like they were in the 80's. They are either race specific or street/park specific these days so if you decided to try racing, you can pick/find something meant for racing and not so much riding street. Thats why I was saying to check out some tracks before you buy anything.
This post has been edited by Rodogg: Mar 14 2012, 01:07 PM