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09-17-05, 01:24 PM
To mtn biking, and in search of advice on bikes (ss, multi?) who to ride with...whether a woman's specific bike is needed...and such....
Well you'd think the young guy's would jump this... ;)
A lot is going to depend on what sort of riding you see yourself doing, now and a little down the trail.
Assuming your going to start where most of us do, that is trails and light cross country (XC) then there's a heap of good bikes for $500 and less. The most important thing is to ride as many as you can before you buy as each bike will be different no matter how similar thier specifications may seem. The other thing thats important is to buy from a bike shop (local bike shop, LBS), these people only sell bikes, not tyres, not running shoes, not TV's. They are experts in thier field and can offer you advice and service beyond anything you can get at wal-mart. Another thing is bike quality, mega-marts dont sell bikes they sell toys and "bicycle-shaped objects" (hang around you'll meet the quotes owner), the difference is enough to make the difference between discovering MTB and giving it away in pain and frustration. There's a good thread at the top of the page " The around $500 MTB " thread, most of what you will want to know is there. And no you dont need a woman specific bike unless you are very short, 5'2" or less ? and plan on wearing a skirt while riding.
Good luck, lets us all know how it works out.
09-18-05, 06:57 AM
here is a very good spot to check out: