Mountain Biking - Suggestions Please!
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03-02-08, 06:10 PM
Myself and my girl friend decided today that we wanted to start riding bikes to get in better shape. We aren't going to go hardcore, but during the summer it would be nice to do about 5 - 10 miles a week. We aren't looking to break the bank due to the fact we are BROKE college students. I myself went to dick's and saw a Mongoose Maneuver which I really liked. I wanted to know your opinion on these bikes. Like I said before, I know a lot of you may rip these things apart, but I'm going to be a very casual biker, I don't need anything special, just something that is durable and is in the price range of below $200. If this helps, I'm 6'0, about 190lbs. Now for my gf. She seemed to like this Omega Quest. Looks like a nice bike, she liked how it rode inside the store, but when I look for this bike online, i find nothing. She is a very small girl, she is about 5'0, 95lbs max. She is also looking for something for casual riding, that is durable, and more in the price range of $150. So if you would be nice enough to help two newbs out we would really appreciate it greatly!
I'm going to post a link to my bike the Mongoose, but for some reason, there is NOTHING on her bike online.
Thanks in Advance! Hope to hear from you soon!
03-02-08, 06:14 PM
i would recommend getting a road or hybrid bike. the tires will be smaller and will roll easier. go to a bike store near your school and look at the bikes in your price range and talk to the workers and get there opinions on it.
My friend had a Raleigh Hybrid. It faired OK on the trails today.
It's smooth on the road do to the tires, and the seat is very "cushiony" as they have suspension seats and seat posts and all that
03-02-08, 09:30 PM
I second getting a road bike. Unless you are hitting real mountain bike trails a road bike will be much more enjoyable. Right now everyone under the sun markets these ridiculous heavy fake mountain bikes for all kinds of riding, but skinny tires will be so much more enjoyable and you're more apt to stick with it then :)
For $100 you could easily get yourself a decent used old road bike on ebay / craigslist.
03-02-08, 09:44 PM
Seriously, you can get the most awesome bikes off ebay. Usually they're even better priced when you get an XL like you would need. I would look for perhaps a Gary Fisher Wahoo, or something from Giant. As for your girlfriend they have good junior sized bikes at wal mart. Just kidding, really, im just being ********. Giant also sells great bikes for women, the rainier W looks like a good deal, but im no expert on womens mtb's either.
I wouldnt perticularly recommend a mongoose if you plan to use it for trail, they're not built as well as many other bikes are going to be alot heavier and have troublesome componentry.
Oh, and also check out the trek website, they make basically everything good.
03-02-08, 09:55 PM
any ideas on a cheap hitch rack for two bikes?
I don't mean to be rude, but honestly 5-10 miles a week is basically insignificant unless it's 5-10 miles of steep hill climbing. 10 miles a week riding around the neighborhood is relaxing and enjoyable but probably won't whip you into shape. Not that it will hurt anything either. Any bikes will do.
However you may find that you want to ride more than that, it which case I would strongly encourage you buy used at your pricepoint. Feel free to post with any questions about specific models you may be looking at.
03-02-08, 11:07 PM
Ya, and also seriously only go with a mountain bike if you plan on going on trails. Fat tires on pavement is probably one of the reasons so many people dislike bicycles because that is their only experience riding.
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