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08-12-09, 12:23 AM
I'm new to the site, and fairly new to the world of REAL biking, sure, i've had a bicycle since a young child, but alas lately, i've been more persistent with the long distance riding, and the trail. I'd really enjoy to get into the mountain biking aspect more, over and through rocks, is a real plus for me. There aren't very many spots around here that are accessible for the everyday rider, so far the only place i've found was a short distance and then it got too intense and involved climbing. I'm trying out another place within the next few weekends. Enough about my adventures on my fathers, walmart royce union.
As much as I would like to solely do mountain biking, I know that's a stretch of the imagination, so I need a bicycle that is good on the streets too, especially with a vehicle that gets about 12 mpg and gas soon to sky rocket again. So I am thinking of some sort of hybrid mountain bike? Durable, yet not horrific on the street. Can anyone help me out here? I have been looking at the FUJI Sunfire L2000. The cheapest one, I believe it's the 3.0.
Also, Ill probably buy used since my budget is under $300.
So with all that in mind, who can help me!?
Thank you in advance,
(note: If you read this in the other forum, I've edited, and explained i'd like it deleted to reduce clutter, sorry for the confusion, i'm new to the site)
08-13-09, 12:01 PM
Potentially, will just buy a mountain bike, and change tires to less aggressive tread. Still, no one has advice?
08-16-09, 08:44 PM
Hello if you are going to be primarily riding off road I would get a mtb and change tires (or wheels) for road riding.
if you budget is $300 a hybrid in this range will not be tough enough to withstand the rigors of surmounting obstacles off road. for that matter a $300 atb (all terrain bike) will likely not have a chromoly fork and not take alot of hard riding either without some care and regular preventative maintenance.
the reason you're not getting many responses is because there really aren't many options under 300$ that are decent. As well, you seem to be all over the place with what you want the bike to do; you want to ride distance on the roads AND get into mountain biking at the same time.
However, that being said, you're not hopeless. I started out on a bike from a general sports store (not as bad as walmart, but worse than a true LBS). You will want to stay away from dual suspension for sure. You may even want to stay away from a suspension fork. Just go full rigid. I purchased a full squish bike for around 500$. It was a pretty bad bike, I'll be honest. However it was good enough to do the job. I could ride to school, I could ride the local trails, sorta. I was doing up to 20km on road rides on it, slowly.
Then I saved up and bought a dedicated mountain bike and a dedicated road bike. You might find yourself doing the same.
I think a used mountain bike will work well for commuting and offroading for you. Used Hardrocks are often advertised and a good beginner's bike. There are many threads on how to check a used bike if you do a search. Also, make sure the bike fits you. The first thing is to decide what frame size you need.
I started out with a Giant Cypress hybrid and rode many bike trails with it. Later, when the money was available, I bought a commuter bike and then a mountain bike for specific types of riding. So the hybrid is another option, but not good for mountain biking.
$300 budget for hard trail riding, jumping off rocks and things? Used is your best bet. Craigslist bike + some TLC... Used Hardrock in good shape could work. It won't be a flashy or fancy bike, it won't look new, but it should do the job if you pick well.
08-16-09, 10:15 PM
See if there are any bicycling clubs or bicycle repair courses in your area. If you see someone with a bike in your area, ask them.
See what is available used, or even left out with the trash. If you knew a bit about repair you could overhaul a used bike.
Define what you mean by mountain biking.
08-17-09, 01:04 PM
Thank you guys for the responses. Glad I'm not hopeless yet! I am enjoy some rocky trails, and that is what I would want to do mostly, not really drops, but def. a little more than dirt. Ill have to up my range to like 350, hopefully find something better with the extra 50 bucks.
08-18-09, 06:09 AM
I picked up a new Giant Boulder for $350. I already have an extra set of rims from my old bike that I plan to put road tires on for my typ around the home bike path riding, yet keep the aggressive tires for when I do any off roading/camping. And with quick release, changing is a breeze.
I'd really enjoy to get into the mountain biking aspect more, over and through rocks, is a real plus for me. There aren't very many spots around here that are accessible for the everyday rider...
Here are many of the trails in CT. Any near you?
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