Mountain Biking - MTB Newbie
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09-28-04, 06:14 PM
Hi, I just bought a used Trek 850 antelope as my first bike in over 15 years. I know that technology has vastly improved since this bike was made (no suspension at all, hard tail with a steel fork) but I was wondering what type of offroading I could reasonablly expect to do with this bike. It was purchased primarilly for riding around town, but I thought I might try some fun stuff as well. Also, does anyone know of any bike trails in the Toledo, OH area?
Thanks in advance,
09-28-04, 06:58 PM
I started riding when there was no such thing as mtb suspension. You can ride pretty much anything as long as the old bones can take the beating.
You can take that bike anywhere you are willing to go. It won't be as easy as a new 6000 XC but it doesn't mean you can't have fun.
09-29-04, 10:27 AM
Agreed, as long as it's in shape mechanically, (shifters, brakes, drivetrain) it can handle probably more than what YOU can handle. No offense.
You don't need a new bike to have fun!
You also don't need a top of the line bike to have fun!
You just need a bike!
09-29-04, 11:03 AM
Those old 800 series Treks hold a special place in my heart. I had a 850 for my first real MTB. It was tough as hell, and would go anywhere I could pedal it. Just run the tire pressure a little lower if you have to, and it will hold up just fine for some off-road fun.
09-29-04, 12:44 PM
Ive ridden some big technical climbs and descents with a Trek 800series. The bike can take it. You wont be able to match the descending speed of a full sus, but your adrenaline high will be the same, and your fun will last longer. Learing on a ridgid MTB will make you into a more technically proficient rider.
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