Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Milpitas, CA
Bikes: 2007 Specialized Rockhopper Disc; Trek 7.5 FX
Originally Posted by magohn
I like the Trek Fx series - relaxed riding position and strong bikes. Not sure how an Fx would hold up on crushed limestone but mine has been fabulous on the roads for over a year now. I paid $300 for mine on craigslist with less than 50 miles on it.
Mines the same as this:
I also like your goal - reasonable and doable.
I picked up a very lightly used late model FX 7.5 for $350 a couple months ago. If you've got any hills around you, find one that's got a triple crank. The later & higher end ones have a compact double crank, and the smaller chain ring up front on the triple will provide the torque you'll need to climb.
For road riding I would only recommend a mountain bike that doesn't have shocks, or at least that has shocks that lock out (not likely to find one of these for your price range).
I just looked up the Cannondale M300...a non-suspension MTB. As long as it fits you, and it's in decent condition, you might as well stick with this. Since it sounds like it's been sitting, take it to a shop and get a tune up - replace shifter cables, brake cables, & housings, adjust derailleurs, adjust brakes, etc. As long as no extensive work is required, it'll probably run you about $50-$80. Or you could just buy the parts yourself for about $10-$20, watch some youtube videos, and do it yourself in a couple hours.
Oh, and the wheels may need to be trued. Spin them and look at the gap between the brake pad and the rim. If you notice a 'wobble', they need to be trued. Check for broken / loose spokes. Make sure your tires and tubes are in good condition. You definitely don't want to be stranded from home, or have something fall apart miles from home on your first ride out. Speaking of which, a friend of mine just paid $2,500 for a slightly used Santa Cruz Nomad with SRAM XO components. First ride, the front brake caliper worked loose, and on a small incline, when he stood up to pedal, his right pedal fell off. He went over the handlebars, came down hard, and the bike went up and over him, and landed on top of him. He had road rash and a broken ego, the bike was mostly undamaged. We were only a mile from his house, and were able to get everything in working order to allow him to ride home. The moral: Make sure all nuts, bolts, screws, pedals, etc. are tightened down before riding.
Last edited by ChrisM2097; 04-12-12 at 09:54 PM.