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    New bike enthusiast needs help with bike selection

    My friends and I are looking to get ourselves into mountain biking. Living in Ohio, the metroparks and the Rocky River valley area are perfect with trails throughout. However, I'm having trouble finding a bike. I don't know where to start. While looking at classifieds on the internet, I don't know how to judge what size bike I need, or what the item even is. Any help appreciated.
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    I don't know what city you're from, but I live in Columbus and purchased the most inexpensive Trek hybrid to get me started. The guys in the store were helpful and suggested a bike based on the kind of riding I told them I wanted to do, and they also sized me for frame size. I'd recommend going into a bike shop to at least get some ideas, whether or not you buy from them in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ORTOX
    My friends and I are looking to get ourselves into mountain biking. Living in Ohio, the metroparks and the Rocky River valley area are perfect with trails throughout. However, I'm having trouble finding a bike. I don't know where to start. While looking at classifieds on the internet, I don't know how to judge what size bike I need, or what the item even is. Any help appreciated.
    The easiest place to start is at one of our many local bike shops, Century (my preference), Eddy's, Ohio Bicycle Coop, etc. See what they have, take some test rides, ask questions to your heart's content, report back here with any questions you can't get answered to your satisfaction.
    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    I'm from Lakewood, so I'm familiar with Century. I'll probably visit them soon to get help with what size bike I should invest in.

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