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    Which bike should I get.

    Hi everyone. I'm new here. I've recently been thinking about getting a bike do drive around since I can't get a car yet(no license), and I was wondering what kind I should get. I mean there are so many choices I don't know what to do. I would like to go very fast, change speeds, and be able to break fast. I was thinking about a mountain bike but maybe you have another suggestion. Any help is welcome. THANKS

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    It really depends on the type of riding you want to do and your budget.

    MTB (mountain bikes) are very durable and will work technical off road better than anything else. They are okay for street riding but even better if you substitute narrower higher pressure tires.

    Road bikes are made for efficiency on paved roads. You will be able to go further and faster with less energy on paved roads than with other styles of bikes. They are not as durable as MTB's.

    Trail and hybrids are an attempt to compromise between MTB's and road bikes, plus provide a seating position more preferred by casual cyclists.

    Once you figure out your budget and what type of riding style/frame style you want, I would repost your question in the appropriate forum. Suggestions would be Trail/hybrid - Recreational/Utility, MTB - Mountain Biking, Road - Road Cycling/Touring. Other forums may pique your fancy, like Recumbent, Tandem, Folding, Commuting, Classic & Vintage or even BMX.

    Good Luck!

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    I probably want a mountain bike than. What do you mean by frame style?

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    The frame defines the handling and how you will sit on the bike. Different frame styles for different uses. An MTB will be more durable and will perform better on offroad. You can even vary the frame geometry to your particular riding style (downhill, freeride, cross country, trials, etc).

    You say you want a Mountain bike. Any reason? For example, some people say they want a fast car, but what they really want is a car that will get good mileage and carry alot of luggage. Some people say they want a mountain bike but will use the bike quite differently than what it is optimized for. How many SUV's have you seen off road lately ? So now they build SUV's for the luxury market that really can't go offroad. You can find plenty of MTB style bikes that would not really do very well for hard off road use.

    Figure out what kind of riding you want to do. Figure out your budget. Try to match that up with a style of bike and go from there. If MTB is the thing, post your question in the MTB forum.

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    well i would like to be able to go very fast and I don't want to go offroad, I would like to go down a couple of stairs though without braking the bike lol

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    Those are incompatible goals. A bike that will stand up to trashing will be too heavy to go very fast.

    But I think what you want is a commuter. Maybe something like a messenger bike!

    How much money do you have to spend?
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    nothing for now but im planning on saving like 400-500

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    I'm thinking lower end hybrid. Flat bar, narrow tires. Beat on it, ride it, determine if you like they style or if you're not enamored with it. When it wears out after a year or two, buy something more in line with what you like -- or buy a second bike, a faster one that perhaps is a bit more fragile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Versus View Post
    and be able to break fast.
    Hmm, this is a tough one though.

    Quote Originally Posted by Versus View Post
    without braking the bike lol
    Brakeless fixed gear is your ticket then lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Versus View Post
    well i would like to be able to go very fast and I don't want to go offroad, I would like to go down a couple of stairs though without braking the bike lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Versus View Post
    Hi everyone. I'm new here. I've recently been thinking about getting a bike do drive around since I can't get a car yet(no license), and I was wondering what kind I should get. I mean there are so many choices I don't know what to do. I would like to go very fast, change speeds, and be able to break fast. I was thinking about a mountain bike but maybe you have another suggestion. Any help is welcome. THANKS
    Look for a used cyclocross bike (or cross bike, for short). They're essentially a road bike with sturdier frames and fatter tires -- a road bike with mountain bike toughness. You can go plenty fast on them. Some brands (there are lots):

    Lemond Poprad
    Specialized Tri-Cross
    Surly CrossCheck
    Bianchi Volpe

    many others...
    ugh.

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