Hey there! Been wanting a mountain bike to hit the trails with since living in Oregon a couple years back but now that I have a couple bucks to spare, I'm in Michigan (of course there are still trails here, just not as easy access). But in looking for one now, I have no clue what best suits my needs. I know I need to get out there and try some out, but work is crazy all summer so I have limited availability and would like to head right for what's up my alley. Originally, I was solely looking at mountain bikes though currently, my bike will get the most use riding to/from work a couple miles.
That said, I absolutely do not want a road bike, or even one with those handlebars (ach! ). I've been looking through some of the local bike shops websites and such, as well as other posts on here, and am thinking Specialized or Giant. Beyond that, I'm lost! I imagine being 6'3" with fairly long legs/arms, I'll need a large bike, and a bit of a pitfall is I'm trying to keep the budget down to around $400-500.
Open to any and all thoughts! Especially any trail suggestions near-ish Detroit!! Thanks