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Old 02-13-07, 05:17 PM   #1
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Hi, I'm new from Albuquerque

Hi. As my title indicates, I'm from Albuquerque.

And I'm also a total newbie to the whole bike world. I know how to ride one of course. I rode all the time as a kid.

But now I'm all grown, ahhh...I know And I want to find a bike that I can ride to work. I've done just a tiny bit of research on bikes. For instance, I found out there are more than just mountain bikes, bmx bikes and what I call "regular" bikes. I now know there are urban and commuter bikes.

I know many of you are bike riding junkies. I am not and don't ever intend to be, no offense. I just want to buy a bike that works and will do what I want it to.

This is what I think I want to do: I want to buy a mountain bike and mostly use it for commuting to work and back, and I don't want to pay a ton for it, so I'm more than willing to buy last years model or even the model from two or three years ago, as long as it's new or in very good condition.

The reason I want a mountain bike is so I can very occassionally take it on the trails, what kind whether rugged or causul, I don't know. I just want the option, and from what I gather, it's probably a good idea to go ahead and get the mountain bike so I indeed can have that option.

I don't know anything as far as brands, size of tires or anything. All I knew as a kid was that it had two wheels, a handle bar, seat and it took me where I wanted it to. I don't need to get all fancy if you haven't already gotten my drift.

So I'm humlby asking for help and suggestions.

I was considering just going to wal-mart, but was told that's probably not such a good idea.

So where should I go to buy a bike? REI was really expensive.
What are the best brands?

Any advice is very appreciated.

I know people here know their stuff.

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OOOOOPS!!! I just read the thread by the moderator. I will take my questions to another forum.
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Old 02-13-07, 05:41 PM   #2
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Welcome to BF. I lived 10 years up in Raton, can ya send me some green chili...these easterners don't even know what it is!

Shop around at your local bike shops (LBS) and test ride all the bikes you can. Pick the bike that feels the best, is in your budget, and from the bike shop that treats you the best.
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Old 02-13-07, 06:07 PM   #3
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Thanks, I appreciate it!
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A proper bike shop should have some used bikes they have taken in trade. If you get a mountain bike get two sets of tires - thinner smooth ones for riding the streets and fatter ones for off-road. I think there are goat head thorns in your area so you should also get Mr Tuffy tire liners.
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Hello lockmat, AndrewP's given you some good advice, you will need to guard against goathead incidents (much worse than the occasional armadillo!) on whatever bike you choose.

Good luck in your search, and welcome to BF!

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Old 02-14-07, 10:43 AM   #6
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Thanks again. I'll take in the advice.
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Old 02-16-07, 06:30 PM   #7
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Hey lockmat. Welcome.

I'm gonna be in Albuquerque in a few days for a school trip. Got any suggestions for a good place to eat? Or maybe any other cool stuff I could go see in my free time?
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