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    G'day from Down Under

    Hi,

    I'm from Australia, and starting to think about getting into cycling a little bit more as a fitness thing - and to save money on public transport. I'm currently looking at getting an entry level mountain bike, as I've found all the hybrid/commuter bikes I've tried so far really uncomfortable.

    Any advice is welcome and appreciated.

    Catchyas later!

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    You're right on track focusing on comfort, particularly for a utility bike. Test ride lots of bikes and pick one that feels good.



    Depending on your riding conditions, consider

    - does the bike have eyelets for mounting fenders, rack?

    - adding powergrips or similar to keep your feet in place

    - replacing mountain tires with slicks

    - going with an internal hub rather than derraileurs



    I could go on and on... no shortage of opinions here! I've been cycling for 40+ years and commuting for 20+.



    welcome from a fellow forum newbie

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    Thanks I actually bought a bike this morning (Trek 4400). Its a really nice ride, though I'll probably have to get a woman-specific seat. I'm taking it for a spin this afternoon

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    Nice bike. If you are riding it on roads you should put smooth tires on it. If you get another seat, make sure the shop will let you swap for another model, if it isnt comfortable after a few hours riding. Bar ends might also be useful so you can vary your hand position before they get too tired.

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    Hi Alla, do give the saddle a few days before you toss it. Your bum needs to get used to it.

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