NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
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Worry about what you need later. You'll figure it out as you go.
Remember your first couple rides will be painful. Keep them short. Your butt is going to be sore after such a long hiatus. A couple days riding around your neighborhood before hitting the trail is a good recommendation. You butt muscles (gluteus maximus) need to be conditioned to hold your weight on a small saddle again.
As far as your bike goes. Get it tuned up and replace what's broken. After a few rides you'll figure out what you want/need. A decent fork will run you about $150 to $200 on closeout for starters. $300 to $500 for good ones. (probably more than you'll want to spend on a 6 year old +/- bike. You'd probably be better off buying a $500 bike that is all brand new vs. upgrading an older bike with an expensive fork.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger