I've been road cycling for the past while but I've decided I want to do some MTB especially for the winter and also for the social aspect.
Anyhoo.. I know very little about MTB and I was wondering if someone could give me general advice or answers to these questions:
Is a circa $500 bike from a reputable manufacturer an ok buy? I already bought a road bike this years and dont want to spend a fortune.
What sort of pedals to MTB cyclists use? like on an everyday bike or clipless like on a road biek ro what?
Is a regular cycling helmet ok, at least for a start? And do people usually wear other protection? We will be riding in forests.
Anything else I should know?
Thanks for any help