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    I need the MTB 101!

    Hi,

    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

    BadBreaks

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBreaks
    Hi,
    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.
    Yes. Do a serach for the "around $500 bike thread" - loads of good bikes in there.

    Quote Originally Posted by BadBreaks
    What sort of pedals to MTB cyclists use? like on an everyday bike or clipless like on a road biek ro what?
    Depends on your style - as a virtual begineer I'd recomend some platform pedals, just so you can get a foot down quickly if you need too.

    Quote Originally Posted by BadBreaks
    Is a regular cycling helmet ok, at least for a start? And do people usually wear other protection? We will be riding in forests.
    It'll be fine. I perfer to where knee pads as well, but my knees are in bad shape.
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    Thanks for the tips.

    I picked up an inexpensive bike yestarday and I should be hitting the mountains this week end.

    BadBreaks

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    Well, what did you get?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Callaway
    Well, what did you get?
    We want to see pics.
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    I just bought a Trek 3700. I didn't want to spend much at all.

    I don't think you all need to see pics of a 3700!

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    Cool, well hopefully it will get you into the sport
    '83/'85 Shoguns, Ridley Helium, Miyata 600 GT, '85 Peugeot PGN 10, Masi, Giant TCR Advanced (sold), Nishiki Prestige (stolen), Stumpjumper HT (sold) and Trek 830 Mtn XC (traded)

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