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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Almost every decent bike manufacturer has an entry level mountain bike below the $300 price point. Go to ALL your local bike shops (LBS) and test ride as many as you can. Buy the one that "FEELS" best, even if it's not the best deal. If it's the one that fits best, it'll be the long term "DEAL".
Also, don't buy last year's closeout model in the wrong size, same reason. If it doesn't fit, you won't ride it and you'll have wasted all your money! A bike is like a car, the minute you buy it and take it out of the store, it's worth 1/2 as much if you try to sell it!
Also, don't be blinded by a full suspension X-Mart bike. They're junk, and heavy. A $300 bike shop bike is far superior, professionally assembled and available in different sizes to fit you!
Plus, it usually carries a warranty and maintained by bike mechanics, not stock boys!
"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