Im going to bye a new bike but ive got absolutley no idea what i should be looking for.
I used to ride a little with freinds about 8 years ago and im looking to get back in to it.
Im in the UK and am looking to spend £700-800($1100-1300) for everything. Bike, helmet and anything else that is essential. I wont be in any competitions. Just riding up and down mountains/hills/whatever at the weekend sort of thing. So an allround type of bike? But id like something that will last me a while.
Ive been looking at the Specialized website. Would something like a Rockhopper be ok? Which one? What others should i consider?
I would rather not have rear suspension.
What about pedals? Should i go for those that clip in(sorry dont know the real term ) or just normall ones to start with?
Who makes decent helmets and how much or are they all pretty much the same?
Any other important equipment i need apart from tools/clothes etc?
Do frames come in different sizes? Im about 6ft3 so would a standard size be ok or not? How do i know what size i need?
Does anyone know of any decent bike shops in West Yorkshire(UK)? Or online shops that everyone uses?
And finally \o/, i wear glasses. Would i need some type of eye protection or special glasses? I dont wont to fall off and have them smash.
Wow, a lot of questions but im done now. But im sure ill be back to ask lots more . If there is a website that explains most of this please point me to it, ive had a look but cant see much.
Thank you for any help.