so i really HATE to do this BUT....
I just don't have the time to keep sifting through a mountain of information that i barely understand anyway, lol. i'm a complete newb when it comes to mountain bikes. I have no idea what to look for, or what to buy, what's good or bad, other than don't buy from a department store..
i want to pick up a mountain bike for average trail riding with the intent of feeling out how much i will use it and if it will be something i can stick with for a while. i've wanted to ride for a couple years but just haven't been able to pull the trigger. i would like a good beginner bike that has the ability to upgrade in the future while staying as far under $500 as possible. any suggestions?
TIA and sorry.