I hadn't ridden any kind of bike for probably 6 years untill about 6 months ago. I am deployed in Iraq, and the base i'm on is pretty big. If you want to get around you better have your own vehicle, or you will be walking, taking the bus, or riding a bike. Bikes are pretty hard to find around here though, so you don't see many. Riding for the past 6 months has me wanting at buy a better bike when I get home. Right now I have some Fisher bike I bought at the PX for $150. It gets the job done here, but the ridged frame beats you up if you take it anywhere off the road. What I am looking for is information. I'm looking to spend around a grand, maybe a little more if something catches my eye. I wont be taking on the hardest trails, so I think I am leaning towards a hardtail. What bikes have you all had sucess with? What bikes should I avoid? Thanks
Here is a picture after a few hours of riding in the rain and mud.