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Old 01-01-09, 12:33 PM   #1
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Totally clueless about what to look for

Hey Guys and Gals out there

I have been wanting to get started again on some biking and really am totally lost. I have searched various archived forums but could not get much info out them but to not being able to understand some of the specific bike terms that are being used.

Basically, here is the story...I want to get a mountain bike for a 50/50 split of road riding and trail riding. I also only have one local bike shop to really work with and they specialize in TREK bikes. What direction on models should I be looking at and is there any where I can look to figure out all these bike terms or will I just pick them up over time.

Any help I will be grateful of.

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Old 01-01-09, 12:59 PM   #2
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Hybrid bikes claim to fit your anticipated riding, but the truth is that they're not very good for either road or mountain biking. Ideal option: get a road and a mountain bike, starting with the mountain bike. Other less than ideal options: Spare set of wheels with slick tires to switch out for road; Cyclocross bike(basically a road bike with burly tires and brakes); Hybrid bike.
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I would go with two bikes as well. I would buy a new mountain bike because the technology and stock equipment changes in just a few years is considerable. On the other hand, a used, $300 entry level road bike that's about four or five years old will be similiar if not identical to a new, entry level road bike and there's plenty of them out there.
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Hey thanks for all the input so far.

Just wondering...if I did go with a Trek...what should I be looking for.

Also isn't there a type of wheels that kinda serve the purpose of on road and off? A wheel that is knobby on the outer area and a little more road friendly in the middle?

The reason I am wanting to go with Trek is what I mentioned briefly in the first post. There is a home town bike shop and it has been in town for over 30 years and has always been owned by the same family. I have bought 3 bikes from this place and have always been very happy with my purchases from there. I have not been in the store for many years but I did talk to the owners daughter recently and she told me that he specializes in TREK. Are they good bikes?

Once again...I will leave it at that....any advice or feedback, I will be thankful for.

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What's your budget?
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Do what I did for 12 years and get a rigid mountain bike and buy a set of slicks for when you wanna go road riding only.

I was thinking about getting a GT Avalanche 3.0 Disc, the one with a locking fork, and buying a set of slicks for it and locking the fork for when I wanna just hit the road only.

My rigid was a 95 Cannondale M400 and man do I miss it. Perfect all arounder.
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What's your budget and what type of trails do you ride?

And yes, Trek bikes are pretty good.
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I was thinking about getting a GT Avalanche 3.0 Disc, the one with a locking fork, and buying a set of slicks for it and locking the fork for when I wanna just hit the road only.

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That's what I did, except I went with a Haro Flightline sport, it's got the lockout fork and works great for what I do. I ride about 60/40, with road being the majority right now, although when the weather warms up that will change. I run some Forte Gothams on it for road riding and they are able to handle whatever I throw at them, even some fairly easy singletrack. I want a road bike eventually, but I must admit it is fun to bomb off a curb or some other urban obstacle without worry, don't think that'll fly too well with a road bike. Trek has some decent bikes in just about any price range.
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Budget is around 1000 to 1500 but if I could go cheaper and still be decent then I am all for it.

We have a city park here in my home town that is only for hikers and bikers it is 28 miles worth of trails...anything from flat dirt trail to rocky and rooty inclines and drops. Then we have your typical trail by the river that is approved for bikes and it is 5 miles of paved trail. This is why I kinda want something trail worthy but also asphalt friendly

Let me know what you come up with.


Thanks a bunch.

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