Sorry to post what is almost certainly asked too often, but I'm looking to finally step up and buy a mountain bike.
I'm very green to what I need to look for/avoid on my purchase and would love some links to sites/threads which spell out what variables there are in a mountain bike purchase, and what the pros and cons of each are.
A little about me that may help:
- I'm 6'3", more legs than torso.
- I'll likely do both city paved trail riding and offroad trail riding. I doubt I'll be featured on any rockhopping videos. I'm very athletic, but really looking at this purchase for 70% exercise riding, and 30% trail fun.
- I'm the type who can't leave well enough alone. Bought a C5 vette last year thinking I could leave it alone...dropped $15k into it and am still fiddling. On the other hand, I really don't want to go overboard on some high-end bike since I'm just picking up the hobby here (have always loaned friends' bikes in the past to ride) and I doubt that my tail end would really discern a $5000 bike from a $200 one. But just to be safe, a bike that's easy to modify may not be a bad idea considering my history.
Anyone out there who can help me?
Thanks In Advance,