first off i'd like to introduce my self and i'd just like to say that i think these forums are great and incredibly informative, my name is alex and im 17 years old from south florida and a total newb.
im goin bike shopping tomorrow,now i know your all probably just goin to tell me to save up some more money but for my first mtn bike im goin cheap, i AM gonna buy from sporta suthoity or walmart or the like. what i'd like to know however is what i should look for in a bike at this price range? they seem to have some decent looking dual suspension as well as hardtails.... what should i looke for? metal pedals? v brakes?... i just want to get a semi decent bike to start out on, i'm just gonna be riding the tame trails at my local park and around the neighborhood some.