Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: A Latvian in Seattle
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The Radius Orange in the link seems to be better quality, BUT has a non-suspension fork. This will last longer and be more durable, but you will have to use your body position to "absorb" bumps such as tree roots on the trail. For riding on pavement and gravel, a non-suspension fork should be OK. Remember, suspension forks only became common about 10 years ago.
The white bike in the photos actually looks the best (but will need pedals!
). Having a disc brake in front is nice, since most of your braking force comes from the front wheel.
The "star blocks" are called the "crankset" (front, includes gears and crankarms) and "cassette" (rear, includes just the gears) here in the USA. Sheldon Brown did a lot of work on translating bicycle terms to different languages, but I don't think he got to Lithuanian. A partial list of some of his articles in some different languages is here: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/translations.html
Overall, if you end up riding many kilometers, plan on some parts wearing out and needing to be replaced. You can upgrade to better-quality parts if you want when you replace the old ones. The best way to have the bike work well is to learn how to do basic maintenance by yourself. www.parktool.com
has a lot of repair/maintenance procedures (http://www.parktool.com/repair/bikemap.asp
and click on the part of the bike you are interested in). www.bicycletutor.com
has useful videos and information. Two good (English) books are: