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Old 09-28-04, 05:14 PM   #1
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Hi, I just bought a used Trek 850 antelope as my first bike in over 15 years. I know that technology has vastly improved since this bike was made (no suspension at all, hard tail with a steel fork) but I was wondering what type of offroading I could reasonablly expect to do with this bike. It was purchased primarilly for riding around town, but I thought I might try some fun stuff as well. Also, does anyone know of any bike trails in the Toledo, OH area?

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Old 09-28-04, 05:58 PM   #2
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I started riding when there was no such thing as mtb suspension. You can ride pretty much anything as long as the old bones can take the beating.
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Old 09-29-04, 05:53 AM   #3
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You can take that bike anywhere you are willing to go. It won't be as easy as a new 6000 XC but it doesn't mean you can't have fun.
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Agreed, as long as it's in shape mechanically, (shifters, brakes, drivetrain) it can handle probably more than what YOU can handle. No offense.

You don't need a new bike to have fun!

You also don't need a top of the line bike to have fun!

You just need a bike!

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Those old 800 series Treks hold a special place in my heart. I had a 850 for my first real MTB. It was tough as hell, and would go anywhere I could pedal it. Just run the tire pressure a little lower if you have to, and it will hold up just fine for some off-road fun.
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Ive ridden some big technical climbs and descents with a Trek 800series. The bike can take it. You wont be able to match the descending speed of a full sus, but your adrenaline high will be the same, and your fun will last longer. Learing on a ridgid MTB will make you into a more technically proficient rider.
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