My first time here and posting. I feel like an idiot for asking THE question that I am sure is asked a lot! First a little background. I live in Eastern Pa. and want to get into biking for enjoyment as well as a nice work out. I literally have trails starting out from my backyard and just learned there is a mountain bike association that care for the trails. So I think I am starting off pretty good.
Anyhoo, I am one of those who like to do a lot of research before making a sizable purchase. As far as finances, I am looking to get used for right now. Most likely in the $600~800 range. The very limited knowledge that I do have is that I can get a decent bike for that range. Now here is the fun part. Having the trails is bonus! But on occasion, I will want to do some hard top riding. At least I would like to.
Is there a certain style of bike to zero in on?
What are the top 3 or 4 companies that I should look at for my research?
I guess I will leave it to those two questions for now. Would love some feedback as to what else I should be looking for or where to begin.
Thanks and look forward to talking to some of ya!