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Old 05-28-11, 08:27 PM   #1
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Where to begin?

Hey guys,

New on here (forgot I had a username). My names Ty, and I am looking to get into the sport. I realize there's so much to learn, and people probably come on here making similar post's alot, so I apologize in advance for being "that guy" . Anyways, I am looking into getting into some moderate trails. Nothing crazy with like huge drop offs and jumps and whatnot. I am mainly doing this for exercise and fun, because I need both in order for the exercise thing to happen haha. I have some fun trails about 5 miles from my house so I am planning on riding there, hittin the trails, then riding back. I am basically getting out of motocross and getting into this. I have done it a few times on a bike not meant for it, and it was a blast...but painful

So here's my question (finally ). What should I be looking for while shopping for a bike? I want a hardtail in the 4-500 dollar range give or take. I would love to buy new, but buying used is probably going to be my best bet. I am 6 foot and weigh 220 lbs (plan to get to 190 eventually).

I just need to know what brands to look for, what specs to look for, and all that jazz. I am not completely new to bike's, but I am definitely not up to par with everything. If you could lead me in the right direction to find a nice bike for a guy built like me that would be fantastic!

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Old 05-29-11, 12:34 AM   #2
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Did you take a look at the sticky at the top of the forum? Lots of good info there...
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Old 05-29-11, 08:59 AM   #3
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Rookie mistake

Just read it over and it helped a decent amount. I will report back when I learn more/have more questions

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Old 06-02-11, 10:20 PM   #4
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Well a friend of mine offered me a deal I couldnt pass up. Piking up a 19" Trek 4300 with Eggbeaters, and 2 rides on it tomorrow for 350, and he is getting a shop to set it up for me. I'll post pics later!
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Congrats and welcome. You will find that a few of us are current or ex-moto guys. It's a good background to have come from getting into this .
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Yeah I feel like it they are pretty similar, but mountain biking requires no gas and will help me lose weigh quicker hahaha. And with trails all around my house I couldn't beat it. I can't wait to see the bike on the back of my Jeep just like I always dreamed of hahaha.
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Old 06-03-11, 07:35 PM   #7
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Here she is! The Local Bike Shop was backed up for a few weeks so I picked her up for 330 with shoes that fit me perfectly!


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Tighten that front skewer before you eat it.
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Congrats on the buy. Go out and get it dirty.
Also, do what Chelboed said about the front QR. 5 seconds that would prevent an emergency room trip
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Congrats on the purchase, enjoy it.
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I was just curious whats up with those peddles?
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They are made to click into shoes so your feet are attatched to the pegs basically
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. . . attatched to the pegs basically
Love the Freudian slip
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Haha another rookie mistake
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what is the added benefit of wears clip on shoes.
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Easier to pedal in circular motion for more efficiency. (can still be done with practice...sans pulling up)
Shred gnarly hills with more confidence b/c your feet don't come off your pedals when you're bouncing around. (five ten's and some knobbly flats help alot though)
You can use poor technique and still hop over logs.
With practice and patience, you can tear it up with some good flats...clips are sorta the easy way out.
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I have been riding bikes for a while, and these clips kinda scare me. I already ate s*** once lol. I am putting my flats on for tomorrows ride
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I have been riding bikes for a while, and these clips kinda scare me. I already ate s*** once lol. I am putting my flats on for tomorrows ride
Just get used to em. People say it hurts your form to learn on clipless, but I switched early and rode clipless for 2 1/2 years, then incidentally rode plats one day when borrowing a demo bike. I was flabbergasted at how efficient I was without being attached to my pedals.
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I am a little confused ^ Are you advising flats or clips?
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I am advising clip(less). I never understood the term... But yes, attach your feet to the pedals. Use the setup pictured.
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Haha yeah that is weird. Clipless makes me think that your feet are not connected. I am going to bring the other pedals with me tomorrow and if things get sketchy swap em quick
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Youre gonna fall 5 times before you figure out how to get out quickly enough. Pedal around your yard to practice.
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Thats what I was doing today. Got one hard fall out of the way so thats good I suppose. hahahah
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If you're not using your helmet, it's useless. Go fast, crash often.
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Hahaha that was my motto on the MX bike and when I played hockey. Then I broke my femur and it makes me think twice now haha
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