First just want to say hi and thanks for having me.
I know nothing about bikes but I am interested in buying a mountain bike and modding it to fit my needs out in the woods. Im looking for something I can buy new and won't feel bad beating up. In other words, something in the $200 range?Definitely not a $2000 bike.
Also not sure about aluminum vs steel or full suspension vs w/else. I like the steel idea because Id be able to fabricate/weld easier but I know aluminum is lighter.
I'm an atv/ swamp buggy guy so as for tires I know bigger and fatter is better for my terrain(wet/swampy, dry sugar sand, mud and then your grass/rocky roads).
Gears? Don't know the first thing about what I need lol
Finally I want to be able to modify the heck out of it. From store bought baskets or gun racks, to maybe a custom rear platform to throw your harvest on( obviously not a 250lb deer but maybe a turkey or a small hog or something)
I've looked at Walmart and all I saw that looked halfway decent was the mongoose ledge 2.1 for $135. Like I said I don't mind spending a bit more.
I'm very handy and mechanically/fabricating inclined so I can get things done but I've just never been a bike person. As a kid, I was the one w/ the skateboard lol.
Any help/advice/direction would be great! Thank you in advance and I hope to post my progress as the build comes along! Thanks