Pedals, Paddles and Poles
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Btw the Mohave desert and AREA 51
Bikes: Santa Cruz Tallboy, Ridley Noah, Scott Spark 20
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I like the Craigslist and Ebay route for started bikes. Get Deore grade components as a minimum, LX, XT and XTR are big pluses. On a used bike (Craigslist) you should be able to get a 15 minute test ride. See how it feels and fits. If you notice any oil leaking after a test ride on the fork bail out immediately. Don't worry about Steel, CF or Titanium at this point. Just get a bike with solid components and a solid frame.
I think its disgusting and terrible how people treat Lance Armstrong, especially after winning 7 Tour de France Titles while on drugs!
I can't even find my bike when I'm on drugs. -Willie N.