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Old 04-07-13, 01:02 PM   #1
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Three bikes, which to choose?

I have access to three different mountain bikes. Unfortunately, Two of those are 24" bikes, and the 26" one is a Walmart bike.
The 24" ones are, a Trek MT 220, which was my first "real" bike, and a Gary Fisher rst Tyro, which belongs to my brother, but he never rides. When it got to the point that I couldn't pedal without smacking my knees on my elbows riding, I got a great deal on a Next Mountain Ridge, and it's not terrible, but it's not great. What should I do? Should I just ride the Next for now, or would it be possible to make one of the others comfortable to ride? Should I just ride standing up all the time, and ride one of the better brand bikes? There is a park about 8 miles from my house, and I could probably ride there, but I'd hate to do it standing up.
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If they don't fit, they don't fit. 24" bikes aren't what are considered mountain bikes, the WM Next is a BSO, save you money, and look for something better.
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Like jim said, if they don't fit, don't ride them. That's a recipe for an accident. I'd ride the Next on the street, it can probably handle that. I would not ride it on anything more demanding than a gravel, rails to trails MUP. I've had a few Big Box Store bikes pass through my hands when I flipped bikes. I would never take one on a single track, technical trail. As was said, time to save up for a better bike.
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Turns out I have a really cool neighbor. Saw me staring at the bikes, and asked what the problem was. I explained it to him, and it turns out, he had a taller stem that fit the Trek. It lets me pedal comfortably while sitting down, so he's letting me use it until I can get a better bike. It's not perfect, and it makes the bike look real goofy, but now I won't rush in finding the right bike.
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