Old 01-05-05, 06:27 PM
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MadMan2k
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I'm not suggesting you buy a dept. store bike over one from a reputable manufacturer, but if you can't fit a more expensive bike into your budget, try and get one without a rear suspension, without a front derraileur, and without flashy looking stuff on it. If you're fairly mechanically inclined, you might be able to get the bike in the box, unassembled, and assemble it yourself, taking plenty of time. It won't hold up well to drops and jumps and the like, but get accustomed to riding it, don't go insanely fast down hills unless you need to, etc. Basically, get the most solid bike you can, and be careful with it, and it should last at least a few months.
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