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Old 06-07-06, 01:58 PM
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SoCal Newbie

Hello there,

I just wanted to introduce myself to the community and say that I'm really excited to be here.

Up until about a month ago, I hadn't been on a bike for about 20 years. I recently have been borrowing my brother-in-law's bike whenever I'm over for a visit. I'd have to say that I'm hooked on riding and plan to integrate this activity into my lifestyle. I plan to lose a little weight and learn how to aggressively bike down the mountain. I guess some of my long term goals include being able to take big jumps and safely go on mountain excursions.

I'm not completely sure as to which plan of action I'm going to take when purchasing gear and a bike (part of the reason I signed up here). I think I'll be going for a hard tailed bike with a decent front suspension setup. I plan to use this as a city bike until I've built up the strength and stamina.

Does anyone have any suggestions that will help me get started? I've been going to local bike shops during the weekends to ask for advice. I'm probably going to allocate about $1,000-1,500 for a bike (possibly used), some safety wear, and hopefully a bike rack (budget premitting).

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I'd love to hear any advice, personal stories or suggestions that you may have.

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Old 06-08-06, 02:17 AM
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Welcome, Tony, I'm new myself. I also hadn't been on a bike for 20-25 years. I ride a hybrid, so I can't recommend a bike for you.

As far as stamina goes, I started with 5 miles a day, 5 days a week, for a month. Then I bumped it up to 11 miles a day for a month. Then 16, then 20, and I am currently doing 25 miles per day.

Take it slow and enjoy!
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Old 06-08-06, 02:19 AM
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Welcome, Tony, I'm new myself. I also hadn't been on a bike for 20-25 years. I ride a hybrid, so I can't recommend a bike for you.

As far as stamina goes, I started with 5 miles a day, 5 days a week, for a month. Then I bumped it up to 11 miles a day for a month. Then 16, then 20, and I am currently doing 25 miles per day.

Take it slow and enjoy!

BTW, where are you from? I recently moved from San Diego.
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Old 06-08-06, 08:02 AM
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Tony,

This is a long post, sorry.

I'm new to bike forums, too. In fact, this is my first reply. I'm a commuter, so I don't have tons of experience with mountain bikes. However I do like to learn about cycling, so I read a lot of articles and reviews. $1,000 seems like a lot of money for a beginner bike. I know you want a bike that will let you do lots of fast and technical trail riding, but remember a bike isn't everything.

Cycling is like riding a metaphorical see-saw. You are on one end and your bike is on the other. If you get a 'super bike', it might be like a kindergardner playing with a 4th grader. It won't be much fun. You might only be able to exploit 50% of the bike's potential and that can be very discouraging.

If you want a bike that will get you into shape and you will be riding it in the city, a really hard-core mountain bike might not be the best choice. For the type of riding you describe, it may take you a few years to develop the skill to take full advantage of such a bike. You can get a very nice new mountain bike with a suspension fork and even disc brakes (even these can be overkill for some trails) for around $500-$600. A similar used bike could cost $100-$200 less.

To sum up, get a bike you will enjoy riding or you are wasting your money. Buying a bike is easy. Getting in shape is hard. Focus on the hard part right now.

(the three most important factors in enjoying a bike are fit, fit and fit)
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Old 06-13-06, 12:44 PM
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Greetings and welcome to the area.

Check Craigslist and ebay for prices on used biked, but hold off on buying until you have a chance to determine that the bike will fity your body. You might want to start with a used cheapie to start building your strength because having a 50 pound bike only means that you are pushing that much more weight up the hills.

What areas are you riding in? That will give some of us a better idea the type of bike to steer you towards.
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