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Old 04-28-15, 12:41 PM
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Buying my first bike

Hey everyone. This is my second post here in this forum and I have a couple of questions and hope I get what I need from you guys.

So I live in Kuwait which is a hot country in summer and cold in winter. The temperature in summer can go up to 43 Celsius which equals 109 Fahrenheit ( I know it's hot ) and in winter it sometimes it gets to -3 Celsius which equals 26.5 Fahrenheit ( It doesn't snow here )

Now you have to know that the road surface in Kuwait is kinda rough and hard. Most of the road surface is like that which is where I will be riding my bicycle OR I might ride on walkways near beaches here
https://markingmyspot.files.wordpres...-in-winter.jpg

I contacted 1 bike dealer and one bike owner in Kuwait and BOTH recommended I buy a mountain bike.

I'm 24 years old college student. My height is 180 cm which equals around 6 feet. My weight is 120 Kg which equals 265.5 ( I know I'm fat ) I also wear glasses.

Some of the reasons why I'm buying a bicycle:-
1- Exercise
2- Fun
3- Lose weight ( Important reason )
4- I missed riding a bike. Last time I rode a bike was probably 15 years ago.

Now my questions are:-

1- What's a good brand for beginners ? My budget is 200 KWD which equals 670 USD.
2- What accessories do you recommend I buy with the bike ? helmets, water bottle etc..
3- Any advice's for a beginner fellow ?
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OK, a few questions.

1. Are there mountain biking trails in Kuwait?
2. You say the pavement is bad, but not clear what you mean?
3. What brands are available in Kuwait, and what do they cost?
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OK, a few questions.

1. Are there mountain biking trails in Kuwait?
2. You say the pavement is bad, but not clear what you mean?
3. What brands are available in Kuwait, and what do they cost?
1- Not too many.
2- Basically pavement is hard for skateboarding and bicycle tires. I will be riding my bike on these kind of roads mostly https://markingmyspot.files.wordpres...-in-winter.jpg
3- Cannondale, Trek, Specialized, Orbea, Shimano, We The People, Nalini, Fizik, Lake. I'm not pretty sure about the prices though but it's like what I said. My budget is 670 USD.
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3- Cannondale, Trek, Specialized, Orbea, Shimano, We The People, Nalini, Fizik, Lake. I'm not pretty sure about the prices though but it's like what I said. My budget is 670 USD.
The $670 doesn't mean much when you are talking about different countries, as what is available in the US for that price may not be, or will cost significant more in other countries.

Better would be if you could ID which models are avaliabe at the price, for suggestions to be made.

For any MTB, standard things to look for are 27.5"/650B wheels, tapered steerer & hydraulic disc brakes, nice to have at the budget would be thru axle(15mm) front hub. Gearing your looking at 9 speed, probably Shimano Alivio/SRAM X5
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1- Not too many.
2- Basically pavement is hard for skateboarding and bicycle tires. I will be riding my bike on these kind of roads mostly https://markingmyspot.files.wordpres...-in-winter.jpg
3- Cannondale, Trek, Specialized, Orbea, Shimano, We The People, Nalini, Fizik, Lake. I'm not pretty sure about the prices though but it's like what I said. My budget is 670 USD.
I don't think a mountain bike makes sense. Mountain bikes are purpose built for mountains, and are not a good choice for riding mostly pavement. And the knobby tires will handle poorly on pavement. And the riding position of mountain bikes is extremely aggressive, and maybe not the best for a rider weighing 120 kg.

Maybe look at cyclocross bikes, gravel grinders, touring bikes, or hybrids. Cyclocross bikes and gravel grinders are drop bar bikes like road bikes, but with clearance for wider tires than you would typically find on a modern road bike. Touring bikes are purpose built for long distance touring. These can be excellent and versatile bikes for a heavier rider looking to ride a lot. The heavier versions like the Trek 520 and Surly Long Haul Trucker are built for loaded touring. Other models, like the Salsa Vaya or Specialized AWOL are more for light touring. Hybrids are all purpose bikes built for everything from occasional use, fitness rides, commuting, or even light touring. Trek, Specialized and Cannondale all make hybrids in your price range. As for the road surface in Kuwait, it doesn't look too bad to me. Choose a tire with a more forgiving ride if it still proves to be an issue.

As for prices, I don't really know what bikes retail for in Kuwait. In the US, entry level bike shop bikes go for $400 or $500, with the $500 price point quite crowded indeed. An extra $200 or $300 gets you upgraded components, maybe a better frame, and carbon fiber fork. An extra $200 or $300 above that and you are in entry level drop bar road bike or touring bike territory.

I would say to go to a bike shop and test ride a few bikes.
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So I contacted a couple of stores and they told me that bikes range from 565 USD to 1330 USD. I will go to each store and check on the bikes.
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I went to one store and they recommended I buy Orbea MX 29 30 MX 29 30 ? Orbea

I will be buying a helmet, LED lights, gloves, water bottle and water bottle holder. What else do I need and what do you guys think about the MX 29 30 ?
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That looks like a pretty good bike to get started on and to use for basic transportation and fitness.
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That looks like a fine bike for your needs although I agree that the mountain bike tires aren't the best for street riding. That's something that could be changed at time of purchase or simply ride the bike as is and change them further down the road when you have more experience which will lead to your knowing what your needs are. I agree also that a hybrid style bike would serve you well. I started with a Trek DS and changed over to a road bike after a few months when I realized I didn't need front suspension even for our crummy farm land roads. Good luck!
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Another store recommended this bicycle 3500 - Trek Bicycle
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That looks like a very good choice for a starter bike. I see the next level up has disc brakes but they may be more trouble than their worth and the "old" linear pull brakes work just fine with a long and good history. I'm sure you realize that at that cost most important performance parts are entry level, especially the fork but for your needs it should be fine.
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