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Old 05-12-03, 11:23 AM   #1
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Help me out with new bike!

Ok here is the deal. I have had success in getting my girlfriend to love mountian biking, but not hardcore; which is fine. Being the broke college girl that she is I am looking for her to get a bike that will suit her riding style. She is in no way an expert, just an beginner/average rider. She is looking to spend no more than $200 which I know, isnt alot for biking. What do you guys think is the best hardtail for the buck in this catagory? I went to and and found mongoose's and schwinn's for around that you think they will be able to handle the trails....and will she be able to handle the bike?
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Old 05-12-03, 11:30 AM   #2
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The Dick's Sporting Goods near my parents, started selling the Diamondback Response, which I bought from my LBS. Go figure. I think if you can find the model of bike on the manufacturers web site you will be ok as far as quality goes. I bought a Mongoose from Dick's, FS for like $200. Big surprise that the model was no where on the Mongoose web site, being it was a real cheapo bike. You can then always take the bike to a LBS to be looked over. Also, go to a LBS for a reutrned bike. There are a lot of HT and FS bikes that people rode once and decided they didn't like and now go for a major discount, but in great almost new condition. If she can spend more, than $200, Raleigh has a decent HT to start with at a LBS in Newark, DE. I'm sure other shops that carry the brand will have it below $300 as well.
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Start looking for some used bikes. I would not recommend buying an X-Mart to anyone I liked!

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Old 05-12-03, 02:54 PM   #4
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walmart and other dept store bikes are unsafe to ride due to improper assembly. $200 isn't much but i started off on a giant boulder (cheapest bike the bike shop had).
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I just went through the same thing you are going through. Except my wife was never really into cycling and didn't know if she'd like. She was strongly against spending a lot on a bike for her until she got more comfortable with cycling. I was talked out of going the extremely cheap route by this forum -- I found a LBS that was selling Roadmasters for about $100.

I ended up getting a left over IRon horse for my wife for about 170 from the LBS I got my trek from. All I can say is I second every opinion that says stay away from xmarts! I had a great experience at my LBS. They set it up and talked her thtough the bike and, since they offer lifetime tune-ups I know they'll be there and stand behind it.

Visit as many LBS as you can. Be honest with them about your needs and budget, and you'll find something appropriate.
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Got my Trek on eBay for $170.
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