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Old 05-02-07, 07:28 AM
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Newby To Mountain Biking

Hello I am new to the mountain biking world. I did some a few years ago and loved it but moved to an area that is as flat as a pancake. Anyways I want to get back into it and was wondering what bike anyone would recommend for just getting back into this? I am a college student and donít have a lot of money. Any suggestions would be great. Thank you.
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Old 05-02-07, 07:42 AM
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Old 05-02-07, 08:57 AM
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welcome to the forum.

you have to be more specific if you want good suggestions about what bike to get. Also, you have to do some work yourself, like do some basic search on this form, some internet searching, and a few visits to the local bike shops. and when you have a good sense of your budget, current bike market, and possibly a short list of bikes.....you would get good comments and recommendation that would probably be more helpful to you......

at least thats how I did it.

again, welcome to the forum and enjoy mountain biking...
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Originally Posted by sherpaPeak
welcome to the forum.

you have to be more specific if you want good suggestions about what bike to get. Also, you have to do some work yourself, like do some basic search on this form, some internet searching, and a few visits to the local bike shops. and when you have a good sense of your budget, current bike market, and possibly a short list of bikes.....you would get good comments and recommendation that would probably be more helpful to you......

at least thats how I did it.

again, welcome to the forum and enjoy mountain biking...
Ok I will do some looking. I saw some bikes at Dicks sporting goods. Columbia is one of the brands. As I said I am new to the sport and will probably do a mixture of on and off road. My budget is around $200 right now. Should I wait or buy now?

Also do many Mt bikers go solo or with a friend when the ride?
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Old 05-02-07, 09:23 AM
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Originally Posted by James83
Ok I will do some looking. I saw some bikes at Dicks sporting goods. Columbia is one of the brands. As I said I am new to the sport and will probably do a mixture of on and off road. My budget is around $200 right now. Should I wait or buy now?

Also do many Mt bikers go solo or with a friend when the ride?

if I were you, I would try to save up and buy a better bike. but, if that means that you will not be able to ride all summer, thats nor right.

if $200 is the maximum that you can afford right now, I would look for an used bike locally. craiglist.com is a good choice. also, you can check out if there is any ebay store selling a bike in your area or within a reasonable driving distance.

if thats not an option, check out the Iron Horse offerings from Dicks Sporting goods store. or, the Diamondback Response.

The last choice would be the Columbia bike you have mentioned or the Diamondback Sorrento that Dick's Sporting goods stores carry.

good luck.

p.s. about going solo or not depends on you. I often go solo in my local trails (with a cell phone and GPS). But, on new and chalenging trails I like to go with a friend or a riding group.
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Originally Posted by James83
I saw some bikes at Dicks sporting goods.
No, what you saw were bicycle shaped objects. Avoid big box stores. You'll find better values at your local bike shop (a store where bicycles are the main line not a "department") and between them and Craigslist you should get a better idea about what a bike should be.
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Columbia is one of the brands.
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As I said I am new to the sport and will probably do a mixture of on and off road. My budget is around $200 right now. Should I wait or buy now?
If you have to get a bike now go used and test ride first. If you can wait....go to a Bike Shop. In the meantime read this: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=67259
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