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Help Me Buy My First Mountain Bike!

Old 04-18-08, 02:16 PM
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Help Me Buy My First Mountain Bike!

I went mountain biking a couple weeks ago (borrowed a bike) and now I really want to buy my own. I probably won't be very hardcore about it; just want to enjoy the outdoors and go up and down some small hills, at least for now. But actually, this bike will get far more use in the city than in the dirt.

I don't know much at all, especially about which brands (bike and parts) are good. I guess I don't need anything amazing, but I don't want to buy crap either. I also don't know how to choose the right size bike (I read about that in the sticky thread at the top of this forum, but I didn't really understand it). I suppose the person at the bike shop could help me with that, but they didn't mention it at all at any of the shops I went to.

I was also thinking about getting an extra pair of tires (if they aren't too expensive) for riding in the city, since slick tires will allow me to go much faster. Do you think that is worth it? I don't want to do it if it's a huge hassle everytime I want to switch tires.

These are two bikes that I have tried recently. Tell me which one is better.
First, I looked at this one:
http://www.idealbikes.net/bike.php?bike=124

Then I looked at one of these... I can't remember which one it was...
http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetai...dID=5360026993 OR http://www.wiggle.co.uk/ProductDetai...%20Q520%202008

One last thing is that I am going on a two week bike tour this summer so any advice that you can give me about that is also appreciated. I'm making a list of things I might need to bring:
- panniers
- saddle bags/seat bags
- compass
- tire patch kit
- pump
- a multi tool

Obviously, I will need a rear rack for this trip. I made another thread about that (http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=409014). I was a little concerned about buying a bike with disc brakes, but now I found out that there are special racks that can be put on those bikes, so it probably doesn't matter, right? Honestly, I probably don't need disc brakes, but I'm not going to not buy a bike just because it has disc brakes either...
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Old 04-18-08, 08:52 PM
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Looks like the first bike you linked to has better components than the other two...

You might want to get the slick tires, especially if you'll be riding on the road more, anyway...
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Old 04-19-08, 01:45 PM
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Thanks, anyone else got some advice?
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