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Old 04-09-10, 10:43 AM
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I hear the call of the wild......

......and I need your folk's input, advice and/or suggestions. First of all, I'll be 58 in May of this year so I'm no spring chicken and probably kinda old to be getting into Mountain Biking, but that's a different discussion. Like most guys my age I rode my bikes as a kid then forgot about them for years. In 2000 I started riding again on a TREK Navigator hybrid bike. Moved to a TREK road bike in 2001 and discovered Classic/Vintage bikes in 2003 when I bought a Raleigh Sports for around town use then got involved with other types of British roadsters and light weight road bikes until.......last year when I saw a write-up in Adventure Cycling on the Salsa Fargo. The more I read and researched mountain type bikes I began to think this may be a better kind of bike for me. I live in the north west region of the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles area and have a number of trails within 3 miles of the house, so I don't always have to drive to a trail-head. The quiet and solitude of a trail ride is also appealing.
So, the type of riding I plan on doing is primarily unpaved trails/fire roads. I guess you'd call it XC riding. No down-hill or dirt jumping for me......no yet. I plan on joining others in my area for group rides and most likely join the North Ranch Mountain Bike Club in the near future. The bikes I'm looking at but haven't test ridden just yet are: Specialized Rock Hopper Disc, TREK hardtail either 4 or 6 series with discs, Salsa Fargo since that got me interested in all this, Giant bikes but not sure of a model just yet and Jamis bikes since Topanga Creek Cycles is not far from where I live and they look to be a really good shop. I'll most likely keep one of the old Raleighs to ride around town but may also buy or build a second set of wheels with road type tires to use on the Mtn Bike as an option. I know, I won't be able to stop at one bike but will add more as time goes on and I get more experience.
Thx in advance for your input etc.....PG.
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The Specialized is a good all-around model for the money. I personally would recommend a hardtail for your style since you do not plan on being all that demanding on suspension. Discs are a must, perhaps a fork with a lockout option? Giant is my brand of choice for many reasons(feel and warranties mainly) but that is personal. It ultimately comes down to taking the actual test drive and deciding what feels best for you.
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