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Old 03-17-05, 12:41 PM
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i have never really mtn. biked, but what you described is why i want to try it. i like the idea of i mile on a mountain trial is unlike a mile on a road. i have experienced this x-cty sking. usually i know on a ski trail it will take me 25 min. to do a 5k., but on a mountain trail it could be more or less and it is the adventure of what is around the corner? is it a hill or is it more down hill? so, to bring this experience into my summer activities i would like to try this mtn. biking thing. however, i am a bit intimidated by all the boys involved with it. i guess i don't need encouragement, but i would like find people who could give me advice. maybe this lovely forum could??
i have always thought biking is the best way to commute. i have gone to great strides to set it up so that my life is bikable to all destinations in my daily routine. now that i have more $ and can pay more for fun activities i can endevour to try new things like mtn biking. it seems to be that all the the activities i am interested in are sports like this one and have lots of equipment and i want to get the best equipment for me and since i have the time and $ to do it now it is great, but one issue. i don't know where to start for a reliable source to get information on this. the best to means safety and comfort so that i can concentrate on working on skills which is fun and then also just having fun. road biking is fun, but i worry about cars. in this i would just worry about mother nature and all of her creatures? -that could be other bikers. so, could ya pt. me in the correct direction as to a bike?
i have asked others and there is no real responce just want to you want?
i don't know~!
something that fits me being 5 feet 5 inches
something safe
something i can attempt to fix if it breaks
i don't like tons of gears because i don't tend to use them
want breaks i can potentially take apart myself-nothing fancy
so what does this equate to for me?
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Old 03-17-05, 10:09 PM
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This should probably be a new topic, but I'll reply here anyway.

First of all, congrats for wanting to try mountain biking, you'll probably find it pretty dang fun.

For a bike, you might want to check out the $500 bike stickie, that'll give you a bit of an idea as to what's out there. The Specialized Hardrocks are great for the price, they have a women specific design also. 5'5"... you'd probably want a 15" frame size.
They'll be pretty safe, and not too much complex stuff to fix if it breaks.
They do have gears, but you don't have to use them if you dont feel like it.

In fact, they make a single speed version of it... I think its better to stick with the geared one, in case you run into some big hills you want to ride up or something.
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Old 04-21-05, 06:15 PM
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KonaRider - what a great thread! It sounds like the boys down under here in Oz and New Zealand will get a head start but it's all good feedback right! You chaps in South America must have a few rides to contribute to this.
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Cool idea. I'll be on it this Saturday.

Shize. Looks like it will have to be Sunday.

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Old 06-17-05, 06:07 PM
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I vote this gets removed from the sticky list. We've got too many stickys already, and anyone who's participating in the "Challenge" can just bump it when they post their progress reports (which appear to be few and far between so far, hmmph).
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