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Old 07-18-06, 03:57 AM   #1
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bike buyer-seeking help

have been thinking of buying myself a bike for a while.. am looking for a bike around $500 mark, for recreational purposes, something that could handle a few silly tricks here and there.. have looked around at local bike shops, was recommended a mountain bike, GIANT boulder... any suggestions? also does anyone know of a cheaper place to buy bikes.. wholesale prices, ebay? dont know if $525 is a reasonable price for that bike or if i could get cheaper..
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If you are not familiar with how to maintain a bike, I'd recommend you purchase at the LBS. Doing tricks will increase the wear and tear.

You can do a little cheaper on the internet but added risks there. The used market can be great if you know what you want and how to determine if a bike is in good shape.

$500 is a good price point. You will be able to get a decent bike for that price.
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I'm not going to get into recomendation mode because I don't fully understand what are you looking for but what I would recomend is:

1) Determine the type of riding that you'll be doing
2) Determine a budget, remember that along with the cost of the bike comes the safety gear

When you're clear on what kind of riding you want to do then we could talk about brands and models.

The Giant Boulder is a cross country bike, it could take some silly tricks as you mentioned but isn't made for that. If you want to do tricks, jumps, drops or stunts then the type of bike should be more into dirt jumping like the Giant STP to name one.
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