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Does anyone Mountain Bike, here?

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by TSUNAMI*22, Apr 29, 2008.

  1. Apr 29, 2008 at 9:36 AM
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    TSUNAMI*22

    TSUNAMI*22 [OP] Obama can suck-it

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    It's a great way to interact with nature, and a hell of a way to get in shape fast!

    Post pictures of your machine if you have them.

    With fuel prices going the way they are, I think this thread might bear some relevance. :D
     
  2. Apr 29, 2008 at 9:46 AM
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    I have an old Trek 4900 hardtail (I bought it in 2000) but I havent ridden it in over 4 years. I bought a Honda CRF250R in 04 and the mountian bike has sat since then. I have since sold the Honda so I have thinking of getting back into ridding my trek. :D
     
  3. Apr 29, 2008 at 10:17 AM
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    I have an 03 Haro X3 DH frame... that i have built up... nothing is stock about it.. used to work in a bike shop so i got some cheap parts... I ride all the time though its always fun!
     
  4. Apr 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM
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    TSUNAMI*22

    TSUNAMI*22 [OP] Obama can suck-it

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    I had a Stumpjumper Comp hardtail from Specialized that I bought in 1990 for $1,100. I added shocks to the front and kept the weight around 27 lbs. I easily put about 2,000 miles on it and then one day someone came up to me and wanted to buy it. I ended up selling it for $700 bucks (which I found out was a phenomenal price). Something tells me that the price of bikes will start to climb soon.
     
  5. Apr 29, 2008 at 10:26 AM
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    lsocoee

    lsocoee My hair is all natural Moderator

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    I used to mountain bike, but I got out of it right around the time I started dating my wife. It doesn't help that I have to drive and hour and a half to get to a mediocre trail.

    I've gone through a few bikes...Specialized Rockhopper, Litespeed Ocoee, GT STS, Trek Y22, Klein Mantra, Klein attitude, Klein Adept, old tandem cruiser, unicycle, Cannondale Six13, and a GT Ruckus. I might have missed one or two. I'll see what pictures I can dig up.
     
  6. Apr 29, 2008 at 10:30 AM
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    the ruckus was a sweet bike i had one of those... i have had all sorts of bikes from back in the day of working in a bike shop it seemed that i got a new bike eevery season... the girlfriend has never been a fan of all of em but just wait till i get my truck and she sees all i have planed for that... LOL :D
     
  7. Apr 29, 2008 at 10:32 AM
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    lsocoee My hair is all natural Moderator

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    The only way I got all those was by paying employee purchase prices. I'd probably grab a new bike now if I didn't have to pay full price.
     
  8. Apr 29, 2008 at 10:32 AM
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  9. Apr 29, 2008 at 10:35 AM
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    same here i payed the employee price for em as well did you work in a shop?
     
  10. Apr 29, 2008 at 11:32 AM
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    yeppers.
     
  11. Apr 29, 2008 at 12:11 PM
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    I think it was $200 something at Costco. So far I've had it 5 months and not broke anything on it. Thats a personal record

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  12. Apr 29, 2008 at 12:13 PM
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    I have a specialized Epic and a Slingshot Mountain bike.
     
  13. Apr 29, 2008 at 1:43 PM
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  15. Apr 29, 2008 at 2:07 PM
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    I've been looking into getting started in mountain biking, but the last bike I had, had Spider-Man decals on it and a sweet clown horn. I don't even know where to begin.

    Gimme some tips.
     
  16. Apr 29, 2008 at 2:11 PM
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    Accept that you will need to spend at $600 if you want to go new.

    Unless you have physical issues, don't get a full suspension bike.

    Go to a real bike shop and test ride a few bikes. Go home, think about them, and then go back a month later to ride some more.

    All the big brands are pretty good and are of similar quality. Look into Raleigh for a really good value.
     
  17. Apr 29, 2008 at 2:14 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    What do you mean by "physical issues?"

    And, what should I look for when test riding?
     
  18. Apr 29, 2008 at 2:28 PM
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    Mostly back issues. If you have other aches that are amplified by bouncing on a bicycle seat, then you might want to consider the full suspension as well.

    I don't like full suspension on inexpensive bikes, because you end up with a heavy bike with parts that had to be skimped on to pay for the suspension. I would go full suspension for less than $1200.

    You can PM me if you have a specific physical issue that you are worried about.

    When test riding, you need to find out how you feel, and how you like to feel. Test ride some of the cheap bikes and check out their brakes, gears, and suspension and then go for something that's out of your price range. Don't destroy the bike, but ride through some dirt and gravel. Jump off a curb. Here are some attributes that you may notice

    This is in no way all inclusive...
    quick handling (may feel twitchy)
    slow handling (feels lazy)
    braking (feel like going over the handlebar?)
    flexible frame (stand up and sprint)
    shifter style (trigger or grip)
    cockpit size (do some tight figure 8s and look at your knees next to the handlebars)
    body position (too far forward or back)
    seat comfort (cheap upgrade, but something to notice)

    A proper shop will size you. Going offroad, you will want at least 2" clearance between you and the bike. Are you long legged? You might need to get a shorter stem. Short legs and you can go for a longer stem.
     
  19. Apr 29, 2008 at 4:41 PM
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    EquinsuOcha

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    Thanks for all the info, Isocoee. I don't have a specific physical issue other than being fat...hence, the mountain bike. I don't know why I didn't think about the test ride like a motorcycle test ride:frusty:.

    Thanks again :thumbsup:
     
  20. Apr 29, 2008 at 5:45 PM
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    since there aren't many trails near me that i can take my truck to, the next best thing is mountain biking. the trails around here are maintained beautifully.

    i started with a Giant Ranier, and about two years ago when i worked as a mechanic at a bike shop for my summer job, i went crazy with the employee discount and upgraded all of the parts to the high end stuff.

    the summer is great because there are races every weekend...and the prize money isn't bad either. still haven't gotten sponsored though:ballchain:
     
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