Quality Bikes that won't drain your wallet?

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    Aug 05, 2008 10:28 AM GMT
    Just went mountain biking for the first time last night, it was fun and a hell of alot more challenging than I thought it would be ( I went to the closest novice trail to me, which was surprisingly difficult ).
    The only bike I have is a Huffy (don't laugh), I don't know how much abuse it can take, can anyone recommend a good quality mountain bike that isn't crazy expensive...I've looked at the stores and the prices vary quite a bit (and I don't trust salesman)

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    Aug 05, 2008 2:52 PM GMT
    You know I was at Sports Authority this past weekend and I saw that they had some pretty descent beginner bikes for under $500, which I plan on purchasing very soon. I don't want to spend a lot yet until I can get the biking down better, I've also seen some descent ones for sale on Craigslist.
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    Aug 05, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
    I've sold and bought bike (and parts) on Craigslist and eBay. Both have worked out well. You just need to know what you want and be patient.
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    Aug 05, 2008 4:21 PM GMT
    I bought a Trek 4500 about 8 years ago, bought it new (about $500, I think) and it's the best. I love it and use it regularly. Going out today actually, afternoon ride with a friend before we head to the Giants game at ATT park. No sense ruining a good day with work! LOL
  • CAtoFL

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    Aug 10, 2008 6:36 PM GMT
    I've found that Trek, Specialized and Giant make good bikes that will last a long time even if you're regularly kicking them around. But they are somewhat pricey (usually $500+).

    If you buy, please do consider your local bike shop. They'll measure you so that your bike fits YOU. If you pick up a bike in a big retailer (Target, Walmart, etc.), you should take it into a bike shop and get it fitted by a professional. I know that sounds like some effort, but it can save you injury down the line.

    Happy riding!!
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    Aug 15, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    Trek makes some damn good bikes, I have three of them. If you could find a Trek store and someone who really knows what they are talking about you could find a fine bike for $500.00. Please do not let the price tag get to you too much, because you will find out it was worth every cent.
    BTW, make sure you get fitted for the bike. icon_biggrin.gif
  • AdmNaismith

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    Aug 15, 2008 12:24 AM GMT
    Do a search for a Giant retailer near you. They have some nice street/combo bikes (Sedona model, for one) for about $400. A Giant retailer is set to measure you for a properly sized frame and make sure it's tuned and ready to go.
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    Aug 15, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    The very best thing you can do, if cost is a concern, is go to a bike co-op (a community oriented shop) and talk to them. They can teach you all about repair, maintenance and hook you up with quality used parts and bikes.

    These organizations are so much more worthwhile than mere bike shops. They usually have youth programs and education programs.

    There's one near you -- The Hub -- so get involved.
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    Aug 15, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    I love my Gary Fisher Marlin - about $400 a few years ago. The best advice I got when looking was to find a frame that fits you well. Components can be upgraded later as your wallet permits. Test ride as many brands that you can. I would also find a good, well established local bike shop that will service the bike too.
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    Aug 15, 2008 12:53 AM GMT
    I want to start bicycling again. The only thing is bicycling kills my knees and I can't shift worth a damn! icon_biggrin.gif

    Also, I don't ever plan on off-road biking, so isn't it better to get a bike with the thin tires? icon_question.gif I'm a dork, I know.
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    Aug 15, 2008 1:28 AM GMT
    Love my Suzuki VStrom DL-1000!!

    Oh wait... not that kind of bike ;)

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    Aug 15, 2008 7:56 PM GMT
    Buffyfan84 saidI want to start bicycling again. The only thing is bicycling kills my knees and I can't shift worth a damn! icon_biggrin.gif

    Also, I don't ever plan on off-road biking, so isn't it better to get a bike with the thin tires? icon_question.gif I'm a dork, I know.


    I wouldn't go *too* thin with the tires unless you're planning on keeping to paved trails or bike paths. For riding on streets, I'd get slightly thicker tires to deal with potholes and such better. (Not mountain tires, just not road skinnies.)
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    Aug 16, 2008 12:44 AM GMT
    Thanks.
  • CAtoFL

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    Aug 16, 2008 12:51 AM GMT
    Yeah look for tires around 700x25, buffy. Some 700x23s are nearly comparable, but it sounds like you'd benefit from going larger.
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    Aug 16, 2008 1:07 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice, no only if I could learn how to shift.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 19, 2008 6:25 PM GMT
    AdmNaismith saidDo a search for a Giant retailer near you. They have some nice street/combo bikes (Sedona model, for one) for about $400. A Giant retailer is set to measure you for a properly sized frame and make sure it's tuned and ready to go.

    Don't consider a Sedona for mountain biking. The Giant Yukon is a pretty good deal without breaking the bank. Agreed with PSC though, go to a bike shop. They can fit you and make sure you're not walking out the door with a piece of crap. Which I can't promise about major stores' selections. Also, one of my favorite mountain bikes is the Surly 1x1, though you may not like it if you're just starting out.
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    Aug 19, 2008 6:30 PM GMT
    The BF and I just bought bikes this past weekend for $300. Specialized Hardrock. We can't wait to use them this weekend on Angel Island!
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    Aug 28, 2008 10:41 AM GMT
    I went to a few local bike shops and one even let me take afew bikes out for a ride ( very cool).. I ended up buying a Trek 4500 and I really love it icon_biggrin.gif