Wanting to become serious about cycling

Discussion in 'Bike buying advice' started by harobikes333, Sep 25, 2007.

  1. harobikes333

    harobikes333 New Member

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    Hi, my name's Mark, I'm 18 and I want to get back into biking.

    I haven't rode for quite a while. I used to ride a kmart mt. bike( lol i know...) day after day after work and got up to the point where I could put on 35 miles a day on it. (probably pretty weak but oh well)

    I'm looking to spend around 800 dollars on a new bike. I'd like to be able to both mountain bike with it(trial ride, since North Dakota doesn't have mountains^ ^ ) and be a road bike.

    I'm 5' "7 and 133lbs.

    Any suggestions, help, etc. are greatly appreciated!!!
     
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  2. Edudbor

    Edudbor New Member

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    Do you mean $800 dollars for a bicycle + a bunch of the extras; or do you mean walk into a bike shop with 800 dollars and walk out ready to ride?

    My first bicycle was $850, but I bought a helemt, pump, shoes, pedals, bag, hand-pump, tire repair crap, little computer, etc, etc. With tax and everything else, it was $1200 dollars. I had no idea that extra stuff would be so pricey!
     
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    I have a helmet, though it's not a biking helmet....
    I'd have to get pedals or w/e
    tire repair...?
    little computer....:?????
    I have a 3L Camelbak

    I need some advice on biking clothing... lol

    also what are those pouches in the back of all those biking jerseys?? :eek:
    I'm willing to spend around 1000 total. trying to keep it to that about. but I suppose. its a one time investment i could go a tad over..
     
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    Any suggestions? / help??
     
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    When you say "road bike" what exactly do you mean? You can certainly ride a mountain bike on the road, but it won't be at all like riding a road bike on the road. The key is to get a good frame.

    I would go with a recognized bike builder. Of course of those groups of companies, the "volume producers" like Specialized are going to be less expensive. Get a hardtail and get the lower end of a Specialized, Trek, Giant, etc. and you can stay in your budget.

    Go to a cycle shop! They will be glad to help you out. They might even have a last year's model to get you up and going without to much cash.
     
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    cyclocross bike? on-off road bliss!
     
  7. harobikes333

    harobikes333 New Member

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    Seeing that it's winter time basically I've heard the bikes go down in price... true??

    When I said 800 I was saying that since most people recommend stuff that's always a bit more than what you say so I'm actually planning on spending 1k on the bike, equipment, etc. TOTAL.

    I live in ND so we have a lot of open road but also quite a bit of off road stuff you can go on if u feel like it. ( no mountains tho :(
     
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    Update: I'm willing to pay about 1200ish
     
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    Please buy good company branded bicycle with reasonable price. You must obey the traffic rules.
     
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    The only reason I haven't done that is because I live in ND and the closes decent bike shop is pretty darn far away so I haven't gotten a chance to do so. :\
     
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    ??????????
     
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