recommend a bike?
August 17, 2008 5:07 PM Subscribe
What not-too-expensive but somewhat kickass bike should I buy?
posted by tremspeed to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Apologies for the ambiguity of such a question, I realize it's a matter of taste and utility, like someone asking 'What kind of guitar should I get?'
However, I know jack about bikes and I kinda-wanta get into riding a bit, as I really need a regular physical activity. I guess I'm looking for something in the $500-1000 category - better than the sporting goods stores models, but I don't think I'm quite ready for the more serious 2+ thousand dollar models. There seems to exist a pretty big gap between the extremes. I'm just looking for some suggestions, some known-good brands in the middle range, and what to watch out for.
I'd most be interested in riding trails and such in the woods- less so in street/pavement riding, so I think I want a mountain bike. I'm not talking about crazy drops or whatever, just that I'd probably most ride in parks. Someone I know just bought a Giant bike, and I was impressed by how light it was. It would be cool to have something as light as that was. Alas, it was not a MTB.
I haven't owned a bike in 10 years or more, so I really know not of what I speak. I've noticed a couple of hardcore biking friends have the pedal-less ones with the special shoes- what are the advantages of that? I've also noticed MTBs being spec'ed as hardtail, and fully suspended, what should I look for? If it's any help, I'm almost 6'2.
Thanks for any help!