I recently got interested in Mountain Biking. It seemed like it would be a very fun way to stay in shape and enjoy the outdoors. So after endlessly searching this site for days (my boss would like to thank you for cutting my productivity to nil) I felt I knew enough to start looking at some bikes.
Being in college, my budget is limited. I do what all college students do when wanting to buy something: craigslist. After a day or so of searching i found a very very slightly used 2008 trek 4300. After a day of negotiations I got it got $250. I then brought it to my LBS to get it checked out. I knew enough about bikes to know nothing major was wrong, but just wanted to make sure.
That is when they gave me the news. The bike, besides being a bit dirty, worked like it just been taken out of the box. Success! Bought a helmet, then I was good to go!
Needless to say South Louisiana isn't know for it rolling hills and mountain peaks, but before I tackled anything I wanted to get used to the bike. I haven't rode since I was roughly 6, so this was pretty much new for me.After riding around my subdivision for almost an hour, with a slight break in there, I discovered two things:
1. Wow, my legs are out of shape.
2. When going over a curb don't go at an angle.
The bike itself worked great. Everything shifts well, and the shocks, well, absorbed shocks. However, I am actually planning to chisel a seat out of some rough granite, because I think that would be more comfortable. My butt was in literal pain while riding. My legs were tired, but nothing too bad. Walking up the stairs was fine, but walking down about made me fall down a flight.
All in all, I believe mountain biking and I are going to have a wonderful relationship together
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