1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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Thread: Noob bike help

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    New question here. Noob bike help

    Hi everybody, i'm in need of a little help. I wanted to start doing exercise and i thought to give biking a chance. I found a park near my house where there are some bike trials but since i don't have a bike, i've been renting from them for 20 bucks per hour. I am just starting so i'm not going crazy with the jumps or doing advanced trails but i can get through the intermediate ones ( more or less). I decided to buy a bike, but my budget is $100-$150 and i cant really buy an used one since i mostly don't trust ebay and dont know much about bikes either. So yes i got to go with a dept store one, but i want to buy the best i can so it will last me until i buy a good one. I have been searching and this is what i found in stores near home. could you tell me which is the best from each group? and the best from all? thanks...

    i know this is probably a common noob question, sorry...

    Cheapest:

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4231518
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=2513008
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4698937
    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family

    Middle Range:

    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...tPage=category
    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family
    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family

    Highest:

    http://www.sportsauthority.com/produ...entPage=family
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=2513014
    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4016707

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    Read this then come back with your question

    Beginners and Dept Store Bikes

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    Please don't buy from Walmart (political commentary)
    Get the Schwinn High Timbre (Middle Range) A hard tail will be a better bike at this price range. Remember, the easy part is buying the bike--the hard part is getting the time and motivation to ride it. It looks like you have both, Good luck!

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    please don't buy a walmart bike, the words hurt my ears. and for your price range don't even consider anything full suspension. check out your LBS for used bikes or craigslist.org for used bikes (both of these options let you see what you're getting before you hand over the money). if you really are determined to buy a new bike, get the schwinn. i ride a 1999 schwinn mesa gs (that i bought off craigslist for 100, msrp 380 in 1999), i would consider them a good cross between walmart bikes and a good bike, a good stepping stone until you can get a nice bike. but honestly, check out LBS or craigslist.org, you might be surprised.

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    First off I agree with everything that has been said by the other posters so far.

    If I were you with your budget I would look at the local bike shops for used bikes. Chances are you will be able to find a 3-5 year old entry level MTB ($300-$500) that fits your budget.

    The problem with the department store bikes is that they constantly break down because they were never designed to withstand the rigor of Trail Riding.

    All this will do is end up costing you more money up the road, which in turn results in you either not being able to ride due to the bike being broken and you not being able to afford to fix it, or you having to wait longer before you are able to upgrade because you had to dip into you new bike fund to fix the Dept. Store Bike. (You've heard the saying Penny Wise Dollar Foolish).

    I have not looked at the bikes you have posted but I will certainly agree that you should by a hard tail bike.

    A hard tail bike a $150.00 will be very slightly more robust then a Full Suspension bike at that same price point.

    I have seen what happens when a Department Store Full Suspension Bike is trail ridden... One small drop off (12") and the rear derailer was ripped right off the bike. This had nothing to do with the quality of the parts used but actually to do with the bike design itself. All the licensing required to build a properly designed Full suspension bike is too expensive to make it cost effective to build a robust FS bike at that price point.

    Good Luck in finding the bike that is right for you!

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    I would agree with Jimmay - Go to Craigslist and buy a used Hardtail.

    General rule of thumb...if you can buy it at WalMart, TSA or Target, you don't want it. Schwinn, GT, Mongoose all make great bikes, but not the ones that you can buy at a department store. A good Mesa, Avalanche, Hardrock would be a great first bike.

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