NOOBS!...read this.

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  • 02-22-2016
    griwulf
    Thanks, it helped a lot! :D
  • 02-23-2016
    specDSWx1
    haha.haha. Seriously it was a fun read & good common sense refresher
  • 03-25-2016
    allone
    Awesome
  • 03-25-2016
    OldAZGoat
    There's a lot of wisdom contained in that post. :thumbsup:
  • 04-16-2016
    gmurrell
    Good, all-inclusive, respectful appreciation post. Glad to be here!
  • 04-19-2016
    gregzx
    Thanks for posting this information. This makes me love my bike more. :)
  • 04-23-2016
    rentalrider
    Of all the posts I've read here, that's the one I've enjoyed most...
  • 04-26-2016
    winkydink
    Wait. You mean I don't need to take my brand new bike and start spending hundreds of dollars to modify it? ;)
  • 04-27-2016
    crazyoldfool
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by winkydink View Post
    Wait. You mean I don't need to take my brand new bike and start spending hundreds of dollars to modify it? ;)

    Not necessary but for some of us it is the natural progression!! LOL! Heres a tip........ when you do start to upgrade, do one thing at a time. Wait until the last new thing seeems old before you do the next thing. You will appreciate the improvement much better!!
  • 05-04-2016
    JimmytheFinger
    Bam!
  • 05-06-2016
    Ridonk
    +1 thanks for sharing.
  • 05-15-2016
    Landocalriz
    This is Awesome!
  • 05-21-2016
    ChuckleBerry
    Ha!
    That is pretty good, thanks for the share!
  • 05-22-2016
    dunning3075
    Awesome My bike needs some work but it definitely does the job and gives me something to ride.
  • 06-02-2016
    Darksabre
    Great post...wait, what's toe overlap? Uh oh.
  • 06-02-2016
    Ozzie Puente
    I bought my DK Duke for $155, what do you mean no bang for your buck?
  • 06-06-2016
    Beardog
    I bought my Gary Fisher Wahoo for $75. A decent amount of beginner bang for very little buck...
  • 06-13-2016
    snowboardgeek1
    Love that first post. Thank you.
  • 06-20-2016
    eddygrinder
    Hey,
    Nice way to begin may experience in this forum and to finish the day.
    :D :thumbsup:
  • 06-23-2016
    ESN98
    New to the forum, but this made me smile.
  • 06-26-2016
    FatBikeSlim
    Wise words.
  • 06-27-2016
    mtbernoob
    lol awesome
  • 07-01-2016
    Getmeinshape
    Nice! Changed my mind after reading this.
  • 07-02-2016
    Derth
    Straight forward common sense.:smilewinkgrin:
  • 07-07-2016
    Kharmore
    Love it, thanks!
  • 07-12-2016
    DcDeathscythe
    As Long as you have a bike and having a blast riding thats all that truly matters. Go out ride and have fun doing it.
  • 07-16-2016
    CanonBob
    Noob (to this forum anyway) here - Love this post!
  • 07-21-2016
    jproaster
    Great post!
  • 07-28-2016
    Blueblazeme
    Very cool! I'm a newb and have absolutely no idea what I've gotten myself into or if I purchased the "right" bike for me (Trek Skye SL). All I know right now is .... I wish I would have happened upon this sport much earlier in life. I love riding and can't get enough. I still have a few good years left ;-) if I don't injure/kill myself on these two wheels. This post made me smile and just shake my head "YES"!
  • 07-29-2016
    jproaster
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Blueblazeme View Post
    Very cool! I'm a newb and have absolutely no idea what I've gotten myself into or if I purchased the "right" bike for me (Trek Skye SL). All I know right now is .... I wish I would have happened upon this sport much earlier in life. I love riding and can't get enough. I still have a few good years left ;-) if I don't injure/kill myself on these two wheels. This post made me smile and just shake my head "YES"!

    I'm a bit like you (54 and just getting started), but I'm also doing the same thing with motorcycles to boot! Going on my first dual sport ride in Sept.

    Have fun and learn to fall down gracefully : )
  • 08-05-2016
    khagan
    got it.
  • 08-05-2016
    Westcoast_kid
    Great read
  • 08-12-2016
    DonFG
    Absolutely the best
  • 08-12-2016
    Lars1
    Good read
  • 08-24-2016
    astom22
    Very well said. If only people would read this, you could avoid a lot of the flame wars that fanboyism can cause.
  • 08-24-2016
    PerfectCreature
    Good article, longer then I expected, but good none the less.
  • 09-14-2016
    trail_cat13
    Very nice.
  • 10-16-2016
    TOPFLiTE1994
    Shweet
  • 10-18-2016
    PRE-EMPTIVE STRIKE
    This post should be replicated and worded for all forums of any type.
  • 10-19-2016
    powerranger262
    Perfect.
  • 10-19-2016
    Pepe Silvia
    Solid post.
  • 10-20-2016
    brie_rr
    Good Read. Kudos..
  • 10-22-2016
    Newwt
    noted
  • 11-04-2016
    JonniMTB
    i read it and YEPPPP.
  • 11-04-2016
    joegreen
    just some dude
    Glad I read this post before posting in other threads.I myself just got back in the saddle after 25 years and loving it.I forgot the meaning of feel the burn and a bit more cautious than I used to be but that story is for another thread.thanks for the post I won't feel so out of place now with my tats and full suspension.😈
  • 11-17-2016
    RonDude_Sweet
    "Hey, little round glasses pocket protector collared shirt skid lid rear view mirror sandal wearing schwalbe marathon running pletscher two-leg kickstand tourist good job."

    So...you saw that, huh?
  • 12-02-2016
    Fuinko
    I love it! Thanks. Great way to welcome a noob. i'll refer to this post often.
  • 12-11-2016
    erklep
    great thread!
  • 12-16-2016
    Pilzak
    Good stuff !!!!
  • 12-18-2016
    EB313
    That was, perhaps, the funniest thing I've read all month!
  • 01-02-2017
    ryancoyer
    Good one!!
  • 01-02-2017
    Low-n-Slow
    I was hesitant to join this forum till I read this post, AWESOME!!!
  • 01-02-2017
    Darrellnv
    Interesting forum. Recovering from first crash. Doctor said your no spring chicken, what are you doing on a bike. THE HELL WITH DOCTORS. Still going to ride.
  • 01-13-2017
    jezza27
    New to the site and mountain biking in general. Well put for sure.
  • 01-22-2017
    Tblood
    Thanks for the info
  • 01-23-2017
    grimSPS
    awesome!!
    :):)
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CHUM View Post
    From the Surly Blog - a good place to visit.



    originally posted by Skip Bernet on the Surly Blog - 06.16.2011

  • 01-23-2017
    bachman1961
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Darrellnv View Post
    Interesting forum. Recovering from first crash. Doctor said your no spring chicken, what are you doing on a bike. THE HELL WITH DOCTORS. Still going to ride.

    + hah hah

    I got a bit banged up now and then when I came back to riding and felt a bit more adventurous here in CO than my flatlander days in MI. Only really hit it hard once though and my family Dr (also my wife's boss) gave me some gibberish about crashing (shoulder versus ground contact) and my arm was dead/numb for a time. Thing is, he referred me to a ortho Doc and we decided no surgery needed. This other Dr rides too and he said " If you ain't bLEEdin' you ain't ridin' ".

    I take it a bit easier and stay within some margin of risk tolerance but I keep it as fun as ever. It's about 18 years later and I'm 55.
  • 02-14-2017
    Yalerider
    Good post thanks, moral of story be happy with what YOU like, keep equipment working and go out and have fun!
  • 02-20-2017
    EpicUnikat
    but does this include a mongoose xr-75 walmart bike? ;) i've read through a few post where someone has a xr75 and everyone but a few people are destroying it. anyway im new here thanks for the post
  • 03-01-2017
    mtbtins
    Love this introduction!
  • 03-16-2017
    Shotgun Jeremy
    Well....now I don't know what to post!

    Nice list!
  • 04-07-2017
    kybikeman
    New to mountain biking, thanks.
  • 04-18-2017
    Odan
    Every forumabout whatever subject should have a post like this , wich is mandatory to read !!!
  • 05-06-2017
    Coatesy_24
    New to mountain biking, bought a cheap bike knowing I was gonna crash a bunch lol. Already addicted
  • 05-09-2017
    richj8990
    "Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck."

    There are a lot of people on here that say Costco has decent bikes for a very good price. It looks like most of those are Diamondbacks. For a new mountain biker a Diamondback is probably fine to start with (I would try to get a 3x8 cassette and hydraulic brakes if you can afford it, that will probably run around $600 total). REI looks like they have good starter bikes too. It really depends on your definition of bang for the buck. To me, and I've written about this on a few other postings, something that's $350-500 with disk brakes, an aluminum frame, Shimano click shifters, and at least an 80 mm shock (preferably 100 mm) is a good bang for the buck because it has all the components to actually ride trails. Is it going to do as well as a $4000 bike? No, but that's not the point. Bang for the buck is RELATIVE, think about that concept before deciding on what side of the argument you are on.

    I never looked at a bike in K-Mart; Target bikes are crap, I agree. That leaves Walmart. Am I the kind of person that 'likes' Walmart? No, I can't stand the concept of how many Mom and Pop stores out there in the American Heartland have been destroyed by chain stores like Walmart. But they do have good prices on a lot of stuff, including mountain bikes. A lot of the better bikes are not stocked in the store and are 'out of stock' online which means you can't order them right now, or ever. Some of them 'were' actually $500+ although I don't know how good they really are, the components like the drivetrain are often not mentioned at all on the webpage.

    Amazon.com also has some good bikes, and I'm surprised the author here didn't mention them. One thing I've noticed is that sometimes when you are looking for a bike or bike part, you cannot find it by doing a search inside a website like Amazon.com, but you simply type in what you are looking for directly on Google, then find who carries it, THEN click on that and the website (that formerly didn't 'have' the bike or part) will take you to what you want. That's how I found my 27.5" bike on Amazon; Amazon has a very crappy search function for 27.5" bikes internally. And don't dismiss the 26" Merax Finiss for $159-379, it's the best bike for the money on any site.
  • 05-24-2017
    christhomas90
    great post man :thumbsup: what every your bike looks like what ever the owner looks like its very rad. Don't judge a book by its cover if it works then its great! And one advice to all beginners out there. Try to buy a 3G GPS tracking device and place it where ever that can be concealed to the naked eye on your rad bike to track it if somebody will steal it. Being too careful won't hurt :D:D:D
  • 05-29-2017
    pix9
    good one !!
  • 05-31-2017
    compression boots
    awesome post! great one to start off with.
  • 06-12-2017
    Sub Zero
    Good read
  • 06-16-2017
    MKaman
    Got it, thanks!
  • 06-16-2017
    LapBandDave
    So cool. Important to remember.

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  • 06-19-2017
    kcoops44
    Got it, thanks!
  • 06-21-2017
    ferret-army
    Awesome read and thanks for the post !


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  • 07-01-2017
    Memme
    Read, is funny cause it's true.

    Now, it's time, for questions!
  • 07-14-2017
    Miatch
    Old dudes love it just as much as the younger dudes.