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    Picking the right bike...?

    Hello all,

    I am very new to the sport and am looking for some advice in picking out a bike. I do not know much when it comes to riding, im mainly just looking for a bike of my own to ride when i go out with friends. Not looking to spend alot, just a good beginner bike...these are the two ive narrowed it down to, any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

    http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/dawes/hay1500.htm

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    http://bikesdirect.com/products/wind..._cliff4900.htm

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    First, how much do you have to spend? Second what kind of riding do you do ( dirt jumping, xc, all mountain, freeride, or downhill). Last, have you checked any local classifieds because that's where I my bike full supsension bike for under $800.

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    Im not sure what kind of riding im going to take to, i have only been on a few local trails a handful of times. All i know is that i enjoy what i have done so far and would like to indulge more in all that the sport has to offer. Im not looking to break the bank, looking to keep it under $500. A friend of mine directed me to bikesdirect.com, which is where i found the two that i listed in the OP.

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    take a look locally on craigs list and see what is out there, if you are new to biking bring a friend who knows about it. Also check your local bike shop and see what kind of deals they can give you.

    If i had to pick one of those bikes i'd go with the bottom one, i think it has slightly better parts upon a very quick glance...
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    No offense but those bikes weren't the top of the line or anything and the reason I would suggest local or public classifieds would be because if you are buying from actual people the prices and a lot cheaper, If I were to look on my local classifieds right now I could find you a decent full suspension for under 500 dollars. If you don't have any local classifieds I would suggest ebay. If it's used it's gonna be a lot cheaper.

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    I agree that those bikes looked ok, but not all that great. However, maybe you don't want that.

    Anyhow, here's a link with almost everything you need to know about buying your first mountain bike:
    http://www.gregridestrails.com/2010/...ike-heres.html

    The most usefull article in the series for you is probably this one:
    http://www.gregridestrails.com/2010/...t-shop-at.html

    Good Luck!
    Feel free to check out my personal website, Greg Heil.com

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