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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  1. #76
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    I once bought a mountain bike for $90+. Didn't last very long.

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    That is a 1995 Hoo Koo E Koo! I have one exactly like that one sitting in my garage right now, needing some repair. I ultimately decided to buy new when I got back into the sport earlier this year. Been thinking about resurrecting the ole Hoo Koo E Koo though, it was a great bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahday View Post
    My 199? Gary Fisher Hoo Koo E Koo. Craigslist $150. A pretty good deal. This is one tough mutha of a frame! All original components. Swapped out headset, bars (replaced with an old Crowbar riser), fork (replaced original crappy suspension with rigid), saddle and pedals. Threw on a pair of Panaracer FireXC Pro's and I'm off! Been upgrading as things wear or break, but this thing is gonna live a LONG time, despite my abuse.

    My ride of choice on flatlands. It hauls, its tight and "I like to ride rigid!"
    That is a 1995 Hoo Koo E Koo! I have one exactly like that one sitting in my garage right now, needing some repair. I ultimately decided to buy new when I got back into the sport earlier this year. Been thinking about resurrecting the ole Hoo Koo E Koo though, it was a great bike...

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    Some amazing finds. I had no such luck when I was in the market.

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    haha this is awesome

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    I gots this one just this week for $140. my first mountain bike and my first bike since I was, like, 10 years old.

    please tell me I didn't overpay...



    it's a n Iron Horse Quantum II.

    meow.

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    looks good. disc brakes, rock shox fork those parts are worth more than you paid

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    ya, great bike for $140. the seat even looks comfy... the stem is pretty long.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HumboldtBrad View Post
    looks good. disc brakes, rock shox fork those parts are worth more than you paid

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    I like it. Wish I could've found something like that for that price. I had to new because the stuff that was out there was crap and way over priced.

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    whew. thanks guys. big relief knowing I didn't overpay.

    now, to ride!

    meow.

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    diamondback topanga YES. TOPANGA. HAHA.



    JK. I purchased this bike from my local sports authority (ready to get flamed). It was advertised for 399 on sale (orig. 649). I used the 20% off coupon and it came out to 319. then i added the 3 year warranty/bike tune-ups for 60. so i basically paid 400 and some change.

    here she is...my commute to work!




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    I bet Topanga has a mean fur bicsuit

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    oh, man. Topanga was the object of my desires when I was younger.

    ah, nostalgia.

    meow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RollingAround View Post
    I bet Topanga has a mean fur bicsuit

    hahaha...

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    Quote Originally Posted by iamunchien View Post
    oh, man. Topanga was the object of my desires when I was younger.

    ah, nostalgia.

    meow.

    oh yes topanga back then... have you seen how she looks now???

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    Bought this Bike for $170 at Craigslist then transferred my old wheels and brakes on to it. Used some elbow grease to clean it, now my girlfriend has a new bike
    2008 Cannondale F6
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    '84 Schwinn Sierra - Bought it for $50 from a friend, stripped it down - repainted it matte black and converting it to a single speed as a commuter bike.

    I'll post pics up soon when it's done!

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    diamond back is prolly the best with that price range.....

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    I'm currently riding a stock 2011 Trek 3500 Disc.

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    $400 even steven... CDN.

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    Just picked up a 2005 Trek Fuel 70 for $175. Looks to be in very good condition and was upgraded with hydraulic brakes. I wasn't looking for it but I couldn't pass it up for my son.Post your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1338915612.434722.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bustermin View Post
    Just picked up a 2005 Trek Fuel 70 for $175. Looks to be in very good condition and was upgraded with hydraulic brakes. I wasn't looking for it but I couldn't pass it up for my son.Click image for larger version. 

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    Nice find, the cost of brakes was probably around your purchase price.
    Bikes, lots'o bikes

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    EDIT: My reading comprehension is lacking this morning.... lol
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    Post your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1338996117.728364.jpg

    Only picture I have now. Excuse the mess...I just moved.

    Trek 4500, dart 3, avid bb7 disc brakes, deore front and rear dérailleur. $400 but I am going to have to change the bottom bracket since it must have a bad bearing.

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