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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    Well i wasnt gonna get any more bikes but i found this on CL
    http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...e#.UFvADIl5mc0

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    This thing is in amazing shape !! No tuning needed barely has a scratch. Scored it for 200.

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    I cant post any pics yet as i dont have enough posts, (my first one ) but i just picked up a 2009 specialized rock hopper comp disc (the yellow frame) for $340 on CL. based on my research i thought that was a good deal. what do you guys think? Its in great shape. was basically used a road bike, commuter, park with the kids bike for the past 2 or so years.

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    Scored this for my nephew, Post your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1348302081.842463.jpgPost your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1348302098.158864.jpgPost your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1348302112.388573.jpgPost your less than 0 mountain bike-imageuploadedbytapatalk1348302131.924767.jpg

    Got it for 55.00 off CL, needed full maintenence done, spent 80.00 in new rear wheel hub an cassette.

    So 135.00 not bad. The fork is crap but usable. We replaced the seat, handle bars an pedals with spares i had laying around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JFaur View Post
    I cant post any pics yet as i dont have enough posts, (my first one ) but i just picked up a 2009 specialized rock hopper comp disc (the yellow frame) for $340 on CL. based on my research i thought that was a good deal. what do you guys think? Its in great shape. was basically used a road bike, commuter, park with the kids bike for the past 2 or so years.
    sounds pretty good to me!

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    can't wait to get my first bike

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    These bikes all look nice...this is a good thread to read when just starting out!

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    some great deals out there

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    Quote Originally Posted by alazamboozle View Post
    some great deals out there
    Yup, just have to keep trying :-)

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    Gt Agressor




    Picked up the frame for $7.00.. I think i spent maybe $30.00 to complete " I used spare parts I had laying around"

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    Man I hit the jackpot on CL which is very rare in my area. Found this Trek 820 Antelope for $20! It's small for me but I just wanted a cheap lender/commuter bike. Total of $25 after I receive the new tube for the front, $60 if you include the extra pedals I had laying around.

    Had to take off all the reflectors, adjust the handlebars, true the wheels, fix the seat, and adjust the breaks, but now its golden.

    "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." -Back to the Future

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    Hardrock Pro, £125 GBP.

    I've upgraded it out of all recognition since, but it's a rock-solid stiff and nimble frame, and solid wheels. They're all that's left except the rear derailleur of the bike as I got it and they'll be going up for sale next week!
    We're not all elitists but I'm doing my best within my means...

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    Sorry, linking to the photo didn't work very well...
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    We're not all elitists but I'm doing my best within my means...

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    ^ cool build up!
    "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." -Back to the Future

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    2010 Specialized Hardrock - $200 on Craigslist
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    First post here, first bike in many years

    I'm building a GT LTS up at the moment using old spares, gifts from my neighbour for some computer help and a bit eBaying. Total spend so far - £60. All I need now is a front wheel with a 20mm axle hub (bought a 15mm by mistake) and some shifters.

    Will post a pic soon. Not very modern but I love it so far!

    Haven't ridden properly in years so I can't wait to get finished!

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    Here's my $250 Cannondale Chase Craigslist find.
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    I've had it about a month now, the guy who sold it to me worked at a bike shop and this was barely used, it looks like it was ridden twice. So far I love it. I've been riding bmx and commuting to work on a singlespeed road bike for years. My friends just decided to start mountain biking and I've done it in the past but never took it seriously. I love the bike and the sport, I already have plans to build up a singlespeed 29er and then hand this down to my Fiancè.
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    Do you think $300 is too much for a Trek 3700 with disc brakes and full light setup? It will be for my wife.

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    Some lbs are having year end close outs. I saw a 3900 w/discs for $399

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    Quote Originally Posted by IamtheYeti View Post
    got a new bike



    pretty simple to put together although getting the front brake attached was something i've never done before so that was the most time consuming part.

    A big upgrade from the 2008 Trek 820. Took it out for a little bit today and loved every minute. Grinning from ear to ear and cant wait to tear up some trails this weekend.

    349 from Bikes direct.
    LOVE that I'm looking HARD at this bike on BD,starting to scrounge and scheme a budget (hoping for Christmas,shooting for January)



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    LOVING that ARMY makeover
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    I picked up what I think is a 2009 Scott Aspect 45 for $100 last night. Not a picture of the actual bike.
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    New member, first post. I grabbed this 09 DB Response off CL Raleigh, NC about a week ago.
    Put a barrel adjuster on it and cleaned/lubed it. total damage so far is $150. I'm loving it

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    Can finally post some pics now.

    The 2009 specialized i got for $320 and the 2012 Revel 1 i got for $220, both local from craigslist.




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    Quote Originally Posted by JFaur View Post
    Can finally post some pics now.

    The 2009 specialized i got for $320 and the 2012 Revel 1 i got for $220, both local from craigslist.



    Very nice finds.

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