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Alright, lets see if I can nail this in a single post.
I'm looking to pick up my first mountain bike and I guess I have a few questions. But mostly looking to get some feedback on a few bikes I've been looking at. I'm about 5'8", 140 lbs.
What region of the country do I live in?
I'm living in central coast California.
Where do I plan to ride my new bike?
Probably start off on the local mountain and branch out from there.
Are there any YouTube videos of the trails I plan to ride?
Probably, and I plan on researching the more advanced trails as I go along.
How much time do I plan on devoting to this hobby?
Coming up here soon, a whole bunch of time.
What is my previous cycling experience?
I was raised riding mostly road bikes. I've done some trail stuff but nothing serious.
Have I participated in other hobbies, sports or activities that may give me relevant skills?
Mostly cycling and a great deal of hiking.
What are my mechanical abilities?
I've been working on road bikes since I was a kid, so I'm fairly comfortable with bike components.
Do I currently own a bike?
I have two carbon fiber framed road bikes that my dad left me but no mountain bikes yet.
Do I currently own a helmet, gloves, padded shorts, proper shoes, Cyclocomputer, Finish line bike wash, Finishline brush kit, shop rags, chain lube, chain stay protector (I like Shelter), Gloves, good socks, solid tire pressure gauge, floor tire pump, on trail tire pump or cartridges, shock pump, good three way hex, mufti tool, spare bottles, cages, backpack to put all your gear in?
Short answer, no. A few things on the list I have like the shop rags, gloves, helmet, shorts, shoes, hex tools, padded shorts, but the rest I'll have to piece together.
Why do I want to buy a new bike?
I was watching some videos a while back covering the pro circuit and I fell in love. I wanna get into this in a bad kinda way.
How much research have I already done and do I have an idea of what I want?
I've been doing most of my reading on this forum. I'm sure most of you guys would prefer someone who does all the homework and makes a very serious decision. I'm just not like that. I understand a few key things I'm looking for in my first bike. Such as frame size, brake type, and from what I can gather I'm leaning towards a geared fs as my first bike. Other than that I want to get my first bike, go hit some trails and learn as I go.
Do I have friends who are into the hobby? What's their mechanical and riding experience?
I do not.
What kind of bikes do my riding buddies ride?
What kind of bikes do I see on the trails I plan to ride? (Full suspension, hardtail, rigid, single speed, geared)
I have no idea. I honestly don't know anyone in my area who has a serious mountain bike.
Can I really afford this hobby? Are my credit cards paid off? Do I have savings in the bank and money to burn?
Probably not. My card is maxed and I'm about to go on unemployment. So no. Haha.
How much money do I want to spend on this hobby over the next year?
Maybe a few grand fixing up a used bike I pick up off craigslist.
What am I trying to accomplish by participating in this hobby?
So far I've found
Giant Boulder MTB
Blue North Face Yavapai
2008 Trek Jack
Green Trek 4100
Jamis Dakota AL
Thank you all for any feedback/help with my first mountain bike purchase. I've also been looking at the nashbar website for a good bike. But any help is much appreciated.
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