apologies in advance for the length of the post.
just wanted some input from you all.
I'm looking at a couple of bikes to purchase for an entry level trail riding bike. I won't be doing any incredibly aggressive riding. I just want to really learn and practice techniques and such.
anyhow... I'd like to purchase a bike. $350 max budget. I'm looking at two of them so far. I've attached the links/pictures.
I'm in Orange County so I'd like to purchase something locally. any other helpful comments and such are welcomed and appreciated.
thanks in advance!
this one is similar to a family members. he's selling it to me but I don't like buying stuff from family... just in case things happen later.
I was looking at this one... but not sure about the specs.
or there's this one... buuuut it's $400. and I'm horrible at negotiating pricing. haha. http://orangecounty.craigslist.org/bik/3417237593.html
What region of the country do I live in? Southern California. Orange County.
Where do I plan to ride my new bike? Chino Hills. San Juan Capistrano. Newport Beach. PCH. for starters.
Are there any YouTube videos of the trails I plan to ride? honestly don't know. but nothing heavy. I'm thinking if it looks difficult... I'll walk it... then slowly ride it.
How much time do I plan on devoting to this hobby? every weekend is the plan. every other weekend at the very least.
What is my previous cycling experience? mountain biking? none.
Have I participated in other hobbies, sports or activities that may give me relevant skills? I'm a runner. not marathon runner... but I regularly run 12-16 miles a week.
What are my mechanical abilities? grew up around cars. dad's a mechanic. uncle use to own his own body shop.
Do I currently own a bike? no.
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? camelbak is pretty much all I own. I'll have to buy everything. which is why I'm looking for a lower entry level bike and just work my way up.
Why do I want to buy a new bike? exercise. I want to be outdoors more. I occasionally get bored with running.
How much research have I already done and do I have an idea of what I want? I've read a lot of stuff on these forums. components are key. but I still have a difficult time rating components and finding good value.
Do I have friends who are into the hobby? What's their mechanical and riding experience? nope.
What kind of bikes do my riding buddies ride? N/A.
What kind of bikes do I see on the trails I plan to ride? (Full suspension, hardtail, rigid, single speed, geared) haven't been.
Can I really afford this hobby? Are my credit cards paid off? Do I have savings in the bank and money to burn? I want to start off easy. but I'm single with a full time job... so it's doable.
How much money do I want to spend on this hobby over the next year? hm. not much. I figure I'll still be a novice, really.
What am I trying to accomplish by participating in this hobby? a new hobby that's healthy and tires me out enough to where I just want to stay in for the night rather than go out... which is when I get into the most trouble.
How do I expect my life to be different a year from the day my new bike arrives? healthier. happier. meet a girl who likes biking and share this with her.
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