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Old 04-27-2011, 07:05 PM   #1
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Looking at buying a bicycle. Anyone do any biking?

I would like to buy a bike and start riding to get in shape. I've been looking on the internet at different manufacturers. Anyone know if mongoose is a good brand? I dont need a road bike or anything. A good quality mountain bike is what I believe I need. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 04-27-2011, 07:18 PM   #2
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It really depends on your budget. Mongoose and Schwinn are sold at WM. I've had both from there. The Schwinn is much better. For the price. If you really get into it, look at a Trek.

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Old 04-27-2011, 07:25 PM   #3
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Depends on what are you are planning to ride on and how often?

The Schwinns that are sold for around $200 at walmart are very decent and capable bikes for the money for trails and around city riding. I loved mine, nothing every broke that I didn't mean to break by doing crazy trails. But if you want to go big go Trek, or Canondale. If they make those anymore.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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Really it's just going to be a bike I take to the bike paths and ride to get in shape. I've started lifting again but have a hard time getting that cardio in. I figure I could get some biking in and eventually include some jogging as well. I want something that will not fall apart on me yet not cost me an arm and a leg. A walmart bike is fine with me. Looks like based on the customer reviews, schwinn and mongoose have some of the highest ratings
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:36 PM   #5
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Why not a road bike?
Almost all bikes are made in China and Taiwan. It all comes down to the components and the frame. It really is you get what you pay for concerning bikes. Road bikes are faster too
Check CL, there are a ton of road bikes (used) that are the same price as a new Mtn. bike from Walmart.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:53 PM   #6
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First I used to be a bike tech so I warn you I am bias. If it is truly something you want to get into and stay into don't waste your money on Trash bikes from walmart. You can get a really good bike from a shop for around $300 to $400 that will serve you well. Trust me when I say you will know you have been riding a walmart bike after the first few peddles.
A good bike will keep you riding but an anchor on wheels from walmart will kill your spirit. Plus think of it like this if you decide to sell it a Specialized or Trek will hold its value. And as a bonus most shops will even sell them on consignment for you ( if bought from them). Like I said I am bias and to most people a bike is just a bike so $200 on a metal turd on wheels from walmart is just fine. Heck I think they even sell a hummer edition one! J/K
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:44 PM   #7
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I agree with Mud on going to a bike shop. The independant bike shops around here are basically Mom and Pop operations. They sell bikes to their customers with actual customer service beyond getting it off the shelf. They will take the time to make sure you are getting the type of bike you want and that the bike fits you. Walmart will just sell it to you and that is the end of the agreement. Also, a lot of shops will include a year of free service on a bike if you purchase from them. I have a Gary Fisher model Hoo Koo E Koo that is an excellent bike. I also ride a Tomac 98 Special that is a few years old and still rides great. Both of these bikes are over the entry level price at Wally World or even the entry bikes at a shop, but just an ideal of what is out there. Trek, Specalized, and Jamis are all great bikes. I have owned a model of all but the Trek and a couple of freinds have had them and were very happy.

Stay away from department stores. They kill the small shops, offer zero service and will make you shy away from the great hobby of cycling. Of course this is my opinion so take it in stride. Good luck with your choice.

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Old 04-27-2011, 09:37 PM   #8
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X3 on the local bike shops..... I bought my Rock Hopper Trek from a local shop and got excellent service over the years. In the interim I have graduated to a Sun 3 wheeler that I also got from a local shop.

If you can afford it..... go with a bike shop......would not buy a Jeep from Kmart or Wally world would you?????
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Old 04-28-2011, 03:30 AM   #9
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Sorry......my Rock Hopper is a Specialized.......BRAIN FART......:P
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Old 04-29-2011, 01:44 AM   #10
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got me a Trek G2 hardtail and I looooove it! cost me little less than 600. I don't rock hop but I do log jump and woods wheel. It's a damn nice bike.

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Old 04-29-2011, 08:42 AM   #11
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My .02. Ditto on the bike shop. Last summer the hubs & I purchased 2 Trek mountain bikes and they have been great. Don't go to wallyworld or the like. They truly are bricks on wheels.
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Picked up a Specialized Rockhopper last week.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:53 PM   #13
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Picked up a Specialized Rockhopper last week.
Nice. I sold mine a few months ago. I've owned 3 rockhoppers. Once my son is old enough to ride I'll buy myself another bike so I can take him out. Until then I'll be lazy and wheel the Jeeps
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Old 09-25-2013, 12:08 PM   #14
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I'm strictly into road cycling. I enjoy long distance stuff. I've pedaled across the country several times, Mexico to Canada, 24-hr races, etc. I have 4 road bikes. here's a pic from one of my adventures I do every 4 years.

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I ride a Felt and wife and daughter ride Haro's. Spend the money at a bike shop or buy used off craigslist.

An entry level bike will cost you about 4-500 and will be eon's better than the trash you get at the box stores, Dick's, wallyworld and the like.

Oh, have heard good things about specialized. It is a good brand. There are minute differences in all of them, so pick one that fits you best.

Lastly, for every mile you run, you have to ride 5 to get the same cardio. I run 3 days a week, lift 3 days a week and ride 10 miles after my leg and ab workout and the family and I mtn bike on my recovery day.
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My wife and I both ride Specialized road bikes. Would love to do mountain biking too, and would go to my LBS (local bike shop) and go with Specialized or Trek. In fact we have a Trek Demo Day this afternoon up on our local 'mountain' for some riding of their new models.
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Old 09-26-2013, 07:38 PM   #17
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I love my trek.Schwinn isnt what it was.And make sure you get properly fitted for a bike.Ive done a few 100 mile Tour De Cure rides so having a properly fitting bike is important.
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Old 09-27-2013, 12:49 AM   #18
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I have had a bunch of bikes from Daimond Back, Giant, Specialized. A Trek, and a Cannondale.

I really like the Specialized rockhoppers I've had 4 of them.
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Old 10-03-2013, 06:03 PM   #19
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Some of the Diamondbacks are decently priced and of good quality for beginner bikes.You should be able to find some near you. Local independent bike shops are really your best bet as they can usually find something in your budget and they know what they are talking about and will find a bike that is fitted for you. I replaced my 15 year old Schwinn Backwoods mountiain bike this spring with a GT Karakoram 2.0 . It's amazing what bikes have on them nowadays. My new bike has hydraulic disk brakes for gods sake. I decided to go with an upper entry level bike because like you , I want to keep in shape and have a good quality bike that should last me the rest of my life. I ride mainly the street with some minor off road trails. I would check Craigslist for a used good quality bike that can be had for what you would probably pay new at Kmart,Wal Mart,etc.
Good luck in your search , riding bikes is FUN!

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