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Cudruln

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If you’re looking to get into something in the $500 range I’d seriously consider bikesdirect.com. I’ve boughy at least 3-4 bikes from them. If you’ve got a quality made frame, then it’s all about components. You can get any combination of components under the sun. A $500 Motobecane from bikesdirect will get you the same component setup you’d get on a $1200 trek. I don’t ride seriously but ride from time to time with some guys that do. They’d tell you I ride a cheap bike when I show up on my $1800 GT Zaskar that I got for about $1200 when they were making way for next years models.

This is probably about as good as it gets in that price range. This would be an excellent starter bike. You’ll probably want to upgrade that suntour fork at some point, but the shimano components will get you down the trail reliably for quite some time.

http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/motobecane/29er-mountain-bikes/fantom-29er-trail-mtb-tcs-xvi.htm

Hydraulic disc brakes, shimano drivetrain, remote lockout on the fork, the tubeless tire combo are all things you just don’t get on $500 bikes.
Thanks for the link. That is a lot of bike for the money.
 

Cudruln

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@Cudruln Do you know about the Silver Comet Mountain Bike Side Trail? It starts in downtown Hiram at the caboose and heads west on the south (left) side of the paved trail. there is blue blazing marking the different segments.
Here's some links to the info:

https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7004551/silver-comet-side-trail

https://www.singletracks.com/bike-trails/silver-comet-mtb-side-trails.html

Download the Singletracks app and the MTB Project app
great apps for when you're on the trail. one may have better info than the other depending on which trail you're on.
I will check it out once I get a bike
 

Willy Leadwell

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Thanks for the link. That is a lot of bike for the money.
My girlfriend wanted to start riding with me, so I bought her a Motobecane. It's a solid bike. Also, one of the guys that first got me into mountain biking back in highschool rides one now and has had good things to say about it.
 
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the_great_white

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Just got back from McIntosh Reserve and doing 7 of the most miserable miles I've ever ridden. I recommend you choose your least favorite trail system, let the air out of your tires, and go ride that.....you'll have more fun doing that than there is at McIntosh. That place has a ton of potential if the trails were maintained. Horses have pretty much destroyed everything there. Also, the map is almost useless. There are so many alternate trails, side trails, short cuts, and cut-throughs that aren't on the map, you just about can't even figure out where you are exactly unless you can spot some sort of structure or road because trail marking is almost non-existent. This was my first time there and I won't be back to ride those "trails".
 

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Consider scouring craigslist or the like for a nice used bicycle. Good way to test the waters without breaking the bank. Just stick to major brands like Trek, Giant and Specialized and you should find a decent deal. Good luck!
 
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the_great_white

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Just threw down another 9 miles over at Clinton Nature Preserve.....I love riding that place.

What's y'alls favorite trail system? I'm always looking for new places to ride .
 

the_great_white

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Did 5.5 today....a tough day though. Didn't sleep well last night and since i had already been up since just before 4, i reluctantly decided i would just go ride about 6:30.....I had a hard time finding my groove this morning..... Running a new chain-ring, trying out a different tire pressure, and then throw in a trail i haven't ridden in a couple of years, and got unseated a couple of times unexpectedly.....oh, and once i started my run up the first technical climb, a damned tree across the trail, couldn't get back in the pedal and had to hike-a-bike for a minute. almost said fuck it about the first mile in but pushed through.