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How_To_Choose_A_Mountain_Bike by ChadBrown5

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How To Choose A Mountain Bike


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The first thing to do before purchasing a bicycle for any reason is to know what your primary riding is going
to be. Most people initially purchase a dual use bike, something that can be ridden on road and off road.
Eventually, when the bug bites big it'll be time to invest in a bike that is all muscle for the mountains.


One of the ways that mountain bikes differ from other bikes is that they have very strong, lightweight
frames, multiple gears, powerful breaks and wide t...



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The first thing to do before purchasing a bicycle for any reason is to know what your primary riding is going
to be. Most people initially purchase a dual use bike, something that can be ridden on road and off road.
Eventually, when the bug bites big it'll be time to invest in a bike that is all muscle for the mountains.


One of the ways that mountain bikes differ from other bikes is that they have very strong, lightweight
frames, multiple gears, powerful breaks and wide tires. A comfort bike, or recreational weekend bike,
touring bikes and cruiser bikes are built more for comfort than durability. WIthin the mountain bike category
there are several types of bikes available; the cross country bike, the trials bike, the downhill bike and the
jump/slalom bike.


Generally the largest percentage of mountain bikes sold are in the cross country, or XC classification. These
are good dual purpose bikes. They are lightweight and good for riding over tough terrain, but they are also
comfortable for road riding.


Jump/slalom bikes are also good dual purpose bikes. They are very strong and have an excellent front
suspension.


Downhill and trial bikes are for serious mountain bikers. The downhill bikes have both front and rear
suspension, disc breaks and are very strong. A trial bike is for a very skilled rider. Trail riding itself is a very
competitive sport demanding a lot of precision. Most riders of downhill and trail bikes build their bikes from
scratch, choosing each component individually.
You will want to do a lot of reading about different types of bikes, and you'll want to visit many bike shops.
A cross country mountain bike can cost between $600 and $800 or more. Some bikers say that your first
bike should be the best bike you can possibly afford, even if you think that it's too much bike for you. If you
buy a low-end bike initially and then find you want to change components later it can get costly. Before
choosing a bike you will want to ride it. Most dealers allow for a 15 to 20 minute test ride. If you do a test
ride make sure you go "off road" if you can, even if it's over curbs and grass. You want to get a feel for the
bike.




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