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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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