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archenemy

I am going to buy a new Mtn bike today. right now.

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so, all sass aside, I personally like konas and rocky mountains. 2nd ascent has a couple good konas and greggs greenlake carries rocky mtn.

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i worked there and can confirm that they aren't much help. it would just be a place to try one out.

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Bike Sports on 24th in Ballard is a great shop. I bought a road bike there last month, and all the folks I worked with at the shop were super helpful and pleasantly attitude-free.

 

 

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Right on! You guys are fast!

what about recycled cycles?

I do need helpful as I am not knowledgable about bikes.

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i've only bought stuff from them once, but they seemed cool at recycled cycles.

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my advice - don't buy one right now. if you arent't sure yet what you want, take your time, ride several different bikes, talk to many different people and do your homework. the most important thing is how it feels when you ride it - you'll get on one and it will just feel right, you won't want to get off, and that's the one you should get. don't rush it - too big and too personal a purchase for an impulse buy.

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This is good advice.

I figure if I can find something today for under $300 that doesn't leave a dent in my ass, I'll get it. And then, I'll do exactly as you say and really pay attention to what is out there, what works for me, and get something really good.

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Yeah - don't impulse buy. Spend some time.

What type of riding are you going to do?

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recycled is very hit or miss. sammamish valley has historically been a good shop, and i've heard good things about ballard sport.

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Yes, dont go to Gregg's! I used to work there, and I used to rip people off.....

 

Buy one offline then build it yourself, you'll get alot more for your $$$$. Transition Bikes is a insanely bomb-prof frame...... If you are looking for a super nimble rear suspension bike for trail riding, I think Ironhorse makes one of the best riding geometries.

 

I'm cheap though. I have a peice of shit Kona that I just dump copious amounts of wasted money into...

 

Or you could simplify life and start riding BMX bikes. I've been shredding those for years, and they cost seriously 1/10 the cost of a mountain bike. Catching tons of air will kill however...

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Yeah - don't impulse buy. Spend some time.

What type of riding are you going to do?

Well, I need a lightweight (meaning beginnerish, not lightweight poundage) that I can enjoy around town, off road (nothing too heavy duty--I still have some mileage left in my older mtn bike) and that I can put slicks on for my triathlon that is coming up next month. That would be the triathlon that I haven't trained for. I'll need a big seat on the bike for my enormous ass. I forgot to mention that part.

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Yes, dont go to Gregg's! I used to work there, and I used to rip people off.....

 

Buy one offline then build it yourself, you'll get alot more for your $$$$. Transition Bikes is a insanely bomb-prof frame...... If you are looking for a super nimble rear suspension bike for trail riding, I think Ironhorse makes one of the best riding geometries.

 

I'm cheap though. I have a peice of shit Kona that I just dump copious amounts of wasted money into...

 

Or you could simplify life and start riding BMX bikes. I've been shredding those for years, and they cost seriously 1/10 the cost of a mountain bike. Catching tons of air will kill however...

I fucking LOVE bmx bikes!! I rip on those things!!!

 

but i need something more practical right now.

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In that case mr. archenemy buy a kona! They are actually not that bad and not too expensive (for the lower end ones). Also, for what you described, a hard tail would probably be the way to go. They are more efficient for pedaling around town and are also better for hill climbing when off-road.

 

I am a bike freak....

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Where do you ride BMX? I've been riding and building the lower-woodland BMX jumps since I was 14.

 

Now, I'm "grown up" and still shredding little kids bikes!

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Mr. Arch LOL!

 

Bikes Direct is a cheap option, you can get a whole bike cheaper then a whole groupo.

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In that case mr. archenemy buy a kona! They are actually not that bad and not too expensive (for the lower end ones). Also, for what you described, a hard tail would probably be the way to go. They are more efficient for pedaling around town and are also better for hill climbing when off-road.

 

I am a bike freak....

 

i want a road bike... i dont even know where to start.... help :grin:

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Oh Muffy, I'd love to help you out! I have a super old road bike thats like 15 years old.... its still works... I love building up super-fcuked looking bikes with miscellaneous parts. They always seem to work the best and look the coolest (to me).

 

As far a nice sparkly and new road bikes, Specialized and Trek are the two companies on the cutting edge of geometry and materials. But honestly, hardly anyone [needs] a $2000 bike!

 

I'd go online and just learn stuff, then go to different shops and test ride different models. The more research you do the happier you'll be in the end!

 

I think road biking is amazing......it builds the quads in a more balanced way than almost any other sport. Just look at Lance's Vastus Medialis, its huge!

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