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Old 06-07-2006, 03:33 PM   #1
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know any deals on mtn bike? 56k (pics)

anyone know any deals or have hook ups?

looking into getting a starter bike.

probably the specialized hardrock sport. $360 msrp.

i was looking at the diamondback sport $349, but specialize has alil better components and better name.

any good bike shop to deal with, i just called bike barn on westhiemer and they have the hardrock in stock. i might go pick that up tomorrow. should i buy the helmet, glove in store or online? what else is a must?

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:eh: , u might be on to something, but then again i'm to lazy to go shopping at shops.
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try getting a bike w/ at least Deore equipment, maybe even LX. both bikes at that price level will have similar quality frames. make sure to ride them both to see which one feels better to YOU. just like motorcycles, they both have diff. geometry and 1 might not work for you.

check www.houston.craigslist.org or goto "the fruit loop" at memorial park , there's a bullitin board up w/ bikes for sale, you could get a really nicely equipped used bike for your price range.

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yeah at first i was looking at deore or higher, but it would put the bike into the $500-$600 category. more than i want to spend at the moment. but buying the deriullers later on seem pretty cheap. $30-40 for lx i think, so i'm not to worried. i checked out craiglist alil bit but i might go to fruitloop to see what they have posted.
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hey ed, what about road bikes?... what do you recommend for something road worthy... with maybe maybe maybe just leeeeetle off roading - nothing hardcore...
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I second what Ed said. Good deals to be had on used ones. Another thing to look at from dealers would be their demo's. They usually knock-off a couple hundred off of it. That's how I got this one.know any deals on mtn bike? Good luck.
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which one? what you ride? road or mtn?

plus i think im looking for a new bike to late in the season. i read they clear the new 05 stock pretty cheap. now only mostly 06.
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Bikebarn might have an '06 demo that they might knock a few bucks off. Ask the sales person if they have any that might be a good deal.

I would highly recommend getting helmet, gloves, good cycling shoes that are clipless ready, so when you're ready to upgrade to clipless, then all you have to do is buy the pedals. Hydration system is also highly recommended, just as what Ed mentioned. Eye protection is another equipment you might want to invest in, especially if you'll be trail-riding in a densely wooded area. Good luck.
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check criagslist in the bike section heres an example

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well, you can't really do both well w/ 1 bike. i have a road bike and a mt bike.......both collecting dust.....lol

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well, you can't really do both well w/ 1 bike. i have a road bike and a mt bike.......both collecting dust.....lol

pick your poison.
most likely a mtn bike hardtail would suit him better. casual ride around the street and alil trails, basically what im doing. road bikes are those bike with skinny tires, so i dont think you would be hitting any trials safely with those.

also have to factor in your price range.
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that i cant really help you. to get deore components ed recommended. you would have to spend a minimum of $430-$550. that would get u bikes with deore/alivo.

i went down one grade which gets u alivo/and crappy stuff but better than target walmart equipments. for $350ish range

$600-$800 range gets you a decent mtn bike with deore/lx and maybe xt components.

buy a hardtail bike which is a bike with only front suspension.
a fs bike is a bike with front and rear suspension.
but for the same price, u get better components on the hardtail.
and better components do make a difference, my target bike doesnt pedal as smoothly as my friends trek.
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got my bike from bike barn, http://www.specialized.com/bc/SBCBkModel.jsp?spid=12278, they didnt adjust the headset? straight, but i fixed it myself. so far everything shifts like butter even for a low end real mtn bike. i weighed it and its 35lb, most of the weight comes from the crappy front forks. Will probably upgrade them next year.

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Bikebarn might have an '06 demo that they might knock a few bucks off. Ask the sales person if they have any that might be a good deal.

I would highly recommend getting helmet, gloves, good cycling shoes that are clipless ready, so when you're ready to upgrade to clipless, then all you have to do is buy the pedals. Hydration system is also highly recommended, just as what Ed mentioned. Eye protection is another equipment you might want to invest in, especially if you'll be trail-riding in a densely wooded area. Good luck.
i bought a helmet but didnt get gloves. should have, o well. as for bottle holders. man they cost $15-20, i'm just going to pull the one off my target bike and put it on, lol.
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My dad races for Bikebarn and The woodlands cycling team.... Hes selling his old specialized epic M4 hard tail.... has some expensive stuff on it. The bike when new sold for several g's.... I think he wants 500$ for it. Let me know if ur interested.
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^ thats the kinda deal i'm talking about........

35 lbs............wow thats alot.

my bike is worth more to me then to sell it. it was worth a couple G's 6-7 yrs ago........i couldn't replace it for the the $ i could sell it for....... the rims/spokes/hhubs list at $700/pair.
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feels light to me, coming from a steel frame bike, but yeah i know 35lb is alot. good ones are like 27-30lb.

the weight are in my low end components. i road the same model but with higher end derails and marz forks at the store and that bike was light or lighter than mine at least.

i tried to buy a bike off craiglist but dude didnt reply so i went and bought new. but i cant expect much from a bike costing just a tad under $400.
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