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Old 07-05-2011, 03:45 PM   #21061
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Bicycle newbie here.

Over the 6months I have been riding what I thought was a mountain bike through local parks and enjoying it (picked it up used from a flea market). Then I rode my friends hard tail Specialized Stumpjumer 29in. That thing ROCKED!

So I went to trade in my mountain bike only to be informed it wasn't a small mountain bike but rather a dirt jumper (its the Kona Shred)... Oooops... Regardless it served is purpose. Then I looked around the store and realized that these mountain bikes cost more than my dirt bike!

Any reccomendations on a budget friendly mountain bike? I dont need the fastest, greatest or lightest (anything will be lighter than what I have been riding). Just something reliable and am able to have fun with.

Also anybody want a Kona Shred to mess around on?
You're lucky. DC's craigslist is a gold mine.

If you're in no hurry, you'll find something to ride for cheap.

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Old 07-05-2011, 03:47 PM   #21062
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Out-braking your opponents can be just as handy as outrunning them.
Done right, you don't need to outbrake em. Hop off and back on at a faster speed does the same thing.

Trouble is... getting to the point where you can hop off at speed takes some cojones. DAMHIK

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Old 07-05-2011, 03:48 PM   #21063
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Trouble is... getting to the point where you can hop off at speed takes some cojones. DAMHIK

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Or the loss of said cojones in the process...
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:50 PM   #21064
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Or the loss of said cojones in the process...
Nah. You're already half off the bike anyway!

Getting whacked in the back of the head by your bike is no fun. Nor is tangling up in the frame. or...



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Old 07-05-2011, 03:55 PM   #21065
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or barreling up to the first barracade at warp speed and forgetting to grab some brake prior to dismount
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:57 PM   #21066
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or barreling up to the first barracade at warp speed and forgetting to grab some brake prior to dismount
I see you've had the same fun I have



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Old 07-05-2011, 05:26 PM   #21067
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This weekend made it official. I turned in my 5 year-old beat up mtb shoes and SPDs for white Sidis and SPD-SL pedals on the roadie.

I've gone full Fred.

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Old 07-05-2011, 05:29 PM   #21068
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This weekend made it official. I turned in my 5 year-old beat up mtb shoes and SPDs for white Sidis and SPD-SL pedals on the roadie.

I've gone full Fred.


Another one bites the dust...


Actually, you'll appreciate it, the larger platform will help support your feet on long hardnrides.
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Old 07-05-2011, 06:20 PM   #21069
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Another one bites the dust...


Actually, you'll appreciate it, the larger platform will help support your feet on long hardnrides.
I put a 30mi shakedown ride on them on Saturday and made a few tweaks to the cleat position, then took them out for 52mi on Monday. I made one more adjustment during the ride and I think I'm all set now. I'm sure my spin was .02487% more efficient and now I can do that funky duck-walk at Starbucks.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:37 PM   #21070
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I put a 30mi shakedown ride on them on Saturday and made a few tweaks to the cleat position, then took them out for 52mi on Monday. I made one more adjustment during the ride and I think I'm all set now. I'm sure my spin was .02487% more efficient and now I can do that funky duck-walk at Starbucks.
I think in order to be full FRED, you must also be wearing a PRO team kit as well. Enjoy the new skips, they should break in nicely to your feet after a few hundred miles. My Sidi Genius feel like a second skin now.
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Old 07-05-2011, 07:41 PM   #21071
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I put a 30mi shakedown ride on them on Saturday and made a few tweaks to the cleat position, then took them out for 52mi on Monday. I made one more adjustment during the ride and I think I'm all set now. I'm sure my spin was .02487% more efficient and now I can do that funky duck-walk at Starbucks.
Be very careful. Them c-store floors can be SLICK!

Otherwise: my mtn shoes are good to about 90min then I start to get hot spots under the cleats. ...and these are M210s with carbon soles!

I need another pair of shoes. The Nike Poggios that I'm wearing as my second pair are disintigrating. Last time I did this, I ended up with silver and teal Sidis to go with my black Geniuses. The 90s were good to me.

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Old 07-05-2011, 10:15 PM   #21072
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Speaking of cyclocross, I'm looking at building up a Soma Double Cross. I like the multifunctional nature (can't afford dedicated road and cross bikes). It appears well-suited to the kind of riding I do; dirt paths, fire roads, some singletrack, then swap out the wheels and make like a roadie. The reviews are positive, just wondering if anyone on the Esteemed Panel has any experience with it. It looks like I'll be doing the build in super slo-mo, buying components as I can afford them, upgrading my existing cross bike, then swapping them all over to the new frame once I have all the fixins.
Another option to the Soma is the Black Mountain Cycles MonsterCross.

Look down the page for descriptions. Neat multi-use bike.

It runs about $630 so it is more than the Soma DC.
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:48 PM   #21073
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Another option to the Soma is the Black Mountain Cycles MonsterCross.

Look down the page for descriptions. Neat multi-use bike.

It runs about $630 so it is more than the Soma DC.
Nice. Still on the conventional end of the spectrum, which I like. I'm just not into the whole compact frame geometry thing that the Fargo has going on. Decisions, decisions...
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:56 PM   #21074
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Done right, you don't need to outbrake em. Hop off and back on at a faster speed does the same thing.

Trouble is... getting to the point where you can hop off at speed takes some cojones. DAMHIK

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I was perusing the magazine rack at Barnes and Noble and read an article in a CX rag about the recent number of injuries in races due to riders bunny hopping the barriers. Sometimes it don't go so good.
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Old 07-06-2011, 06:21 AM   #21075
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I was perusing the magazine rack at Barnes and Noble and read an article in a CX rag about the recent number of injuries in races due to riders bunny hopping the barriers. Sometimes it don't go so good.
Them barriers are BIG!

I could probably figger it out in time, but at race speed, in a race, etc? I think I'll hop off and run like the all the rest of us idiots out there racing.

Done right, cross dismounts are something to see. Just don't watch me for a how-to!

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