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    looking to buy bicycle

    getting sick of running everyday and looking to change it up by getting a good all round bike. I have been looking at a local store at a few Specialized bikes and like a couple. not looking to just stay on paved roads so a mountain bike type is what I am looking at. just really getting into it and just want a few ideas on what to look for and what brands are good and bad. looking to pay +/- $1000.

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    my suggestion is to really determine how much off-roading you'll be doing before buying a bike. I thought I'd be doing all sorts of downhill and fun trails but i mostly stay on paths for weekend bike rides and wish I had a bike with bigger wheels. I go out with a friend on a road bike and I'm riding in top gear full speed and hes got plenty of gears to go, so it limits your speed. If you really want a mountain bike for trails, spend about $600 on a road/fitness bike, then pick up a used mountain bike for $3-400. The Marin Urban series are nice, mountain bike style, but designed for everyday riding. Also, front shocks look cool, but arent necessary for road/path riding and actually take some of your energy away

    Check out the Fitness bikes like these:
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-CA/...ad/2555/32735/
    http://www.marinbikes.com/2009/ca/bi...ries_urban.php
    http://www.norco.com/bikes/city-and-...ban-commuting/

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    Quote Originally Posted by g8r View Post
    my suggestion is to really determine how much off-roading you'll be doing before buying a bike. I thought I'd be doing all sorts of downhill and fun trails but i mostly stay on paths for weekend bike rides and wish I had a bike with bigger wheels. I go out with a friend on a road bike and I'm riding in top gear full speed and hes got plenty of gears to go, so it limits your speed. If you really want a mountain bike for trails, spend about $600 on a road/fitness bike, then pick up a used mountain bike for $3-400. The Marin Urban series are nice, mountain bike style, but designed for everyday riding. Also, front shocks look cool, but arent necessary for road/path riding and actually take some of your energy away

    Check out the Fitness bikes like these:
    http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-CA/...ad/2555/32735/
    http://www.marinbikes.com/2009/ca/bi...ries_urban.php
    http://www.norco.com/bikes/city-and-...ban-commuting/
    thanks very much. will keep this in mind.

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    Costco has the Infinity Geneva road bike for $300-$400 if you can find it in stock. It's running out of stock quickly across Canada. Check Red Flag Deals forum for more information. I'm not a bike lover, but it's been reported that it has many quality parts of a bike that cost a lot more than several hundred dollars. Then spend the remainder on a mountain bike or something.

    Dave

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