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12/4/06 3:24 P

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Well... I don't have the following info:
bike brand
bike year
any components
Given this info for a road bike, what would you say it is worth? I can't even give a good guess without at least the latter two pieces of info.

I would recommend renting a mountain bike or borrowing one from someone who is about your size if possible. I wouldn't dump $200 on a bike to fix it unless it's worth more than that to begin with. Best of luck. :-)

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12/4/06 3:16 P

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The bike that was given to me is at least 5 years old, full suspension, but not a make I'd heard of. Although it is decorated lightly with rust. The previous rider was a kid who out grew the bike, so he didn't remember the model or year, and had no clue about the derailleur. I know road bike components, but not MBT, so it's nothing I recognize. I want the bare minnimum, so I can try the trails, but I am guessing the road will still be my true love.

I was hoping to get something that would let me get a feel for it, but I can't see investing $200 for what probably isn't a very nice bike to begin with.

I am glad I could ask you all for input. It definitely helps with me perspective. I am going to my bike shop one day this week to get that second opinion, so feel free to keep commenting. I am not feeling optimistic, though.

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12/4/06 2:58 P

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The cost sounds about right to me depending on what wheel and chain are used.

What do you intend to do with the mountain bike? If you're looking to put real mountain trail miles on it, don't buy anything with less than a Shimano Deore rear derailleur (IMO). You probably won't find a new bike with Deore in the back for less than ~$400. Maybe used for $200. What is the used bike that you have now, including brand, model, year, rear derailleur? Other costs depend on other things that you'll want and need, which is wide open from the info you've provided at this point. Get a few more opinions on the frame size for you. Don't get it if it doesn't fit WELL! Why suffer? I hope this helps.

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12/4/06 2:45 P

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Well, I got the bike on Saturday and took to a bike shop (not my favorite one--wanted to be sure I'd get at least two opinions, and once I go to "my" shop, I wouldn't go anywhere else). They told me I'd need a new rear wheel, new chain, and a tune up = $200 at least. The brakes looked ok, and the tires seem to hold air, but we can't really check the derailleur (or even confirm the rest) because the rear wheel is so bent it won't even rotate. I can't say spin, because "rotate" would be so much slower and easier to get the bike places, and that's not happening.

What do you guys think of those cost estimates? And for that $200 +, could I get a new (or used), inexpensive MBT that would serve the same purpose? And are there any other costs that I should be considering?

Oh, yes, and they are telling me that the frame is a little big for me, but I seem to have the clearance, so that might be a ploy to get me to buy a new one.

Thanks!

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12/4/06 2:36 P

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Yes, I would have to agree with MTNBIKENV. Your local bike shop should be able to help you out. Even if it isn't a perfect fit, they may be able to make adjustments to fit you a little better.

My first MTB was an older Raleigh hardtail and was a little big for me. Got it dirt cheep from a former bike shop owner and it was good enough for a few years until I decided I was going to stick with the sport (would have hated to spend a lot of $ only to not stick with it). I then upgraded to a full suspension . . . it was all downhill from there! ;)

Good luck and looking forward to hearing about your new bike adventures!

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12/2/06 1:11 P

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Do you have a bike shop near you? I'd take the bike down to them and ask for their opinion. If the bike looks like it would work for you, have them do a fitting, and a tuneup. You you enjoy it, I know this girl absolutely LOVES playing in the dirt. I'm practically attached at the hip with my mtb. I have a hardtail right now, and will be investing in a full suspension Marin, early this spring. Can't wait!

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12/2/06 10:05 A

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I am going to try mountain biking, and a friend offered me his son's outgrown bike. I know I'll need to replace a rim, but how can I tell if the bike fits me, before I invest in the rim? And how can I tell if the bike is worth fixing up, or if I should just start from scratch?

I am a road cyclist, and have no idea what to look for in a MBT!

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