scrubbsywg From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1493 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 2101 times:
current situation: i have recently started riding quite a bit, mostly in a bid to lose weight. Nowadays i ride about 25-30km(18ish miles) at a time 3 or 4 times a week. i am not trying for speed, but i am also not just cruising and looking at scenery. I ride on streets and paved paths in the park right now, so i have to be agile to avoid people and cars. and potholes. My problem is i am riding a 15 year old CCM(made in Canada!) cheapo walmart type mountain bike. rims are bent, brakes dont work well, really really knobby tires, etc. etc. I think since i am starting to ride quite a bit i am looking into a new bike.
I am at a loss of what type of bike i should be looking at. My budget is sub $500, and preferably closer to 400 or less. While i am currently staying mostly on paved surfaces, i want to be able to ride unpaved trails on occasion in the future. My main goal right now is long rides at a decent pace to lose weight(i average around 12-13mph when i ride my current old bike). My only real must have is it should be geared and not single speed.
I went to one of the bike stores, and they said my best bet was kind of a starter 'mountain bike', of which their stock included:
trek 3 series(cant remember which exact model)
my initial thoughts when looking at these were they were a bit too mountainy..front shocks, fairly aggressive tires(but they still looked a bit smoother than the wicked things on my current bike). I didn't give any of the above a test ride yet.
I have been looking on the various large manufacturers sites, and, to my untrained eye it looks like i am sitting in between sort of cruiser and mountain bike although it seems the lines with the manufacturers are blurred and none use the same nomenclature.
Some of the others that have piqued my interest:
Giant Cypress R
To me it seems the cruisers may not take the trail if i want them to(think minor hills, but tree roots and small jumps) but the mountain bike may not serve me well with road riding. I am leaning towards getting the a mountain bike and living with the decision.
I think it may come down to when i get a chance to ride a couple and see.
Kent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 955 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2065 times:
I've recently replaced my Mongoose crossway 450, which was very similar in concept to the Cypress R. I reckon for what you're planning on doing, this or the Sedona are probably the best compromise - the Cypress R if you're doing mostly road/paths and an occasional track, the Sedona if the tracks are a little rougher or more regular. The only reason I ever lost rear spoke with theype of riding you seem to describe is because I regularly had 20+kg of child on the back
I've just got a Giant CRX2 (http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-AU/bikes/model/crx.2/5292/39057/) - more expensive than what you want, of course. I realised that any off-road was so very occasional that it wasn't really worth worrying about (I'm in the city and a block away from a 20km cycle path) - although I did go from 28C to 32C tyres, as I've still got the child seat. It's amazed me how much resistance the front shocks on my old bike provided - the new bike is so much easier to travel at a higher average speed.
PS. I agree with the PP about looking second hand if you're not sure - bikes drop in value worse than cars!!!!
Rabenschlag From Germany, joined Oct 2000, 1005 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 2054 times:
I have been riding street racing bikes for many years now, so I cannot comment on MTB in a very professional way.
But I can comment on your general approach.
Buying high tech equipment is relatively useless for building up fitness and loosing weight. The equiptment will help you to go faster or farther with fewer bodily resources. But your goal is to burn down these resources and not to be faster or go farther than the competition in a race.
So, as long your old bike is not a safety concern, I'd say stick to it (certainly invest in new pedals, brakes, shoes, helmet) and extend the range of your trips. 30 km is nothing when you want to burn calories. Biking in itself is relatively energy efficient at low speeds (below 30 km/h).
Forget about the bike, invest in greater distances at higher speeds. Take care not to stress your body too much and avoid anaerobic areas of performance.