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Does it make sense for me to buy a Mtn Bike?

post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
This is the deal. I have an OLD Trek, probably close to 12 years+. I just use it for the dirt roads here in CO. When we go single track I rent one. Sometimes with good luck sometimes not. I can usally rent a good bike for around 25.00 a day. we ride maybe 10 days a year.

My question is would I improve if I had my own or do I not ride enough to warrant the expense? I think that I may ride more if I had a good bike.

The bike that I rented and liked the most was a Gary Fisher, Joshua.

Another questions is fit. Everyone says how important it is but when I rent a bike they just trot out whatever. I am about 5'7", with long torso and short stubby legs.

Any Ideas?
post #2 of 18
It's always nice to have your own bike, but if you only spend 10 days a year, then it isn't a bad idea to keep renting, that is, unless you want to get a cool new bike to show off.

In my case, I have a 1993 Cannondale bike. Although it is not quite as recent as a 2001 model, bikes have not altered a whole lot since then, and you can probably find a really nice bike that's not necessarily new for much cheaper. This bike of mine is still 24-spd, extremely light frame, and durable.

However, bikes are relatively cheap nowadays, for it is very possible to get a decent bike for under $500, which is not a whole lot. But, for someone, presumably you, that doesn't necessarily bike for a living, renting is the better way to go. You can rent really nice bikes and save money if you don't go that often.


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post #3 of 18

For me, buying an expensive new bike did get me out more often. Plus, around these parts, it's near to impossible to rent a good bike. I say buy only if you WILL get out more often, or if you like being on the same bike all the time, as opposed to hoping for the best. Of course, renting lets you demo lots of stuff, and you don't have the cost or time spent maintaining the bike. I know there are lots of good rental bikes out there, so I don't think it's as critical as having your own skis or ski boots. And, hey, if you trash a rental, it's not your loss.
post #4 of 18
Kima -

I am really wondering if you are a true bear. If you haven't figured it out, this forum is loaded with equipment whores. The only time we ask if we need something new is when we just spent a fortune on a new bike, or new skis or some other toy and want to turn around and buy another. If your bike is 12 years old there is no need to ask if you need a new one.
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
rio I think its a gender thing. Men and thier toys you know.
post #6 of 18
Rio - SO true, just look at the thread I started. I laughed out loud when I read your response.

Why do we feel compelled to spend inordinant amounts of money on our "toys"?
post #7 of 18
Kima, what kind of frame is it, do you like it?? That is the most important, I think... If the bike fits you, maybe you should just upgrade it with some new gears, brakes, stuff like that and keep the frame...
In my opinion, the most important thing when choosing a bike is that you can find a good sitting-position on it. You have to be able to sit relaxed on the bike, otherwise, you won´t enjoy your ride.
Different frames respond VERY different, but since you´ve tried several bikes you probably know what you want.
post #8 of 18
What is wrong with the Trek that you need another? I have a 1993ish Schwinn Sierra, had a friend mechanic upgrade the bar shifters, added bar ends, and souped it up a bit and it is fine! Asking these guys if you need a new bike is like asking a crackhead if he wants another hit....*L
post #9 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks to Scott at Racers Edge in Breckenridge I am now the proud owner of a Gary Fisher Sugar 4. Now I am conflicted, wanting the ski season to begin but wanting to get a few more rides in yet this year.
post #10 of 18

Excellent bike. Good XC bike and a great value. If I am not mistaken it have the same frame as the other Sugars but just a down grade in the components. This bike will get you going with mortgaging the house. If you get into it you can start upgrading components one at a time to drop weight and add performance. Now get out there and climb some single track!!!!! The downhills are your just rewards!


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post #11 of 18
Thread Starter 
My legs are still a little wobbly from the rides this past weekend what a blast! I can relate to LisaMaries UH OH Syndrome on some of the single tracks but I am committed to not being a whenie!

Any Summit County, Denver Bears interested in riding?
post #12 of 18

I had exactly the same thoughts of conflict this weekend in Tahoe....loving the mtn biking but looking at those naked ski runs and dreaming of the first run of the season.

Just had my bike decked out with all sorts of add ons...bloody thing weighs a tonne, and now I have gone and broken up with my mtn biking ptnr...damn...bring on the ski season I say !
post #13 of 18
Thread Starter 
Jane sorry to hear of the split. Perhaps you should hook up with rob.
post #14 of 18
Glad to see you took the plunge. There's still plenty of time to ride even in the High Country. You could always go the light route (which I just did) and get some rides in at night. I also must mention that the above posts about asking any of us if you need something new is absolutly correct...NEVER ask if you need something new. If any of you ever make a trip to the SouthEast, bring your bike, we'll go play.
post #15 of 18
Thread Starter 
DaMtnRider, not ready for night rides yet. Took all my courage to go down some of the single tracks we did lsst weekend in the daylight.

Thought you were coming out my way this summer?
post #16 of 18
new wheels can make an old bike seem...new. A new wheel set is the best way to upgrade a bike as it's all rolling weight and such. This assumes te rame is sound, the compontents still work, and you can match new rear wheel with the shifters you have, etc.
post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks Astrochimp, but as DaMtnrider put it I have taken the plunge and got myself a SUGAR. Now of course snow is predicted in the high country so have to find some rides around Denver. Any ideas?
post #18 of 18

I have been riding my road bike down here lately, and a lot of local trails in boulder during the spring and early summer.

My out of town mtn rides tend to be in Winter Park. I've ben pretty spoiled by it.

I have ridden localy, in the foothills, but not this summer. Those rides are White Ranch just outside of Golden. Nice cuz there are various trail to choose from and a lower and upper parking lot. Walker Ranch west of BOulder. This and Hall Ranch, outsie of Lyons are crowded I think and no veyr long. Some think Walker is the best thing going, but I aint so sure. Then there is the stuff just of I-70 at Morrison/Red Rocks. That is what I know re the close in stuff.

In Boulder we can be in the mtns in a few minutes where there are trails of pavement and dirt roads, if you know them. Not quite mtn biking but lots of climbing and altitude. Switzerland Trail and Church Trail and Red Shack are some that come to mind.

Good luck with the Sugar. That ought to be a HUGE upgrade. Nice cushy ass factor on that rig I believe.
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