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The information you have provided is exactly what I thought.
It’s more expensive, but I’m pretty sure I will be buying the Trek. I don’t want to spend the extra money, I’m a college student right now, but I know it’s going to be worth it in the long run.
Thank you for helping me out!
The guy I was talking to about the giant questioned the changeable tire size. He said that it probably means it’s made to be a 29er, it just allows you to put on 27.5 tires. He said he assumes it would be less comfortable.
There was a rubber ring around the shocks. He told me to ride it hard on the track a few times and then bring it back in. They could then adjust the air pressure to make it better for my riding style. Would that compromise for more suspension? Would it make the ride stiffer?
By the way, the guy said he went to school for working with bikes. I don’t know how much that really means for credibility.
It’s kind of funny you leave the comment about the knee guards today. I was out tonight and got in a small wreck and have a scratched up knee because of it. Haha!
I totally agree with you with the pack. I purchased a Deuter Race X Air for hiking, but it’s working nicely for biking as well. I love the airflow I get on my back while still having the water, storage, and some protection!
I just ordered Crank Brothers Mallet 3 MBT Pedals, Pearl Izumi X-Project 3.0 MTB Shoes, and some Nashbar Stealth 2 Baggy Shorts. I bought some Bontrager full-fingered gloves and used them tonight. I loved that I didn’t have to put nearly as much focus on my hands slipping!
I’ve seen the knee guards and the the shin/knee guards, and the shin ones always seem to be kind of bulky. I’ll have to look into that some more while I save for my next purchase.
What kind of riding do you do fishboy?
It’s awesome that you’re not letting the challenge beat you! Although, even though I’m an adrenaline junky, I would probably back off a little bit if I got hurt that bad.
That’s a good idea to put everything in my hydration pack. I have a small trek pouch on the back of my bike right now, but I’ve worried about breaking it off or it hurting me in a wreck. I have a decent size back pack with a 1.5L water pack, but I’m not sure if all of that will fit into it.
Would a pump that straps onto your top tube be more of a nuisance?
I also have thick bontrager tubes and tires, so my fingers are crossed that they can hold up against the stuff I’m starting with!
Thanks for getting at me with your experiences and opinions everyone! Those equipment sites you’ve provided are really nice to have so I can compare brands, styles, and prices! I actually have all of them open right now trying to find the right place to buy from… haha!
I’m hearing a lot of, “it’s up to you” when it comes to pant styles, but it seems like almost everyone prefers the baggy shorts…haha. I guess I’ll give those a try.
I think I’m going to follow the padding idea since I’m trying to get into the more advanced stuff as quickly as possible.
Any suggestions with that area of equipment?
Are the crashes usually part of the fun?
People I know are calling me crazy, but I’m loving it when I’m get into a crash! I see it as a marks to show off while telling the story and a new challenge to overcome.