I’ve been scouring the interwebs looking for a decent enough first mountain bike to get out and ride the neighborhood and the trails with. Experienced rider but a novice in regards to ACTUAL trail riding.
Anyway, I was looking for disc brakes, hardtail, threadless headset, quick release wheels, etc. The basics of an entry level bike.
I found a used 2013 Trek 3700 Disc. Decent shape. All the features I needed. I’ll be honest, I paid $250. I knew it would move quick and was the only thing I was finding in my budget that checked all my boxes. I jumped on it! More than blue book, but in my budget and in my experience, a good brand and quality bike. I wasn’t sure what to look for in terms of wear and maintenance, but it rode well, shifted, braked, etc.
It’s currently at my local bike shop for a tune up. The tech said it’s in good shape, the bottom bracket could be replaced next year, chain and drivechain show wear but have life left, but after a wheel truing (also a fixed broken rear spoke that I missed/didn’t know to look for) and derailleur adjustment, it should ride nice and get me out there.
That said, I’m in it for about $350 now (including the tune up price and spoke fix). A new bike with similar features could be had from $400-500 it seems, so, the buyers remorse is creeping up behind me; did I make the wrong decision to buy used and fix up? I do it with guitars all the time, but I’m new to bikes. Shoot me straight (also read as: EASE MY MIND!)
One reason I’m not so worried, is I plan to ride it hard, and in the process learn what kind of rider I am. In turn, I will know what kind of bike will suit me in the years to come when it comes time to upgrade.
Erik, you’re overthinking it. The Trek met your specs and was within you’re price range. Your validation came when you’re LBS told you the bike was in good shape. Simple as that. As you stated yourself, you don’t know what you’ll ultimately want/need until you put some trail miles in. Go out and ride and spend your time looking forward and not back… it’s much more enjoyable – and safer – that way. 😉
rmap01, I think you’re right. I might have needed to type that out and hear an outside response to clarify. I overthink often, and being new to the sport, I appreciate your take on it. I’m excited to get it back and start this journey rolling!
Yeah, you are waaay over thinking this. Relax and ride the snot out of the bike.
…the real trouble will start once you become addicted to the sport and end up spending 10-20 times that amount on a bike…..and then you find yourself with 4,5,6, 8 bikes in your garage and your friends and family start to look at you funny and ask “what are those weird marks on your face?”, oh wait, they’re tan lines from your bike helmet straps. ….heh, heh, heh. ;- )
First road bike Japanese Campana 1970=$125 First MTB Raleigh M80 $600, 2nd Giant XTC $2200, Third Turner Burner $3100, Fourth Turner Flux $2650. Fourth is over $2000 below retail but not spec’d the same.
I concur, you are worrying too much. Go ride man! Do yourself a favor, make a list of every trail within 150 miles and make it a mission to ride all of them. That’ll give you something more fun to focus on.
@anecroft, I don’t want to be insensitive to you, like Pelosi was to the American people, but $350 is truly peanuts for mountain biking. Those $350 are sunk costs now; just get out there and start riding. Enjoy the ride, beat the thing to death, and start saving your money, so you buy a really sweet bike later after you have learned a bit more about your long-term mtb needs and desires. I started riding at $1300 and got a frame that was waaaaay too small for me, but it still got me on the trail, learning, and falling in love with mountain biking. I ultimately gave the bike to my daughter-in-law as a gift, so it was money well spent. I’m more than certain that you will get your $350 worth out of the bike, and you can find more and more “value” for the bike as time goes by, like giving it to a friend or keeping it as a second bike and helping others get into mountain biking through it.
Don’t think of it as $350 sunk into a bike. Think of it as a $350 investment in your physical and mental health. I can just about guarantee that once you’ve had a few fun trail rides on that bike, you will not be thinking about the money you spent.
@charding, “sunk costs” is a technical term in economics related to investment costs. It is not a negative though the terminology may sound like it. In simple terms, you have made the payment, so there is no turning back. You cannot really recovery those costs. So now go get all the benefits you can out of that investment … … as you have eluded to with your comment about mental and physical health and fun on the trail.