04-18-2010, 01:25 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
My Ride: > your ride
Originally Posted by rohde88
Where do you ride in SoFla? Its pretty flat here, sandy, etc.
My bike got stolen, sad day.
Tips for a new rider:
-Sign up at mtbr.com. There are forums, product reviews, articles, etc. It's a great resource.
-Subscribe to Mountain Bike Action
-Make friends at your best local bike shop and go out on rides with them. Riding with people who are better than you will make you a better rider
-Pick a day or two a week where you and your friends ride.
-Eat and hydrate correctly.
Here's my bike:
I bought the frame used and then used mtbr.com to check reviews on parts I found on eBay. You can save a lot of time, money, and hassle by reading mtbr.com and watching eBay carefully. For example, these are the prices I paid on eBay to customize my frame:
Turner frame - $450 [Came with Marzocchi Roco air shock and Push Tuned Fox coil shock]
Reba - gift
King headset - $60 [not pictured]
Hayes Stroker Carbon - $200
SLX Crankset w/ Race Face chainguide and bash guard [1x9 drivetrain] $130 [not pictured]
KMC X9SL chain - gift
EA70 handlebar - $20
Easton MG60 magnesium stem - $40
Thomson seatpost - gift
Selle Italia Carbonio SLR - $80
XTR M970 rear derailleur - $60
XTR M970 shifter - $65
XT WH-M765 wheels - $170 [not pictured]
Kenda Tomac tires - $30
I've only put about $1100 into it. The gifts were bought on eBay too, and if you add them to the total, it only goes up by $500. The retail on the Turner frame is $1999 alone. If I had paid retail for all that stuff, the bike would have cost me well over $5k.
So, moral of the story: ride, have fun, do your research, and upgrade wisely.
Last edited by 330CK; 04-18-2010 at 01:27 AM.