Becoming a Mountain Biker
4. Where to buy a bike?
There are two basic options, when buying a bike. You
can choose a brand new bike or a second hand one. But if
you don't have a good friend, who knows something about
mountain bikes, then I strongly advise you to avoid second
hand bikes. Since there are usually just few bikes in
good condition on the market and there are plenty of
components on a mountain bike that a beginner can't tell
the condition they are in.
The offer of new bikes is immense and so is the
number of stores, which could be perfect or maybe just
frustrating. The best you can do is to buy the bike at
your local bike store, since they can give you
the right support you'll need as a beginner. There are
number of things that can usually go wrong or at least
you think that something is wrong. So it is wise to have
the guy that sold you the bike as close as possible. And
I think I don't have to tell you that you shouldn't buy
your new bike at a department store or your local
supermarket. Of course it is possible that you find a
good deal, but usually the bikes sold there are not
something you can use for serious off-road riding. So,
buy your first mountain bike at your local bike store!
Later on, when you know what you need and what you want,
you can afford to get good buys on-line and use mail
order as well.