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First of all, mountain bike riding is a great thing for a couple to get into. A great entry level bike for around $350 is a Giant Revel. It is considered an entry level bike because it doesn't have disk brakes and only has front suspension, which is all you will need for your kind of riding. I started out with this bike and had no problems with beginner ...


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I worked with someone who was a bike designer at cannondale a few years ago. He had told me the frames were designed to be cycle loaded 1,000,000 times before failure. So that means the frame could be loaded to the full design stress one million times before failure. Also welding a cracked frame is a VERY bad idea. The aluminum is heat treated. Welding it ...


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First of all, why do you want a mountain bike?: The nearby nature includes mostly 4X4 paths, sometime narrower but in general in such a paved manner. This is definitely not what a mountain bike is for: They are intended for serious trail use, i.e. broken paths with lots of obstacles/debris. Given what you're describing and your beginning riding ...


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It's no myth that decent 700s are hard to come by. I'm in Huaraz, Peru trying to find a wider tire for my Fargo to get off pavement. There are no Schwalbes to be found anywhere in this country. Mail order is unreliable as customs may or may NOT impose an incredibly high import tax. OR they might just not release a mail order for months. Geometry, cycle ...


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150 miles isn't all that far, but if I had five people, I'd bring a chain whip, spanner and cassette removal tool, some spoke wrenches (in the right sizes for everyone's spoke nipples) and spokes in various sizes (again, matching the mixture of bikes). If someone who has rim brakes pops a spoke, the rest of the trip won't be as much fun for them. Spokes tend ...


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There's so much more you need to consider than simple bike breakdowns. I don't know how remote this track is, but assume worst case you meet noone on the entire ride. So you need to carry: Food and water for your segment, plus enough spare for an overnight. Sunblock and rain coats and warm clothes. Sunhat each. Change of clothes - biking in wet is no ...


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You're not going deep into the back country, and at worst, if a bike broke, you could get back to a safe place after a half-day of gentle hiking. You have everything covered. Have fun.


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After a very lengthy period of research, I came across what seems to be the only two proper purpose-built luggage racks for road bikes without eyelets which are not light-duty "seatpost racks" (at least on the part of the Web which is in the languages I understand): Streamliner Road DLX from Axiom Cycling Gear Pros Looks very sturdy: It's even made of ...



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