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1. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

Any of you guys know anything bout mountain biking?? Im thinking of buying a new MTB!

Also wanna know have any of you guys taken your bike on your travels? can it be taken on the plane and how much extra would it be? The reason being - if i spend a small fortune on a good MT bike i'd love to take it wi me on my travels! would make those journeys round towns/cities/countryside much more easier!

Any web links to bike sites would be appreciated! I know duff all bout mountain biking!

eddy

2. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

some airlines would take a bike free - speak beforehand.

get international insurance - expensive equipment can be targeted by thieves

myself I would rather buy a cheap bike (below 100 pounds) in my destination country and sell it on my return

3. Posted by dpd (Full Member 138 posts) 11y

I dont know about travelling with it but if you want value for money as in a really good bike with great equipment. Go into the shops and decide what you would really like then look at the cycling magazine's and websites for secondhand.

4. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I used to be a serious mountain biker...usually a hundred miles a day:)
I swear by Gary Fisher, but knowing as many bikers as I do, we ALL swear by our bikes. Trek is good too. Depends on how much you want to spend to start out with. I love mine because I am small and not particularly strong...but I can easily lift my bike with one hand. AND it is TOUGH too! dpd is correct about bying it much cheaper second hand. But when you do that, you forfit any warrenty, or maintanance they would have done. (If you do serious biking, you will need frequent maintanance!) Here are a few links. Oh, I almost forgot...in the US you are allowed two checked bag...a bike counts as one, there are no freebies here:()

http://www.mountainbike.com
http://www.mtbr.com/
Had to throw this in...since they are my favorite;)
http://www.fisherbikes.com/index.asp
One man's guide to biking in Ireland:)
http://peterjordan.castlebar.ie/mountainbike.html

Good luck! And becareful...it is very, VERY addicting;)

5. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

I would like to think of myself as an extremely experienced mountain biker.
I happened to build my bike myself settign it to the exact specifcations that I wanted. I felt that was the best for me, although it adds up to be more expensive than a package deal, so for you for first time I would advise that.

I am also a member of another forum called Mountain Bike UK, like the magazine, they have their own forum and people are there that know the ins and outs of flippin millimetres of a bottom bracket and all this crazy stuff. Log on to that and post a question, or try buying the magazine, its quality.

www.mbuk.com/forum

They will sort you out a treat. Sorry Cupcake but my favourite has to be Cannondale or Kona! Depends on what riding you do i guess!

Tarik

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Quoting Kingwindle

Sorry Cupcake but my favourite has to be Cannondale or Kona! Depends on what riding you do i guess!

Tarik

;) I hear ya Tarik! Every biker swears by their brand! Your 100% correct, it depends on what you want to do with it. But there is nothing else like it in the world:)

7. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

Cupcake, if you are that into biking, I suggest you get yourself into La Paz, and with Gravity Assisted Mountain Biking, you do the worlds most dangerous road. It is the best ride I have ever done, 64km down hill, 15 on tarmac (sounds boring but you can absolutely cane it as fast as poss on 2.5 tioga tyres road dodgy bends) then you start the rest on this road. As there are literally drops of 1km off the side, you cannot imagine it till you see it, it is the biggest biking rush when it is so dangerous and you are hitting it as hard as you can on a brand new Kona Stinky de-lux, kited out. $65 US, for the best activity I have ever done in my life.
If anyone else is reading this, and Cupcake will agree with me, 1) do not cut corners and go with a diff company, their bikes are no-where near as good,having a good bike helps so much, the Kona is about $4000 US, 2)keep to your limits as he showed us the graves of where people have fallen off biking and died.

However dodge it sounds, please do it as it rules. Absolutely rules.

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Sounds AWESOME!!! I have done some dodgy riding at Gate's Pass in Arizona...but the cars freaked me out more than the drop down the mountain. No ONE was watching the road! They were all trying to take in the view! I thought for sure I was a goner:(
I don't agree with buying the best bike at first...I would start with something a little cheaper...then if you find you LOVE it! Upgrade;)
I have known a few people who 'jumped on the biking bandwagon' and didn't last a month...I think I must get what they call the runners high. You ache, and your heart is racing...then you get a second wind...and feel like you could just keep on going forever! Nothing like it!

9. Posted by tanjian (Budding Member 27 posts) 11y

I will be taking a bike to Europe. First time doing this.

According to the rules on the flight.

I have to:

1)Put the bike in an oversized plastic bag.
2)Tilt my handlebars flat, and take off my pedals.

No problem. But now I need to take bolt keys and a wrench with the baggage.

Anyone ever done this? I'd appreciate a little help. Can you tell me about the experience... what you had to do with the bike... did the bike come off with the baggage or do you pick it up at a special place?

Its true every rider will swear by their bike. I think its because we do so much customization, we spend so much time with the bike, it gets hard not to become attached to it.

I personally wouldn't mind a Motobecane Fly Pro (19 pounds of pure speed), or the squishy version (but at 24 pounds), or a Trek Fuel 100, or the old Schwinn Team moabs. I'm a bit of a "weight weenie" when it comes to mountain bikes. But no matter the opinion, I'm just happy to see other people who are passionate about our little two wheel flying machines! Its the not the machine under us, but the wee weeeeeeee feelings it catalyzes... its the extra calories garnered from inhaling flies... its the sore saddle butt stories that connects us all.

10. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 11y

I met two Iranian guys that had been travelling on their bikes for 3 years, they were lovely and had loads of stories, the great thing about bikes is you don't depend on anything!
It's totally do-able, just for heavens sake buy a decent lock!!!
I think it;s a fabulous way to travel! (although I wouldn't mind a motorised one either;) )
m

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