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Searching Online For A Mountain Bike

Jun 12, 2008
In order to purchase a good mountain bike online, it's a good idea to know what you're doing. Don't be fooled by appealing advertising and great looking bikes, however. It doesn't matter how good the mountain bike is. If it doesn't fit, you won't enjoy riding it. That means that the first step to buying your mountain bike on the Internet is learning as much as you can about bicycles in general, and what you need out of a bike.

A professional fitting is invaluable to being able to decide what the right bike is. It might cost a bit, but in the end, you'll know what kind of frame size and geometry you need. Any reputable bike store will be willing to offer you a fitting, whether or not you end up purchasing your mountain bike there.

When you've finished with determining the sort of frame and size you need, you'll want to begin looking at mountain bike brands and the variety of features offered. Browse a lot, and learn as much about every kind of bike as you can.

You'll want to settle on the type of material you want in the fame, (aluminum, steel, carbon fiber or titanium being the most common, although steel and aluminum are less costly). You can find much useful information about mountain bike purchases at this discussion about top mountain bikes.

Think about brands that appeal to you. While the ultimate decision may not be based on brand name, it's a good idea to begin evaluation with proved names such as Specialized, Cannondale and Trek. One thing you can be sure of is that a proven brand like Cannondale Mountain Bikes will provide you years of good service.

Online you'll find a number of bike retailers, as well as a wide variety of mountain bikes being offered both by retailers and individuals on eBay. Buying bikes on eBay requires a bit of caution. If you choose to go with eBay, be very careful to make certain that the bike you're buying is the one you want.

Also, remember that many Ebay sellers can make mistakes in measurements, and that your bike might arrive with damage or wear that you weren't expecting. All that said, you can really save money buying through eBay, but look for good shipping and handling costs and an excellent record of seller feedback.

On the other hand, buying from an online bike retailer may prove to be a little safer. It's always important to check up on the online store and make sure that they're reliable, too. Find out about return policies and warranties, if available. So long as you take the time to investigate adequately, shopping for the right mountain bike online does not have to be onerous.
About the Author
Robert Cooksey has created severaL sports related websites, including Bike Products and Cycling, as well as Specialized Mountain Bikes.
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