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Old 09-14-2018, 06:03 PM   #1
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New potential biker

I don't have a mountain (or any other type of) bike, but I'm thinking of getting one as a mode of transportation. It would be primarily used for riding around town (Elizabethtown) or perhaps to Westport to the Amtrak depot, but I need to be able to go up (and down) my rather steep driveway. It's maximum grade is 12% and it is gravel. What kind of bike should I try out first?
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:18 PM   #2
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TREK BIKES Roscoe 7, Roscoe 8, and Farley 5
Which one all depends on your price point.
They have wide 27.5 inch wheels which are wide enough to ride in any gravel, some snow, plenty of mud and are fine on the road.
The very wide tire bikes are special purpose snow bikes and are heavy.
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Old 09-14-2018, 10:23 PM   #3
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My trek Farley, $2000 price point, is outfitted for mountain bike touring, rail-trail touring or way off road tripping out West where the trees are far apart with little on no brush.( I just use bags on the back and travel light)
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:37 AM   #4
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Bike & tire selection

The surface you ride on i.e. rough trail, hardpacked dirt or stone, or paved should dictate whether you pick mtn bike (typ 2"+ tire width), "hybrid" 1"+ or skinny road bike.

The gearing range from high to low will help meet or limit your speed/climbing needs. You can always walk up really steep sections.

If you have a variety of surfaces, trend toward wider tires. You really don't need knobby tires unless lots of time on loose terrain. Higher tire air pressure helps reduce rolling resistance at the expense of some comfort and possibly reduced traction if loose.

For mtn bike, check 27.5" or even 29" diameter (vs. 26). Front suspension on MTB more than enough unless you plan or challenging single track.

Forget a fat bike unless primarily riding in snow or sand.
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Old 09-15-2018, 08:25 AM   #5
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I agree with the above comments.
I would also add that you may very well enjoy the wide range of MTB trails that the Elizabethtown/ Ausable Chasm/ Wilmington area offers in addition to the riding you mentioned.
I travel from Saratoga quite regularly through the warm months to enjoy those rides.
There are several bicycle shops in your area that could properly fit you to a bike for your needs.
Getting the right size and set up makes a big difference in the enjoyment of riding. Getting a quality bike also ensures you will want to ride it more than once or twice.
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