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The idea that beginners need beginner bikes is just wrong. Nubies need good capable bikes not some old FS bike from the early 00's or even hardtails. As your skills get better you can "graduate" to a lesser bike or HT or even rigid but not the other way around. An the idea of beginners needing to learn on hardtails is just plain wrong - yes we did it in the old days but it don't make it right.
The idea of swapping bikes is a good one. I would never expect my missus to ride a bike that is less capable or worse than mine.
It leads to another topic of discussion - Teaching your Kids to Ride Off Road... Thoughts on this one would be appreciated (or even an article).
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