What make/brand is this bike marked "Challenger" and "Resistance"?
I'm trying to find what kind of brand/make my bike is so I can find more information about it. It might help me determine if I should buy a new bike.
All I can tell from looking around my bike are the words 'Challenger' and 'Resistance'. It's a hand-me-down mountain bike, I haven't got a manual or receipt for the bike so I suspect there must be some way of finding out otherwise.
I've searched for 'Challenger Resistance' on the web and the best result I received was from an auction on eBay of an identical bike. Here's what my bike looks like:
I'd like to know how to identify bikes. I think that would be more valuable then If someone told me what brand I have.
Check out the bottom of the frame, near the bottom bracket. Should be a serial number there.
@MiroslavVitkov and do what with it? The serial number on a bike is not like a VIN on a car that is unique and tracked. A bike serial number might mean something if you know the manufacturer, but you can't get the manufacturer from a serial number.
The usual method of identifying a bike is what you've done.
The brand and model are usually part of the decals on the frame.
My bike, for example, says Scott on the downtube, and CR1 Pro on the toptube near the headset.
It is Swiss made, and the model stands for comfort road 1, and Pro tells you what parts were on it originally.
If there are no decals, an experienced mechanic or shop owner can usually identify most common frames.
Your bike is very basic, at best, and most people would not consider it safe for use on off road trails. I would recommend looking for a shop quality mountain bike. You will enjoy riding more, and that is what it's all about. Feel free to ask if you need more information.
About your last paragraph, I use this bike mainly on gravel/pavement cycle paths. I've never had any problems with it, which is why I use it. I am considering buying a new bike though.
I suggested a new bike because I've been where you are. My first non-kid bike that i bought, was a bike very similar to what you have there. It lasted me only a few months, but I was trying to ride it offroad. In the process of that I hooked up with some guys who worked at a local bike shop, and one of them loaned be an old spare bike he had replaced. That bike wasn't good enough for him to be willing to ride it anymore, but it was light years better than what I had. I'm not telling you what bike is best for you. That's between you, your wallet, and your LBS. I am saying if that's the only...
...bike you've ridden, you don't know what you're missing. I don't want to come off as condescending. We all start somewhere. But I consider myself a bit of a cycling missionary, and you will be more likely to ride more, and enjoy it more with a better quality machine supporting you. That's all. And FTR, if you hadn't mentioned looking at a new bike in your post, I probably wouldn't have said as much as I did about that.
I think the major reason a lot of people don't ride is that their bike is terribly uncomfortable, doesn't work well, or is just plain terrible. Getting a better bike is aways a good investment, it doesn't even have to be one that's particularly expensive.