1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    1st ride in over 12 years, wont be the last

    I finally got out for a quick ride tonight. I have been stairing at the bike since I got her back from the LBS who was going over it after sitting in the atic for 12 years. I am looking to get back in shape and with a newborn in the house that is a good enough reason by itself.

    I just rode on some pea gravel walking trails. I rode for 23 minutes, 3.75 miles at a pace of 10.00 mph.

    I am not too sore but the knees are a little stiff. I need to get a hydro pack to not have to try and get a bottle in and out and also a place to hold some gear and ID.

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    Camelbak rogue has been awesome for me. Tube, multi tool, small pump, keys, phone and wallet all fit great.

    I am a new rider and have slowly been pushing my rides out longer and harder, it gets easier every day.

    Keep getting out there!

    Jay

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    Should I ride every day after my first our should I do every other for a week or 2 to get back into things, my knees feel a little soft and wobbly today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scribble79 View Post
    Should I ride every day after my first our should I do every other for a week or 2 to get back into things, my knees feel a little soft and wobbly today.
    Hard to say, I'd give it a shot to see how you feel but your body does need rest to allow the muscles to recover and rebuild.
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    I agree, Let the legs rest a bit.

    It does not take long for them to be ready to ride quite often.

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    As a REAL new Mtn rider as well, I can say the most crucial part of getting into riding shape so far for me has been a clutch water pack... I've got a 2.5L camelback, but only fits into my big ass back-pack. Need to pick up a smaller/more compact bag so I don't always have that huge thing weighing be down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scribble79 View Post
    I finally got out for a quick ride tonight. I have been stairing at the bike since I got her back from the LBS who was going over it after sitting in the atic for 12 years. I am looking to get back in shape and with a newborn in the house that is a good enough reason by itself.

    I just rode on some pea gravel walking trails. I rode for 23 minutes, 3.75 miles at a pace of 10.00 mph.

    I am not too sore but the knees are a little stiff. I need to get a hydro pack to not have to try and get a bottle in and out and also a place to hold some gear and ID.

    Sent from my ASUS Transformer Pad TF300T using Tapatalk 2
    Great!

    I took about 7 year off from biking and just started up again last October. It is just as fun as it ever was and it is great getting back in to biking shape.

    As for getting back into biking shape. I don't have any good advice other than to develop a routine. Every other day maybe good to start with. At lot depends on how far out of shape you are now and where you want to get to. Plust how much time you have to ride. There is always someone in better shape some where.
    Joe
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    Welcome back to the cycling world, I am in your position and plan to hit the pavement rolling. cant wait to hit some great trails with my bro

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