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.
mtn. biking 101
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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  20. What did You do today on your mountain bike?

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  23. Another noob question, air pumps

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  37. Good used starter bike?

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  38. We the people ... Manitou or Fox

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  45. Tire size vs. Tube size

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  46. Noob Helmet question

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  47. how old of a bike is to old

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  48. Trek rear rack question

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  49. Fezzari, how good is this brand

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  50. It's all mental

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  51. Trashed crank on my new Trek...

    Started by 307_29er, 2 Weeks Ago
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  52. Parts for an old bike

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  53. New question here. Newbie Tire Pressure Pinch Flat issue

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  54. Transporting Your Bike?

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  55. When is it too much.

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  59. Testing

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  60. Is it worth converting to SS?

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  62. Looking to pick up a new bike

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