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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  1. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: NOOBS!...read this.

    Started by CHUM, 06-17-2011
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  9. ... and if we just ... NOOB from Miami !

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  11. 1x10 29er convert help.

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  13. Please help an EXTREME NEWB pick out a bike!!!

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  15. What tire pressure do you run?

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  22. My new to me ride.

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  23. $20 Tubless Shrader Valve "Brew" = It Worked

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  29. Total newb here ...

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  41. What did You do today on your mountain bike?

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