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. Sticky Thread Sticky: Basic Cleaning and Maintenance Guide

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

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  9. Advise needed

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  16. Bike Fit HELP!

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  35. Fezzari, how good is this brand

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  45. Hardrock help

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  49. Help find fender

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  50. Help Identify this bike?

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  51. Help searching for first FS bike

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  52. Help with Diamondback Response XE

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  53. help with picking 29er

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