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

    Started by SteveUK, 07-21-2006
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  5. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: NOOBS!...read this.

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  10. New question here. Bicycle Center of Gravity - Does it matter?

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  13. Bought new bike, now what?

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  18. Don't know where to start

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  19. Entry Level Drive Train - Problems/Solutions

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  22. fork compatibility

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  28. Headset/BB Maintenance

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  29. hello all

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  34. If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

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  35. New question here. im 28. I wanna start downhilling\freeriding

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  39. mtb shorts?

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  47. New fork install.

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  48. New forks or crankset?

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  51. New Rider

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  52. New saddle suggestions

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  53. New to mtbr, first post

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  55. Noob Buyer's Guide

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