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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  1. Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

    Started by mfranklin01, 06-20-2007
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  3. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: NOOBS!...read this.

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  4. Listen! Sticky Thread Sticky: Mountain Biking Skills Videos

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  5. Sticky Thread Sticky: MTBR Glossary

    Started by David C, 08-12-2011
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  1. If you want to upgrade your Suntour fork

    Started by wmac, 12-27-2012
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  2. stem length: Please educate me?

    Started by flynbryan19, 03-05-2012
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  3. Noob Guide to Geometry, Bike Fit and Handling

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  4. I must be simply stupid

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  5. I'm not anti 29er but...

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  6. Dawes Haymaker 1500

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  7. Advice for my fellow noobs after my first year.....

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  10. Roadie Transitioning to dirt

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  11. "better-than-entry-level" MTB for wife

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  12. Buying bike. Aluminum or carbon

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  13. New question here. 1st MB! Advice for under $500?

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  14. multi-tool suggestion

    Started by sanjayc, 01-08-2015
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  15. New Bike Help Please?

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  16. The proper gear/shifting gears

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  17. Noob looking for buying advice

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  18. Alivio to Deore Crank

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  19. Cool-blue Rhythm Disc brake scrape on new bike

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  20. New question here. First trail bike

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  21. Looking to get another bike

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  22. Question - FR or DH bike

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  25. Very Short Inseam

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  27. Riding position articles?

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  28. Bought my first bike last night

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  29. Winter Maintenance Sticker shock

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  31. Project Yard Sale..

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  36. New question here. New to bike maintenance

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