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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    Advice on frame maintenance

    Recently I had a nasty OTB and natural the bike went for a bit of hard crash. Well when I got home I noticed a couple of deep scratches on the tail. Now, at first I didn't think anything of it, but when I felt them and got close up, I realized they were a lot deeper than I thought.

    No cracks though! I gave the frame a thorough examination. I just want to avoid getting a crack in my tail. Any advice on how to fix it?

    Will paint be sufficient? Or, is there a special coating I should invest in? I heard clear nail polish works, is that accurate?

    Here is a pic:

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    There is no repair that would fix the negligible loss of structural stability (if any occured at all). All you can do is

    1) Fix the looks... nail polish works great. Check if you can get the bike color. No kidding sometimes you can get very close. Clear is a good protection of the frame against grit.

    2) Prevent this to happen again... if you ride in a way that this could be the beginning of a regular experience I would recomend to put a wrapper made of an old tube around the tubes of the rear triangle. Add very little weight but protects against scratches.
    "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit." - And I agree.

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