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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    Another new to mtbr got my first bike thread!

    Long time lurker first time posting. After following the advice of many on this forum I found a nice used bike to get me started. Hopefully it's not too old to be useful. I found a mint condition 2001 trek 6700 with disc brakes for 320. Bike also came with spare set of road tires, 2 water bottle brackets, topeak mini blaster. The seller threw in a set of clip pedals and specialized shoes that happened to be my size. Bike was wasting away in their garage. What do I have to do to get started? Should I take the bike to LBS for a tuneup? Do it myself? Or just get out and ride? Probably should buy a helmet too! How did I do?
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    Definitely get a helmet. Get one while you take the bike in to an lbs for a check/tune up. Even if you're mechanically inclined you can probably learn a little from taking into the shop. It will also give you a chance to start a relationship with them or see if you want to.
    Either way, get out and ride! Have fun!

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    nothing wrong with an older used bike... I bought a trashed 97 specialized rockhopper at a garage sale for $5 and rebuilt it..... tune/helmet then ride

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    A tuneup's not a bad idea. But you might get away with just airing up the tires and going.

    Sometimes tires that have been sitting that long will have dried out and degraded. If they're not coming away in chunks, though, you're probably okay.

    Are the brakes working right?

    Good luck!
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwilliams View Post
    Long time lurker first time posting. After following the advice of many on this forum I found a nice used bike to get me started. Hopefully it's not too old to be useful. I found a mint condition 2001 trek 6700 with disc brakes for 320. Bike also came with spare set of road tires, 2 water bottle brackets, topeak mini blaster. The seller threw in a set of clip pedals and specialized shoes that happened to be my size. Bike was wasting away in their garage. What do I have to do to get started? Should I take the bike to LBS for a tuneup? Do it myself? Or just get out and ride? Probably should buy a helmet too! How did I do? Will post a pic soon!
    Seems like you got a sweet deal here with lots of extras. Take it to your LBS for a tuneup, get a nice helmet and start riding!

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    Pic posted!
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    Bike is running GREAT on pavement.... Haven't had a chance to take it to a trail yet, looking forward to that Sunday. One issue I've notice is that the thumb shifter for the front derailleur is sticking down. I read that using lube in the shifter itself or possibly replacing the cable and housing could be the fix. Also as far as a tuneup goes, I also bought my wife a bike this week so I would have someone to ride with. Her bike was also found on CL. A 2009 Gary Fisher Marlin GS. The previous owner of that bike road that thing til these wheels wanted to fall off. Her's probably is in much more need of a LBS tuneup than mine (Previous owner did her own maintenance). A few issues with hers is a constant clicking in the rear derailleur in a specific gear. Chain was rubbing, which I fixed with youtube help. And I noticed today that her front derailleur crank has some teeth chipped shorter than others. All in all, I'm very happy with both these purchases, excited to get out and try some easy trails. Any advice is much appreciated!

    Thanks again!

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    Lube in the shifter. WD-40, followed by something heavier, like Tri-Flow, after you've given the WD-40 a little time to evaporate. People talk about blowing out with compressed air, too, but until recently that's not something I've had access to.

    Don't worry about chipped teeth on the crank on your wife's bike unless there's a problem associated with one. Some are there by design, and a surprising number of chainring teeth can have damage before it becomes a problem.
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