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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    Anyone else notice bike prices at Wal Mart and Toys R Us haven't gone up for 15 years

    Has anyone else noticed that bike prices at the big box stores haven't gone up in 15 or 20 years? I just walked through Wal Mart's bike section today for the hell of it.

    Prices are similar or even cheaper than they were 15+ years ago. I remember when I got my pacific from Toys R Us (I was poor) it was 119 dollars. 26 inch 24 speed, NO suspension. Friend of mine got a bike for 160 bucks that actually had front suspension.

    I guess that it's just a result of everything being made in Taiwan or China now. Prices have remained flat on the big box store selections. I thought that was pretty interesting...

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    the bikes haven't changed much in that time either. there's some serious ecomonies of scale going on when you're putting cheap single wall wheels and canti brakes on a hardtail. had to attempt to repair a bike from target the other day that had a big sticker calling attention to cantilever brakes and dual suspension, oh and sram powered but also shimano equipped. sticker on it said it cost $140. i did what i could for $40, and basically told the parents that i did my best but it probably will never work perfectly. nothing about it worked well, nor stayed in adjustment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markf View Post
    the bikes haven't changed much in that time either. there's some serious ecomonies of scale going on when you're putting cheap single wall wheels and canti brakes on a hardtail. had to attempt to repair a bike from target the other day that had a big sticker calling attention to cantilever brakes and dual suspension, oh and sram powered but also shimano equipped. sticker on it said it cost $140. i did what i could for $40, and basically told the parents that i did my best but it probably will never work perfectly. nothing about it worked well, nor stayed in adjustment.
    I wouldn't expect it to work well or stay in adjustment, they're largely not very good bikes...I'm not trying to tell people to buy them, quite the opposite actually.

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    oh i know, just related a story demonstrating how much they suck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markf View Post
    oh i know, just related a story demonstrating how much they suck.
    ahh ok

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    I bet the quality of them sure has gone up though.

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    No, I'd have to enter the store or visit their website(s) to know that.

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    Quality has gone up, and you do get a decent bang for the buck, but only if you buy smart. The problem is, 99.999999999% buyers in there won't buy smart.. they'll get entranced by the flashy stickers.

    My gf found a decent hybrid commuter at Target.. it's held up well through several years. It does it's job.
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