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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    Ask a guy who just rode his first trail....

    .....anything!

    Go!

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    Was it fun?
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    did you get a flat?

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    What was your post ride beverage?
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.


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    How is it possible to trail blaze 24/7?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikinfoolferlife
    Was it fun?
    yeah real fun at first then i started to get way tired. Today was the most cardio I have done in one day in my entire life (serious)

    did you get a flat?
    luckily no because I had no spares with me......

    What was your post ride beverage?
    a whole lotta water..... I brought 4 liters on the trail with me and drank about 3 before I was done for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tsmosher
    How is it possible to trail blaze 24/7?
    I can sleep when I die! lol

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    No wonder you needed that much hydration, probably pretty warm down your ways by now?
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    What trail did you ride?
    I'm here for the OT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikinfoolferlife
    No wonder you needed that much hydration, probably pretty warm down your ways by now?
    no, it was 78 today

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt1976
    What trail did you ride?
    south mountain desert classic trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazin24/7
    no, it was 78 today
    Thats warm where I come from.

    Do you know how to change a flat?
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    To be the candle, or the mirror that reflects it."
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThePinkBarron
    Thats warm where I come from.

    Do you know how to change a flat?

    Yes lol. I have rode flatland bmx since I was 12.... Here's some ollllld footage from my flatland days:


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    why are you here not out riding?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazin24/7
    no, it was 78 today
    Nice and cool for the 480.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ataylor
    why are you here not out riding?
    It's the eighth day of the week. Duh!

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    why is the sky blue?
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    Where the hell is my shock pump?

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprcivic
    why is the sky blue?

    the blue from the ocean reflects up into the sky

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    Quote Originally Posted by HamfisT
    Where the hell is my shock pump?
    under the front passenger seat of your car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazin24/7
    the blue from the ocean reflects up into the sky
    Then why, when the smog clears, is the sky blue in Phoenix? My dad used to tell me that one, too. Look up Rayleigh scattering...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikinfoolferlife
    Then why, when the smog clears, is the sky blue in Phoenix? My dad used to tell me that one, too. Look up Rayleigh scattering...
    the ocean covers 71% of the earth's surface area. It is easy for such a large body of water to reflect for long distances over such small land surface area ratio.

    edit: phoenix's smog isn't nearly as bad as LA's.... just saying

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    Enough monkey business. Now the serious question: When is your next ride?

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    Who gives a ****?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yurtinus
    Enough monkey business. Now the serious question: When is your next ride?
    I'm not positive yet. rode the bike to the gym today.

    I will probably go to a different trail on the next day where I have a whole day free.

    My tires were pumped to 70 psi when I did the trail yesterday lol. On my flatland bike I had the tires at 110+ so I don't know much about the mtn biking settings. I discovered when I got home that 40 PSI is more than enough. live and learn.

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