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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    Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitzikatzi View Post
    The correct number of bikes to own is N + 1 where N = the current number of bikes you own. So you always need one more bike.
    But is the relationship linear or exponential? Is there an upper bound to the number of bikes? We could have 3 raised to the N+1, necessitating 3 bikes, plus an infinite number of additional bikes...

    With components, I can see something "nested":

    Given any one component, the related components would also require some sort of consideration: Buy a new hub, so do we buy a new wheel? Spokes? If the hub won't match the fork, we need a new fork, spacers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    Not bad advice...true statement.
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
    I have one on my RH..."pogo stick made out of damp cardboard" is a better title...the thing flexes back under my bike a good half-inch if I lean on the front brakes at speed

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    Thanks. You should buy at least one new bike to balance out my non-purchases. And you should buy one from Pricepoint just to see if your suspicions about mail order bikes are true!
    Actually I got two new-to-me bikes several months ago - I broke my old commuter last December and decided it wasn't worth trying to save any of the parts, so I got mid-2000s Trek Portland from a friend of mine. Kickass commuter, disc brakes are awesome for that job here in the Pacific Northwet, but it's not titanium, and so he didn't feel like he needed to keep it anymore.

    The other is a track bike I bought around March. I got it from a woman who bought it to race and didn't find it really clicked with her - so low miles, kept inside, not thrashed around on the road by hipsters, and with the right geometry for what I wanted it for. Which was also racing. Track racing is lots of fun, btw.

    I'm telling myself that I'm not getting any really expensive bike stuff until I pay for my degree, though. I had a look at how much I owe, how long the Feds think I'll take to pay them back, and how much of that will be interest. Terrifying! But it's refreshingly responsive to paying faster. The compound interest formula is double-edged... So I dunno, I might get a shiny new fork with more knobs to play with instead of a whole new bike as my "first paycheck" present, and save the bike until I've paid down the loans.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    But is the relationship linear or exponential? Is there an upper bound to the number of bikes? We could have 3 raised to the N+1, necessitating 3 bikes, plus an infinite number of additional bikes...

    With components, I can see something "nested":

    Given any one component, the related components would also require some sort of consideration: Buy a new hub, so do we buy a new wheel? Spokes? If the hub won't match the fork, we need a new fork, spacers...
    In what world is N+1 non-linear? I believe the standard acceptable version says that the minimum number of bikes to own is 3 with no maximum.
    Don't you hate it when a sentence doesn't end the way you think it octopus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    I have one on my RH..."pogo stick made out of damp cardboard" is a better title...the thing flexes back under my bike a good half-inch if I lean on the front brakes at speed
    No, YOU don't understand. You're making an ass of yourself for all of eternity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    I have one on my RH..."pogo stick made out of damp cardboard" is a better title...the thing flexes back under my bike a good half-inch if I lean on the front brakes at speed
    Pics or it didn't happen!
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    i think i may have to stitch all these together and make it my wallpaper..
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    26 er's are old school ,29er are clown wheels you need a 650b.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
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    Last edited by TiGeo; 12-13-2012 at 04:22 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wmac View Post
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    ahhahahahahahaah
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    What about something about developing a relationship with your LBS vs. buying from Bikesdirect? I am sure the Cat can think of something!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wschruba View Post
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    You can probably do some damage with this blog post from Surly:

    Blog | Surly Bikes

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    You can probably do some damage with this blog post from Surly:

    Blog | Surly Bikes

    Woops, sorry. Duplicate post. I hope the bad advice cat doesn't beat me up for that!
    Last edited by getagrip; 12-13-2012 at 08:08 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getagrip View Post
    You can probably do some damage with this blog post from Surly:

    Blog | Surly Bikes
    But that's honest and sincere advice. Something BAC wouldn't abide by.
    Don't you hate it when a sentence doesn't end the way you think it octopus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CSC View Post
    Not bad advice...true statement.
    Doerfling managed to survived Redbull Rampage on a Suntour fork.

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    This is a great idea! I love it!
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    "Don't forget to grease your shifter cables."
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    Doerfling managed to survived Redbull Rampage on a Suntour fork.
    True, but his fork costs more then what a can of redbull does, lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    Doerfling managed to survived Redbull Rampage on a Suntour fork.
    He gets a new fork every event. Longevity isn't a problem.
    "I love the bike. It's my meditation. I think I'm bike-sexual." -Robin Williams

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    [edit] Stupid double post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malibu412 View Post
    He gets a new fork every event. Longevity isn't a problem.
    I agree that it probably isn't, but that wasn't the complaint here. It was about their forks being lethal pogo sticks.
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