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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    very nice article. thanks a lot

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    thanks, useful information.

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    Great info

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    Thanks for all the good info!!!

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    cool...

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    Thanks for the great guide!

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    I really hate cleaning chains. specially when i am just get back off the road.

    Thanks for the link!

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    Thank you for the very valuable information. As a new rider finding it to be as addicting as running used to be for me the info you provide is helping me understand the questions I've had.
    Looking forward to completing the reading now that I have a reference to help me through maintaining my bike..

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    Where is the attachment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kylesmith025 View Post
    Where is the attachment?
    Kyle go to the first post in this thread. In the writing of the post there is " this link"...click on that it'll take you to the attachment.

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    Sorry my mistake. I thought Joan454 was suppose to share photos. He was referring to the "this link"

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    A must for every rider is a park tool chain cleaner

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    Very informative for a newb like myself. Thanks

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    Thanks for doing this. I'm a roadie that does all my own wrenching, and just got my first MTB. Very helpful.

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    Wicked, will use when my bike arrives!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 996freak View Post
    A must for every rider is a park tool chain cleaner
    Most definitely a must have. Another good to have tool is a work stand, but as an alternative you can use an Inexpensive Bike Hook from Lowes - mount hook someone where you can work on the bike.

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    Great guide thanks for taking the time to write it!

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    Im so glad i found this forum . Thanks

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    This is definitely the 5th post thread
    good info!

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    very good info, thanks

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    That was a good rear for some good info. Thanks
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    Awesome.

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    Very helpful.

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    sweet

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    lots of info thanks

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