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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    great thanks!

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    This is really great! So much information I had no clue about. I must admit to having never maintained my bikes before. I will definitely be referencing this again and again. Thank you for the invaluable links!

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    anyone give me a newbie guide to adjusting my hydrolic brakes tighten,loosen etc

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    Great Thanks

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    thank you very helpfull

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    Being new into mtb this really helps understand a little better on what to do. Thanks

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    Thanks for this wonderful guide

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    This guide is great, thanks a lot
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    should have read this first!

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    HelloI wash my bike every 3 outputs, do not use the pressure washerimportantalways cleanse the chain and lasts much longer is

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    Very impressively detailed. Thank you so much!

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    Just posting to post so I can start a new thread...sorry for the inconvenience!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madloo08 View Post
    hi i have tektro draco brakes on giant revel 1..can any1 help me the front disc makes a slight grinding noise when it turns how do i fix this??...
    It means one or both of the pads are dragging on the disk.
    get it where you can look thru the disc brake
    make sure the moveable pad has clearance when relaxed
    make sure the adjustable pad has clearance
    about the thickness of a credit card should do it
    Gravity ... is a harsh mistress

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    Great guide, thanks
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    Thanks

    Very helpful thanks

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    Terrific, thanks

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    Very nice

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    Great guide

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    Thanks, awesome thread

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    I didn't even know that there is so much work to do. :-)

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    this must be the place for Newb's like me to post stupid things like "nice post"! so they can get their numbers up to make a meaningful post!!

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    I need to start maintaining my bike better, very helpful

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    This will be an excellent for a noob like myself!

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    great guide really helped me alot

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    Thanks for the guide - some useful tips

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