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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    Appreciate all the good info!

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    Very helpful thanks

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    Sweet, big help.

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    Such a big help for me. I am used to cleaning cars so its a little different

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    Very helpful Thanks!

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    Thank you

    Thank you so much! As a newcomer to mountain biking this information is invaluable. Very well written and accessible.

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    Extremely impressive!

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    Huge help to clueless people like me!

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    Good thing i read this before i washed my bike with peanut butter!
    Short guy on a big bike.

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    very helpful - learning new stuff everyday

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    gaining experience everyday.. thumb up!!

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    really helps me before going on the road... thank in advance!!

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    Thanks for this I have a rear Derailleur to adjust so extremely useful.

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    +1 Great info!

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    Good Stuff

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    Perfect thanks for the thread!

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    thanks for this

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    Thanks for the info.

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    thanks for the tip

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    Quickie, I know this is an old thread.
    I sprayed my bike with Inox (CRC type thing) BEFORE reading this excellent guide.
    Back disc rotor cleaned up great with isopropyl, front still either makes noise or slides with an obvious "ticking".
    Is there something I can do to clean the pads or should I chuck em and get some new ones?

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    Person is allways learning...nice post

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    Good Stuff

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    Tks for the guide!!!

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    Very useful...thx!

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    Thanks!

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