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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    maintenance is very important..

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    awesome guide ! a thousand "thank you"s

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    Appealing information you have provided. It gained me more knowledge and idea. Please keep up the good because i like the way you are writing. Thanks!

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    zzz

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    Good info in there, thanks.

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    great info, i need to buy me some tools and repack both hubs with new grease.

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    Very helpful! Thanks for the guide!!!

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    Definitely some great tips!
    Dude, I'm bleeding, where's the duct tape?

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    Always try to work on your own bike!

    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Enggasser View Post
    Definitely some great tips!
    I agree!! Amazing guide!

    I want to make a case for working on your own bike.


    I jotted down some reasons in a recent blog article, you can find it here if you feel like an informational laugh.


    Keep the rubber side down! Cheers!

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    Thanks too

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    Great tips for beginners!

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    Awesome guide. As a newbie to the mtb world this has made bike tune ups a lot less intimidating. Im glad i stumbled across this before caving to the lbs for help. Thanks for the time and effort spent.

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