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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    Thanks again!

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    Good guide, but it should be noted that WD40 and other petro-based lubricants will break down and dissolve most plastics. Not sure if that's an issue here, since the guide suggests that as much of it be removed as possible when done using it, but just something to note.

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    Do you recommend using rubbing alcohol or acetone to clean the bike chain and gears?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firepac
    Do you recommend using rubbing alcohol or acetone to clean the bike chain and gears?
    No, I don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Firepac
    Do you recommend using rubbing alcohol or acetone to clean the bike chain and gears?
    I use it to wipe metal surfaces down. It's not a very effective degreaser, so I end up having to use a lot of it. It's also known to cause rust if left sitting there for too long, and can make plastic parts brittle if used excessively. I'd recommend tri-flow to clean the chain (lube it up, move it around, let it sit for a few minutes, and wipe it off). Tri-flow is an effective degreaser, but also lubricates, making things pretty simple. There are plenty of other ways to clean the chain, it's just what I've found most effective. A lot of people soak their chains in kerosene. I would too, I just don't have any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Firepac
    Do you recommend using rubbing alcohol or acetone to clean the bike chain and gears?
    I believe I have seen people use one of these on road bike rims just before their race. I assume it is to get off all the grease and dirt so the crappy cx breaks will work a bit better.

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    New question here. So heres a stupid newbie question?

    So I have been riding most of my life but I've never bought a new bike. I was wondering if I bought a new bike online would it come pre oiled/greased? Or would i have to do it myself?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DiscGolfDan
    So I have been riding most of my life but I've never bought a new bike. I was wondering if I bought a new bike online would it come pre oiled/greased? Or would i have to do it myself?
    Bikes would generally come from the manufacturer pre olied and greased but always a good idea to check, and apply some your self www.chain-l.com is one of the best chain oils on the market at present.'
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    My rear wheel doesn't click when I'm coasting and doesn't spin very freely...

    Do I just need to clean my cassette and freewheel assembly?

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    About how often should cleaning be done?

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    Thanks alot Steve, now that you have provided such a great guide on how to clean/maint. a bike I have no excuse to not do it now.

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    You know how some older bikes have those rubber covers over the fork shocks, is it safe to take those off without getting it clogged with dirt or mud?

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    thanks

    thanks this is great!
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    Wow! What a piece of work!!!

    I just went shopping for "very important stuff" to keep my ride smooth and clean...Shhhhh hold on....yes it's work related dear.

    Anyhow, thanx for all the info and the trouble you just got me into

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    Great job on the maintenance guide,

    I'm sure It will help many people including me.

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    Very nice, Thank you for the article.

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    Awesome guide...thanks man!

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    nice tips. thanks man

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    Thank you!

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    Thanks for the detailed guide! It is extremely helpful!

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    Nice

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    thanks!!!

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    sweeet

    This is awesome... these tips are very useful! Thanks!!

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    This helped me a lot. Thanks.

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    thanks!

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