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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    Awesome guide!!

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    great info!

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    Great information in here!

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    Thanks for the info.

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    This thread has been a great resource for a newb like me. Thanks for all the advice.

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    great stuff

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    good read.

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    I really appreciate this information. I just bought a used bicycle off craigslist and it needs a good cleaning. I'm about to get started right now

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    Thank you so much for this guide! I'm a relatively new rider, just got a 2011 Raleigh Talus 4.0, and I wanna keep it runnin smooooth . Thanks!

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    Great article!

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    Thanks for the guide!

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    Thanks for the guide

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    Great guide, thanks.

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    Very helpful - thanks

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    Saved.
    Squaring the circles.

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    I know its been said over a hundred times already, but thanks for the info....awesome stuff....

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    Has anyone heard of Rock and Roll Gold chain cleaner and lube in one? Wondering how it's worked for them.

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    be careful.

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    awesome job

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    very detailed - thank you

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    thanks for the tips!

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    Thanks for the awesome write up!

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    Great Article! Thank you!
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    I need this. thanks.

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    Great article, thanks!

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