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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    Thank you a lot, it is very helpful for me

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    This guide is great, thank you!

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    Great guide............

    ........... very detaled ans complete!

    Thanks for postin it.

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    Ah thanks for the link!

    finally the guy at the bike shop doesnt have to tell me over and over again, how to clean parts of the bike.. i felt bad after awhile

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    Great guide, Thanks

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    Thanks Steve. An excellent guide in detail.

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    Thanks for all the info! Keeping the chain as clean as possible and lubed properly helped me the most.

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    Good info

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    Thanks a lot!

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    Nice

    Great Info!

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    good info.

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    Helpful guide as I am a bit of a disaster in the maintenance side of things...

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    Great stuff in here for sure - thanks !

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    Awesome--thanks!

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    Very detailed and helpful to a newb like me

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    Very helpful.

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    Definitely a good link to have!

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    Helpfull! Thank you!

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    Great article,

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    Was having some issues with my derailleur..This...Helped...So...Much!!! Awesome guide for those who wish to learn more about repair/maintnence and the overall functioning of their bike!

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    Very helpful thank you.

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    awesome thread

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    Nice Detail, thanks for the guide.

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    Lot more info than I expected, much thanks

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    Very nice intructions,
    but i think the best tip for beginer like me is take it to the local shop if the bike is new until you feel confident in doing all these things

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