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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    Best way to store bike?

    So, I just moved into a new place and storage space is pretty tight. I'm thinking of buying a couple of those large bike hooks to hang my bike on the back of a door I won't be using often.

    Does anyone have any better suggestions? Not looking to spend a bunch of money on anything expensive.

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    If you're mounting on a door you better make sure it's sturdy, especially if it's an interior door.

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    The one thing I've found out about storing your bike vertical is that if you have hydraulic brakes, it cycles the fluid to which ever way you're hanging them. Sometimes, it just takes a few pumps of the lever to get the fluid going again. A friend of mine lives in an apartment with little spare room. He got a rack that extends from the floor to the ceiling and its pretty cool. He just uses the top one and put a planter on the bottom.

    Amazon.com: Stoneman Sports DBR-9161-CP Sparehand Q-Rack Freestanding Adjustable 2-Bike Storage Rack for All Frame Types, Chrome Finish: Sports & Outdoors

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shakester View Post
    The one thing I've found out about storing your bike vertical is that if you have hydraulic brakes, it cycles the fluid to which ever way you're hanging them. Sometimes, it just takes a few pumps of the lever to get the fluid going again. A friend of mine lives in an apartment with little spare room. He got a rack that extends from the floor to the ceiling and its pretty cool. He just uses the top one and put a planter on the bottom.

    Amazon.com: Stoneman Sports DBR-9161-CP Sparehand Q-Rack Freestanding Adjustable 2-Bike Storage Rack for All Frame Types, Chrome Finish: Sports & Outdoors

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    Thats pretty neat. could it potentially be used as a cheap alternative to work on bikes also?

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    The hook that sits on the bike actually pivots freely, so I'm not sure it would be great for repairs where you'd the bike to stand still. It also sits right up against the metal bar so pedaling to tune the gears would be difficult to do as well.

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