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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    book suggestions?

    I like to read about what I'm doing and when I was a kid my old man used to make me read all the instructions/guides that came with anything he purchased me - before he would let me use it. I continue this practice as an adult and I'm looking for some suggestions on a few good books about skills in particular.

    I found "Mastering Mountain Biking Skills" and will be picking it up this weekend - has anyone else found a particular book helpful? Thanks

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    Bicycling Magazine’s Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance and Repair,

    Great book

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    from the rider we wish we were like...


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    I like Ned Overend's "Mountin biking like a Champion" and heard Eric Carter's book is pretty good too.

    Edit: I meant Brian Lopez not Eric Carter. Sorry about that.
    Last edited by BlueBike; 05-28-2006 at 11:51 PM.

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