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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    cleaning a bike

    i know i'm suppose to hose a bike when it gets dirty but what am i not suppose to get water on? maybe the shocks? or the drive train?

    thanks

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    how to

    find it on Google:

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    Good luck, Jim

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    Just do not point water under any pressure at your wheel hubs or bottom bracket, or other places where there are lubricated bearings. Water (or dirty water) replacing the grease or oil in the moving parts is not healthy for your bike.... do not push water into anything that you want to remain a moving part.

    Some soapy water and a (dish washing) brush is what I usually use, rags if I want all the dirt off of the bike. Some soapless water for rinsing. A rag or some toilet paper to wipe the chain (remember to lubricate the chain).

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