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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    Commonly used Abbreviations and Acronyms

    I thought it might be helpful if there was a list of abbreviations and acronyms commonly used on MTBR.
    Here are a few, if you have others please post them and I will add them to the list.

    1X9 - 1 gear up front 9 in rear
    2X9 - 2 gears up front 9 in rear
    29er - Bike with 29" wheels
    4X - 4-cross (type of racing)
    69er - Bike with 29" wheel in front and 26" wheel in rear
    AM - All Mountain
    BB - bottom bracket
    BCD - Bolt circle diameter
    BSO - bike shaped object (unflattering description of the cheap Walmart, Target or Canadian Tire bikes)
    DER - derailleur
    DH - Down Hill
    DJ - Dirt Jump
    DS - Drive side
    ENDO - Going over the bars
    FD - Front der
    FF - Full face (type of helmet)
    FIXIE - Fixed gear bike (one gear, no freehub...the pedals turn when the rear wheel is turning)
    FR - Free Ride or front
    FS - Full Suspension
    GF - Gary Fisher
    HT - Hard Tail
    HUCK - Drop or jump off an obstacle at low speed, usually to flat
    LBS - Local Bike Shop
    MOTO - Motobecane
    NDS - Non drive side
    OTB - Going over the bars
    QR - Quick Release
    RD - Rear der
    RR - Rear
    SS - Single Speed
    TA - Through Axle
    TR - Tubeless ready (tires or rims made to run tubeless using a normal casing...some form of sealant is required)
    UST - Universal system for tubeless (tires or rims made to run without tubes)
    XC - Cross Country
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    GF...Gary Fisher. NOT girlfriend.

    Should be a good thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinBlade
    GF...Gary Fisher. NOT girlfriend.

    Should be a good thread.

    Thanks. I added it to the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinBlade
    GF...Gary Fisher. NOT girlfriend.

    I guess GF could be used interchangeably though.... "I was riding my GF the other evening and.....[insert dirty minded action here]"

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    I obviously just joined a few days ago, but when I saw GF for the first time used in a "riding" sense...well, let's just say it took me a few seconds to catch on.

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    Way too many opportunities for misunderstanding to happen with that!

    Mind if I ride your GF?
    Let me give your GF a shot!
    Can I snap a few pics of your GF?
    Is your GF a HT or FS?
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    LBS=Local Bike Shop
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    Are we just doing abbrevations or terminology?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brewboy74
    Are we just doing abbrevations or terminology?
    I can add terms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr
    Thanks, I added a few from that list.

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    I just added a couple more. If anyone has more to add please post.

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    Thanks i noted them

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    How about:

    QR - Quick Release
    TA - Through Axle
    FD - Front der
    RD - Rear der


    Great idea for the list (maybe sticky?). If I think of anything else, I'll post.

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    DS drive side
    NDS non drive side

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    BCD= Bolt circle diameter

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    mountainbike acronyms etc.....

    Quote Originally Posted by davedg
    I thought it might be helpful if there was a list of abbreviations and acronyms commonly used on MTBR.
    Here are a few, if you have others please post them and I will add them to the list.

    yeah, heres a good place to start: http://world.std.com/~Jimf/biking/slang.html Give that a try
    Rule number 2: Stay in the middle of the trail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadKarma145
    yeah, heres a good place to start: http://world.std.com/~Jimf/biking/slang.html Give that a try
    Great link. Thanks.

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