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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    Complete Novice Needs Help...

    Hi all,
    I am looking for a new bike.
    Please forgive my lack of expertise and willingness to spend too much!!

    I only have my trusty old Tesco Value Bike at the moment, it has served me well, but the front gear selector has gone and it has seen better days in general so I am looking for something within a 250 budget for mainly road / canal / trails.
    Probably averaging 50 miles a week.
    No up n down rocks for me, I am getting too old.!
    I have seen the following and am hoping if anyone can give feedback, or recommendations etc.
    For some reason I am being drawn to a bike with larger wheels, I do not know if I really require front suspension and I am not keen on disc brakes. a couple of (cheap) bikes I've tried the brakes are not as responsive as my Tesco V Brakes (The V stands for Value!!)
    Halfords Carrera Subway LE
    Halfords | Carrera Subway Limited Edition Hybrid Bike 2013 -20"
    Halfords Carrera Crossfire
    Halfords | Carrera Crossfire 1 Hybrid Bike 2011/2012 - Large 19"
    and I found this 29er at SportsDirect of all places.
    Bigfoot 29er Mountain Bike - JJBSports.com

    Thanks in advance

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    Never ridden any of them, but the Bigfoot 29er looks to be the best bet. If I was inside Halford's looking for a best-value, beginner MTB - this would be my absolute first choice:

    Halfords | Boardman Mountain Bike Comp 2012/2013 - Large 19"
    "The mind will quit....well before the body does"

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    Oh to have extra pennies to buy myself a decent bike.
    That's marriage for ya!!

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    Don't you have a ride to work subsidy available? I thought it went to 1000 pounds.

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    My employer cancelled their RTW Scheme last year due to a poor take up

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