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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    Curious about this bike: Steelman hardtail

    I've seen this bike come up a couple of times on the local (ABQ) Craigslist. I'm not really in the market, but this bike has a certain appeal and I'm curious about its "cool" factor.... I think it LOOKS great!

    http://albuquerque.craigslist.org/bik/2454516654.html

    Anyone here familiar with the Steelman brand?
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    Brent Steelman is a San Francisco Bay Area guy that makes all his bikes custom. It's a handmade bike from a very reputable welder. His bikes are mostly tigged now but it's just awesome.

    It's very special. I would be stoked to find one.

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    agree w/ girlonbike ^^^

    serious stoke for a Steelman....

    damn...that's a nice bike....
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    yeah I have a friend that owns a shop that has one. He's very picky and into custom bikes, so you know it has cred

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    2 points: I have steel frames, aluminum and now carbon framed bikes in my garage right now. Two are Reynolds 853 steel. They ride so nice, you'll be surprised.

    Look at the pictures carefully: that bike looks to be in mint shape, almost never ridden. Hard to find shape for a great handmade in USA frame. Those don't come cheap anymore.

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    God I wish that was my size.

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