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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    Do not answer. I asked this question twice

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    [QUOTE=alaskadude;10844811
    THIS FROM SURLY:
    Since Surly frames are faced prior to painting, it is possible to shave the paint off the head tube and BB shell ends with a carpet knife blade. This usually results in an acceptable result, saving you money, but we still recommend having it done the proper way to ensure longest life from your components.[/QUOTE]


    This statement seems reasonable to me. Personally I'd do it as long as I had handy access to a tool but I wouldn't worry about it if it didn't get done either.

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    I think it's more important for the head tube. Given what they say, I think removing the paint would be enough for me. If you have easy access to the right tools, facing off the paint is likely to be easier.
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    I've built up a few Surly frames, and I'd suggest doing it. At the least use a razor blade and some fine grit sandpaper on a wooden block to get it down to the metal again. If you have the ability to do it or have it done, do it before building your frame up. It's much easier to bring a frame to the shop, and a lot less work if you haven't already built it up.

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    I personally would let the shop hit it, if you've got a decent one nearby. I do almost everything on my bikes at home, but facing is one of the few things I leave to the guys with the right tools. I just consider it part of the deal with a new frame.

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