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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    Cool-blue Rhythm Faster rider, Stronger Rider

    My Tips for new riders,

    Buy a bike, any off road bike, not Wally World bikes, buy local, Support your LBS.
    The heavier the better,
    Strip the front gears off and use the middle ring, get a chain keeper,

    This will make you stronger, faster....

    Next:
    Hydrate, at the trail head you should be urinating almost clear, If It's yellow
    go home, call it a day. learn how to properly hydrate !
    Ride the bike, for at least 20 minutes then stop, get off and stretch,,
    Never stretch cold muscles !
    Eat a protein bar or banana then,,,,

    Ride it till you can't lift your legs over to get off, just fall with the bike.
    It' called a point of failure workout,
    If you must rest before the end of the ride, rest ON THE BIKE !
    DO NOT STOP to rest, just down shift, slow up and catch your breath.
    If your breathing is too fast breathe in and hold it for one FULL second,
    exhale an hold that for one FULL second,
    one thousand and one,,, one thousand and two,,, etc.

    Learn to drink while riding...

    Go Home and eat a cup of rice asap to help rebuild your engines.

    Upper body work the next day, then repeat.

    Or hang out In the Forums and buy expensive upgrades If you must.

    Just saying,,,,

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    A heavier bike won't make you any stronger.

    Riding harder makes you stronger/faster.

    Throwing a 300hp/300lb/ft engine from a Subaru to a semi truck won't make the engine produce any more power. It will just go slower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    A heavier bike won't make you any stronger.

    Riding harder makes you stronger/faster.

    Throwing a 300hp/300lb/ft engine from a Subaru to a semi truck won't make the engine produce any more power. It will just go slower.
    Well, car analogy doesn't work here. Yes, the climb will be slower.
    Given recovery, the body would be stronger. But, you don't need a whole other bike to do this. Load up a camelback or something. The gym works for some. Gravity will make you pay for it.

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    Why not just ride faster?

    Your body can't magically produce more power by adding weight. If that was the case, pros would train on 50lbs bikes. They don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    Why not just ride faster?
    -and have more fun!

    The ride a heavy bike to get strong theory has been circulating forever, and it's always been wrong.

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    I guess not totally off ...

    My advice on these forums tends to be relatively the same to newb's sometimes tailored for a situation but when you are new rider get a decent bike as orignal poster said, get a good LBS so you know the bike fits and is the right bike for your area, you don't have to demo multiple frames like a lot of advic from the forum normally says, ride the pizz out of it dialing in fit slowly and dont worry about upgrades until you have been riding a while and know exactly what you want (race hardtail, enduro, long travel 29er and the list goes on ...). use your upgrade dollars to make sure you are comfortable on the bike for items like grips, saddle, fit items, bibs/shorts, gloves, maybe seatpost/stem/handlebar, etc. A lot of those items can travel to a new bike at somepoint or serve you well for a long time when original bike becaomes a second, third, fourth (oh yes get the fever!!!!).

    Most of all ride a ALOT but keep it FUN.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    Learn to drink while riding...
    My favorite tip ever.
    Be careful tho, things can get tricky after 5 or 9 beers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    Learn to drink while riding...
    This is the only advice I follow when riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    Learn to drink while riding...
    I have installed a solar powered blender onto my handlebars... nothing like sipping a Pina Colada through a 4' long crazy straw while careening down a steep DH section.... I also suggest long walks on the beach.

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    I have problems with the beer foaming up in my Camelback; has anyone solved this issue yet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    I have problems with the beer foaming up in my Camelback; has anyone solved this issue yet?
    The problem goes far beyond simple foaming - the overpressurization caused the foaming actually causes the beer to blow right out the end of your hose and cover you and your bike. Mixed drinks are a far better choice for a Camelback operation. Hard cider also works well and is a great seasonal choice right about now.

    Usually though, it's just bottles or cans in the pack (and maybe a small flask). Oddly enough, I've had less issues with bottles than cans - never broke a bottle (and I've carried thousands) but I've had cans develop pinholes from all the other crap I have kicking around my pack a bunch of times.

    Yes, my pack smells...er...funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    I have problems with the beer foaming up in my Camelback; has anyone solved this issue yet?
    Well, there goes my coffee right into the keyboard. Thanks.
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    Beer,,, really ?
    U guyz are real rookies I think....

    A half pint of So co or a good burbon,,, Jeez I'm dealing with amatures :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Duke View Post
    A heavier bike won't make you any stronger.

    Riding harder makes you stronger/faster.

    Throwing a 300hp/300lb/ft engine from a Subaru to a semi truck won't make the engine produce any more power. It will just go slower.
    How bout a heavy bike AND riding harder, It will make you stronger FASTER.
    Climbing hills on a heavy bike,, pain is your friend, reminds you your alive and all that Bull sits,,

    But then again ya gotta man up on this part of my tip I guess :P

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    I'm going to believe that this is a tongue-in-cheek post.

    The only sentence in that whole thing that isn't ridiculous is not buying a Walmart bike.

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ This. I love it when noobs give advise to other noobs, keeps these threads entertaining!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EABiker View Post
    I have problems with the beer foaming up in my Camelback; has anyone solved this issue yet?
    Drink faster?

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    Re: Faster rider, Stronger Rider

    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Mixed drinks are a far better choice for a Camelback operation.
    Frozen margaritas are perfect. You avoid the warm martini problem (that's just wrong!) and don't dilute a drink that's meant to be served neat. And the alcohol keeps mold from growing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Osco View Post
    How bout a heavy bike AND riding harder, It will make you stronger FASTER.
    Climbing hills on a heavy bike,, pain is your friend, reminds you your alive and all that Bull sits,,

    But then again ya gotta man up on this part of my tip I guess :P
    Riding a heavy bike harder won't make you stronger any faster than riding a light bike harder will.

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    Absolutely the only piece of advice this the OP gave that is remotely right, the rest is utterly bad. Well actually the part about not peeing yellow is right, should be almost clear if you're drinking enough.
    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    This is the only advice I follow when riding.
    Quote Originally Posted by Osco
    Learn to drink while riding....
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    Does anyone actually ride to point of failure? I get tired and lose concentration and consider myself a danger riding tired. And tired doesn't equal point of failure. Granted I haven't completed BUD/S.

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    I agree with above - I call it when I start to lose focus. But maybe that's because we're at the point where the brain wears out before the body.

    I think OP was just bored and having some fun, while trying to instill newbies with the simple fact "of course this is going to make you tired and sore, it's exercise you big ninny".
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    Quote Originally Posted by TwiceHorn View Post
    Does anyone actually ride to point of failure? I get tired and lose concentration and consider myself a danger riding tired. And tired doesn't equal point of failure. Granted I haven't completed BUD/S.
    If you never push yourself to the point of failure, how do you have any idea where that point is, and what it would take to actually get you there? Hell, if I never rode when I was beat and running on autopilot, I'd probably only have ridden 1/2 as much in my life.

    You'd be surprised how far you can push on if you learn to embrace some suffering and ride on instinct. Being a stubborn SOB has carried me farther on my bike than any sort of fitness level alone could even come close to. That, and beer of course.
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    If you are still able to pedal, you haven't reached 'point of failure'!

    Buy a full carbon whip, pedal a little easier and have more fun ^^
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