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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  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    May 2006

    First Mtn Bike Race

    I've been riding for about a year now and I'm racing for the first time in June. It's a non technical hill climb in CO. I love running but I have a running injury (bike doesn't bother it) so I've increased my saddle time in the last couple months to try to stay in shape. I think I've done a good job staying in shape (spinning, lifting, riding outside at least 3x per week including 1 20 plus mile ride per week, often on dirt roads) but I don't know what to do to really train to race.

    Should I ride everyday? Is it like running where you do hill repeats, intervals and other such workout a few times a week and then a long ride once a week?

    Should I have a few "easy" days a week? What would an easy day look like (I live in CO and seem to want to just ride up mountains everyday...is that bad?)?

    I know, I'm pretty clueless. Maybe I need a rec for a good book or link to something about training...I would appreciate any tips/lessons learned/experience.


  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    I highly suggest that you browse the XC Racing and Training forum. There is tons of useful info there regarding racing.

    Many of the strategies you mention for running seem to carry over. Interval training is very effective for a wide variety of sports.

    I reccomend at the very least one day OFF. If you overdo it, you will get burnt out.
    When under pressure, your level of performance will sink to your level of preparation.

    Shorthills Cycling Club

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