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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Thread: First tune up

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    First tune up

    How many miles or how long should someone wait before they take there new bike in for it's first tune up. Thanks.

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    get it tuned at the start of the season and maybe a month or so towards the end that what i do and it works fine

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    If it is a new bike, various parts settle over the first two months or so. Cable ferrules (the metal on the ends of cables) get pressed, wheels need truing and cause the brakes to rub, and sometimes there is stuff that the shop should have done which only becomes apparent after a couple hundred miles.

    If there are specific problems (brakes aren't working, shifters won't go, really loud creaking) take it in. If there is nothing spoecifically wrong with it, don't worry about it.

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    You should get your bike tuned up once its starts to feel like it needs it. There's really no time limit. It depends on how much you ride. Your bike will go through an initial break in period where your cables will stretch and cause your drivetrain to miss-shift on top of all the other things KrellMachine listed.

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    Thanks for the replies I'll wait a little longer before I take it in for it's first free tune up.

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