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: Got my bike

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    Got my bike

    Picked up my HR comp today. Took it home, removed all the reflectors, checked everything was tight and took her for a spin. Last night I was looking over a brochure for the state park that my town is pretty much in the middle of, and there is a map showing a lakeside trail for hikers. Took a ride over to the start of it, and theres a sign saying no motorised vehicles, but it doesn't mention bicycles so off I went. It's about 5 mileslong, lot of rock gardens and some other technical stuff. All in all not bad for being 5 minutes from the house. Least it's something to ride if I don't have much time. Definitely been other bikers on it as well. Also turns out I'm nowhere near as fit as I thought. Was awesome fun though. This is the sport for me I tell you.

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    Its awseome you have a place that near to your home. I have to drive a hour away to get to some decent trails.

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