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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    Hope got my self a trek 6500 off ebay :S

    I may have messed up a bit. I had every intention of going to my local bike shop and getting a new bike after trying it and talking to the guys etc

    then I put a cheeky bid on a used trek 6500 disk on ebay and won! its cost me 350 (about $450/290) delivered.

    ebay no. 271083847080 (its in Italian but very self explanatory)

    I've come to realize that I know nothing about this bikes history or even what work might be needed to be done...
    kinda hoping that some kind sole will give me some pointers on what to look at ounce it has arrived! that and if it was a good price for a noobs bike,

    big thanks to anyone who looks

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    congrats!

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    Do all the work. Clean and check everything.
    Looks like a decent older fork. It may need seals.
    Amazon.com: Rockshox Pilot Service Kit: Sports & Outdoors
    Regrease all bearings-- headset, wheels, bottom bracket. freehub.
    It is likely a new chain and derailleur cables may be worthwhile..

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    Do all the work. Clean and check everything.
    Looks like a decent older fork. It may need seals.
    Amazon.com: Rockshox Pilot Service Kit: Sports & Outdoors
    Regrease all bearings-- headset, wheels, bottom bracket. freehub.
    It is likely a new chain and derailleur cables may be worthwhile..
    What Eb said :-) good luck also be preaparr to buy tools if you dont already have any.

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    thanks eb!
    I got a copy of "Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance" off Amazon to give me some pointers. I'm an engineer by trade so this sounds like as much fun as the ririding
    Last edited by ben83s; 10-23-2012 at 10:44 PM.

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    I like this http://http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help when I'm working on bikes
    Live the life you love!

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    That looks great! As long as it fits you I'm sure it will be a good ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben83s View Post
    I may have messed up a bit. I had every intention of going to my local bike shop and getting a new bike after trying it and talking to the guys etc

    then I put a cheeky bid on a used trek 6500 disk on ebay and won! its cost me 350 (about $450/290) delivered.


    ebay no. 271083847080 (its in Italian but very self explanatory)

    I've come to realize that I know nothing about this bikes history or even what work might be needed to be done...
    kinda hoping that some kind sole will give me some pointers on what to look at ounce it has arrived! that and if it was a good price for a noobs bike,

    big thanks to anyone who looks
    Congrats!!!
    Last edited by gridtalker; 11-15-2012 at 05:46 AM.

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    Welcome to the ebay bike club.

    -S

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    congrats on the new purchase, hopefully when it shows up its in the condition described with no hidden problems, like previous posters mentioned give the bike a thorough cleaning and go through for any hidden problems. Also see if theirs any bike coops in your area, they can be super helpful in getting advice and borrowing the tools you need

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    awesome, love my trek!

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    Thanks everyone! A month on and I'm loving it, even a foot of mud is now fun!

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