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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    Smile Great skills clinic and group ride session in Norcal on August 12th!

    Ales and Trails benefit for IMBA CA - Sunday, August 12th, 2012
    For the tenth consecutive year, the trails and the beer will be flowing at China Camp State Park in San Rafael on August 12th!

    Bring all your riding buddies (or your family, too) out to the tenth annual Ales and Trails - Benefit for IMBA California sponsored by Marin Bikes. Enjoy the morning coffee and bagels, bike demos, skills zone & clinics, and group rides for all abilities led by pro riders and instructors. Afterwards, feast on a gourmet BBQ prepared by the Culinary Institute of America’s Chef Patrick Clark and beer garden serving from seven local breweries. Free bike tune-ups, live music, silent auction and much more fun! All proceeds go directly to IMBA California.

    This is an excellent event for riders of all levels. Beginner-specific rides will be lead by local pros all morning long, and skills clinics throughout the day offer hands on help to hone in the skills you want to develop.

    More info and tickets at: www.alesandtrails.com

    2012 Event Highlights:


    • Skills Clinics and Guided Rides
    • Bike Demos - Marin Bikes, Ibis, Trek, Jamis, Niner, BMC, Devinci and more.
    • Free Bike tune-ups
    • Skills Progression Zone
    • Gourmet BBQ
    • Beer and Root Beer Garden
    • Live Music
    • Silent Auction
    • Local Hero Awards
    • Shimano Youth Series race


    Registration now open! Free Ales and Trails pint glass with each ticket. This event is all-inclusive, your ticket gets you unlimited food, drink, and demos!


    Remember! The event is supported by volunteers. Those who volunteer for a 3-4 hour block will be given free admission to the event! To be an event volunteer, send an email to info@alesandtrails.com.

    Note! ticket prices go up this Monday (7/30), so secure your entry asap to get the best deal on the day!

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    I think Ill be there, I work about 15 minutes away

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    Awesome. We look forward to seeing you there!


    Check out all the local beers we'll be serving:

    Broken Drum
    Marin Brew Co
    Moylans
    Lagunitas
    Lost Coast
    Sierra Nevada
    New Belgium Brewing


    Also: If anyone is a "LEAD" or "TIPS" certified bartender and wants to be paid to help us out at the event by overseeing the alcohol serving, please email info@alesandtrails.com for more information!

    Cheers!

    The A&T crew

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