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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    Green rep good, red rep bad. What's black?

    I don't really care much for rep but I see I have three black rep squares in my profile. I know green is good, red is bad so what is black?

    I'm genuinely curious.

    Thanks.

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    they are reps given by someone with very few posts...


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    Ah, so it can be positive or negative, but you just don't know?

    That's why I was confused. Two appeared to belong to positive rep and one I didn't know as there was not comment (so assumed neg rep).

    So the black rep doesn't really count in the grand equation of rep prowese then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerryn View Post
    Ah, so it can be positive or negative, but you just don't know?

    That's why I was confused. Two appeared to belong to positive rep and one I didn't know as there was not comment (so assumed neg rep).

    So the black rep doesn't really count in the grand equation of rep prowese then?
    No, it doesn't count. You can actually assume if no comment, it was a positive, because the system requires a comment for negatives, but not for positives.

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    Great. I feel so much wiser!

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