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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    Help buying a bike for a 11 year girl

    Hi,

    My daughter turned 11 recently. She is about 4'-8" tall, and an okay rider. She wants to get a new bike. Conditions will be paved trails, easy gravel trails and maybe single track.

    We looked at Specialized Bicycle Components. She liked it, but I can find no reviews on it. Any one know anything about it? Any recommendations on what to look for?

    Thanks

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    If you ride in the Families/kids section more info should be there.

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    Does it need to be new? Kids grow so fast she might only ride it for a short time. Friends have gotten good bikes at good prices off of Craig's list.

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