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 My Friends An *******, And It Rained!

    as a part of his prank he stole my bike seat, and it rained last night.... my bike was outside, how bad is this exactly? and how can i fix the damage or prevent it from getting worse...??

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    turn bike upside down....watch water drain out.....

    don't stress about it....mountain bikes get wet...muddy...and overall simply abused....

    (keep it inside for the most part though)
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    bikes shouldn't be outside in the rain; seat or no seat
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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    sounds like he kinda did you a favor keeping your seat from getting soaked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highdelll
    bikes shouldn't be outside in the rain; seat or no seat
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    What he said !
    Fu(k cancer

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    If you wanna prevent damage the best thing to do it get the seat back, and put it on.





    Unless your into that kinda thing....

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    Quote Originally Posted by joehspicer@msn.com
    If you wanna prevent damage the best thing to do it get the seat back, and put it on.





    Unless your into that kinda thing....
    "Not that there's anything wrong with that" -Seinfeld.

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    Once you dump the water out of the frame, make sure you grease up the drivetrain really good, being out in the rain can make a bike rush fast.
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    A bike in the rain is similar wear with or without the seat on it. It's bad for it regardless. Having the seat out doesn't hurt much - many bikes have weep holes to let water drain out anyway. Don't stress it and don't park it outside

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    Is it a steel or aluminum frame? Being out in the rain once wouldn't be any worse than giving your bike a bath. Just make sure it is dry and lube it up just like after bathing. If it is steel there might be some extra precautions to take to protect the inside of the frame.

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    just drain it, lube and grease everything back up and dont leave it outside ever again.
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    Whats the best lube/grease out there for bikes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrooveRite
    Whats the best lube/grease out there for bikes?





    park blue grease is pretty standard.....and a tube will last 4-evah....

    chain lube is different....depends on the season/conditions/personal pref....
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrooveRite
    Whats the best lube/grease out there for bikes?
    I've used Prolink gold chain libe and Finishline dry chainlube. i can't tell the difference between the two. in Northeastern wet riding.

    any grease from a bike shop will work and you will not be able to tell the difference. Buy the cheapest tube you can find.
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    Thanks for the info gentlemen!

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    Another thing you may want to consider is buying about five cans of sardines and stuffing them inside his seat post 2-3 days before the next hot weather ride. Then never let him near your bike again.

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    Steel frame? you might take your bike down to the LBS and have them treat it with a can or two of FrameSaver to avoid rust on the inside of the tubes.

    Then take precautions to keep the bike out of undue exposure to the weather. Riding in the mud/wet/rain? the old cavalry adage still works as to what to clean up first: "First the horse, then the saddle, then the man."

    ;-)
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    Your friend is an *******.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PscyclePath
    Steel frame? you might take your bike down to the LBS and have them treat it with a can or two of FrameSaver to avoid rust on the inside of the tubes.

    Then take precautions to keep the bike out of undue exposure to the weather. Riding in the mud/wet/rain? the old cavalry adage still works as to what to clean up first: "First the horse, then the saddle, then the man."

    ;-)
    where did he say it was a steel frame?

    and OP, i would make your friend pay for any damages or repairs you'd need for the bike.
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    OP, I'd make your friend build you a garage.
    Honestly... ahh I give up

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