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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    How to put a tire back on without readjusting the brakes

    I have mechanical disk brakes and when I take off a wheel and put it back on, the disk often rubs against the brake pads. It's kind of a pain having to realign the pads. Is there a way to avoid this so the disks are evenly aligned with the pads when I put the wheel back on?

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    Honestly, there is no way to prevent a minor readjustment when taking a wheel off with a quick release. I have to remove my front wheel everytime I go out, and it most always requires a little tweaking to get everything setup nicely.

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