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.
mtn. biking 101
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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  8. What's wrong with this picture?

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  9. At what price point do FS bikes stop being "cheap"

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  12. Restoring a MTB- TREK 4100 ALPFA

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  13. Bike trailers?

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  14. Black socks vs White socks

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  15. New question here. new to biking w/ a gifted bike

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  16. Bike Suggestions? $600-$800 29er Help

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  17. Used Carbon or new alloy Scalpel??

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  18. EC44 headset to Replace ZS44

    Started by pcmxa, 02-20-2014
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  19. Slacker by 1.7 degrees. Worth it?

    Started by pcmxa, 02-14-2014
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  20. chain flopping around

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  21. driving myself crazy here....

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  22. Help with Ghetto Tubeless PSI

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  23. New bike decision

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  24. Haro Shift R5 opinions?

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  26. Complete noob

    Started by joshcowin, 03-18-2014
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  27. Wink Newbie looking for upgrade advice.

    Started by microkid, 03-19-2014
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  28. Chain question

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  29. Fixed cleat?

    Started by jackspade, 03-04-2014
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  30. clueless noob ;-)

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  31. First Bike...Trek X Caliber?

    Started by Speedracer 64, 03-10-2014
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  32. Do you Ride Injured?

    Started by Burt4x4, 03-17-2014
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  33. Cool-blue Rhythm Your Thoughts on this Bike Please?

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  34. climbing hurts lower back

    Started by coling, 03-12-2014
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  35. why is my suspension too soft?

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  36. Upgrade locks, need help

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  37. Upgrade or New Bike

    Started by ColaRider, 03-16-2014
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  38. What does mtb mean???

    Started by adamt600, 03-19-2014
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  39. New Bike

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  40. Chain Problems

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  41. Where to buy a new derailleur hanger?

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  42. Upgrading Rock Shox XC 32 TK Coil?

    Started by pcmxa, 01-03-2014
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  43. Upgrades

    Started by Tay, 03-12-2014
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  44. New question here. Factory 1x10

    Started by Ecurb_ATX840, 03-17-2014
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  45. New Guy Checking In.

    Started by USNAircrew, 03-17-2014
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  46. New question here. Help me choose...

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  47. New MTB some advice please

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  48. New rider

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  49. New question here. Good hardtail MTB

    Started by BadAssE, 03-15-2014
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  50. On the market for a new bike!

    Started by corny-ratbag, 02-25-2014
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  51. New question here. need help with upgrades.

    Started by carbonfever, 03-16-2014
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  52. the Just Ride group

    Started by the other Anne, 03-16-2014
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  53. Fuji and Kona bikes any good?

    Started by vps14, 03-15-2014
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  54. Looking for a new bike

    Started by Chaingun81, 03-16-2014
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  55. Is this bike worth buying?

    Started by ZachF510, 03-15-2014
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  56. bottom bracket tool question.

    Started by Dirt_Shirt, 03-15-2014
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  57. Nashbar AT29

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  58. New here

    Started by ERN911, 03-12-2014
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  59. Drivetrain/Shifting Issues

    Started by tgriff, 03-12-2014
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  60. I have learnt so much

    Started by lotusdriver, 03-14-2014
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  61. Seat post Question

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  62. Buying a cannondale

    Started by gibsonj45, 03-14-2014
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  63. Loving my new bike but clipped in not so much

    Started by gus6464, 03-06-2014
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  64. Query on MTB seatpost maintenance

    Started by sanjayc, 03-12-2014
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  65. Is this dent dangerous?

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