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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  1. Cool-blue Rhythm The Flow

    Started by Osco, 11-30-2014
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  2. Question on Rudy Project Sunglasses

    Started by sanjayc, 08-05-2014
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  3. Climbs - sit or stand?

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  4. Good entry level bike?

    Started by Montyrudy, 11-28-2014
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  5. Breakthroughs and milestones

    Started by db440, 09-27-2014
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  6. How about a FAQ?

    Started by AndrwSwitch, 11-28-2014
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  7. Norco Nitro 9

    Started by ETNGUY, 11-27-2014
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  8. Buying used

    Started by Mark092974, 11-26-2014
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  9. Building a ramp to learn jumping

    Started by svon89, 11-26-2014
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  10. Grip Shift or Trigger? NOOB Help

    Started by mtngoat13, 07-22-2013
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  11. Idea! GT Palomar Build

    Started by Riah, 02-21-2014
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  12. Winter is here again

    Started by slowride454, 11-24-2014
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  13. I think my crank//BB is creeking?

    Started by MPX309, 11-20-2014
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  14. New to Site - Introduction

    Started by NateDubya, 11-21-2014
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  15. My first ride at Markham Park

    Started by ratm136, 11-23-2014
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  16. Crankset for Fuel?

    Started by Cheesecakeslash, 11-22-2014
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  17. Chain lube?

    Started by chr.webb, 04-30-2011
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  18. 1.25-1.5 tube in 1.95 tire????

    Started by banksd1983, 07-25-2007
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  19. Fitting full face properly

    Started by akris5, 11-16-2014
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  20. the sickness begins!

    Started by duvall29, 11-17-2014
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  21. clysdale/tall riders

    Started by captbo, 11-17-2014
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  22. Sun Glasses

    Started by Oregon_Donor, 11-12-2014
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  23. BB7 on front or back?

    Started by smccloud, 11-17-2014
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  24. Wink Hello Everyone!

    Started by Ceps, 11-16-2014
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  25. New question here. Help: Home Tool Kit suggestions

    Started by rjcooke, 11-15-2014
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  26. Handlebar sizing question

    Started by TexasXC, 11-16-2014
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  27. stupid fork question

    Started by sgtrobo, 11-15-2014
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  28. Winter riding

    Started by Yamaha250, 11-11-2014
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  29. Upgrading disc brake

    Started by rusty0990, 11-10-2014
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  30. What gadget do you have on the front of your bike?

    Started by MPX309, 11-12-2014
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  31. First Cool Weather Ride

    Started by TwiceHorn, 11-11-2014
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  32. Cool-blue Rhythm New to mtbr first post.

    Started by rjcooke, 11-12-2014
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  33. Roof racks: which one?

    Started by TampaFire_DE, 11-03-2014
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  34. Spoke Nipple Size?

    Started by SPY.vs.SPY, 11-11-2014
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  35. Bike (chain?) sounds gritty

    Started by nemesis256, 10-18-2014
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  36. Keeping the front wheel planted

    Started by gsa103, 11-04-2014
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  37. broken RD due to cross gear

    Started by cassava, 11-08-2014
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  38. Need a good recommendation!

    Started by free-, 11-08-2014
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  39. Wink 2015 Specialized Sirrus

    Started by deadeyeg, 09-10-2014
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  40. Cool-blue Rhythm Is it worth it....

    Started by whitewheels29, 11-08-2014
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  41. For a Friend...

    Started by whitewheels29, 11-06-2014
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  42. What does: Free Lifetime Adjustments, really mean.

    Started by sliderule43, 08-08-2008
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  43. How mugh does weight matter?

    Started by David C, 11-14-2011
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  44. cycle kickstand query

    Started by sanjayc, 11-03-2014
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  45. Handlebar grip sizes

    Started by jkrugles, 11-04-2014
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  46. Help me stop falling off my bike

    Started by Prosper, 11-03-2014
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  47. Hydraulic Brakes

    Started by TwiceHorn, 11-03-2014
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  48. Help with wife's bike

    Started by rightguard, 11-03-2014
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  49. Trading my bike, need help.

    Started by FlakoGT, 11-03-2014
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  50. Need advice on buying a bike

    Started by FrankW, 11-02-2014
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  51. Advice on what computer to get

    Started by Cindercone, 10-28-2014
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  52. Do I need high volume floor pump?

    Started by drabina, 10-30-2014
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  53. 1st set of SPD MTB shoes - any recommendations

    Started by goldenstar, 10-25-2014
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  54. Suntour XCM Help

    Started by splangeland, 10-27-2014
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