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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    I've come to realize...

    The doctor has cleared me to ride easy stuff (with armor), so I'm riding again. After a few days on fire roads in San Juan Capistrano (Southern California), I've come to realize that my hardtail 26 will deal with a lot more roughness and is a lot more forgiving than I had given it credit for being. The first two days, I would apply the brakes down several of the hills just because I didn't feel good going fast on them. The last two days, I just let it roll. It was just fine and comfortable, though things tended to happen faster and I had to make decisions faster. Best still, the momentum helped me up the next hill, which had previously troubled me.

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    When you travel a bit faster your tires would skim the top of the series of bumps instead of dipping into each and everyone of them, that's why it feels smoother. Faster is always better as long as you are within the trail speed limits. This has doubles if not tripple effect on the uphills. All those hard to clear technical stuff would be pretty easy.

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