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.
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    Lessons in Beginner Bike Maintenance and "pit kit"

    Hello again all,

    Now that I have the bike and gear out of the way, I'm now working down a couple different paths.

    1.) What do I need to focus on as far as general bike maintenance and mechanics? I'm just thinking about stuff I can do at home before a weekend of riding to make sure the bike is ready to hit the trail. Before motorcycle races we would do oil, brake fluid and bleeding if necessary, check fork and shock seals, and adjust the chain/check sprockets.

    I'm a little lost on a bicycle. I know it's simpler mechanically, but it's very delicate and intricate. I'm just not sure what I should be touching. Ha!

    2.) What do I need to put together for a pit kit? What kind of tools are recommended? Extra tubes? Zip ties and duct tape? Chain lube, I'm assuming?

    I'm just trying to get a nice tool kit together so I can head out and have a well rounded equipment set at camp ensure my friends and I can keep riding and not have to head to the shop in the event that something pops loose or needs attention.

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    You can go to the sticky at the beginning of the "beginners forum" there are tons of ideas and advice on what you need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    You can go to the sticky at the beginning of the "beginners forum" there are tons of ideas and advice on what you need.
    You know... That would make perfect sense. Unfortunately, I have the reading comprehension of a small child, evidently. :P

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    here ya go...this is what i purchased when i went full time on my bikes. Used this kit on my first build and pretty stoked on it. small enough to toss into trunk if you need any wrenching before a ride. Only downfall, there are no cable cutters.

    https://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Produc...52_-1___204676

    extra tubes is a must. Depend on your chain, a spare powerlink is always handy, & zip ties.

    I usually go through my gears making sure they shift properly. Checking all exposed bolts. like headset, cranks, then brakes and lubed chain. Thats pretty much it.
    It's after a hard ride, the wash time, i'd inspect the fork, spokes f/r der & relube.
    Thats about it pretty much.
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