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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    Looking for a new bike.

    After being out of the loop for a few years, I'm looking to pick up a new bike. In the past I've beaten up quite a few bikes and now I'm looking for something that can take a little more abuse. I probably won't be going too crazy, but I will be riding more aggressively and trying to ride off-road as much as possible. I've been looking at the 2009 Trek 4500. Anyone have any thoughts?

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    If you can you should also check out Giant and GT - they can squeeze a fair bit into a bike in that price range.
    My Cannondale Lefty keeps failing....

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