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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    Modifying a Gary Fisher Tassajara

    Last summer I decided to take up trail riding and bought a GF Tassajara. I hadn't ridden a bike in about 20 yrs and never a mountain bike. After riding the Tass for a little while now I feel that the handle bars might be a bit too low for me (or maybe too far out). When riding on flat trails I have to lock my arms and tilt my head way back to look straight ahead. This is uncomfortable for my neck and locking my arms limits my control (which is already pretty limited as it is). I don't know if it has to do with the Genesis geometry or that my legs might be long compared to my upper body. This is all new to me, so I was wondering what could be done to modify the bike to make it more comfortable.

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    maybe get a shorter stem that has more rise than your stock stem. you could also go with higher riser bars. if you dont know the size of your current stem you should probably go to your local bike shop, they could probably tell you what type of stem/bar combo you should go with. also make sure your seat is properly positioned. sliding your seat foward might help.

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