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 have had good luck with the tire liners but I ended up puncturing my sidewall.
    I would still carry extra tubes.

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    Thanks for the packing list. padding post count so I can post a thread.

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    Good post thanks

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    Rather than suggest all the obvious stuff you need like a helmet, water etc, here's what the guys at my LBS recommended to me:

    2 tubes -trouble comes in pairs
    CO2 quick inflator and at least 2 cartridges - even mini-pumps are a pain to carry. Quick inflators are fast, small and light.
    A good multi-tool with tire levers - like a Nexus II
    When your duct tape gets down to the end of the roll like with 1/8" to 1/4" of tape left on it. Stomp on it and flatten it and shove into your kit. We all know how handy duct tape can be.
    3 or 4 zip ties
    Tube patch kit - never hurts to have them.
    A medium sized seat-pack to shove it all into and you've got a great emergency bike repair kit. It sucks walking your bike back to the truck
    Last edited by Jman0000; 01-22-2012 at 09:13 PM.

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    This thread is awesome! I'm just getting into biking and this is extremely helpful.

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    I'm the medicine man in my biking group.

    I bring alcohol pads, antiseptic solutions, wide band aids, eye drops, voltaren for muscle ache, aspirin for headache.

    I also manage to bring spare chains for myself of course.
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    Great post! As a new mountain biker, I had stuffed a lot of these things in my pack to begin with but found there's quite a bit I here hadn't thought of. Thanks for the tips!

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    Great advice here. Thanks for the comprehensive list. As a new biker, but safety freak, I always took my mini first aid with me... but didn't think to bring spare chains. One broke luckily only about a mile from where I was staying.
    Not making that mistake again!

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    Anybody know where I can get a cheap biking backpack and some gloves?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Logiebear View Post
    Anybody know where I can get a cheap biking backpack and some gloves?
    DollarStore ?
    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Logiebear View Post
    Anybody know where I can get a cheap biking backpack and some gloves?
    I bought gloves at Home Depot. Firm Grip brand, $10. If you're taking about a hydration backpack, I'm not sure if you can get them ”cheap”, but something just to put water bottles, snacks, pump, etc, any old backpack would do. I use an old Radio Flyer backpack from my daughter's old tricycle push handle combo from when she was a toddler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Logiebear View Post
    Anybody know where I can get a cheap biking backpack and some gloves?
    Alright, I'll tell you the secret, but keep it down ok ?

    Get the Mecanix gloves. $20/pair, you can get them on sale about half-price from time to time. Get the Original and the padded one M-PACT in a set for $20 on sale. Super resistant, snug fit and good breathing. Easy to clean and comfy to ride with.

    As for hydra pack, buy a blader and a hose, stuff it in your backpack and that's about the cheapest way to do after the water bottle with a straw strap upside-down to your helmet.

    Go in outdoors stores and try as many as you can till you find which ones you like and then check online for sales on those exact models. Or your lbs might have some close-out deals on that kind of gear.
    Quote Originally Posted by NicoleB28 View Post
    topless. that's what all mtb girls do. we go ride, get topless, have pillow fights in the woods, scissor, then ride home!

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    thankyou this is helpful

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    Thanks this will come in handy when i start my riding trips

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    Lots of great info on the thread, now I just cant wait till the trails dry and I can get on the bike.

    thanks
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    Fricken always bring my climbing chord, just incase

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    Camelbak

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    this is a great sticky!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jan_nikolajsen View Post
    Just posted this in a multi-tool thread, but it really belongs here:



    Alien2 with chain breaker and pedal wrench etc.
    Pump, presta/schrader compatible.
    2 tubes.
    Zip ties
    Tire levers
    Patch kit - unopened glue.
    Fiber spoke. Will repair even rear drive side without tools.
    Derailleur cable
    Derailleur hanger
    Brake pads
    Chain links
    Quick link
    Small flashlight
    Matches
    Duct tape
    Electrolyte tablets
    Pain killers
    Small Leatherman with pliers

    Might seem like a lot, but where do you ride? Around here there's thousands of acres of empty space, with no cell reception. In the off-season I see no one all day. The walk out could be really long.

    It's also good to be able to assist others.
    Awesome list here. I've debated the spare spoke thing for years. I used to carry a couple in my seat post but with the advent of the disk brakes, I stop doing that. My thought was is the bike still rideable if I broke a spoke or two.

    I like your list though, looks a lot like mine minus the first aid kit I carry.

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    risky one to ride.........

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    thanks for the info

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    Good info. Thanks a ton.

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    Has anybody mentioned Sunblock? Especially on longer rides

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    Somebody said it before me, sunblock or sunscreen. There's lots of good advice in this thread. I might be new to mtbr, but I've been riding for a long time and I have gotten a lot of good ideas here.
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    Not too different from what others here bring along for the ride.

    -Basic first aid kit with plenty of gauze pads and tape
    -Spare tube
    -Pump
    -Shock pump (mostly for minor adjustments but I think it's optional)
    -Chain tool
    -Spare links and smartlink for my Sram 9-speed chain, and links for my Shimano 10-speed chain
    -Multi tool with metric allen keys, and knife
    -Shims for the brake calipers
    -Windbreaker
    - 2-4 energy bars
    -Tire lever
    -Derailleur hanger for my bike (Wheels Mfg makes a universal one that can be used on virtually any bike- so I bring one in case someone is in a pinch)

    I'd say this covers the bare minimum- I need to bring some more cold weather gear in the event of getting stuck out in inclement Oregon weather.
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