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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    Quote Originally Posted by p2rider426 View Post
    You do bulk of your braking with the front? I grew up racing BMX so maybe that's why I'd rather have a working rear brake over front any day. Just do a little footjam if you need to front brake in a hurry anyways
    Front does 70% of braking but yeah sometimes you just want to scrub a little speed off so you use the rear. Regardless the same thing applies with the levers.

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    itīs good

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    very helpful, thanks a lot

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    Thanks i learned my lesson,,, Pinch flat from hell. had to walk a mile home sucks for me lesson learned.

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    Thanks

    helpful thanks

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    helpful thanks

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    My to bring list

    Here is my list:
    - multi tools
    - tube
    - plastic lever
    - bottle of water
    - mini pump
    - zip ties
    - GU

    and the most usefull of all: I bring my riding partner that bring all the stuff above.
    I just bring my cell, wallet and car key.

    Happy trails.

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    I always try to be sure and bring one of these...


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    good stuff

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    As a dirt bike rider i have been trained on always riding with items to get you out of a pinch. First week out on my first MTB ride, I had a flat, and then a broken chain. Had everything to get me back up and running both times. Great post, great job.

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    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Mountain Bike Ride Packing List-sparebike.jpg  


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    Great

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris130 View Post
    That is a great idea.

    Here's my $0.02.

    Things to absolutely buy before riding:
    -- Good, quality helmet (non-negotiable)
    -- Some way to carry water (bottle or camelbak).

    Things that are definitely recommended before riding:
    -- Bike shorts
    -- A CamelBak-type product to carry both water and gear
    -- Spare tubes
    -- Tire levers (2)
    -- A quality mini-pump (don't skimp with a cheap one, trust me)
    -- Tube patch kit
    -- Good, quality minitool (Topeak Alien II, Crank Bros, or Park Tool offer nice ones)
    -- Gloves

    Other things that I've learned the hard way to keep in my hydro pack:
    -- Energy gel or some other form of anti-bonk
    -- Handi wipes and/or a little bottle of purell - makes cleaning hands easy for repairs or first aid
    -- Those small alcohol pads that you get with other stuff - good to clean tubes for patches and are nice for first aid
    -- Some form of basic ID w/ pertinent medical info
    -- Cell phone (reception capabilities permitting)
    -- Spare chain links, PowerLinks (2), & a good chain-breaker tool (if not on minitool)
    -- A spare rear derailleur hanger
    -- A comprehensive first aid kit (such as a hiker kit from REI, etc)
    -- Zip-ties in assorted sizes
    -- A coupla feet of duct tape (just fold it around itself for a nice compact package)
    -- Bug juice
    -- Shock pump (optional)
    -- Small but powerful flashlight (you never know!)
    -- Pliers - I keep a small, cheapie Leatherman knockoff in my pack. It works for the few occassions I need it.
    -- Spoke wrench (if not on minitool)
    -- Some cash
    -- Some form of a sharp blade.

    I'm sure others will have great ideas; I'm undoubtedly forgetting something...

    Cheers, Chris

    Thanks for the info!

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    cool pics

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    this is very useful, do you carry these in a back pack or camel pack?

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    Very good info...I am leaning towards carrying gear in a CamelBak.

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    Very useful

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    Very helpful post - I feel more prepared now!

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    How about a minimalist packing list?

    This is a great thread for people who are bike-camping or way out in the wilderness. But, we spend big bucks on weight savings, so there is reason to be selective in what you bring along.

    So how about making a list of the few but most important things to bring?

    Where I ride, the longest push I would have to get to a road where someone could pick me up is about 2 miles, and in most cases, well less than a mile.

    For now I am carrying a short 4mm & 5mm Allen wrench (used once in a year of riding to tighten my cleats), the key to my car, some energy gel, and water. I don't skimp on water but am getting better at knowing how much to bring for a given ride and given weather conditions. I needed to tweak a limit screw once, so am thinking about filing a screwdriver bit onto my key or just getting a little screwdriver. A few zip ties make sense too -- they weigh nothing.

    I am tubeless, so don't worry about the unlikely flat.

    I usually carry my cell phone because of work, but often don't if I want to be left alone. I always tell Wife what park I am going to if I will be riding alone.

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    Very helpful thanks!

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    A solid multitool with pliers is a great way to cover off a lot the the things mentioned in the above lists.

    Something I did not see mentioned is a spare pair of socks. Preferably thin wool or silk, which are great at wicking away moisture and prevent blisters. I'd switch out pairs at lunch or halfway through a ride, especially when it's hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak-88 View Post
    Be sure your first aid kid has iodine or some other form of sterilization, infections are nasty bits of work
    This is good advice. I have a friend who died from blood poisoning from a suspected thorn prick just 3 weeks after the event. Left a wife and year old twins behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AREK28 View Post
    Anybody can recommend a good multitool with chain breaker?
    Crank Brothers Tool 19

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    Great information.

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