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 jspansel View Post
    Didnt notice it in this thread... (didnt read all 26 pages) but a Feminine Pad (yes, that kind), I have read makes for a great first aid addition. Makes sense...
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    my .02:

    seatbag for shorter trips: spare tube, co2 cartridge and pump attachment, topeak hexus II multi tool, couple bandaids and quaze pads of different size, couple saftey pins, paper clip, 2 extra chain links and pins, powerlink, and a lighter wrapped in duct tape. bottle of water in the cage.

    Platypus pack for longer rides: Black Diamond Spot headlamp, Blackburn Evo 13 Airstick pump, topeak hexus II multi tool, Gerber suspension multi tool (conviently attachted to the outside for easy access), spare tube, co2 cartridge and pump attachment, steel core tire lever, couple bandaids and quaze pads of different size, couple saftey pins, paper clip, little bit of TP, ace bandage, couple granola bars, 2 extra chain links and pins, powerlink, and a lighter wrapped in duct tape. as much water as i need in the ol pack (up to 100oz.).

    might seam like a lot but it really isnt, i like to have basic first aide supplies because when they come in handy, they really come in handy. obviously based on the specific conditions and the trail at hand things change.

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    At the recommendation of an old biker who rides the deserts of the Southwest USA, I added a hair comb to my kit. Not only does it combat "helmet hair," he says it is the best thing for removing stickers from cholla cactus. He says that if you so much as brush against one, you will pick up a cluster of stickers. (He says they will jump at you from a foot away.) In any event, you can't grab them and pull them off because if you try, they'll stick to your fingers and hands, too. So, you can get under it with a comb and pry it off. I hope to avoid chollas, but decided to be prepared since I ride the desert a lot.

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    The list I made was just general after seeing what some of you guys have said gave me more things that I had overlooked, thanks.

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    Re: Mountain Bike Ride Packing List

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    Wtf? Are you serious dude lol...

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    I've only been riding since early May and have already used half of the stuff listed on this thread.
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    great idea,just do it

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    when it comes to the camelbak, remember that water is heavy. 2 liters of water is great, but a 1.5 will get you through most rides and shed some weight.

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    Well, that really depends on the climate, temperature and how long your ride is.

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    And how much you sweat and how hard you ride and...

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