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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    very helpful

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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    [*]Tire size example : 26x2.1 the tire is made for a 26" diameter rim and has a maximum width of 2.1" when inflated.
    Just a FYI, the 26" is the diameter of the tire, not the rim. Same with a 29er, 29" diameter tires, not the rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brent878 View Post
    Just a FYI, the 26" is the diameter of the tire, not the rim. Same with a 29er, 29" diameter tires, not the rims.
    True. Thanks to specify. I didn't want to confuse new users with ERTO measures and more technical standard. I guess you could always post a link to Sheldon Brown's website page on wheels sizes and standards
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    Quote Originally Posted by David C View Post
    True. Thanks to specify. I didn't want to confuse new users with ERTO measures and more technical standard. I guess you could always post a link to Sheldon Brown's website page on wheels sizes and standards
    Ya I knew what you were saying. That's why I didn't say you were wrong, just a FYI. Usually I get the look when I tell people its refering to tire diameter and not RIM diameter. It doesn't really make sense to me to go by tire size rather than rim size when the tire diameter changes depending on which tires you use. I think a fat bike tire 26x4.x is actually around 29" in diameter but still considered a 26" And I think every other type of wheel (motorcycle, car, etc) goes by rim size. But when buying rims they are usually sorted by 26" and 29" which doesn't help to the confusion.

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    Yeah, that's right. Me too at first I was like, the rim is 26" high and the tire is 26" too. Then I took a measuring tape and I ended up in a white room with padding and no furniture.

    But seriously, this can be very confusing, but since any 26" tire fit on any 26" wheel, I guess it's more of common sense and people just don't even care about it. Unless you're trying to build/make something that is in direct relation with rim/tire dimensions (like a truing stand for example).

    Still waiting for the link.
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    Here's : Tire Sizing Systems

    *Just got on my computer, was on iPhone before*
    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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    thanks for the info, just trying to learn the lingo

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    Super helpfull, thanks!

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    Great for learning the ropes here. Thanks.

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    Great

    Feel like less of a noob now

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    Very helpful, thanks!

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    Awesome thread! Thank you!

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    Thank you for the info!

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    Good read

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    learn something new everytime i come here

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    helpful, thanks

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    wow. A bunch of great info all stacked in one place. Even a few minutes of reading through the quick facts taught me more than I've learned in 5 years of riding/fixing bikes!

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    ^^ Agreed with above. The quick facts will be referred to again. I've been out of the bike scene for about 10 years, so all the technology and standards have changed since then. Much to my chagrin when I recently tried to revitalize my 15-year-old hardtail with components off a newer bike...

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    Should have came here first. Some of the posts would have made much more sense.

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    Very helpful

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    Well that definitely cleared up some things for me. Thanks OP.

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    I learn something new everyday, thanks

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    Nice post, thanks for the advice.

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    Yet more useful info. Thanks!
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