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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    New to Biking

    Hey guys as stated above i am new to biking. I would like to do downhill races. I have a Diamondback hardtail i forgot the exact name but i was hoping to have some help with getting a new bike nd some cheap options. Im 16 but i dont have my drivers liscense so i cant drive to any trails and none of my friends bike so im kinda stuck. If you live in Roanoke, Va id like to meet up and maybe you can train me haha. Thanks for the help, Jeremy

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    Without a way to get to where there are lift seviced hills you would be better off riding the bike you have ,learning some skills and how to repair the bike. Cheep and downhill don't go together . Check with local shops for group rides or Meetup.com.

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    ^Ditto. The only lift serviced downhill locations are a few hours driving from Roanoke. However, Carvin's Cove has some very fun downhill trails lurking around and occasionally some Super D racing. I personally don't think you need a straight up downhill bike for them...trail/AM bikes seem to work just fine. As said above, check out the local shops (there's around 4 of them in Roanoke if I recall correctly) and there's also a Roanoke chapter of IMBA that would be good to get in with.

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    Thanks a lot guys for the help and ill check local shops. I have been to Carvins cove aswell, but thanks for the info.

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