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 MTBR to Colorado

    Hi all,

    I recently moved to Colorado Springs from Chicago and bought a Trek Wahoo 29er before I moved.

    I'll post on the CO thread about where to go but since I'm new to this I was looking for some recommendations:

    What do I need, to go tackle some beginner hills/mountains?
    *certain type of shoes(not using clips), backpack, helmet, knee/elbow pads, etc
    *any recommendations on brands?

    Any other advice is appreciated

    Thanks

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    Just your regular gear and go play at Palmer Park to your skill level

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    Thanks, I was actually at Palmer Park last wknd walking the dog and saw quite a few bikers. Looked like a good starting place.

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    Regular runners work with short or stubby pins. Keep your heels low and bumps will push you into your pedals not bounce you.

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    Evidently the tires and pedals on my bike aren't the best. Tire sidewall is thin and pedals are weak. Wheels are Bontrager AT-550 and tires are Bontrager 29x2.10, pedals are Wellgo M085.

    Any upgrade suggestions?

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    You can get some pedals off ebay.
    J L Mountain Bike Pedals CNC Superlight 142g 2 Fit MTB Fr BMX DH Gray | eBay
    These are some with stubby pins.
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic Performance is a good front tire. 20psi. 25 as a rear.
    Schwalbe Nobby Nic Tire 29x2. 25 Performance Folding @ eBikeStop.com

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    WTB Weirwolf for tires. Convert to tubeless using Gorilla tape and Stans valves and fluid. (I also bed the valves in silicone adhesive and cover it up with a small layer of tape- with a hole cut out for air to pass through, of course. The extra layer of tape keeps the tires from trashing the silicone.) If you have some old, trashed tubes you can use the valves from them instead, but they can be a little harder to make work.

    Wellgo MG-1 pedals have fantastic grip and are reasonably priced.
    '06 Cannondale Rush 1000 4" travel 27lbs
    '04 Cannondale F600 SOBE -STOLEN!
    '96 Cannondale Uber-V 6" travel 30lbs

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