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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  1. #1
    mtbr member
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    Aug 2013

    New to this stuff

    Hello, all...I'm brand new to this sport...literally...I just bought a 2013 Trek Mamba last week and have only been on it twice...because apparently I found out where every chigger in Southern Maryland lives...and they apparently they liked the way I tasted...I got bit over two hundred times on both legs...many lessons learned on that outing!!!

    All that aside, I'm extremely excited about this (even though I'm almost 38!!) and would like to say thank you to everyone on this forum. I have found a gigantic buttload of information and all of it has been extremely helpful.

    Soooo, thanks again, and maybe I'll see some of you out there!!!!


  2. #2
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    Jul 2013
    Welcome. Dont let the bugs discourage you. The mamba is a nice bike

  3. #3
    mtbr member
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    Nov 2011
    I can empathize with your chigger bites. I am nursing about 20 I got working on a trail crew. Never got them while riding AFAIK.

    Good bike. Our whole family has Trek. Love the way they handle.

    Welcome to the sport!

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