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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    Newbie with a '10 GF Piranha

    Hey All,

    I decided to get myself biking again after many years...After some extensive searching and discussions about brands, models and such both on the internet and with local stores, I decided on a 2010 Gary Fisher Piranha. I am lucky that I get to travel a lot for work and have accumulated many frequent flyer miles, so this bike was of no cost to me.

    I am looking for some feedback on if there is anything I should be aware about from the get go. Are there some areas I should look at for upgrading right away? I am looking to use this bike mostly for riding on some back country roads and occasionally on some trails in the woods and ditches.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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    Dude, that's a great bike. Just ride it until stuff breaks. And then fix the stuff that breaks.

    If you want to truly customize it for long rides, you could always upgrade the contact points(grips, saddle, pedals).

    Edit: Oh, and congrats!
    Last edited by tsmosher; 04-15-2010 at 11:18 AM.

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    /\ X 2 , buy a good helmet .

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    Have the same bike and love it. The only thing I swapped out so far are the tires and it made a noticeable difference. Everything else has been great.

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    What is with the tires? What didnyou change to?

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    Didn't get much traction in corners or on the climbs. They may be ok on dry hardpacked trails but I was running in some loose stuff. Switched to 2.4 Continental Mountain Kings and they have been great.

    Also changed the grips to some ODI Rouge lock ons. And thinking about clip-less pedals, just can't decide on which ones I want.

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    Thanks for the info!

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