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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Thread: Newbie advice

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    Newbie advice

    I am brand new to MTB. A buddy just gave me his 2001 iDrive 2.0 and I am wondering if this is a quality bike or not. The reviews on this site make it sound pretty good. Also, what are some of the first things someone like me should know before I go out and hit the trails.

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    Im not a big fan of the I-drive but thats me. The bike has it's fallowing & the only major problem i know of is the link plate. As for what to do beffor a ride, check all fasteners, tire psi, derailleur adjustments might want to replace cables depending on age. If your not shure about your abilitys take it to the LBS.

    http://www.webmountainbike.com/maintenance.html

    http://www.parktool.com/repair/bikemap.asp

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/

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