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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    This was and is a great post. I think it's as or more important for people who've been riding for years and years to read this as it is for new riders, as more experience riders are more likely to be set in their ways and possibly have attitudes about some aspects of riding than new riders. It's an encouraging post though and the bottom line is great. Ride bikes and have fun.
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    Nice post thanks

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    I'm new here! Hey everyone!

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    so cool

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    I absolutely love biking of all kinds, and it drives me nuts hearing gear / bike snobs rant. big fan of this

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    oh, and agreed, n00bs are probably the people who need this least. Everyone in the bike world needs to be reminded of these rules now and again

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    My ass will eventually stop hurting? Thank God

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    thanks

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    Great post. Its been a few years since I've owned or even ridden a bike. However thats all changed.

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    From my old krate bike to my 96' marin.. Have wheels will roll

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    Truth

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    Folks,

    I need some help. I'm trying to post a message in the beginner's corner but it tells me I can't post one until I have 5 posts but how do I get post? By commenting on other posts???

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    I believe so.

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    that is pure awesomeness, i actually want to print it out
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trey_ View Post
    My ass will eventually stop hurting? Thank God

    this made me crack up!
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    A good welcome to the forums.

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    Thanks for the post!

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    nicely put, this site has a lot of valuable information, even to someone like me that has no clue what 90% of it means... yet

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    Nicely, basically if it works for you, that's all that matters!

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    So glad I read this before posting haha.

    x2 on wanting to print that our and possibly frame it.

    Great stuff.

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    Thanks for the tips

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    Nice,...

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