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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    haha. Excellent. Sticky!

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    I don't get it?

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    great post! thanks!

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    It's nice to be reminded that bikes and people who like bikes are good. Thanks for re-posting!
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    that should be posted after some of the ridiculous arguments ive seen here. that would save a lot of people money and stress, Go have fun, i am!

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    Great post, made me laugh....

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    Great post

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    Finally some sense.

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    Nice one! Tnx

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    Awesome! HA

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    Awesome, thank you! Maybe I will do my first race with my bike after all instead of borrowing one from a local shop...

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    We can now post this as a sticky and close down the rest of the Beginner's Corner.
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    awesome

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    Well guess I don't need this forum anymore.... Just kidding... Is my bike cool? Lol!
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    Well said! A great reminder to keep it fun

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    thanks

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    Straight from the mouth of Yoda, this must have come.

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    Good one!

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    Great I am new and needed that!!

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    Best post ever, noobs, read that!

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