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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    Great post. As long as we're all riding and smiling.

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    Great post

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    Give me a hill, a bike, and a helmet, and I'm one happy bunny.

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    Thanks OP. This is exactly what I needed to hear.
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    well put

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    couldn't of said it better myself

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    Great.

    Really awesome post. Can't get enough of it.

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    Anonymous abuse is for cowardly mugs..
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    So to sum it up... be happy with what you have and dont bash other peoples stuff.

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    Good stuff.

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    Great post!

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    nothing else than the true...amen

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    This needs to be posted on alot of forums that arent bike related for the people that are full of themselves to read.

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    pointless but funny. hehehe

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    nice

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    Great read!

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    Hello driftincowboy,
    Our records indicate that you have never posted to our site before! Why not make your first post today by saying hello to our community in our General Discussion forum.

    Why not start with your first post today and become an active part of the mtbr.com forums now!
    Here I am, long time 20" and 24" rider looking to buy my first mountain bike.

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    this is win

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    This is awesome!!

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    read it thank you

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    Good stuff!
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    wisdom! great read.

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    Awesome post

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    Absolutely hilarious...well said!
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    Makes sense to me! Absolutely right on.

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