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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    Tank you for posting this. I enjoyed the humor .

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    Ckc

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    Great post. I hope most here agree

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain Bucktooth View Post
    Applicable too more than biking and utterly awesome.
    "I want to tell you a terrific story about oral contraception. I asked this girl to sleep with me and she said 'No.'" <---- now THAT is funny!
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    Lol

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    I must've learned competitiveness from my dog

    does anyone else here have the habit of "chasing" what ever biker passes you on a trail?
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    No, I'm just happy I haven't had a heart attack riding. Just started up and mainly hope my bike can handle my weight! (240 lbs)

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    Quote Originally Posted by cuenut View Post
    No, I'm just happy I haven't had a heart attack riding. Just started up and mainly hope my bike can handle my weight! (240 lbs)
    go slow brother
    Those gears are for maintaining a proper rpm. not for going balls out.
    Each day take it easy.
    The pounds will start to come off.
    If you're tired then rest.
    The object is to bike forever
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mousey View Post
    go slow brother
    Those gears are for maintaining a proper rpm. not for going balls out.
    Each day take it easy.
    The pounds will start to come off.
    If you're tired then rest.
    The object is to bike forever
    So there I was .... biked down to the salt creek trail 6 miles warmup.
    I'm lookin' good!! got a guy on a mtb chasing me and I passed a hybrid
    I'm not even huffing (yet)
    I get stopped by traffic at Mannheim Rd. and they catch up to me.
    Each of us taking sidelong glances at the other.
    The light changed to green and we bolted like LeMans.

    My chain came off and there i was free-pedaling around in 6 lanes of traffic :/
    "Pride cometh before the fall"
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    Excellent words of advice to keep riding. Thanks!

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    As a total noob it made me LOL, but also smile knowing that anyone who doesn't like my bike can f'off, and anyone who does can take it for a spin.

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    I finally got to use my helmet today!
    I slammed on the brakes and fell off the "back" of the bike!
    go figure :/
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    Thanks for the post, gave me a good laugh

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    bike and let bike, I like it

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    great post !!

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    Read and noted!

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    Very good information. I am in the market for my first mountain bike to start doing to trail riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Biker View Post
    If your happy and know it...ride your bike!!
    I was happy and I knew it Till my bike broke

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    Thanks for the info.

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    Great stuff

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    wise tips!

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    Funny, but true.

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    Something that everyone needs to know.

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    This was a fun read if nothing else

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    thats awesome

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