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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    "Hey, tattooed and pierced long shorts wearin flat brim hat red bull drinkin white Oakley sportin rad person on your full suspension big hit bike – nice work out there."

    Hey!! I resemble that remark.....kind of. I'm not pierced, don't wear my hat flat brimmed, don't drink redbull and my bike is a hardtail.
    But I'm tattooed and wear long baggy shorts.....260 pound guys just don't look right in bike shorts...sorry it's true. LOL

    Great post though as mentioned before everybody should be required to read it.

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    wrong

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanjuro View Post
    wrong
    come at me bro!



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    Visit these 2 places to help advance trail access:
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    Quote Originally Posted by pfox90 View Post
    This needs to be made into a wall poster, I would definitely buy one and put it in my little bike working area.
    Haha! same

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    well said.

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    Hah, nice thread.

    Four more posts to go.

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    This is great

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    good read.

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    Nice post. As a noob, I appreciate it. It seems to me something like this can be written about any hobby. Starting out, one just feels overwhelmed. My wife has taught me to just pick a path and don't look back.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Some good chuckles and wisdom in there, enjoyed it. Thanks for posting it up.
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    Loved this!

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    *chuckle*

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    The ideas behind this can be well translated into any type of enthusiast web forum, nice work

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    Awesome post!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinoak View Post
    If you are happy with your bike and it gets you off of the couch and on the trails,by all means,ride you ass off until something breaks and then replace it.
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    Bravo!

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    This is great, being a noob myself. I think everyone should read this from time to time.

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    Very nice post. Makes me happy.

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    Awesome, yes just what I needed to read!

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    I learned a long time ago: If it works for you, it's good enough but always plan to make it better as you grow.

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    Good job!

    This. This right here.

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    So I shouldn't get clipless pedals?

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    Hey, great post!
    Sorry for my lousy English. Please feel free to point out my errors.

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    Cool, now I just need to get a bike...

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexbiker1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pfox90 View Post
    This needs to be made into a wall poster, I would definitely buy one and put it in my little bike working area.
    Haha! same
    Same² !
    You know the poor skills of french people for foreign languages so please be indulgent with me !

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