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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    Thanks for the read!

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    LOL. Good post

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    Made more sense than anything else today.

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    the was pretty awesome

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    nice

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    This was a solid post, and my response to it is my Reply # 5. It is good to remind folks that the bike in your garage is the bike that's not being used.

    On the shooting forums, folks offer this advice: "Shoot more, post less. Talking about guns is not as fun as shooting them. You learn different lessons shooting than talking about shooting, but both can be productive. Wasting ammunition is not. Perfect your technique before you hit the field. Don't just practice safe gun handling, live a Safe Gun Lifestyle.

    Above all, be happy, kind to new folks, smile, and stay focused and alert."

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    enjoyed that

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    Niiiice!!!!

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    Awesome!!!!!!

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    good one!

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    Reading this post from the mtbr sensei has helped me towards bike enlightenment

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    N00bs. Thanks! =)

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    Love it.

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    Thanks for the post.

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    very helpfull

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    Great thread

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    I'm not a noob, but nice

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    Nice

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    Quote Originally Posted by vylanous View Post
    I enjoyed this. Why is it in the beginner forum? Everyone should read this

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    Lotta good points covered!

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    You answered all my question!

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    Actually really helpful even though it's a rant

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    Basically anything works as long as you're having fun...love it.

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