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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    hello everyone! I am gonna buy a new bike but I'm confused with two bikes' configuration. one is-

    "Frame: 26"x18" Alloy 6061, Fork: SUNTOUR SF 13-XCM-MLO, Handle/Stem: Zoom Alloy Black, Seat Post: Zoom Alloy Black, Head Set: Neco, BB Set: Neco, Grips: Soft Comfort, Saddle: Velo Plus Double Density, Pedal: Wellgo B087 Full Alloy, Chain wheel: SUNTOUR XCT-V2, Shifter: Shimano EF-50 21 Speed, Front Dera: Shimano M310, Rear Dera: Shimano M310, Freewheel: Shimano HG20, Chain: KMC Z51, Brakes: TREKTRO NOVELA DISC BRAKE, Hubs: KT Alloy Disc Hubs W/QR, Rims: ALEX EF 20 Double Wall Alloy, Tyre: KENDA K1047 26X2.1, Kick Stand: Stand Well Alloy"

    another one is-

    Frame: Alloy 6061 26
    Fork : Zoom Alloy Crown Steel Suspension
    Handlebar & Stem: Format Alloy
    Seat Post: Format Alloy
    Chainwheel & Crank: Prowhel 42/34/24T alloy Crank
    Shifter: Shimano EF40
    Front Derailleur: Shimano TY10
    Rear Derailleur: Shimano TX75
    Freewheel: Shimano TZ21
    Bakes: Ally disc brake
    Saddle: 6117
    Hubs: KT steel disc hub
    Rims: Format Double Wall Alloy
    Tyre: GW302 26*1.95

    can anyone please suggest me which one should I buy??? please do hurry because both of these are just one of each left.

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    tons of generic info, but still funny.

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    Great info for setting the tone of the forum!

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    Hello, Jon, here, from Sacramento County, CA

    The thing I hate most about bicycles is being called an IDIOT by pedestrians and car drivers alike even when I am riding exactly according to rules and regulations.

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    Great post.

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    nice!

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    WOW! This was really great! I'll be sharing this with friends. Thanks!

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    anyone give me a newbie guide on adjusting my hydrolic brakes tighten,loosen etc...thanks

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    Enjoyed the post. That's a lot of good info in a short space.

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    got it

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    Nice!

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    Thanks, funny stuff.

    First post on MTBR...need four more to start my own thread...and ask a ton of questions...and have lots of fun when I'm at wor and not doing what I should be doing...

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    I now feel better about it.

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    I love the opening post. Best "Noob read first" post I've ever seen.

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    hiyoooooo

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    Great Post! Something everyone should read no matter how or what you ride.

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    hah, love it

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    Whoever composed that first quote is a true poet!

    I agree with the whole thing.

    I'm just getting back into mtn biking after a long hiatus, (a decade at least!) and am trying to consume everything I can on the sport - which I note - has seen a great many changes!

    I just hope I can manage the trails once agin. I never was great, but was decent.

    The first ride I ever had off road I still remember, and the first thing I did was call my girlfriend and babber on about how much fun I had.... Scapes and all. I am hoping I can get it back.

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    First Post here...The Op is classic!! Noroflk, Va here vis Knoxville Tn. Im riding a 99 Yeti Lawwill DH-8 and LOVEIN IT!!!

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    I'm a noob :/

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    spot on

    yes yes yes

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    Thanks, that was really helpful!

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    I was a weekend rider in my late 20s, now getting back into it in my late 30's. Now learning that 29ers came to rule and now 650B is the up and coming next thing. I have an old entry level Trek and plan on riding it one season as I get into shape and figure out what I need for my next ride.

    So I was a Noob before and I guess I'm still a noob...

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    Hi, I'm from Russia. Just a dream to visit the Grand Canyon and take a ride on it (not down )

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