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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    sorry trying to get to 10 lol

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    ... and if we just ...

    Nice post

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    Well said.

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    Hi all,
    New to MTB's (and forums). Just bought a bike to start out. Came in a box to put togther. Think i have it done, apart from a couple leftover bits. Not sure what they are. Any ideas? piece with the red external thread also has an internal thread. I think the other little stoppers are covers from the cranks.
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    They look like cantilever brake bosses studs/plugs to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shyamrox View Post
    They look like cantilever brake bosses studs/plugs to me.

    Thanks for that Shyamrox.

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    Nice post

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    Thank you! Great information.

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    Great list. .I've seen ragbrei up close....wow.
    I'm here because I need to ride due to a knee issue and I don't think the road genre is for me. I am going to buy a bike in march, I am sure I will get the bug.

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    to be fair some of the commercial bike shops are scamming for my money, ie online i got the same branded crank puller for 5 bucks, which was 32 instore
    rip off if you ask me

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    Real Noob

    Hi all. I have finally decided to learn how to ride a bike, in my 30s! Somehow missed that part of childhood. Have hung around this forum for the last few weeks to learn a thing or two. Some 'specs': male, 5'9", inseam 32", 210lb (reason to start biking?). First question right off the bat is where to get a bike, i.e. craigslist 3-6 year old bike or LBS entry models (trek 802 . .), or something like the Airborne sabre online + LBW assembly? Another is MTB vs Hybrid, considering that I am not yet a rider and so will not be able to decide based on likely use, though will def. not be commuting. Thanks

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    This is great. I was thinking of buying a new bike, but what he hell for? My old rigid fork is awesome

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    Cool. Nice post!

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    Thanks 4 the help

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    This is pretty awesome and gave me a big smile

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    Noob here too, hope to get a real MTB real soon!

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    I am new here too and I had a question, I hope this is appropriate for the thread.
    since my bike got stolen, and I'm short on cash, I wad looking to get either the mongoose ledge 3.1 or the mongoose stat .. They are both 29ers ... Which one should I go for ? Thank you in advance

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    amen!!! new to mtb but spent alot of yrs bmx and road. doesnt matter the cost of the bike or the latest craze, GET OUT AND RIDE!!!

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    Reading through some of this makes me a feel a bit better about all my choices, and neurotic thinking

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    So after more research and a little patience ,I'm happy with my purchase . Just bought a diamondback Sorrento sport for 80 bucks off of Craig's list and it is a great shape . Just need some TLC and it will be ready for some trail riding

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    Well that sucked it was like listening to my Parents preach.

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    This is awesome.

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    Most excellent post

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    This post has effectively rendered all posts on this forum past, present and future irrelevant.
    Short guy on a big bike.

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