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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    Great post with good info!

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    if I started working on bikes in 1946 am I a newbie?

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    Good information for the new guys, including myself

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    Nice read.

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    nice post

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    nice post, greeting from Malaysia

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    Quote Originally Posted by sub7even View Post
    nice post, greeting from Malaysia
    Hi there... I'm also from Malaysia... JB

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    Quote Originally Posted by kenman93 View Post
    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
    Cool that you're taking the plunge!

    Since you are new to it all, I'd say go t the LBS and get an entry level MTB. The MTB will be more versatile if you get into it (especially since you won't be commuting). Getting it from the LBS will ensure you get quality parts, in good condition, properly assembled. I'm a fan of used/demo gear, but there's a certain level of knowledge required to assess if you're getting a square deal.

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    good op
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    This is great, lol. All my questions and concerns are resolved, well... maybe not all of them.

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    Awesome post, thanks

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    Man, you took away all my great questions! LOL!

    Seriously, that's an awesome list that everyone should look over, no matter what experience level.

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    Thanks now I know what not to ask... See you in two years lol...

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    I am just posting this because I need to make 4 posts before I am allowed to create a new thread on the forum.

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    I am just posting this because I need to make 3 posts before I am allowed to create a new thread on the forum. I am just writing more to waste time because I need to wait 30 seconds between posts. If the forum had better stats it would realize I am an old member who has read many articles and I finally have a question for the forum and I can't post it!

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    I am just posting this because I need to make 2 posts before I am allowed to create a new thread on the forum.

    OK need to waste more time. I guess I could write up my actual question:

    I am building a bike with a used fork and frame. If it is junk, I want to buy a new fork, but in 1.5 tapered, so I need to buy a new frame too. I don't want to throw away my components. Could you please list any 12x135 frames with vertical dropouts and derailleur posts, and 1.5 tapered head tubes?

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    I am just posting this because I need to make 1 post before I am allowed to create a new thread on the forum.

    Ugghh.... what's up guys? I wonder if anyone will ever read these posts. I have some more time. . . OK that should be good.

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    Alright...I was compelled. I read it. Go post. Welcome, have a nice ride.
    Where there is choice, there is misery...

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    NOOBS!...read this.

    Good stuff

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    Did you build that yourself? Awesome. Did you buy that? Cool.



    originally posted by Skip Bernet on the Surly Blog - 06.16.2011[/QUOTE]

    So true.

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    Sounds like good sage advice...

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    Quote Originally Posted by missioncontracting View Post
    yeah, thats a good read
    agreed

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    Most of that post made me laugh! Thanks

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