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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    Nice

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    Very cool

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    i appreciate this post! thank you!
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    Awesome post! This great to read for a new guy like me!

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    Great read. Thanks

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    I wanted to find this so I could pass it along to a friend. Figured there were enough new riders on here that someone could benefit from the thread bump.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marpilli View Post
    I wanted to find this so I could pass it along to a friend. Figured there were enough new riders on here that someone could benefit from the thread bump.



    Heck yeah, maybe we can get CHUM p to sticky this?

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    Its all part of my subversive scheme to over take him in the rep war so as I may rule the world !

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    Hey marpilli, look what got a sticky.

    Everyone reading this, make sure you thank CHUM for authoring this excellent thread and marpilli for bumping it.
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    CHUMp wins at the Internet. I didn't see this the first go round; thanks for the bump Marpilli. Had a laugh and now must find all the redundant threads arguing over inanity and post this with the appropriate [/thread] tag.
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    that was awesome

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    Sometimes we all need to read something like this to remind ourselves that everyone has their own story. Thanks for reminding me today.

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    Good to know

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    New here, and laughed. Nice post.

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    S'truth.

    missed it earlier so thanks to the OP and the bump for resurrecting it

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    good stuff here!

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    Agree

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    Awesome

    This thread should be titled... NOOBS!...read this...EVERYONE ELSE!...read this too.

    Too many people that aren't noobs anymore could use a reminder of some of these pointer. Thanks

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    great tips!

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    neato.

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    I appreciate this post and I think it exemplifies what we should focus on in this sport: FUN

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