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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    Glad I read this before posting

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    Great post! I've been a bit frustrated as a noob trying to pick out a starter bike and this thread resulted in smiles all over again.

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    nice little post this, i have been riding on off for about 15 years and like posted its all true.
    the one thing i always remind myself of is that a 100 bike is just as good as a 1000 bike if maintained but it just wont last as long for serious use.

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    Love it lol

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    BOOYA -- I consider myself served.

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    Hola, new rider here. read this as my first thread and now my first post. After reading this thread I decided to register here! Cool post, thanks!

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    nice job great post

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    Great post!

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    Just got back into mtn. biking after a 10 year layoff. This is exactly what I needed to read. I am glad I bought the bike I bought! Well put Sir!!!

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    Just acquired my first bike since middle school - good read for sure

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    Nice, great post!!
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    ..are RockShocks better than Marzacchi's........I kid.

    ..glad to be here sir!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bigperk View Post
    "The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt."

    That just saved me a crap load of money in new shorts with the padded thingy......
    Bought the shorts with padded thingy.. Was riding 3 days a week and after a month, got them. Now I can go 10 miles before having to "readjust".

    Of course, now I weigh 35 lbs lighter...

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    I literally laughed out loud for some of them. Especially, "The more you ride your bike, the less your butt hurts," and, "Yes, you can break your collar bone riding like that."

    There was an article in an issue of Mountain Bike Action that had 101 tips in it. I'll have to dig through my stack of various mags next to my bed and type up some of the ones that are in line with the OP. (I'll update later as I'm sitting in front of the TV drinking a Yuengling and watching some boob tube.)

    (Edit) It's in the June 2013 issue of MBA

    1) If you're not having fun, no tip is going to help you.
    2) It is never wrong to get off and walk a section.
    81) There is nothing wrong with 26-inch wheels. They have been propelling mountain bikes for over 25 years.
    95) Your bike can be replaced; you can't. Let it fly off the cliff so you live to tell the story again.

    There were only a few (I reviewed all 101) that weren't just straight up technique and riding tips. And I know these don't have the same humorous effect, but I hope I contributed something.

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    Love it! Buying a mountain bike was the best decision I've ever made, never once regretted spending money on it!

    Whether it's riding with friends or riding alone, I've had so much fun. Even on rides that didn't go so well that ended with my bike flying over a ledge, still laughed it off, learnt from my mistakes and rode again.

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    Wish I read this earlier this year. Would have saved heaps of cash.

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    I'm completely new to biking, and have taken to like mountain biking. This was one of the first things I read a couple of months ago when I started. For the most part, everyone I've met so far must have read it too. Coolest people I've ever met.
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    Rad.

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    First post I read after registering.. Glad I did! haha

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    Great advice lol

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    I made two posts before reading this, dang it. Good info. Thanks

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    Definitely appreciate this post! After questioning my purchase of a used and probably abused bike, my first in probably 15 or more years, brought me back to why I bought it. To learn and to have fun

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    Great words to read & ride by!
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    Got it!

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    Love that post. I am thinking of writing a similar one for the car and boat forums I am a part of, too. You really do see the same 50 questions over and over, for the most part. Way too many people giving opinions when people ask a "how to" question, or arguing that their opinion is more right, somehow...

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