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! I'm new on MTBR. Have a new Giant Trance 3 also. This thread is very useful.

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    Hey, it's three point five years later and I just read this first post for beginners (which makes sense, because I just joined the forum a week ago).

    That was awesome! And all of it was true.

    Often beginners are a lot more expert than they think. We don't know what we don't know, so a beginner might buy a bike, go out and ride, have a blast, and get in great shape while having fun. Whereas another beginner might be concerned with what everyone else thinks (my problem at times) and get into a world of confusion and embarrassment trying to fit in before actually riding.

    I think it comes from our childhood, especially the middle school years when it's considered hip to put down everything as "lame" "gay" or "stupid." Someone likes horses? That's lame. A boy in your seventh grade class is in gymnastics? Gay. You're invited to play chess after school? "Stupid."

    And we develop an unhealthy mindset that says we have to check and double-check with the cool kids before we buy or try something.

    And the truth is that the dorky bike owned by the dorky kid might catch the attention of a world-class professional rider who might honestly think, "that thing looks fun."

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    This post gave me the best perspective I could ever ask for...thank you!!!

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    I like this a lot. Good words! Just awesome!

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