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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    Definitely a great first thread to read here on mtbr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crash Test Dumby View Post
    Thank you. So true of ANY web forum. It's my question, and the way I ask it will induce the answers I'm looking for, even if I can find relevant info using the search function.

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    I feel a little bit better about being at the 'Kiddy' table.

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    That was an awesome read, as 43 pages of people who have come before me have said!

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    Agreed...wise words.

    Bought a cross bike last winter to ride road and learn cross. Moved to New England and now live near local MTB trails. Riding my 'cross bike there for training, and to learn bike handling as I also try to figure out some of the cross-specific skills. WOW are MTB trails a blast!! Wow is riding ANYTHING just fun.

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    Nice!!

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    Nothing more true. Newer to MTB, but been riding road bikes for awhile. Glad this is a positive atmosphere!

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    where was this before i bought a bike? haha

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    Great post !!

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    Sweet!

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    Beautiful perspective!!!!! Love it

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    I really enjoyed reading that. Thanks

    I took the liberty to translate it for my local forum. Of course the OP, forum and original writer and blog were attributed at the top of the thread. Hopefully there are no objections

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    wow, best single read post of my life. so good. so true. brought a smile and tear to my face. cheers.

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    Awesome post! Everyone should abide by this.

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    I appreciate and endorse your post!
    I'm a noob to the forum and this post helped me sign up

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    Great post, loved every bit of it!

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    Great read. I am researching low end MTB's right now, as it's all I can really afford, and I want to just get out there and ride. I was a bit intimidated reading up on bikes, and such on this forum, as it seems everyone has big $$$ bikes, so I kind of felt like a budget bike wasn't a good idea.. But... Then I read this thread, and realized, riding is the important part, not the brand of bike you're riding.

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    Great advice - loved it

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