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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    Listen! NOOBS!...read this.

    From the Surly Blog - a good place to visit.

    If you think your bike looks good, it does.

    If you like the way your bike rides, itís an awesome bike.

    You donít need to spend a million dollars to have a great bike, but if you do spend a million dollars and know what you want youíll probably also have a great bike.

    Yes, you can tour on your bike Ė whatever it is.

    Yes, you can race on your bike Ė whatever it is.

    Yes, you can commute on your bike Ė whatever it is.

    26Ē wheels or 29Ē or 650b or 700c or 24Ē or 20Ē or whatever Ė yes, that wheel size is rad and youíll probably get where youíre going.

    Disc brakes, cantis, v-brakes, and road calipers all do a great job of stopping a bike when theyíre working and adjusted.

    No paint job makes everyone happy.

    Yes, you can put a rack on that. Get some p-clamps if there are no mounts.

    Steel is a great material for making bike frames - so is aluminum, carbon fiber, and titanium.

    You can have your saddle at whatever angle makes you happy.

    Your handlebars can be lower than your saddle, even with your saddle, or higher than your saddle. Whichever way you like it is right.

    Being shuttled up a downhill run does not make you a weak person, nor does choosing not to fly off of a 10 foot drop.

    Bike frames made overseas can be super cool. Bike frames made in the USA can be super cool.

    Hey, tattooed and pierced long shorts wearin flat brim hat red bull drinkin white Oakley sportin rad person on your full suspension big hit bike Ė nice work out there.

    Hey, little round glasses pocket protector collared shirt skid lid rear view mirror sandal wearing schwalbe marathon running pletscher two-leg kickstand tourist Ė good job.

    Hey, shaved leg skinny as hell super duper tan line hear rate monitor checking power tap train in the basement all winter super loud lycra kit million dollar wheels racer Ė keep it up.

    The more you ride your bike, the less your ass will hurt.

    The following short answers are good answers, but not the only ones for the question asked Ė 29Ē, Brooks, lugged, disc brake, steel, Campagnolo, helmet, custom, Rohloff, NJS, carbon, 31.8, clipless, porteur.

    No bike does everything perfectly. In fact, no bike does anything until someone gets on it to ride.

    Sometimes, recumbent bikes are ok.

    Your bikeshop is not trying to screw you. Theyíre trying to stay open.

    Buying things off of the internet is great, except when it sucks.

    Some people know more about bikes than you do. Other people know less.

    Maybe the person you waved at while you were out riding didnít see you wave at them.

    It sucks to be harassed by *******s in cars while youíre on a bike. It also sucks to drive behind *******s on bikes.

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

    Wheelies are the best trick ever invented. Thatís just a fact.

    Which is better, riding long miles, or hanging out under a bridge doing tricks? Yes.

    Yes, you can break your collar bone riding a bike like that.

    Stopping at stop signs is probably a good idea.

    Driving with your bikes on top of your car to get to a dirt trail isnít ideal, but for most people itís necessary.

    If your bike has couplers, or if you have a spendy bike case, or if you pay a shop to pack your bike, or if you have a folding bike, shipping a bike is still a pain in the ass for everyone involved.

    That dent in your frame is probably ok, but maybe itís not. You should get it looked at.

    Touch up paint always looks like ****. Often it looks worse than the scratch.

    A pristine bike free of dirt, scratches, and wear marks makes me sort of sad.

    A bike thatís been chained to the same tree for three years caked with rust and missing parts makes me sad too.

    Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.

    Toe overlap is not the end of the world, unless you crash and die Ė then it is.

    Sometimes parts break. Sometimes you crash. Sometimes itís your fault.

    Yes, you can buy a bike without riding it first. It would be nice to ride it first, but itís not a deal breaker not to.

    Ownership of a truing stand does not a wheel builder make.

    32 spokes, 48 spokes, 24 spokes, three spokes? Sure.

    Single speed bikes are rad. Bikes with derailleurs and cassettes are sexy. Belt drive internal gear bikes work great too.

    Columbus, TruTemper, Reynolds, Ishiwata, or no brand? Iíd ride it.

    Tubeless tires are pretty cool. So are tubes.

    The moral of RAGBRAI is that families and drunken boobs can have fun on the same route, just maybe at different times of day.

    Riding by yourself kicks ass. You might also try riding with a group.

    Really fast people are frustrating, but they make you faster. When you get faster, you might frustrate someone else.

    Stopping can be as much fun as riding.

    Lots of people worked their asses off to build whatever youíre riding on. You should thank them.
    originally posted by Skip Bernet on the Surly Blog - 06.16.2011
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    Quote Originally Posted by STT GUY View Post
    Screw the search function... you're new, ask the question(s). If anyone gets thier undies in a bunch it's thier problem.

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    nice post

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    Great stuff!
    He who dares....wins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles
    That depends. Can you go fvck yourself?

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    What you will find on that link is the truth, plain and simple. Great post.

    I would however go one step further and say it isn't just for noobs, everyone who rides should read it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flowmaster View Post
    I would however go one step further and say it isn't just for noobs, everyone who rides should read it.
    found the link here:
    Best blog post ever

    in 'General'

    seemed like a good fit for the 'Beginner' section...IMO
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    I'm not a noob, I like to post pictures of my bikes just because I think they are cool.

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    If you're happy and you know it...ride your bike!!

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    If your happy and know it...ride your bike!!

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    If you are happy with your bike and it gets you off of the couch and on the trails,by all means,ride you ass off until something breaks and then replace it.

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    nice post

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    so much truth! good post!

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    If you think your bike looks good, it does.
    If you like the way your bike rides, itís an awesome bike.


    Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.


    I love my costco bought Northrock XC6. It looks good, it rides good and so far, it's holding up fine.

    I do like the points he makes though, other than the one that implies my precious XC6 aint no good.

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    This should be required reading with a test at the end before you can post on mtbr.com.
    When the **** did we get ice cream?

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    That was great

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    Had I read this post first thing...so many of my questions would have been answered

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    that brought a big old grin to my face
    great post
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    Great post
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    yeah, thats a good read

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    This needs to be made into a wall poster, I would definitely buy one and put it in my little bike working area.
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    This made me smile. Thank for sharing.

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    I dig it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mhix01 View Post
    If you think your bike looks good, it does.
    If you like the way your bike rides, itís an awesome bike.


    Bikes purchased at Wal-mart, Target, Costco, or K-mart are generally not the best bang for your buck.


    I love my costco bought Northrock XC6. It looks good, it rides good and so far, it's holding up fine.

    I do like the points he makes though, other than the one that implies my precious XC6 aint no good.
    "Generally not the best bang for your buck" is a long way from "aint (sic) no good".
    All very good advice given in a very PC manner, great post...needs to be a sticky.

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    awesome

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