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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    OBS = Online Bike Store w/ free shipping

    SO I had a great experinace with Zappos dot com..free shipping both to me and back to them if needed to return..all free of charge.

    Please post up your favorite Online Bike Store for parts, upgrades, forks, tools, etc... especially if you get free shipping with all orders and returns....??

    I don't have a good LBS near me..I have to travel to get to one, so I do almost all my shoping online nowa days and would rather by tools and learn myself than pay an LBS to do the "work" on my bike.

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    Here, you'll need this.

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    I ASSume that is a flame suit?
    Am I going to get flamed for buying online and not supporting a LBS?
    Or flamed for just being a dumb noob?

    eaither way if I get info then bring it :-)
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    It may be a mix of both.

    To provide some infos and not just a smartass answer.

    Jenson, bluesky, pricepoint

    Three I have dealt with online and had good luck with. I am a LBS supporter though as well, but they earn my dollars. Good ones and bad ones of them, as in anything.

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    aawyeah, treefortbikes, wiggle, outsideoutfitters

    these always have seem to always have the lowest regular prices (non one time sale, or coupon)

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    If it helps I bought my bike at a LBS :-)

    I fully respect LBS loylalty...for me I have little options for a "home town" LBS and I am a shadetree mechanic so I know how to take stuff apart and back again.

    Thanks ALL :-)
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    I used to get a lot of stuff from Bikebling, until I had a miscommunication with them. Probably a freak occurence, so I still recommend them. Some good stuff on Amazon, too.
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    bike-discount.de, hucknroll(now competitive cyclist), the big A (amazon), blueskycycling.

    Sadly I have to recur to online shops almos exclusively as LBSs in my country have limited options and with crazy high prices. I buy my bikes from my lbs though, as their prices for bikes are pretty competitive once your done with all the haggling. I also like to hang around there and give the staff some soft drinks when I feel like looking a bikes that I wish were mine. They also used to employ this pretty and very hot young lady who knew nothing about bikes but everyone asked her the questions and made the place a social gathering center.

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    I've dealt with pricepoint, jenson, tree fort, and performance bicycle. Tree fort has free shipping over $150 and as a bonus, I get the stuff within 48 hours. They are located in Michigan and I'm in northern Indiana. Free 48 hour shipping, can't beat that! Plus they're prices are the lowest I find online for the most part.
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    I've had good luck with Pricepoint as well. I'm new enough that I haven't tried many others. Of course I also have a good LBS with decent prices!

    There are four LBS in my area....only one gets my business. Mostly due to price, but partly due to the others just have a terrible selection of parts or bikes.

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    Wiggle & CRC do free shipping if you spend a certain amount.

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    REI, Performance, Pricepoint, Jenson, and eBay (careful).
    Geologist by trade...bicycle mechanic (former) by the grace of God!

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    Thanks ALL :-)
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    I'll add one more that I shop at every time:

    ArtsCyclery.com

    They do free shipping over $50, with free returns. I live in CA so when I order before 3pm, it arrives at my house the next day.

    Great customer service reps, with live chat on the site, which is not outsourced

    They even have a Learning Center which has a ton of cool How To videos etc.

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    Cool, I'm in Cali too
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    parts - aawyeah is cheap, free shipping no tax
    parts - ebay.
    bikes - bikesdirect free shipping no tax

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