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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.
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    Off to the LBS for accessories. What should I get?

    I just got my bike, but don't have anything for it yet. I'm about to head to the LBS a little later to get some things, specifically a pump. What else do I need aside from a helmet?

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    Spare parts

    Hydration pack

    Tools

    Gloves

    Eye protection

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    lbs

    Invest in a maverick speedball r even if you or new to the sport you will grow into it. It automatically adjust the seat height from your handle bar. Also check out the dakine nomad backpack much better than camelback, check out purely custom for cool stuff
    Michael SUN SAND&FREE

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    replacement tire tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mschocket
    Invest in a maverick speedball r even if you or new to the sport you will grow into it. It automatically adjust the seat height from your handle bar. Also check out the dakine nomad backpack much better than camelback, check out purely custom for cool stuff
    you have no idea what kind of riding he does and have no basis for those two recommendations.
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    Cool-blue Rhythm

    To expand...

    Quote Originally Posted by LocalRiderSe7en

    Spare parts

    Spare tube, patch kit

    Hydration pack

    Tools

    Multi-wrench (preferrably Allen set with screwdriver)
    Tire levers

    Gloves

    Eye protection
    Like sunglasses

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    Lol, I'll clarify, sorry. I will mainly stick with trail riding this season, then next season progress to downhill.

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    here are some must have items

    gloves- i like full finger ones
    extra tubes
    tire levers- pedros levers are better than all others
    small air pump- blackburn and topeak make good ones
    multitool

    other items that you might want to have

    camelbak- how did people ride bikes before these were invented?
    small first aid kit
    fenders- useful if you ride in lots of mud
    extra derailleur hanger
    repair stand & tools
    biking clothes- just make sure its comfortable and wicks moisture from your skin
    bike specific shoes- leave the running shoes at home

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    can't go wrong

    you can't go wrong with the speedball eben if you're beginner just to be able to lower the seat @ a stop sign is a pleasure, he asked for recommendations
    Michael SUN SAND&FREE

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    i was going to say helmet, but i read it again and saw u said besides that. get a camelbak

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    Cool. Thanks for the feedback. I already had a camelbak, but I ended up buying a pump to go on the bike, three tire levers, and an extra tube. However, one thing I didn't realize until I got home is that I have no way of testing tire pressure since my bike uses presta valves, so I may go back and grab a stand pump too as well as a multitool.

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