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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    Old Jamis Facelist

    Hello! I'm new to the Forum.

    I've got an old Jamis Explorer(early nineties) that I'm going to take apart and paint, While it's broke down I'd like to try to upgrade the old 6 speed rear cassette to a 7 or even an 8. Is it feasible to spread that rear end to accomodate a new cassette? It's a 21" frame.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    If it's a steel frame, yes you can spread the rear.
    You will need a new hub too. 8 speed and larger hubs are different.
    Bicycle Frame/Hub Spacing

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    Great news and thanks for the informative link! I think I'll invite Sheldon over for lunch.

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