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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    Opening a Powerlink Correctly

    OK. I searched and didn't find an answer to this question that I can understand....DUH.

    How do you open a SRAM powerlink without doing any damage? Tools?

    And more important, how do your reinstall the link and chain once your done?

    Thanks.
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    You have to squeeze the link on the sides. Then push the ends of the link toward each other. It will release. To reinstall, push the pins in at the large hole end. It will make a little click. Then pull the chain straight, and it will lock into place.

    If you are having a hard time releasing it, then you aren't squeezing the link sides in enough before you push the pins together.

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    A dirty Powerlink can be much harder to open. Same for a brand new one.

    It can be hard to do but it gets easier with practice. It is tricky enough, though, that Park makes a special wrench just for pushing the pins together, lol. You can also use needle nose pliers for the same purpose.

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    20071221 power link lock MTBR FORUM.jpg

    to lock it, you have to put the pin into B and then when the slot on the pin is aligned, push the pin towards A. If you look closely, A is chamfered such that the 2 plates will move away from each other to lock the plates together ... so to unlock ... you will need to push the plates together such that the slot is aligned with the plate then push the 2 pins together ... if that makes sense ...

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    sounds similar to the "one handed bra removal" technique

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    dont use ANY tool, you'll bend the links or screw something up. it should be very easy, moderate finger pressure on the middle of the link and push together.. even when greasy and nasty .

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