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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    Putting together new bike, issue connecting front V-brakes.


    While generally competent, I have never had any experience with bicycles. Just got a new one and am putting together, and have no issue but failed to get the front brakes/wheel working.

    Basically, if I hook the brakes together (really quite sure they are V-brakes) the are then too close for the wheel to slot in.

    So naturally I tried putting the wheel in first (what I now think is correct) however then I cannot connect the brakes, as the cord is not long enough.

    Ive done a LOT of googling but do not know what im doing. Any advice would be great. I think I may need to loosen the brakes, but that seems a bit odd considering its brand new.



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    How to set/fix up v-brakes on your bicycle - YouTube
    Note from 4:45 on where the brake cable is connected together. The reverse will open it up enough to put the wheel back in (assuming I've interpreted your problem correctly).

    Otherwise, this might help.
    1 - Adjusting a V-Brake - YouTube

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    The second video was perfect. Thanks a lot, everything is sorted.

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