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.
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    rear derailer hanger bolt for 2012 specialized rockhopper comp29

    Hi I snapped the bolt that holds the rear derailer hanger on my bike and I'm having trouble finding another,can I use a normal bolt from the hardware store?

    This stock bolt is hollow,and alluminum,and it snapped when I simply went to snug it down,is this common? And are you supposed to gently snug these bolts?

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    Now would be a good time to buy a spare hanger, (they come with a bolt), for the next time you have an issue. The hanger and bolt are considered to be expendable, like a fuse, to protect your frame from breaking.

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    Almost looks like a chainring bolt. They are available in aluminum. Check with your LBS.
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