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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    Recommendation for Bay Area bike shop

    I need to get my wife's Rockhopper in shape for some easy trail rides with our kid. She hasn't touched it in years and left it stored outside (not in the rain, but outside). Among other things, the chain is rusted onto the sprocket, and I can't seem to get the rear deraileur to respond. So I like to have it tuned up/fixed up. Trouble is, I just got into biking recently, and know nothing about shops in the Calif Bay Area (South Bay to Peninsula).

    So if anyone can provide some suggestions to me along with info on expertise/prices, etc., I would greatly appreciate the help. TIA.

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    You might try the NorCal forum also.
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    You guys suck im all bummed now

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    Good idea. Didn't even know about it. Did I mention I am a noobie on MTBR too

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    We can see it under your name.

    I wish I had a better answer for you. I'm from Saratoga, but haven't been to a bike shop there in 20+ years. Have fun!
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    Since you are South Bay I'd go see Tread or Trail Head. Both are great shops/good people. Would give them a call and explain what you need and see when they can look at the bike.

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