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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    Skills - Building Practice Tools

    I had the opportunity recently to attend a bike clinic for building skills. The clinic had teetor-totors, boxes to jump off/on, switchback practice boards, etc.

    I wanted to try to build some of my own and was wondering if someone could recommend a book or something that would give me the details about how to go about getting this done (i.e, correct measurements and materials needed.)

    Thanks!

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    Given the nature of obstacles on a standard mountain bike trail, exact measurements are a waste of time. Just build stuff to ride over. Size is irrelevant. Do you live in a city? Ride up and down stairs. Ride off of curbs. Set up cardboard boxes and learn to bunnyhop over them (that way, if you hit them, they just crush underneath you).

    Pele grew up playing soccer with a sock stuffed with newspaper. You can build a teeter-totter with a 2x4 and a piece of firewood.

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    I like your idea...

    Quote Originally Posted by MrMook
    Given the nature of obstacles on a standard mountain bike trail, exact measurements are a waste of time. Just build stuff to ride over. Size is irrelevant. Do you live in a city? Ride up and down stairs. Ride off of curbs. Set up cardboard boxes and learn to bunnyhop over them (that way, if you hit them, they just crush underneath you).

    Pele grew up playing soccer with a sock stuffed with newspaper. You can build a teeter-totter with a 2x4 and a piece of firewood.
    Hey, thanks. I think I was getting way too caught up on duplicating what I had seen at the clinic.

    You're absolutely right...almost anything will do if I just put a little creativity into my thinking.

    I appreciate your input.

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