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 Clinic Near Pittsburgh

    My wife and I would love to take a skills course together. Does anyone know of a clinic near the Pittsburgh area?
    Whether you're peddling or twisting the wrist...you're still riding on two wheels...and that's good enough for me

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    Have you asked this question on PORC? They'd be most likely to know what's going on in that area.

    PORC Pittsburgh Mountain Biking, Western Pennsylvania Mountain Biking

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    Pedaling when it's dry
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    Quote Originally Posted by swampboy62 View Post
    Have you asked this question on PORC? They'd be most likely to know what's going on in that area.

    PORC Pittsburgh Mountain Biking, Western Pennsylvania Mountain Biking

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    I have not. Thank you for the resource!
    Whether you're peddling or twisting the wrist...you're still riding on two wheels...and that's good enough for me

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