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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    Thinking about Motobecane 400/450HT for lock-up bike

    Hi I have a nice trail bike with plenty of time and money into it to the point where I cannot use it for things like shopping, basically anytime I would need to lock it up.

    I was thinking of ordering a $300 Bikes Direct bike; Suntour XCT fork and some low spec components for those times when I need to leave the bike on it's own for awhile. I would still lock it up with U-lock plus a cable lock but at least if it gets stolen it wouldn't be a huge loss.

    I do have some old parts lying around and thought about getting a frame and putting something together, but a complete bike for around $300 sounds good.

    Think it will hold up to some pot-holed street riding and some curbs?

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    I don't see anything wrong with that bike for that type of use. Sounds like a good idea to me.

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    Get a beater on Craigslist for street riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laherna View Post
    Get a beater on Craigslist for street riding.
    +1 on this, you can really find some great deals on Craigslist..

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    Quote Originally Posted by laherna View Post
    Get a beater on Craigslist for street riding.
    best option here.

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