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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    Time Trails...what to expect?

    So i just started mountain biking last november and have been out a couple times. The local park is having a time trial races every wednesday starting tomorrow and going till july. Being a beginner im undecided whether i want to do this or not. what can I expect? I dont want to get in the way of other riders, but it might just be part of the game?

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    A time trial is an individual timed effort riders start at a specific time usually at least 30sec apart. If you want to do it, do it. Don't worry about getting in the way of other riders as passing is a part of racing. If someone wants to pass let them. You shouldn't need to stop but just move over enough to let them by safely.

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    It will most likely be fun and a rude awaking ,there are some people that go real fast on a bike. Don't let that stop you ,you don't know if you'll like it until you try.

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    Even being a beginner, you will be faster than some. Of course youll be passed by some too. If you need to be passed by someone, find a safe area for you and the other person and move over and let them go. Tell them good luck or something and keep riding. Never have to stop unless you really want to. Ive done two races and never even came close to wining. But I did get first prize for most fun had according to me. Thats all that matters in the long run.

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    I ended up giving it a try and it was a lot of fun. I was one of the slower ones, but still fun none the less. i really need to get my bike tuned up, my derailer could use some help.

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