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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    totally n00b question

    but what is "switchback"?

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    From a dictionary:

    Noun: A 180 bend in a road or path, esp. one leading up the side of a mountain

    That's all it is - a tight sharp turn on a hillside, where the trail zig-zags up the hillside. This allows for a more ride-able grade, and will resist washing out if built properly.
    Use it, use it, use it while you still have it.

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    alright cool. yeah i know waht ur talking about. i usually call them hairpins lol

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    i think with pavement they're called hairpins but in any sort of bike or walking/hiking trail they're called switchbacks.

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