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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  1. #1
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    Apr 2007

    trade or upgrade? help plz

    So I have a GT outpost, I havent touched the bike in years, and the guy that owns a shop says that could be really bad, considering they are mechanical parts. Should I just try and trade it in? (dont think illg et much for it) for another beginner bike? (yes i am a beginner) or should I try and upgrade it? I think if I upgrade it, itll cost a lot. What do you all think? My budget would be like $400. The bikes I saw at the shop were like Trek 4000 series and Gary Fisher bikes, they looked really nice. Just wanted some suggestions thanks

  2. #2
    KRISDALA BAKA!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Nov 2005
    Go for new!

  3. #3
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    Mar 2007
    Trade it towards a new one. You'll easily spend $400 just upgrading your bike. I decided to buy new rather than upgrade my old bike.

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