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.
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    Trueing rear wheel

    I'm not real comfortable with trying to true my rear wheel. How much can I expect to pay to true it up?

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    My local shops charge between $10-15 to true a wheel.

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    Problem is that they will likely only true it not make sure spokes are highly and evenly tensioned stress relieved so you'll be needing it again soon. A properly tensioned wheel will hold its trueness. If it were my wheel & I took it to a shop I'd ask for them to provide a record of all the spoke tensions. I provide that to my customers for their records.
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    It's easier to true a wheel than you'd think. I was fortunate to have someone show me how in person, but there are videos that should be sufficient. After truing several wheels, I rebuilt a wheel from youtube videos.

    A truing stand is nice but not necessary. A good spoke wrench is a must, and you should have one for emergency repairs even if you get the LBS to do your truing. I like the Park Tool ones with a square slot that grips all four sides of the nipple.

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