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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    I fixed my rear brakes that sounded like a damn trumpet. Hopefully.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tim2103 View Post
    I fixed my rear brakes that sounded like a damn trumpet. Hopefully.
    How did you fix them? I am having a similar issue.

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    Just a short ride around my neighborhood, I didn't have much time before work. It was a great way to start the day! I can't wait to ride again tomorrow.

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    I learned not to try consecutive drops and rock gardens while going through a descending corner, doing so with my suntour fork turns the bike into a bronco. As fun as the rodeo was, I don't think I'll trying that again anytime soon. I'm still surprised I managed to stay on the bike, though I think tomorrow I'm gonna have 2 flat tires from going through 12 foot or so of thorn bushes in the hopes of getting the bike back up and on the singletrack. I still had a blast though.

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    Replaced the BB on my daily. Came super close to lobbing it over the fence after the 20min job turned into an hour long epic. Convinced myself not to, as I like having a bike that doesn't attract attention when locked up in the city. Sometimes I think a new bike would be nice during the week, but that's why I have my Anthem for the weekends.

    Old BB was a sealed square taper jobby.

    Wasnt sealed when I went to remove it. Never seen a sealed bottom bracket come out in bits. Explains the crunch/squeak I was getting on the ride home the day before. Glad I didn't try and power through it, and took it steady. I suspect it had never been replaced before as screwing it back in was a mission in itself. Thought I was cross threading it, so took me a number of attempts to make sure it was fine before committing to tightening it back up again.

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    After hitting the trail, five minutes in took a spill. Got up started pedaling up a hill and snap. Broken chain. Luckily not too far from a bike shop. Village bicycles on Warrick blvd. In Newport News, Va. gave me the hook-up. 3 dollars and 30 minutes later was back hitting the trails with a vengence. All in all was a good day.
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    Ride it, got it dirty and cleaned it

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    What did i do today..... Been riding my new bike without the steerer cut while i decided on what height I wanted. Finally decided on the height. Measured, took the fork off, got set-up and my 8.999 month pregnant wife decided we needed to go have the baby. I tried to stall her so that I could finish my bike, but no the baby had to come before the bike(whatever). Anyway, 90 minutes later she decided it was a false alarm. Came home, remeasured my steerer, forgot the headset height this time and cut my steerer in the wrong place. Anyway, new fork is on order as of this morning and I learned yet another valuable life lesson. At 11pm after rushing to the hospital, cutting a steerer tube is a bad idea....

    That's what I did on my mountain bike today!

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    I dusted it off .a bit .Its been idle a long time

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    Sat on my seat, got a boner because I haven't ridden for two weeks due to injury. Today is the day that I will re acquaint myself with my steed.

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    I lubed up my chain for the first time last night(since I bought it) and went for a ride.

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    put upgrades on. will post pic when I get 10 posts.

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    Rode at snowbasin for a nice 12 mile ride, low key in preparation for a 5k foot climbing day tommorow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haymitch View Post
    What did i do today..... Been riding my new bike without the steerer cut while i decided on what height I wanted. Finally decided on the height. Measured, took the fork off, got set-up and my 8.999 month pregnant wife decided we needed to go have the baby. I tried to stall her so that I could finish my bike, but no the baby had to come before the bike(whatever). Anyway, 90 minutes later she decided it was a false alarm. Came home, remeasured my steerer, forgot the headset height this time and cut my steerer in the wrong place. Anyway, new fork is on order as of this morning and I learned yet another valuable life lesson. At 11pm after rushing to the hospital, cutting a steerer tube is a bad idea....

    That's what I did on my mountain bike today!
    Yup. Measure 2x, cut 1x. And if you take a break after measuring, re - measure again!

    Hell, measure it 3 times!

    Today I picked up a wireless odometer/speedo for the mountain bike but ran out of time and desire to install it. That will be tomorrow I hope....
    Remember when we were kids and our Mom's said we could not play in the mud? I'm making up for it now!!

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    since i have a 97 cannondale m500, i did a threadless adapter and new/used stem.

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    Got rid of that freaking creak!

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    25 kms of single track at hardwood hills in Orillia Ontario. It was awesome

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    Rode 11 miles on a local trail, my longest ride yet. Felt great, can't wait to go longer!

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    29 miles around Annadel
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    Just stared at my bike. It was 105 degrees today.

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    5k of climbing today over 29 miles, left me with a sore butt!

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    13 miles of trail. 4.5 hours. Over half of that was "moving time". Getting better... one day at a time. Maybe I'll try some easier trails next time.

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    15 miles before my BB gave up the ghost
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    I went on my first solo ride yesterday - short 8 miles on a beginners trail (Carbon Canyon SoCal) but it was awesome I could push myself harder and felt more relaxed - don't get me wrong I like riding with my more experienced buddies but since they flaked, I took a chance and went on my own and had a blast!
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    Did a Complete tear down, deep clean, and rebuild on my 97 Moab. All new Jagwire ripcord cables, New IG Chain, Broke one of the spring arms on my 1st. gen Avid Single digits in the process (any body got a source for new ones?) Next task is to do a teardown and rebuild of my Manitou Bulge fs-ti fork! Looking forward to actually using it now!

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