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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    Install some new xt brakes on my bike. , today I get to bleed them since I had to swap the hose around on the lever..

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    Rode over a coiled copperhead snake
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMacMan View Post
    Rode over a coiled copperhead snake
    Scared the doodoo outta me
    Him too.

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    Rode 6.5 miles solo at a local coastal trail (El Moro/Crystal Cove). Finally had a cooler weather ride, felt good!
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    ... and if we just ...

    i cleaned my bike with this halfway thru riding today~
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    Took an 8.5 mile trail ride up to the San Tan mountains and climbed Maricopa trail.

    Realized I dropped my cell phone when I got down, tried to turn back to look for it, lost balance, could not unclip, went SPLAT into the ground. Walked the bike back up, found phone (whew).

    The view was great though.
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    rode a little in the local woods, found a new way down the hill, fell down one time

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    Rode Overmountain Victory Trail in Wilkesboro, NC

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    Went exploring an area where a bunch of trees were knocked down in a recent storm:


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    Rode Overmountain Victory Trail in Wilkesboro, NC
    I passed an SUV headed north on 421 just outside of Winston about 11:30am - was that you guys?

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    I didn't do anything wife had to many honey-do's!
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    rode my first xc race today. Finished 11 outta 20 only a minute behind 4th. 9.75 miles of single in 49 minutes

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    Looked at her sadly as I loaded my road bike onto the car. Can't ride it right now. Broken thumb.

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    Found a new cool flowy trail at my local spot.

    Learned that I should pack some TP in my camelback. Had to cut out too ssoon.

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    Rode my bike on a new trail with two friends and got into a really good flow by the end

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    Got a babysitter, rode with my wife and 2 other Durango Bike Chicks(TM) from my driveway over to the Colorado Trail, up to Gudy's Rest. Then back down to an ATM in town to get cash for the sitter, and rode home.

    Rode the fatbike. Tried one techy uphill thing 3 times - finally lost a tiny bit o' skin on the 3rd failed try. 19 miles, pretty quick, mellow ride, 2,200 feet of climbing, and perfect weather. And my 3 yr old daughter was stoked to show us her purple fingernails when we got home.

    Life's good.
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    Spent too much time on disposable pedals

    Installed 10-24 x 3/8" allen set screws where the cast-in pins were wore/broken, cleaned and packed the bearings, installed o-rings to keep the crap out and then gave them a light coat of paint knowing full well the paint will wear off quickly.

    All on a $15 pair of pedals??????
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    Would like to replace my rear shocks, but don't know how

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    26 miles of urban riding in sweet 70 degree weather.

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    Towed my son around in a Burley trailer for three hours stopping to play at every park in town. Talk about fun we had a blast!

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    How did he feel about the downhill technical portions?

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    Rode the furthest in the mountains so far. Got lost trying to find the path up to a nice, smooth, rolling downhill section with sharper corners than I have ridden so far. I hiked the bike up through a very steep area, hiked it back down though a rock-lined ditch once I realized my mistake. One day, I know I can ride that area, but I am not there yet... Found the rolling section again, it was pure joy. I had a big stupid grin coming down, even though it had the terrifying hidden kitty litter sandy spots. Just bombed down it and hit a new personal best off-road top speed

    Wiped out twice on the trip, the first time falling since I first began riding almost two months ago. I just lost control on a flat section trying to power through some sand and tipped over. Speed was really low because of the sand, so no biggie. Then I launched myself across a sidewalk and into a bush trying to taker a tight s-shaped corner too tight and too fast. I barreled into one bush, and got thrown off across the path into another one. I giggled, cause it was kinda fun to fly like that, and the only thing hurt was my pride from falling while riding on the freaking sidewalk.

    I am glad I got all my knee pads and elbow pads last week

    Best ride I have had yet!

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    Looked at it sitting forlornly in the corner, checked the surf, then paddled out and let it gather dust. Since I moved to a place with regular waves biking has taken a back burner.

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    LBS called me to say the bike had arrived. Brought it home and did all the stuff ya gotta do to a new bike. Its now awaiting its first trail tomorrow.

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    Bought a 9 speed chain to complete my build :-)

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