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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    A very muddy day.


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    Nice hour long ride with my brother-in-law.... very refreshing.... forgot how much fun we have when we ride together.

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    Not exactly today's ride, but Oakeshott reminded me of this one. This was after a 20 minute race after starting off pretty much clean. It was pretty interesting

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1356758649.100044.jpg

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    Got my bars and stem on

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    Smiled and railed Lawndale

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    work and weather havent been cooperating so I decided to take the bike apart. gonna slap some upgrades on over the next few days.
    Just some yahoo on a Wahoo

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    !st off road experience

    went on my first trail ride. Lots of fun.Not sure how to go down steep drops with turns at the end.Rode the brake too much. Still had fun

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    Rode 2 loops on one of my go-to solo trails. Couldn't get the boy motivated to get out of bed and ride with me today. Changed my first flat tire ever on the trail about 6.5 miles not the first loop. Not sure if I'm still considered a noob at this point (just started riding earlier is year), but hadn't had a flat while riding where I was equipped to change the tube out. Took me longer to get the Camelbak & gloves off, get the tools & spare tube out than it did to actually fix the flat.

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    crash...

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    Crashing is no good

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    A little winter riding:


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    Awesome what kind of bike you riding in the snow? How do you like it I have never ridden in the snow

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreddin22 View Post
    Awesome what kind of bike you riding in the snow? How do you like it I have never ridden in the snow
    2011 Spec' Hardrock Disc. with Captain Control 2.0" front and Hardrock'r 1.95" rear. Both tires did well on day 1, day 2 added a lil more snow and more ruts from other riders.

    Day 1 was fantastic i must say. It's totally ride-able. Day 2 added a lil more snow and there were more ruts that could throw your steering off...this was mainly on parts of the trail that were not packed down via sled. So Day 2 was a lil more difficult...doesn't help that i had my DSLR slung around my neck thus i'm not 100% riding.

    Hardpacked snow = fantastic to ride on.

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    Huh that's awesome!!! I thought it was a hardrock but wasn't sure.. I have a hardrock as well. Huh I will have to go check out the trails near me and see if pole are riding to pack it down. Where a outs are you? I am north east part of US

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreddin22 View Post
    Huh that's awesome!!! I thought it was a hardrock but wasn't sure.. I have a hardrock as well. Huh I will have to go check out the trails near me and see if pole are riding to pack it down. Where a outs are you? I am north east part of US
    NE Indiana. Give it a shot. I had a great time out there.

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    I am from VT and could hardly ride my bike if I wanted to! I've got nearly two feet of snow on my trails that is not packed down. Even if I tried to ride, my F9 has rim brakes that do NOT stop in the snow. Oh well. I just have to sit and wait for my '13 Cobia to come in to my LBS.
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    Rode the snow then mounted my new PCS-12 to my workbench. What did You do today on your mountain bike?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1356890520.264452.jpg

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    I walked past mine in the living room and wondered how the front tire could possibly be flat as it's brand new and I just mounted it up with a fresh dose of Stan's three days ago...
    Turns out, I left the presta valve open. Went for a night ride the other night that way. WOOO HOO!
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    Mounted up some new 203mm discs, and gave it some tlc.

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    Installed some hydro discs and new forks.

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    Rode 15 miles...
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    Did two laps. 16.7 miles. My longest to date. Didn't want to stop, but saw a buddy on both laps, at the same place so chatted, then rode the rest of my final lap back with him.

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    Did my first night ride, alone, freaky, saw LOTS of little eyes off in the desert. No pics, was too busy pedaling as fast as I could to get away from whatever was out there. lol. Also mounted up some christmas presents for the bike, BBG bashguard and obviously the light set up,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTBerNick View Post
    Did my first night ride, alone, freaky, saw LOTS of little eyes off in the desert. No pics, was too busy pedaling as fast as I could to get away from whatever was out there. lol. Also mounted up some christmas presents for the bike, BBG bashguard and obviously the light set up,
    I love riding alone at night.. Freaks me out a little, but there's no wild animals to be afraid of where I ride.
    I like turtles

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