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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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    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 got a cheap light set up just to see if I was interested. It was enought to get me hooked, I just need a much much better light set up. And I only had handlebar mounted lights so I could go too fast around corners, I need a helmet light.

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    Not today but a couple of weeks ago... My son wanted me to pop a wheelie on my 29er, so I did, not being satisfied with the height or distance of it he requested another one. So I gave it to him, unfortunately my shorts got caught on my bike pump, so I lost control and WAM! All pavement

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    took the bike for a 2nd spin
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    Took my brand new Cobia out on packed snow. It was a blast to ride!
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    Went and rode on the snow and ice trails today.

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    got out the old haro i had before my giant and took it to the trails. its been close to 2 months since i rode and with the weather being slightly warmer than normal, i took advantage of it, even if it was on my old bike. it was great. also reminded me of how out of shape (cardio wise) that i was.

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    Put a type 2 derailleur on and tested it out. Seems to work pretty good. We will see in the long run.

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    Rode through some muddy trails. Had fun. Going back tomorrow for more! Hopefully it dries out.

    Buddy gummed up his bike pretty good and got something stuck in the derailer and broke it. Wasn't fun.

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    Went riding through snow, icy and muddy trails





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    Got caught in the rain, thankfully we were halfway through our ride when it hit.






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    Quote Originally Posted by stimpy13 View Post
    Went and rode on the snow and ice trails today.
    where did you get your GT from man. this is what i've been looking for when i get my income tax money back. that black and yellow is sick too

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    Had a blast riding with my friends at Boy Scout camp at Alpine, NJ.

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    15 miles in Syamore Canyon, just north of Malibu, CA. Sin Nombre trail head.

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    New here and to mountain biking. So, hello guys!

    Went on my first trail ride ever this morning. I had a blast, but man... it really wiped me out. I'm a pretty active guy in decent shape; I box and run and all that so I didn't think my endurance was going to be so poor on the trail. I rode for a measly hour and 20 minutes and am totally exhausted as I type this. Not that this is a bad thing... I did buy this bike (a Motobecane 300ht) to have a fun way to stay active. And I really did have a good time, so it's totally worth it.

    I am wondering if anyone can offer me some tips on how to improve my biking endurance while on some easy trail rides..? Am I wrong to take the approach of just getting out there and riding? Should I start off on the road only or something? Also, I think I wasn't shifting gears at the right times.. For example, I would switch when I hit a new terrain, but I feel like I should be shifting before I actually hit it if that makes any sense. But, I wasn't shifting before because I found it hard to predict or judge what wasn't immediately ahead of my front tire. Any advice is appreciated!

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    installed a Fox RL80 instead of my Suntour XCM V3

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    I use my mountain bike as an exercise machine that comes with perks. 12 miles in 75 minutes after a 3.5 mile run. Very hilly terrain with a lot of soft dirt. Lots of fun.

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    It's been raining for days, so all the trails are closed. That left me riding around town. I road around the neighbor and through down town Dallas. Then for kicks, I road up our 8 story parking garage.

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    No riding I adjusted the suspension on my new bike and then took it out to ride to find out the rear tire was leaking.

    Maybe tomorrow!

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    Cleaned and lubricated gear cables. Much lighter shifting!

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    just riding the bike path for the past week... Obama brought the rain with him on his vacation still waiting for drier conditions although it's been getting better so this weekend might be good

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    Replaced the stock tires, went with 29x2.2 The Captain Armadillo on the front, and 2.1 ground control on the rear.

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    I rode it in this beautiful California weather(40 degrees). The trail was still partially frozen and made for some scary moments. All in all it was pretty fun.

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    Cleaned my rotors and pads from all the muddy, sandy gunk that dried on it since the last time I rode. Tweaked with my handlebar position a bit. De-glazed my braking pads... I can't go riding my back hurts like hell.

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    Lots of rain around here this week, so can't really hit the trails. Did a quick pavement ride with my son & nephew today to keep the legs in shape. Nephew is on a Madone 5.2 carbon, son is on a Trek 2300 AL road bike, and I'm bringing up the rear on my GT Sensor 9r. They totally left me on the climbs (my Sensor is 2x the weight of their roadies), but the 9r actually kept pretty good pace on the downhills.

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    ^ At least you got a ride in!!
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