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 took mine out for the first time since getting it, only a bit of road riding to get used to it

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    I turned around yesterday because the trail was too muddy and today it's raining so I got to run the stairs in an athletic center.
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    Washed my bike and ordered brake pads

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    First ride on the YS
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    Hit up Dos Vientos with some friends. This isn't my video, but here's what it looks like:

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    Tested out the new Race Face Deus X crankset I had installed last night and then put on a pair of Specialized S-Works Ground Control 29x2.1 tires.
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    Learned how to rebuild a Revelation air u-turn. Much easier than I though it would be.

    Now to deal with stuck Elixir calipers. Ugh.

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    sat and starred at my bike and grumbled about how it went from 70* to freezing rain...overnight...stupid missouri weather
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    Still running my stock cane creek headset loose caged bearing on my 2010 hardrock build. Running a 2012 rockshox recon solo air set to 5" travel. Suspension leaves a little to be desired as it is only turn key lockout. My question is should. Upgrade to a cane creek s-8, forty series or should I upgrade my fork with a argyle motion control damper with low speed compression dampening and flood gate adjustment. Just not sure how much abuse stock headset will take

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    Rode into work today, outside temp 30, wishing I could drink at work.

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    Found a new all season bike trail near my house. It's called my garage. Did 300 or so laps around my car.

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    Rode a flat trail today with my buddy on his road bike. Think I wiped out more on this ride than any other (I was just doing stupid stuff off the trail)

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    Rode in light,slippery snow on my older 26er. That F9 is still fun! I think that I froze my fork, but I don't care because I prefer this bike rigid.
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    Fitted up my new ZTR Crests and tyres.
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    Went for a short 8 mile ride at a local park.

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    Cleaned it!!

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    Walked by my bike that is parked in my basemen to get the mail. Sad that there is still snow which means no biking

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    Lubed the chain and packed up my Osprey for tomorrow am's ride!

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    wow, is that the 2013 havens~? niceee~

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    Knocked another 2 lbs off the Raleigh, still heavy at 30.6 lbs. Hopefully I'll find some time to ride today in these nice 60F temps.

    New tires, tubes, saddle, pedals, stem.

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    Went to Franke Park with hopes to ride some trails....went about 50 feet and turned back as it was way too muddy. so instead I went up and down the soap box hill that the trail also hits for a workout. the grass all around was nice and hard
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    Quote Originally Posted by DuManchu View Post
    Knocked another 2 lbs off the Raleigh, still heavy at 30.6 lbs. Hopefully I'll find some time to ride today in these nice 60F temps.

    New tires, tubes, saddle, pedals, stem.

    Finally someone else with a raleigh. Haven't seen anyone else yet. Looks like a nice build

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    Incorrectly installed the right pedal. I rode for about an hour before I noticed it was loose. Threads on my crank arm are basically gone. What is the best/cheapest way to fix this? (2007 rockhopper)
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    Fmeasyre the thread pitch on the bolt but a tap at the auto store and re thread the whole. It may take because of the aluminum but if not helacoil it. Also found at auto parts store and will come with the right tap and helacoil installer

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