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 rode up something and then back down something else. Some spots on the descents were really bumpy so my hardtail was bouncing all over the place. I smiled the whole time. I tried not to laugh in case anyone would hear me and think I'm a lunatic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonymouseTech View Post
    I rode up something and then back down something else. Some spots on the descents were really bumpy so my hardtail was bouncing all over the place. I smiled the whole time. I tried not to laugh in case anyone would hear me and think I'm a lunatic.
    its great when you go trucking past someone on their FS cackling like a loon on your hard tail.
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    Quote Originally Posted by cerpindicular View Post
    its great when you go trucking past someone on their FS cackling like a loon on your hard tail.
    I can only ever catch up to hikers on the descents

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    Bike ride in Marin County, CA.

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    Up Sulivan Canyon and down Jedi / Squirrel Cage in Los Angeles, CA. That's the Pacific Ocean and San Pedro peninsula in the background:


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    2013 Trek Cobia: Swapped saddle, pedals with Cannondale F9, put water bottle cage on from Cannondale F9, added bike computer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnonymouseTech View Post
    I can only ever catch up to hikers on the descents
    No worries it takes some practice and a lot crazy to truck through the rocks like i do on my hardtail. don't feel bad and have fun thats all that matters...besides i bet your not nearly as sore in the morning rolling out of bed as i am thanks to how much i have tore up my body because of my large amount of crazy.
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    Viewing MapMyRIDE Jan 20, 2013 11:32 AM | MapMyRide + a few more miles on my part

    had some friends from out of town that wanted the tour of turkey

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    Don't take Shimano shifters apart. Quite a pain to get back together...

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    M this.
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    Sorry...pics not working and can't seem to delete!

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    Finally got to ride on the trail after having several wet weekends. Felt kind of strange since it's been about a month since my last ride, but it was good to finally get out there. I also realized just how annoying it is to pull a water bottle from a cage trapped inside a small frame...

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    34 Miles and 3 Hours of Trail Maintenance

    I rode 17 miles out, took a 3 hour break and to bench cut new trail and then rode back.

    Round Trip: 34 miles
    3 hours of bench cutting with 11 other people that will add another 1.5 miles of trail to a 15 mile trail system. This 15 miles of trail will be part of a 70 mile contiguous trail system in within the city limits of Kansas City.

    Other than that, nothing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cerpindicular View Post
    its great when you go trucking past someone on their FS cackling like a loon on your hard tail.
    AMEN to that brotha! haha, I met up with some guys today on their fancy FS rigs, and absolutely smoked them on my hardtail!
    It's the rider, not the bike!!!

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    It had been down in the single digits this past week which was perfect for freezing all that mud!! Today was a perfect 25F for maintaining the frozen state of the trails and for riding!

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    14 miles of singletrack. What did You do today on your mountain bike?-imageuploadedbytapatalk1359249414.723461.jpg

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    Just got back from a night snow ride. Awesome time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC View Post
    I rode 17 miles out, took a 3 hour break and to bench cut new trail and then rode back.

    Round Trip: 34 miles
    3 hours of bench cutting with 11 other people that will add another 1.5 miles of trail to a 15 mile trail system. This 15 miles of trail will be part of a 70 mile contiguous trail system in within the city limits of Kansas City.

    Other than that, nothing.
    Thats awesome, we are trying to do that here in Knoxville, our trail building day got rained/ice stormed out today...currently have a 11.5mile and growing main loop(35.5 miles and growing counting secondary singletrack) 10min outside of downtown with plans to expand all the way south to Townsend and the great smokey mountains national park roughly 50miles and all the west to oak ridge(15-20) without ever getting on a main road....hopefully we can get to 70mile loop like what you all have

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    Today i put a new to me Maxxis ADVantage 2.1 on the rear of my bike.

    Took the crappy 1.85 1985 chengshin tires of my girlfriends retro build and put my old rear tire(Specialized Pro Adrenaline 2.1[closer to a 2.3]120tpi dual compound) on the front of hers. Hopefully itll give the same effect a fat tires and dim down the bumps that come along with the rigid fork replaced the rear with a Specialized Fast Trak LK 2.0 (60tpi 70a). Since the bike hardly ever leaves pavement this is overkill but the tires were spares and they get put to good use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken in KC View Post
    I rode 17 miles out, took a 3 hour break and to bench cut new trail and then rode back.

    Round Trip: 34 miles
    3 hours of bench cutting with 11 other people that will add another 1.5 miles of trail to a 15 mile trail system. This 15 miles of trail will be part of a 70 mile contiguous trail system in within the city limits of Kansas City.

    Other than that, nothing.
    BAH I had no idea that there were trail systems in KC i used to live outside it in tonganoxie and would go to kc on a daily basis....laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame
    If you have sex in a car with airbags....does that count as safe sex???

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    so far i rode my bike in my head because im getting it tomorrow. going to put a ton of miles on it in my sleep tonight haha

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    Lubed my chain.

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    Yep. Some of the best in the country

    Quote Originally Posted by cerpindicular View Post
    BAH I had no idea that there were trail systems in KC i used to live outside it in tonganoxie and would go to kc on a daily basis....laaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame
    When IMBA used to do their report card, they said that Kansas City has the urban trail system in the country, perhaps the world. We have over 150 miles of trail within 45 minutes of downtown KC.
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    I took a Moonlander completerly apart to up grade all the components from bottom basement to second floor gear.

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