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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    My son and I rode Swope Park in Kansas City for the first time. About a 45-minute drive for us, but all the reports we heard about it were true. Had a blast there (until my son taco'd his front wheel). Good mix of trail types, and all seem to have been done very well. We'll definitely be going back (once his bike is operational again!!!).

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    Put new handgrips and speedo on the GF bike. Cursed the post office for loosing my CRC order.
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    Went on my first mountain bike Trail with my new to me and first, mountain bike. I'd post pics but my post count isn't high enough yet haha.

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Too cold & dark by the time I got out of the office. So had a little workout, then got on the bike trainer (technically, not my MTB, since my wife's Crosstrail is on it). Watched a good bit of the "Life Cycles" MTB movie while on the trainer. Wow... the cinematography is like a work of art! Visually impressive film.

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    22 miles after 2 weeks~
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    Yesterday dropped by to the local trail and did 6 miles. Was quite fun, a lot of people were out there.

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    Finally got a chance to test out my new fork. Rides much smoother now. =)
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    Rode around downtown and a large cemetery.

    ....oh and put money down on my future 29er after test riding it :P

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    Re: What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Technically didn't do anything on my bike today, but I did do a trailwork day and we cut a good mile of new single track, literally on the side of a mountain....gonna put tires on it tomorrow

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    Nothing...just spent HOURS searching for one to buy

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Ordered a sram x-7 front shifter

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    Went to the trail. Waiting for my new bike anxiously.

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    Cleaned it ,then rode around the block to show off

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    Then took the the dogs for a ride ...good fun

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    a ride to hell and come back, was very nice

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    Used mine all week as a pit bike for the King of the Hammers desert race. Worked awesome, and my friends made fun of me at the beginning of the week. They all used it.

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    waiting on my bike to show up.

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    Today i went riding from about 1-4:30. I worked the pump track at Belle Isle Skills park and managed to get some air of of them. Also worked the drop off and got them solid. I also did a loop of buttermilk and forest hill park. took a bit to find the head of forest hill. big accomplishment of the day was riding stairs and getting my drop offs solid.

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    Began getting the feel for my new 29er and dialing it in... sure is different... or maybe that's only in my mind... haha

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    Swapped the pedals over on the wife's GT and put a new chain on my steed.

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    Finally got my income taxes, ordered a new Rock Shox sektor fork, mavic wheel set, cane creek headset, some maxxis minion tires, and a hanger.

    looking forward to my early christmas when the ups guy shows up at my door

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    When it's below 20 degrees (F), I ride tight technical courses in my basement....practice track-stands, balance/handling skills, etc. Fun way to keep sharp....

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    Forgot to post this yesterday but my wife & I went out for our first mountain biking experience at Chicopee Woods. We did close to 10 miles and had a blast! Came home with wet shoes due to a failed creek crossing but we laughed about it.

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Well on Saturday I was finally able to get back on dirt for the first time in weeks. Between snow, rain and the damnable freeze-thaw cycles around here, I'd been relegated to pavement rides. Arrived early to the trail after an overnight snowfall and got on virgin snow. Beautiful winter woods scenery, deer bounding through the trees, a real classic "get-back-to-nature" winter ride... Interrupted by my horrible, squealing Elixir 1 brakes!!! Must've gotten mucked up on the drive to the trail. Oh we'll, at least I got my jonesing for dirt satisfied.

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    Took my newly converted 1x10 for a spin
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