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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    Rode the Keysville race course today.

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    first ride today! jordan parkway in allentown (any pa members?). fell off it. smiled. got muddy. rode some more, then my front derailluer took a dump on me and i decided to go home.

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    Rode in a huge pointless loop on a sidewalk for some 30 minutes, on my way back to home nearly crashed into some guy on a hardtail while going into a blind corner, nearly as in 6 or so feet.
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    The New guy!

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?-usery-shot-2-2-22-13.jpg

    Rode some nice desert loops right after work in 65 degree weather

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    Rode some nice desert loops right after work in 65 degree weather

    wish i had some trails like that around here. trees and mountains are fun, but i'd like to do a desert ride one day, Moab, Utah to be specific

    ordered me a new front hub, and waiting for all my goodies to come from mail so i can get back on my bike. its been since November since i got to ride due to cold weather and broken bike and poorness.

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    Rode about 11 miles worth of bandit trail and single track... couple of fun drops and a gnarly little section on the bandit... FUN DAY!

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    First post on the forums, but hit some local dirt jumps, Managed to grow some balls and attempt the first couple on the bigger track, was successful and the left the track with smiles. Was a good day in New Zealand

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    Can't say I did anything special, but I did ride the long dirty road to starbucks which has a few drops and rutted areas!

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    Did a few loops of a local trail, was windy but the trail is protected so it was a nice ride.
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    Attempted a fire road ride today but any and all trails are like soup. Ended up doing a paved ride with my 8 year old son , three co workers and a dog.
    I like turtles

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    Tuned the wifes Giant Cypress, and got her out on a bike path today. She can power that thing. Going to make it a regular thing for her.

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    Put in 12 miles on my favorite local trail

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?-pano_20130223_155303.jpgatrascadero, CA

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    I picked up some new headlights for the wife and a new jersey. 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. We loaded up the kids and did a short ride on the local river trail before work. Loved every minute of it!

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    Rode on dirt for the first time in a month.
    I like turtles

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    Took the sled out for a test ride with the new fork. Only 8 miles. Loving it!

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    Installed a new rear tire, gonna take it out for a ride tomorrow.
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    Took my son (8 y.o.) out riding, teensy bit of singletrack, mostly paved rail-trail, a bit of wood chip trail (turned to slop by construction equipment using it right after a recent deluge, which he didn't enjoy at all), lots of fun.

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    Rode around my neighborhood and practiced weelies.

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    I rode mine up and down the paved bench roads here in town--the trails are still too snowy/muddy to ride.

    But the lower ones might be ready in a week if the current weather holds ...

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    cane creek headset came in mail. rock shox sektor fork and sette 20mm hub got here few days back and my extra hangers are showing on the ups tracker to be here tomorrow. christmas is coming early for me this year

    future upgrades are going to hydro brakes and possibly a dropper seat post just for the heck of it.

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    I rode my '96 Klein Attitude along the canal to Kiwanis Park today. I'm just getting back into riding and the 12 miles I rode seemed about right. The old Marathon fork seems to be in need of new seals but the Spinergy Spox wheels are still going strong.

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    Brought it home last night! rode it to work today. Mostly on pavement, but took it up some on some of the canal banks, but the sand was too soft and I need to get in better shape! :P

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    I went on a ride for the first time in a while. Enjoyed the "dry" weather here in Seattle while I was riding, only like 3 small mud spots. Good times.
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    I lubed em' all up and took them for a quick spin. Getting ready for vacation!

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