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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    Testing out a different camera angle.
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    i moved mine to clean, still recovering from "removing the bullets from my gun"

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    Yesterday: took a break from work to ride out to the end of the Eagles Spur Rail Trail, which ends at Jordan Lake S. of Durham, NC. Was a nice ride.

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    Took My 4yrold daughter to the park via bikes..she crashed (tipped over) 3 times and still had a smile on her face LOL
    Good Girl!!
    I'm hopeing to get her off the training wheels soon...she still scared of dirt riding but not for long hehehee
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    The typical, rode my bike to the gym and back. I usually use the rides as a warm up and cool down when hitting the weights.

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    Wasnt mine, but i test rode a few Giant revel 3's

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    put new tires in..
    old: kenda small block 8's 2.1
    new: geax saguaro tnt 2.2
    can't wait to try it out




    Speed or Traction?


    Time to get her dirty.
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    Was in Carlisle (Cumbria, UK) For a dinner last night so took the bike with me and rode some Whinlatter trails with a headache to give my new forks a blast...

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    Rode 20+Miles in mixed terrain. Habing problems with my saddle, willign to buy an Adamo Peak

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    Looking forward to getting a new mountian bike.

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    Fixed flat... bought an airlock tube

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    Rode out nearly to the end of the Eagles Spur Rail-Trail near my home in SW Durham County, NC. The trail ends at a very pretty spot overlooking Jordan Lake. I pulled up about 50 yards shy of the end, having passed two bikes leaning against a tree, when I saw at the very end a hammock with two folks apparently sleeping in it...clothes in a pile underneath the hammock. I turned around as quietly as I could and rode back. I don't know if those folks know how many people run out there as well...

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    Got in my first ride of the year yesterday. 17.65 miles, mostly singletrack. Still sore today.

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?-mud_zps2afb9435.jpg

    Went riding for the first time in the snow today, and second ride since new years (it's been raining every time I ended up having free time, somehow).

    A little mud, and a lot of slick layers of snow. Had a good time with a friend, and we even met a cool new guy to add to our group.

    Then I spent an hour or so at home cleaning both my bike and myself, lol.

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    Went for an off road ride this morning, early, while the ground was still frozen.
    Afterwards, went for a path ride with my son.
    I like turtles

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    Ran through a thorn garden and got myself two flats. I swear my tires are thorn magnets. Just installed Stans No Tubes so hopefully I wont have to spend 15 bucks on a set of tubes again!

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    First ride on the new bike. Blevins Loop in AZ.

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    Took my Rumblefish out to FINS in AZ. Took a few other people. 5 of 8 never been there. Was a fun ride.
    Took Fish to Trek dealer to get cables adjusted and a few other things looked at.
    Took Wife's Myka to the other shop to get chain looked at..
    Picking both up tomorrow


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    Quote Originally Posted by ericgautier View Post
    put new tires in..
    old: kenda small block 8's 2.1
    new: geax saguaro tnt 2.2
    can't wait to try it out




    Speed or Traction?


    Time to get her dirty.
    Set em up in the "SPEED" direction on the rear. I had one in "TRACTION" and it cost me a fortune in derailleur hangers and even an XO deraulleur. Once I spun it around to speed, I didn't have any more trouble and didn't notice any difference in traction.
    I like turtles

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I had one in "TRACTION" and it cost me a fortune in derailleur hangers and even an XO deraulleur.
    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

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    Saratoga Gap, CA right before sunset.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob13bob View Post
    Saratoga Gap, CA right before sunset.
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    Nice picture!
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    Finally figured out how to use my sigma sport bc800 that hasn't been on in years on my bike. Than, you new battery.
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    Cleaned the mud off my bike from riding Nisene Marks SP yesterday.

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