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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    Yesterday: Got s call from my buddy a little after 4:00 for a last minute ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdparrish View Post
    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?
    I should have elaborated... It would pick up large sticks and pitch them into the wheel. Before I could react, it did major damage.
    I like turtles

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    My car broke down so I had an unexpected mountain biking trip to work

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    Started riding about 3 weeks ago, and love it. Want to ride everyday, but just don't have the time. Anyway my brother and I went out today and did about 18 miles on a running/biking trail and a little off road trail riding. Talked about how I haven't fallen yet. Well, that was a mistake. I was a little more aggressive on the off road dirt trail with no issues, but then I made myself look like the beginner I am. While going down part of the gravel trail my foot slides off the pedal right about the time i get to a curb that I need to get over. Needless to say, I made it over the curb just not in a graceful fashion. After talking about needing platform pedals and shoes that actually grip, the mountain biking gods showed me that it needed to be sooner than later. I now have platform pedals and some five ten freeriders. Thanks for reading my post. I figured everyone needed a laugh at the end of the day

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    After months of snow and weeks of riding on pavement, I finally got on some dirt this afternoon. Trail selection was limited, but it still brought a grin to my face.

    It'll only get better from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasDesertRat View Post
    This...
    So flat ...

    (Nevertheless, nice pix.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdparrish View Post
    So flat ...

    (Nevertheless, nice pix.)
    Not all flat... that section is... check page 31 last post.

    Also check this... https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...33017213494191

    It's not DH/Freeride stuff, but it has its fun spots

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasDesertRat View Post
    Not all flat... that section is... check page 31
    LoL I saw. It's still flat, but I suppose that's all relative. There's a reason I moved to Idaho from Texas nine years ago.

    Where you at? I grew up in the Austin and Amarillo areas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdparrish View Post
    LoL I saw. It's still flat, but I suppose that's all relative. There's a reason I moved to Idaho from Texas nine years ago.

    Where you at? I grew up in the Austin and Amarillo areas.
    LOL... You're right... I just have to keep telling myself that it's fun...

    I live in Corpus Christi now, but grew up riding in Albuquerque NM... used to do a lot of BMX there in the 80's... would ride DH on a BMX bike back then..

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasDesertRat View Post
    LOL... You're right... I just have to keep telling myself that it's fun...
    It's all fun. Don't let my snarky remarks tarnish it for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by TexasDesertRat View Post
    I live in Corpus Christi now, but grew up riding in Albuquerque NM... used to do a lot of BMX there in the 80's... would ride DH on a BMX bike back then..
    Love "The Duke" and Corpus. Both have a lot of flavor ... literally! I miss the New Mex food and those delicious gulf browns. Definitely can't get comida like that here in Idaho ... unless you cook it yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdparrish View Post
    It's all fun. Don't let my snarky remarks tarnish it for you.


    Love "The Duke" and Corpus. Both have a lot of flavor ... literally! I miss the New Mex food and those delicious gulf browns. Definitely can't get comida like that here in Idaho ... unless you cook it yourself.
    Haha... no worries on the remarks... if I can take crap for wearing full face helmet and going without the lycra, then "flat" is no problem.

    I bet you do miss the food... I certainly would... it's amazing how mexican food in NM is completely different from mexican food in TX though... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexasDesertRat View Post
    Haha... no worries on the remarks... if I can take crap for wearing full face helmet and going without the lycra, then "flat" is no problem.

    I bet you do miss the food... I certainly would... it's amazing how mexican food in NM is completely different from mexican food in TX though... lol
    Yeah, you've got "Tex-Mex" raidating from places like Austin and "New Mex" emanating from Santa Fe. I like both, but I've always regarded New Mex as healthier and more "thoughful."Tex-Mex tends to be a big plate of something with rice and beans on the side, all smothered with sauce and cheese.

    And let's not forget those green chilies ... !

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    Quote Originally Posted by hdparrish View Post
    Yeah, you've got "Tex-Mex" raidating from places like Austin and "New Mex" emanating from Santa Fe. I like both, but I've always regarded New Mex as healthier and more "thoughful."Tex-Mex tends to be a big plate of something with rice and beans on the side, all smothered with sauce and cheese.

    And let's not forget those green chilies ... !
    Mmmmm... I miss the smell of green chili roasting... it permeates the air in Albq... I also miss blasting down some no-name trail in the Manzano mts... but I do get to surf here and ride flat singletrack

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    LoL touche, sir.

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    I rode the new and improved Maston trails here in Bend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CannondaleF9 View Post
    Nice picture!
    Which Raleigh is that?
    I don't know, it was my riding buddy's bike.

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    bought my first mountain bike today and adjusted the front derailleur

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    What did You do today on your mountain bike?

    Finished building my new xc machine 2008 Santa Cruz blur xc frame rockshox monarch rt3 high volume. Rockshox recon. X-7,x-9 kenda nevegal tires. Should put a smile on my face

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    I rode it here and took time to sling a hammock and have lunch.

    What did You do today on your mountain bike?-577141_4465947813673_628084036_n.jpg

    Then rode back.

    Little over 30 miles.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    New chain, new front tire, ran out of Stan's, so have to wait until Monday to go out for a ride.

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    Took a nice ride on some semi-technical single track. Very dry day for march, all the dirt wasn't packed it was loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphajaguars View Post
    New chain, new front tire, ran out of Stan's, so have to wait until Monday to go out for a ride.
    This thread is titled "What did You do today on your mountain bike?" not "What is your excuse for not riding your mountain bike today?".

    No go put a tube in that b!tch and ride.

    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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

    22 miles of urban riding..... and some bar hoppin!!!

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    That would be a solution.

    What about the rain that just started pouring?

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