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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  1. #976
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    Even though I am still new at this (this was my third ride, second on this bike), I decided to hit some intermediate trails, per singletracks

    Started with a clean bike...



    Rolled some single tracks, lots of roots, elevation, and tight turns and trees to negotiate! Halfway into a 7.5 mile loop...



    ..And at the end. Fun times.




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    Did the local trails, covered in mud from head to toe. Had one wipe out, lost it in a corner, after three days of thunderstorms the ground just couldn't absorb any more water. Was fun though, bikes a mess and going to need some major cleaning tonight.

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    Road the Tony Knowles Coast Trail in Anchorage with my kids and my 67 year old mom. It was beautiful and almost 80 degrees (only 10 days ago we got 5 new inches of snow). The trail was packed with people enjoying the beautiful evening.
    First one was at Westchester Lagoon

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    Had my first ride after installing a new RD. Not looking forward to breaking in the new shifter cables but glad to be back on the trails after a week off.
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    Not my bike specifically, but I test rode a couple 29ers today. I think I like it.

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    Started my weekend off right by going for a good ride after work. It would have been a great ride except a darn bird pooped right on my leg. Let's hope that's not a sign of what the rest of my weekend is going to be like!

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    I wanted to ride after work but the sky turned black and rained and rained. It is supposed to rain all F'n weekend grrrrrrrrrr.

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    Today I tried out the trails at Mount Ascutney in West Windsor, VT. The trails are a bit more technical, but beautiful and for most of the time, fun! I should have brought a camera.
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    Dropped it off at the LBS. It seems my negative air is going somewhere other than staying in it's chamber.

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    Just following cute butt

    The wife and I took our second ride on our new bikes ( new to us).. We posted a 17 mile ride on the Centennial trail and my butt sure hurts! Stopped in at the Creekside Inn for Lunch...it was a great day. Shes making me go out again today...what a slave driver! Guess she wants me to have the broad shoulder skinny butt biker dude look... I'll have that by the end of the next ride right?

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    Added a second water bottle cage, and took pictures of it by evening.
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    Cute butt and I took another ride today...We logged only 7 miles as its all my rear end could take. But we had fun together on a beautiful day.
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    spent more money on layaway. i am just dying to ride! the waiting is killing me!

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    took my first stab at going tubeless. I did the gorilla tape ghetto tubeless with a home brew sealant front tire was cake the rear serfas on the other hand made me want to slit my wrist but i got it done...then i realized i mounted the rear tire backwards...DOH! got it fixed though. Also did a new chain and brake pads and the new rear tire which i now hate with a passion.
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    Did a 4 mile stretch of the Alexander River trail, which was great for my wife who has not been riding in 2 months. It was great for me as I got to spend a lot of time playing around with my tire pressure. It's getting hot here, and amazing how fast the temps. rise. We went from 68 degrees to 87 in an hour and a half.

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    Heading out in a couple hours with GF and son to ride a 18 mile loop, overcast and cool. I wonder if summer is ever going to get here.

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    I did NOTHING on my bike today! it's been raining for a week, sniffle sniffle....
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    Sunny in Woodstock, rainy in Rutland. Some muddy riding over at Pine Hill Park today. Stegosaurus was near impossible to ride on in some spots, and resulted in my friend crashing, and I myself nearly crashing. Hit nearly 17 mph, which is the fastest I have ever gone on my Cobia on the trails so far.
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    10 miles of gravel and pavement into town and back for a lark on this lazy Saturday afternoon. Would have been even better if not for the headwind!

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    Well, I decided to do something a little different today and traded in new technology for old and took out my 24 year old Giant Iguana I bought to turn turn in to a bar hopper. After tinkering with it and getting it all tuned up and ready. I found some old road tires and put them on and then decided to take her on her first journey which turned into 40 miles of mixed paved and gravel. The trip included almost 40 miles and well over 4k feet of climb.
    But I did make it to the brewery that is only 4 miles from the house. I just took the long way.

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    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Sullivan Canyon up into Upper Jedi and Lower Jedi for a speedy descent.

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

    28.8 miles so far, 22 miles to get back to the car....but for now: lunch and beer.

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    got my first expensive bike ever, 2013 gt sensor 9r elite 3 days ago and been hitting the local trails here in escondido,ca.. lake hodges friday and daley ranch yesterday and today.. spent 1hr after my bike ride today to clean "betsy" and get rid of all that dust on her.. i love this bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by av8or View Post
    got my first expensive bike ever, 2013 gt sensor 9r elite 3 days ago and been hitting the local trails here in escondido,ca.. lake hodges friday and daley ranch yesterday and today.. spent 1hr after my bike ride today to clean "betsy" and get rid of all that dust on her.. i love this bike
    Great bike, I love mine.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Couple of hours after work.

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