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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    i bought a tire pumper...lol
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    also got a water bottle

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    I gave her a kiss to get her stoked for tomorrows ride.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by iKenndac View Post
    Yesterday, I got absolutely drenched. We were cycling along and as we came to the top of the hill, you could see a rainstorm approaching rather rapidly. Needless to say, we didn't make it home in time! Screengrab from the video from my GoPro.

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    There is not much choice between rotten apples.

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    I went out for a very short 2 mile ride. I wanted to test the bike before the race tomorrow. The new chain doesn't like the 4th gear from the top so I will have to avoid that one. Too bad I got caught in the dark so I couldn't ride farther.
    There is not much choice between rotten apples.

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    i went on my first "real" ride with my new bike. 10 miles from one end of Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach. 10 miles of singletrack and fireroads with some crazy drops...well crazy to me at least. HELLA fun!

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    I looked at my bikes hanging in the garage as I walked to my car and went to work.

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    Random stuff along the trail from today



    '12 Trek Marlin Signature Green
    '13 Santa Cruz Tallboy LT Gulf Blue/Orange

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    Skunk canyon...flagstaff az...beautiful!

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    Took my bike out on the trail then decided to ride out City Sports (sporting goods store). Once I got there, I realize I forgot my lock...

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    went out for a short ride in kincaid park. it was my buddys first moutain bike trail beat him up a little but he had fun in the rain!!!

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    i had to work all weekend, and i was saving money to make a trip early sunday to ride before work, but went out with buddies sat night, and blew the last 50 i had on booze and boobs no riding for me till friday now.

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    Stripped the paint on my Raleigh budget build frame.
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    New Bike!

    I did whatever I wanted to this past weekend on my bike! Just picked up a new Superfly 100 FS 29er! Pic file is too large to upload so I will work on a new one. I have a new energy again and some nice hardware to go with it! I will send some trail pics when I get some, just wanted to share!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edirty6 View Post
    i had to work all weekend, and i was saving money to make a trip early sunday to ride before work, but went out with buddies sat night, and blew the last 50 i had on booze and boobs no riding for me till friday now.
    Haha, thats unfortunate but I guarantee totally worth it at the time.

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    Bought my first bike. 2012 Trek Cobia.

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    Not on my bike, but got free stickers in the mail from Maxxis today!
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    Great ride out at Beach Fork State Park here in WV from Saturday:
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    Jason...are you from the Huntington area? I'm in Huntington myself and always looking for people to ride with.

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    Yes I am. Just got back into biking this summer after a few years off. Ride with a group of friends from work. We don't have an advanced group or anything, but still fun. We have to push a lot and we always seem to stop and talk when riding some, but like I said...still fun!

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    I'm fairly new myself. I rode a lot about 10 years ago and just got back into it. I'm still in shape so it didn't take long to get back into it.

    Lmk if your looking for others to ride. I ride bville park a lot. I'm going tomorrow AM.

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    PM me on here. We typically go in the evenings cause of work schedules. I think we are planning a ride at Barboursville Park on Thursday at 6:00 PM, and then most like Beach Fork on the weekend is what we typically have been doing.

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    Took the new bike out for a quick spin on some short trails behind our sub. Love It, it handles great and fits like a glove.

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    a 10 mile spin around a paved trail next to my house over lunch and then a ride to a friends house for dinner. fun times on bikes!
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    Decided to go for a quick ride after work and got stuck out in a hailstorm. That'll teach me to check the weather before I bolt out the door next time.

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