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5. How to buy a bike?

The process of buying the bike shouldn't be a weekend event! Everything depends on your first bike - whether you are going to enjoy the sport and consequently become off-road enthusiast or not. So, if you really want to try out the sport, then you should try it with proper equipment. Buying a bike is more similar to buying a prom dress than a car, since it has to fit your body perfectly in order the ride to be fun and not pain.


Explore the market!
First, buy your local bike magazine to see the actual advertisements of your local dealers. Visit the stores, see what they offer and make a list with prices, ask for possible discounts, check whether there are bike services included in the price, and if the servicing is available on site, etc.

A good point is, if they offer free exchange of parts to fit the bike better, i.e. if the bike is a little too short then you can change the stem to a longer one. They should of course be capable to help you with fitting the bike in any case. Then take a look at the brand names they offer. If there are also more expensive ones is a plus. And last but not least, if the staff is committed to off-road riding and if they practice the sport themselves is also a plus, since they can help you at first hand.


Take a good look at the bikes!
When choosing your new bike, be wary about all the components and other parts not just the obvious ones, i.e. front suspension, rear derailleur, etc. Since the later are usually of better quality. And yes, this is marketing! Be careful about the chain, bottom bracket, a-head set, etc.

Ask the shop assistant to weigh the bike for you, since there is usually no weight data available. If the shop doesn't have a pair of scales, then you can question their credibility. The weight is important! (More about it later).

It is quite fair possibility, that they will offer you a bike that is too big for you. Don't ask me why! So please, read the next chapter about sizing and try out as much bikes as possible to get the feeling before deciding on the size of your bike.



The plumb line is just one of the ways to adjust the saddle position


1. Intro

2. What kind of a bike?

3. For how much?

4. Where to buy?

5. How to buy?

6. The right size

7. Initial adjustments

8. The weight

9. Hardtail or a fully?

10. Obligatory accessories






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17. junij 2004 

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