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How to buy a new mountain bike
How I did it: I drove twenty minutes up the road to the L.L.Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine and we bought two bikes. They'd been out of stock of the ones we wanted, so we learned from the staff when the next shipment of bikes was coming in and went up an hour after they arrived and snapped them up. I wanted them from Bean's because of the lifetime warranty. The store's open twenty four hours so we headed up there at 10 pm and then biked around Freeport for about an hour. I figured out which bike I wanted out of the dozens they had with the help of the staff.
Lessons & tips: Save up for a decent bike. The last bike I had several years ago was cheap and unpleasant to ride.