If you could give one piece of advice to a brand new rider what would it be?
Rideas often as u can solo and with others.
If u buy new anything, ride with it just for the purpose to get used to it. Don't demo new stuff on a group/scheduled ride.
Buy a bike that is comfortable for you; ride your ride, don't feel pressured to ride outside of your ability; practice, practice, practice 😀
Ask questions and don’t believe everything you hear