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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 09-29-09, 07:58 AM   #1
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hi everyone! i have been lurking around and looking through everything learning as much as i can! I amabut 5-10 and 300pds. I am finally ready to get my bicycle I have been searching craigslist first hoping to find a steal there is a giant cypress cycle and they are asking 200.00 I looked them up and the sites I found had them listed at around 700.00. I was wondering if this would be a good cycle to start with? Also I am a female. Does it really matter if I ride a male or female cycle? Thank you so much in advance!!!
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Knowing that the Cypress has sloping gemetry it should fit unless it's a xtra-sm. size or an XL. So you can decide how it feels. I'm the same ht. as you. Years ago I (we) bought a Giant Inova for my wife. She's 5'6", it's a small (not XS) frame.

When I gained weight, went from 200 to 368 then a bit less, I rode her bike. If that seems relavent.. Since then I find that I prefer Hybrids a bit larger on account o' their provide a more stretched-out feel but hers suited me just fine. I'm not tryin' to blog here.... just can relate.. Fem -- Male.. No matter. You've not stated the year but according to the list price.... age ?? seems like a fair price. I like Giant.
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Old 09-29-09, 12:49 PM   #3
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I have a Cypress DX and like it. I started off about 280 lbs when I started cycling in late March. I'm now down to 225 lbs and have put over 1,200 miles on it, almost 1,000 of that in the last 3 months.

It's seems OK for most of what I've done so far but as I get fitter and more adventurous I'll probably look at getting a road bike. Well, after I become employed, that is.
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I'm 5" 11" and ride a "L" or Large size Cypress. It's a bit too large for me, but still comfortable. If the bike you are looking at is a M or L, ride it to see if it fits.

I purchased my Cypress new for $350 18 months ago. I also purchased a very clean used Cypress for my daughter for $100, but that was a lucky find.

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Old 09-29-09, 06:22 PM   #5
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Thank you everyone for your advice!!! I think i am going to go test drive it and if it fits I am going to get it!!! I am super excited if you cant tell. So what kind of beginner gear do i need?
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Cycling shorts
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Rear light: Planetbike Superflash
Pump
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tire irons

If you don't want to be seen in cycling shorts, wear a pair of shorts over your padded shorts. You will be more comfortable with cycling shorts, but you don't have to be seen in them.

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The Cypress line has quite a range of prices... I think you cen get the lowest model for about $300 brand new, or as you found get one with better components for $700...

Paying $200 seems pretty safe, but you could be paying from a bit too much, to getting a great deal depending on the specific model.

So, I guess I am just saying, you need to check out the comparable price for a similarly equipped bike to know what kind of deal you are getting.
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Cycling shorts
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Rear light: Planetbike Superflash
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Spare tube
tire irons

If you don't want to be seen in cycling shorts, wear a pair of shorts over your padded shorts. You will be more comfortable with cycling shorts, but you don't have to be seen in them.

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Dumb question? Was it a simple mistake? OR was there a reason? You list a "rear light"? But do not list a "front light?. Thoughts?
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FYI - Slightly different issue here - but, am buying new - and am choosing to buy "Giant"!!!

Going for the Giant Suede DX -I wish you the very best!!! What color is it?
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From the picture it looks either dark blue or black that fades into silver. Will know more when I go look at it. Now I am not to sure though if I want to do this or go to my LBS and let them help me with a used one? So many decisions.LOL
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Dumb question? Was it a simple mistake? OR was there a reason? You list a "rear light"? But do not list a "front light?. Thoughts?
It's more difficult to recommend a front light. Let the OP get the above items to ride during daylight. If she is going to ride at night, she will need to research indepth.

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I have a Giant Cypress DX that I bought 5 weeks ago and I really like it.
I paid $450 at my LBS.
It is a replacement for my 18 yo Schwinn Cruiser 5 speed and is a lot more comfortable to ride.
I am 6'0" around 270 (don't know for sure since I don't own a scale).
I have about 450 miles on it so far and the only problems have been 3 broken spokes, all on the rear sprocket side.
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Bikes have neither testicles nor vaginas, and so are neither male nor female. Ride whichever frame style suits YOU. If you're more comfortable with the diamond frame, ride that. Otherwise, go for the step-through frame.

My Cypress was $329 before I started adding things like computer, lights, rear rack, etc. It's a 2007.
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ok thanks. I was always confused about bicycles why there were mens and womens. I havent gotten a reply back from the giant cypress so I think I may end up going to my LBS and see what they have. I might end up breaking down and going to Wal-Mart and getting one.LOL
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ok thanks. I was always confused about bicycles why there were mens and womens. I havent gotten a reply back from the giant cypress so I think I may end up going to my LBS and see what they have. I might end up breaking down and going to Wal-Mart and getting one.LOL
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Avoid big box stores.

A bike like a Giant will be reliable & durable for 10,000 miles or more. Most department store bike will have something going wrong on a regular basis.

If my Cypress had not been 100% reliable, I might have stopped riding altogether.

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Yes, please stay away from the department store bikes. I would go to your local bike shop and look at the bikes and see about test riding a couple to get an idea of what would fell comfortable to you and if you don't want to spend the money on a new one at least you will have a better idea of what you need and want and keep your eyes open on craigslist. Don't buy a dept store bike because of being impatient, you will end up spending more money in the long run.
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Avoid big box stores.

A bike like a Giant will be reliable & durable for 10,000 miles or more. Most department store bike will have something going wrong on a regular basis.

If my Cypress had not been 100% reliable, I might have stopped riding altogether.

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Agree 100%. I had a "big box" bike that I rarely rode because it was just wasn't a very good bike. My wife, unbeknownst to me, put it on the curb for our big item pickup a few years ago. This forced me to buy a new bike this spring when I dedided to resume cycling.

Rather tha going to the local Wally World I went to one of our LBS's and have never looked back. I paid more for my Cypress DX but it's true, you get what you pay for.

The bike won't do you any good if you're not riding it.
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ok thanks. I was always confused about bicycles why there were mens and womens.
Womens frames were designed in the 1800's to accommodate long skirts at a time when a woman wearing trousers was considered "scandalous".
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