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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 01-14-10, 11:07 PM   #1
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Bike dilemma solved!

Well, after much contemplation about whether or not to buy a Giant Cypress bike, I've finally made a decision. As there was lots of great input from forum members, thought I'd post the outcome.

There was a practically new Cypress for sale nearby and I really thought that might be the route I'd like to go. Went to the LBS, test rode a Cypress as well as several other bikes. First to make sure that my bike was the biggest issue I was having with riding and second, to see that if a new bike was in my future, that the Cypress would be a good choice. Having looked at mostly Giant, I did check out some Treks as well. Decided the Cypress just wasn't my cup of tea. So, a no go on that idea.

I did, however, notice a huge difference in the feeling of all the bikes I rode and the bike I have at home. Not nearly as sluggish feeling, more responsive handling. I felt more in control and lighter and freer on ALL of the bikes compared to mine. And this was after much adjusting of the saddle and tire pressures (on mine). Just couldn't feel the love.

The combination of a quicker feeling ride and a more comfortable riding position and, yea, a price reduction on a last year's model bike I liked had me pretty well decided. In addition, it was the last size, color and model of this bike, so when I told them I thought that was the one for me, they took another bit off the price, which of course sealed the deal.

I'll be bringing home my new Trek 7.3 fx next week. Woohoo!

Anyway, just wanted to post an update and thanks again to all who gave great advice and well wishes.
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Congratulations on the choice.
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Congrats! That looks like a fun bike!
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Always feels good to make a decision! Now go out and enjoy it!!!
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WTF? Bad advice.

Ride everywhere at top speed.
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Congrats on the new bike! However, you know it never happened until you send pics, right? Enjoy!
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Old 01-15-10, 07:09 AM   #7
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Awesome - What was the old bike? Just curipous as to what you went from.....

Enjoy your new bike!!
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There is nothing quite like new bike day!
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Ah new bike day! Naturally because you asked us for advice you are required by forum rule 122C to post several pictures of the new bicycle. You will earn extra points if the bicycle is parked against a white garage door, cranks vertical, little ring up front, small cog in the back and action shots are worth double points. Sorry, I didn’t make the rules



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Great! having a bike that makes you drool when you look at it, will make you want to ride it more!
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Do you have to join the Hybrid Forum now? Well, congratulations and enjoy the new bike.
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Old bike is in my sig. A Schwinn Suburban. It's big, heavy and will be just fine for rides with the kids. But the new one is for my solo rides!
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LOL As soon as I bring him/her home! I'm working tues, wed and thurs night. Maybe Friday morning if I'm still awake, I'll stop by the LBS and bring it home. <sigh>
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And get that incredible feeling with the wind in the face and feeling like you're flying? No way! heehee
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Ah new bike day! Naturally because you asked us for advice you are required by forum rule 122C to post several pictures of the new bicycle. You will earn extra points if the bicycle is parked against a white garage door, cranks vertical, little ring up front, small cog in the back and action shots are worth double points. Sorry, I didn’t make the rules



Points are redemable for a bag of broken glass.
Man, am I glad you were here to tell me about that rule! I would have been heart broken not to have known about it and then inadvertantly been booted out for being such a rebel. Whew! Muchas gracias

And how I'm needing a bag of broken glass. I'll start saving my points immediately!

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Great! having a bike that makes you drool when you look at it, will make you want to ride it more!
Totally my thinking and it made me feel slightly less guilty with that rationale in mind

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Thanks. Can't wait and will post pics when I get 'em.
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