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    New member here...and yes, new to biking :)

    Hello everyone, like the title says I'm new here and looking to get into light cycling (hoping to become more of an avid cyclist in the future).

    My wife and I are both on the "hefty" side (me more so than her by a long shot....I'm right at 280lbs and 6'2" and my wife.....well that's confidential as in, I wouldn't dare ask her and if I somehow found out then yeah I'd have to be killed lol).

    We're both wanting to get into cycling mainly for health reasons, to get into better shape, and of course to lose some weight.

    So we've been looking at getting some Trek Navigator 3.0's....she could get away with a 2.0 but she would be too jealous of my blue 3.0 that she insists having one as well. lol I was told that with my size a 2.0 wouldn't be able to put up with the punishment...so for me a 3.0 it's going to be.

    We will be riding on mostly bike trails which have a mix of paving along with dirt and a little loose gravel. We figured that a comfort bike would suite us the best, rather than a mountain bike or hybrid. Maybe some day we'll get into wanting to go longer distances at a faster pace...and then we might explore a faster more efficient hybrid bike, but for now we want to take it a little easier and enjoy the ride.

    I was wondering if anyone here might any experience with the Navigator 3.0 and would be willing to share their thoughts of it. And of course any insight you all might have for beginners like my wife and I would be greatly appreciated.

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    Navigators are a great choice and are the choice of many for the use you are looking for. The most important place to start is getting bikes that fit and that you're comfortable on and then go out and ride. Don't try to set any speed or distance records, just ride often. Consistency is of supreme importance.

    And you've obviously already learned the other very important lesson, wife always has a bike equal or better than yours.

    Get your bikes, get out ther and have fun. You will be surprised how quickly the miles add up.

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    congrats

    If you are looking to lose weight I would highly suggest that both of you get a heart rate monitor and "ride your heart rate". Spending two hours a day riding too slow is less helpful than riding 40 minutes at an aerobic pace. For some people aerobic may be very, very slow but if you have a heart monitor you will get the most out of your time and you won't be out of breath or wondering if you are exercising too hard or two little. I've dropped 35lb or so and I attribute almost all of it to riding and using a heart monitor. It's certainly not the BBQ ribs I often make...

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    Thanks for the advice. We will definitely look into the heart rate monitors. At first all we're going to shoot for is simply riding and getting the hang of it again.

    But first though, we need to actually get the bikes. Only reason we haven't yet is because we're both worried that we'll get the bikes and do it for a little while and then slowly ride them less and less...and eventually end up collecting dust in the garage. But I think those concerns are quickly diminishing, especially after reading some of the threads in these forums. In fact, I just ordered our first pairs of cycling shorts tonight.

    I contacted a shop in this area and they actually have some Navigator 3.0's in stock, in both our sizes, and both in blue. I asked they would be willing to hold them till Saturday for us, and they're willing to do so. So I'll give them a call tomorrow morning and ask them to go ahead and hold a couple for us. So long story short....I'm pretty we're going to be coming home this Saturday with our bikes.

    I was wondering if anyone can recommend a hitch bike rack that won't break the bank. My truck is a Toyota Tacoma double cab with a shorter bed (since the cab is bigger I don't have a six foot bed). Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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    Well, I'll start of with "Welcome to the herd!"

    Sounds like you're planning things out well, so just have fun with it at first, and the strength and endurance will come. remember, though, first, always and foremost.......if you want to keep riding, make it fun. You should have that childhood grin on yer chops when you are riding.

    There's a much less expensive option than a hitch rack, since you have a truck.

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    Congrats on the new bikes and welcome!

    The wife and I started off with Trek Navigators back in 2003. They are wonderful bikes and in fact, I've never even had a flat tire with them. I even rode a singletrack mountain bike course with mine and it held up just fine.

    Ever since I got back into cycling, I've really been dropping the weight and increasing my speed and endurance.

    Cycling is addicting. We just bought 2 road bikes and 2 mountain bikes.

    Make sure to keep us updated and upload some pictures of the bikes.

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    The big problem with that bike is you are sitting fully upright and that is really, really hard to do for any length of time. Fine for a ride around the block and maybe good for getting your legs back working, but once you find you want to ride longer you'll need a bike that lets you lean over a bit more, like a cross bike or a mountain bike. But anything is better than nothing.

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    Well we went and got the Navigators today, along with a hitch bike rack for the truck (was on a killer sale...last year's model).

    First thing we did was head straight for the state park just a few miles away. We only did a few miles, but it was great! I felt like a kid again....well except for that one hill. You know, the one where you're not going fast enough before hitting it and as you go further and further up it you start going slower and slower? And then you end up having to get off and walk the rest of the way up... Yeah that hill...didn't do so well on that part. lol

    Had we been in better shape it wouldn't have been a problem I'm sure. We'll get there...just going to take a little time.

    We're very glad we went with the bike choice we made...we'll be getting our use out of them for sure.

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    Congrats and welcome. I went with the Navigator 1.0 basically because it had a sold front fork and seat post. My weight would bottom out the suspension. It has been incredibly solid for me. Enjoy it and the time with the wife. I ride with my wife as well and we are having a blast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    Well, I'll start of with "Welcome to the herd!"

    There's a much less expensive option than a hitch rack, since you have a truck.

    http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...8_10000_200452
    I will do a +1 on what Tom suggested. I made one of these a few years ago (15) to put my bikes in the back of a SUV. Works awesome and if you have the space, keeps them confined if something goes wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrown9064 View Post
    I will do a +1 on what Tom suggested. I made one of these a few years ago (15) to put my bikes in the back of a SUV. Works awesome and if you have the space, keeps them confined if something goes wrong.
    Yeah I looked into that but unfortunately my truck is leased so I can't drill into the bed liner or I'll have to pay for it to be repaired or replaced. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to keep it after the lease is up, but not 100% certain yet. So I went ahead and got that hitch rack yesterday for dirt cheap.

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    I started with a Navigator. It was OK. Not too comfortable for rides over 10-15 miles. I commuted a few times on the Navigator. It worked... but was not the best solution (I use a touring bike now.) Once I really got into cycling, the Navigator became the "putz around the neighborhood" bike. The Navigator has since been sold.

    My rack solution with my pickup is a 2 x 4 with 2 traps bike mounts (available from nashbar for $19 each) attached. Total cost = $40. It's not attached to the bed of the truck so it's not "permanent."

    Welcome to the forum. Good luck. It won't be long until you'll be wanting to ride longer distances.

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    I'm new to this forum and am a 300 lb. Clydesdale-in-training. I bought a Scott Sportster commuter bike last fall and really enjoy it. I have done rides around 35 miles and felt fine. As I keep dropping more weight, I'll move to a road bike.

    I am glad you and your wife bought those bikes and hope that you will love this new thing you can do together.

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