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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 08-22-11, 08:39 AM   #1
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trek navigator

Any one have any comments or knowledge of the navigator 2.0 that would be helpful. Found one used very little that is the correct size for me. Priced right at 180.oo 36 spokes. Just have not head any one talking about this bike, I do realize it is a comfort.
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Old 08-22-11, 08:55 AM   #2
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Nothing wrong with a comfort bike if that's what suits you. I just got rid of my 2010 Raleigh Route 4.0 last week. I had it for about a month and a half and put over 300 miles on it including a 32.2 mile ride the night before I bought my new bike.
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Old 08-22-11, 08:57 AM   #3
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Any one have any comments or knowledge of the navigator 2.0 that would be helpful. Found one used very little that is the correct size for me. Priced right at 180.oo 36 spokes. Just have not head any one talking about this bike, I do realize it is a comfort.
It's a good bike for many sorts of rides. I'd not do a long or hilly ride on it, but I've done metric centuries on mine.

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My spouse has a Navigator and really likes it a lot. But I am impressed that Neil has gone as far as 67 miles on his!
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Original owner has allowed me to try the bike out this past weekend. Bike is like new, it fits my needs at this time, ie exercise and general improvement in enderance and health. It also fits me very well. I understand the comments about riding very long distances and hills, seems to have very tall gears but thats ok. I am not any where ready for any long distances at this time, 6 miles about killed me. Luckily I live and ride in a rather flat area. Yep I am a Clyde, 260 and 6'5" hoping to loose at least 30 lbs and to change my lifestyle. This forum has helped alot, thanks for all the good info and the helpful folks here. My journey has begun
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Welcome, good luck, and congrats on the new bike!
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Bought a Navigator 2.0 in 2004, and made one journey Cumberland to DC, one Pittsburgh to DC and one Pittsburgh to Meadville (PA). I'd buy another Navigator anyday... I moved on to other bikes -- the Navigator got loaned out to my daughter, and her friends, and my son, and pulled my grandson's trail-a-bike -- a regular workhorse.

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My spouse has a Navigator and really likes it a lot. But I am impressed that Neil has gone as far as 67 miles on his!
Two metric centuries, and a fifty mile ride or two.
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metric century well done on tough bike

Congrats on the metric. Seriously. Extra for doing it on a Navigator. Many/most bikes are good for somebody. A few might be pure trash but not the Navigator. What the Nav is NOT, is a good bike for serious cyclists thinking they'll be doing distance rides. The fact that you did some long rides on it is more of a testament to you than the bike which is an upright bike. Even more upright than my Roubaix which I consider about as upright as can be. For MOST people a Navigator is a decent bike for rides up to 20 miles and that's stretching it for most people.
The OP said they knew it was a comfort bike so within that realm it's a decent bike. I don't know about the entire line of comfort bikes and whether there are better such bikes for the money but I know if that's the type of bike you are looking for it's a decent bike.
From my perspective (a 278lb clyde who has finally lost some weight but has more to go) the problem with comfort bikes is they require us to sit on them and there isn't much weight distribution to our arms. Mtn bikes and cross bikes can be more easily adjusted with higher or lower stems to provide more variation in sitting position. I realize that is true with comfort bikes to some degree but many mtn bikes provide more potential variation. Additionally a good mtn bike or cross type bike also will have lower gears that will help a clyde/athena to climb hills whether they are paved or not.
Those comments can be nothing more than general comments because as always, every bike choice is such a personal thing. Best of luck and enjoy whatever you choose.
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My DH and I both have a Nav 2.0 for cruising the neighborhood and short trips for errands. They seem to be bomb proof. Mine is the older of the two with over 1100 miles on it with no problems. Sounds like a decent buy and when you 'outgrow' it, you should be able to sell it and get much of your investment back.

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Thanks for your info guys. I bought the bike and it soots my needs right now. I stated that I was a clyde but did not state that I am an above knee amputee also, so the upright position works best for me. Concerning the best gearing, this is all learn as I go. I only have one drive piston (left leg) to provide power, so normal gear ratio are kind of out the window. I will say that its a wonderful feeling to be on the bike. :-)
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Well, welcome and drop us a line and let us know how your Navigator is working out for you. We like progress reports!

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