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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 07-08-12, 11:26 AM   #1
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My New Bike Has Arrived

Attached are some photos of my new Giant Sedona. The shifters, seat and grips have been swapped out; there is a rear rack and fender, two bottle cages and bottles, a pump, and a basic Cat Eye 7 function computer installed. I am still waiting for the brackets to arrive so I can install the front fender.

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Old 07-08-12, 11:32 AM   #2
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Nice! Might want a spare tube and some tire irons. There will be a day when you have a flat tire. Being able to fix it beats walking it home.
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I have the tire irons and a patch kit. My wife is making me a cordura seat bag that will hold them, along with a spare tube. I'll make sure I have them all with me before my first ride through the National Wildlife Refuge. Thanks for the reminder...I suspect replacing the tube would be easier than patching it in 95 degree sun.
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Old 07-08-12, 12:04 PM   #4
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great bike! Giants are solid! Keep all paperwork just in case. Good to do for everything you get.
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Old 07-08-12, 12:45 PM   #5
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great bike! Giants are solid! Keep all paperwork just in case. Good to do for everything you get.
I bought an "insurance policy" from the bike shop. It gives me 5 year replacement on everything except tires and brake pads, even if I crash the bike or if it falls off my rack and gets run over by a truck. It also provides lifetime tube replacement and tune-ups. I thought that was well worth $75. They will also install any component/accessory I purchase from them at no charge. I just scanned he paperwork and saved on a DVD, jump drive and my hard drive. Thanks for that advice.

First ride will be in the morning (when it is cooler). And first order of business will be to adjust the seat height.
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Old 07-08-12, 12:52 PM   #6
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One other thing I carry that really comes in handy, a pair of latex gloves. It's amazing how much oil/grit/grime you can get on your hands while changing a tire. I learned this one the hard way.
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I have a giant cypress and really like it. I enjoy the upright position and I don't feel pressured to go fast etc. like the others with road bikes. I just got in from a 15 mile ride - first did a bike trail that follows a canal and then headed to Historic Deerfield and cruised the roads surrounding the historic village....then headed to the Deerfield river and pulled shoes off and waded to cool off a bit. Had a lot of fun.
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Old 07-08-12, 01:02 PM   #8
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Nice bike - I like the fat tires. Do you think it would be a good bike for a newbie rider in her 60's?
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Old 07-08-12, 08:26 PM   #9
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Nice bike - I like the fat tires. Do you think it would be a good bike for a newbie rider in her 60's?
Not having ridden for 20 years, I could rightly be called a newbie rider. And I am in my 60s. And this is the bike I felt delivered the biggest bang for the buck. So, an emphatic "YES!"
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I have a giant cypress and really like it. I enjoy the upright position and I don't feel pressured to go fast etc. like the others with road bikes. I just got in from a 15 mile ride - first did a bike trail that follows a canal and then headed to Historic Deerfield and cruised the roads surrounding the historic village....then headed to the Deerfield river and pulled shoes off and waded to cool off a bit. Had a lot of fun.
I used to fly fish in the Deerfield River (N. Adams area) when I was working on my masters degree at Smith. I love that area of New England.
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Old 07-08-12, 09:17 PM   #11
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Nice bike just like mine although yours looks better. Remember to lock out the front shocks.
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Sweet ride....have fun!
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Old 07-08-12, 09:49 PM   #13
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Nice bike. At first glance, I thought it was the same as my commuter - a KHS Urban X. Yours looks really nice and hope you enjoy it.
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Old 07-09-12, 05:25 PM   #14
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Why did you replace the Giant seat? What brand of seat did you buy?
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Can't wait for your reports of riding through the refuge. I'd like to go there this winter. Enjoy the new bike!
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Why did you replace the Giant seat? What brand of seat did you buy?
It's an inexpensive Serfas men's gel. The stock Sedona seat hurt as soon as I sat on it, and not a little. I wouldn't have ridden 100 yds on it. The LBS has a liberal policy on seats...ride them for 30 days, and keep swapping them out until you find something that works...pay only the difference in price between what you have and what you are trying.
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On a ride through Cape Canaveral (the town, not the launch site) last week, I found a small neighborhood that was overrun with peacocks. They were everywhere: on people's cars, mailboxes, houses and trash cans. Bikes really let you slow down and enjoy the scenery.
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I have a giant cypress and really like it. I enjoy the upright position and I don't feel pressured to go fast etc. like the others with road bikes. I just got in from a 15 mile ride - first did a bike trail that follows a canal and then headed to Historic Deerfield and cruised the roads surrounding the historic village....then headed to the Deerfield river and pulled shoes off and waded to cool off a bit. Had a lot of fun.
I am a four-year "Deefield Boy,"class of '83. Didn't ride when I was in school there. A couple of times we floated down the Deerfield on tractor tubes to the route 5 & 10 bridge and then walked back to campus.

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I saw a video of the aftermath of a fatal accident near the Cape and had to come here to relook at your bike. Thoughts are with the cyclist's family, but am relieved that the colors of the bike were very different than yours.
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Hey, did you take the picture of the wall and that peacock? Great shot!
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I saw a video of the aftermath of a fatal accident near the Cape and had to come here to relook at your bike. Thoughts are with the cyclist's family, but am relieved that the colors of the bike were very different than yours.
I appreciate you thinking of me. I am paranoid as all get out about getting hit (not that I am invisible by any stretch of the imagination).
I hadn't heard about that accident. It's a good reminder, though, that it can be a dangerous world out there.
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Hey, did you take the picture of the wall and that peacock? Great shot!
Yes, the peacock was on the branch of a Live Oak in front of a house. I am normally carrying either a D300 or a D800 Nikon. This pic was taken with a little Panasonic Lumix point and shoot. Post processing was done in Photoshop CS6.
Glad you like it. When I begin riding in the refuge next month, I will have the heavy artillery with me. I'll post lots more pics.
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Old 07-27-12, 08:06 AM   #25
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Nice bike. I considered buying ont just like that but then decided on a Talus as I would probably be using it as a commuter/camping bike and would probably need to go off road sometimes. If it wouldn't have been my second bike I probably would have gone with the Sedona.
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