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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 07-23-12, 09:59 PM   #1
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Question about Trek FX

Hi Everyone, been lurking for a month and finally got around to posting.

I had not been on a bike since a bad wreck in high school, but this summer on vacation I rented a bike and remembered quickly how much I love to ride. Now I am in the market for a bike and have visited a couple of LBS to try to determine what I want. I am celebrating a 100 pound loss and think that buying a bike will help keep me motivated and active for the last 60 lbs I have left.
I have been interested in the Trek, Specialized and Giant hybrids and have not seen a clear advantage of one over the other. I have not ridden a Giant yet but have read reviews on this and other forums.
I have found a used FX 7.3 on Craigslist for $350 and I am seriously considering it. The only problem is it is a 22.5 frame. I am 6'5 and think I need the 25' frame. I have been riding 15-20 miles a week on a borrowed bike that is too small and don't want to be cheap and hurt myself if I need to go bigger and spend the extra $200 for a new one in my size. Does anyone have any words of wisdom of whether I should even go see the 22.5 or should I not be a cheapo and make sure of the fit?
If I go new bike, I'm probably a month away from purchasing so I have time to go ride a Giant and make my final decision.
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Old 07-23-12, 10:42 PM   #2
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Hey HD,

I'll be honest, that looks like the 2013 model at a price that sounds suspicious... as in "stolen" or the current owner learned very quickly that it didn't fit their needs. (which may mean it may also not fit your needs)

I bought an "entry level" road bike (Focus Variado 62cm) last year on closeout for ~$625 (MSRP ~$1300)... I consider it a decent entry level bike for a great price. (although as an aluminum 62cm frame... it weighs 26# on a scale... which is considered "heavy".

I'm only now going from "weekend rider" to daily rider.... in this transition, I'm still happy with my purchase, since I'm riding with folk that have "really nice" bikes, but I keep up just fine and I don't feel incapable.

I'd suggest spending a tiny bit more for a more capable bike that is more focused on where/how you ride... if you are going for fitness... get a road bike... if you are riding around a community/complex... stay with a hybrid.

I'd only stay with a hybrid if your body can not physically lean forward to one of the more "relaxed" road bike/handlebar seat positions.
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Old 07-24-12, 06:14 AM   #3
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You're probably right about the frame size issue. Most, but not all, of us that ride a lot moved on to a different bike after we gotten in cycling shape.That's not saying that a Fx type bike was wrong for us. My Trek 7300 got me riding and I'm glad I bought it. It's just our bodies changed and our core muscles strengthened to handle a more aggressive position that drop style handlebars allow.
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You're lucky they even put the frame size in the ad. The big downside to bikes on CL is that very few posters give frame size.

Get a bike that fits. I had a 7.2 FX, and it is a great bike, but if the original owner hasn't already done it (many, including me do), replace the shock absorbing seat post with a solid.
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I had the opposite dilemma. Im 6' and last year found a "as new" Fx 7.3 Disc for $300 on craigslist - 25". I went to see the bike and the frame was too big but I took a chance on it as it was a steal. Best decision I ever made. The Trek is an awesome bike and I ride it regularly. Its a very reliable bike and I recommend it highly it.

However, Im not sure I would pull the trigger on a 'too small' frame. Aint life weird? Yours is too small and mine is too big

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Thanks for the replies. I've been known to be frugal, even when I should pay a little more and get the equipment I need. Here, I can justify spending some extra money because I can ride the bike for a long time. I will take your advice and get one that fits me.
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If you are going the CL route, which is smart for a first bike, bring a tape measure with you as many ads don't have the correct info in them, or none at all like mentioned above. I found a 2012 Giant Escape on CL and the owner was not positive on the frame size once I called him. Worked out good for me.
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Hi Everyone, been lurking for a month and finally got around to posting.

I had not been on a bike since a bad wreck in high school, but this summer on vacation I rented a bike and remembered quickly how much I love to ride. Now I am in the market for a bike and have visited a couple of LBS to try to determine what I want. I am celebrating a 100 pound loss and think that buying a bike will help keep me motivated and active for the last 60 lbs I have left.
I have been interested in the Trek, Specialized and Giant hybrids and have not seen a clear advantage of one over the other. I have not ridden a Giant yet but have read reviews on this and other forums.
I have found a used FX 7.3 on Craigslist for $350 and I am seriously considering it. The only problem is it is a 22.5 frame. I am 6'5 and think I need the 25' frame. I have been riding 15-20 miles a week on a borrowed bike that is too small and don't want to be cheap and hurt myself if I need to go bigger and spend the extra $200 for a new one in my size. Does anyone have any words of wisdom of whether I should even go see the 22.5 or should I not be a cheapo and make sure of the fit?
If I go new bike, I'm probably a month away from purchasing so I have time to go ride a Giant and make my final decision.
Hi HeftyDad, welcome to the forums. We're all crazy and yell at each other all the time, but you'll get used to it.

I just (10 days ago) got a Giant Escape 2 - $420 and for the price is wonderful (I actually got it free, but that's a completely different story . . .). I'm also 6'5" like you, and I got the bike in the XL size and it fits well. Quality is great, the frame is wonderful. Set up like in this picture 29-1/2 pounds. I highly recommend this critter.
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bike that is more focused on where/how you ride... if you are going for fitness... get a road bike...I'd only stay with a hybrid if your body can not physically lean forward to one of the more "relaxed" road bike/handlebar seat positions.
I started with a Trek 7.3FX. After a couple of months, hand/arm.neck and back moved me to a road bike. If you are on pavement, go for a road bike. More hand positions, better geometry, etc.

I rode 300 miles in the last three weeks, pain free on the road bike. With the hybrid, when I got up to 20 miles each trip, I started having problems with hands/arms, etc.

I'm mid sixties, might not be the same for you.

I am not a clyde, just happened to see the post. I dunno, but I think road bike would be even better for larger person, more weight.

Road bike works so much better for me, every way.

YMMV
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