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    Just picked up a giant!

    Well, just went out and picked up my first "Real" bike. a Giant Option. Very nice. It's a 23.5" hybrid. Burgundy, only problem is the front tube is flat, and the rear rim is bent. The bike all around seems very nice, the shifters are what I assume people here are always refering to as rapid fire. It has two levers for each shifter, one up one down. All around, not a bad deal at all for $95. Gotta love CL

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    Do you need a new wheel? Or, is it fixable?
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    Giant factory wheels are crap anyway. Go to Wheelsmiths and drop $100 on a new wheel, one with a freehub instead of the stock (probably) freewheel, it'll last forever. The front rim will be OK as is. My stock rear on my Giant Cypress broke about a dozen spokes in the first 1400 miles, before I built a new one. I just bought new spokes and a new rim and laced it myself using Sheldon Brown's how-to page, and it lasted OK but about 10,000 miles later the axle broke and I wound up buying a new wheel anyway. If you're replacing the whole thing including the hub, I found that there wasn't much price difference between buying the parts and just buying a built wheel.
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    Pics or it didnt happen !

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    A giant what?

    You must be strong!

    Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

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    Totally agree with you there. The wheel just seems like a low quality build. Every spoke is loose, meaning I can wiggle them and there is a lot of play. I have a friend who is willing to sell me two shimano WH-R540 wheels for only $100. Seem like very nice wheels, but with only 16 spokes, makes me wonder about the durability. If only I had the money to drop right now. It's just gonna have to sit for a few weeks. Talk about sad. Lol. I still say for $95 it was a steal. And there is a LBS that I pass literally every day on my way to work which if I didn't know any better deals almost exclusively in Giant bikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe View Post
    Giant factory wheels are crap anyway. Go to Wheelsmiths and drop $100 on a new wheel, one with a freehub instead of the stock (probably) freewheel, it'll last forever. The front rim will be OK as is. My stock rear on my Giant Cypress broke about a dozen spokes in the first 1400 miles, before I built a new one. I just bought new spokes and a new rim and laced it myself using Sheldon Brown's how-to page, and it lasted OK but about 10,000 miles later the axle broke and I wound up buying a new wheel anyway. If you're replacing the whole thing including the hub, I found that there wasn't much price difference between buying the parts and just buying a built wheel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zoltani View Post
    A giant what?

    You must be strong!


    You stole my joke...
    This is super seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titmawz View Post
    Pics or it didnt happen !
    Silly me. This is the CL pic, since I'm too lazy to get up and take some pics at the moment. More pics to come later.

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    Last edited by neotheone; 06-03-11 at 06:09 PM.

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    Better late then never.
    had to spend an additional $130. $49.99 for a new rear wheel, and about $70 for a tuneup, but worth it. Got it ridin in style. now.

    Got it all loaded up, ready for work. No more backpack for me.

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