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    Giant Escape 2

    So I finally got to test-ride this, and I ended up ordering it

    Thanks all for the advice so far - and I apologize for the yoyoing I did when discussing potential purchases. I finally found an LBS that I liked (and I have visited far too many now!) and he called me after he built an Escape. I should get mine on Monday, and pics will follow

    As I had posted, I had decided to order from BikesDirect, and take my chance on the order. I don't have a lot of wrenching experience w.r.t bikes, but I planned to learn. My wife dissuaded me on this plan - she was really uncomfortable with the idea of me out on a bike that I had put together myself, with my limited knowledge. It was a safety issue, and since she has been extremely supportive about my bike commute so far, I agreed.

    Waiting for Monday now

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    So I finally got to test-ride this, and I ended up ordering it

    Thanks all for the advice so far - and I apologize for the yoyoing I did when discussing potential purchases. I finally found an LBS that I liked (and I have visited far too many now!) and he called me after he built an Escape. I should get mine on Monday, and pics will follow

    As I had posted, I had decided to order from BikesDirect, and take my chance on the order. I don't have a lot of wrenching experience w.r.t bikes, but I planned to learn. My wife dissuaded me on this plan - she was really uncomfortable with the idea of me out on a bike that I had put together myself, with my limited knowledge. It was a safety issue, and since she has been extremely supportive about my bike commute so far, I agreed.

    Waiting for Monday now
    Small world? I have a Giant Escape 2 in the XL size coming also, will be delivered to my LBS late this week. Looks like a great bike for the price.
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    Been riding mine for several months now and, aside from it feeling a bit heavy and non-round frame that makes holding it while I carry a bit awkward, I'm loving it

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    I was looking at the Giant Escape and Giant Escape City earlier this year. They're nice bikes but I ended up getting a Giant Rapid 2 because it also came in the M/L size.

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    I just bought a Giant Escape (getting ready to start my commute home on it right now). I have a Small (I'm 5'6") and love it.

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    Who knows your wife just might have saved your life!

    Be thankful of her and show her much love and appreciation!

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    Be thankful for your bride. Mine would've looked at the sales price at the LBS and would've (and has) balked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    Be thankful for your bride. Mine would've looked at the sales price at the LBS and would've (and has) balked.
    I do, everyday I would have been a mess otherwise.

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    I traded an older bicycle (a Trek 520 from 1985) straight across for my new Escape 2 so no cash is involved this time. However, people that are not bicyclists - especially wives that have a vested interest in financial security - always balk when they see the prices of new bikes. The $420 Escape 2 seems inexpensive to us because we know the prices of bikes these days. But to the uninitiated it still sounds like a lot of money for a "toy". And puh-lease don't let your wife know the cost of quality lighting! lol
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    Excellent choice! We are currently all sold out of Giant Escapes, Giant Roams and Giant Seeks. Lots of other brands and models still on the floor, but those ones are a lot of bike for the money and went fast.

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    I think everybody here knows how pleased I am with my Escape 1. It just fits so well. We've seen many adventures already. I'm glad for all you folks. And I just gotta stick this picture in here for a teaser for those of you waiting on your orders.

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    Got it! The LBS called this afternoon and I went and picked it up. The rest of the afternoon I set it up: I took off the reflecters, installed rear lights (a NiteRider CherryBomb and a Cygolight HotShot), front light (NiteRider 1500 Race), computer, a wedge under the seat with spare tube/patch kit, and frame pump (Topeak Road Morph). Next paycheck I'm going to buy it a set of Conti Gatorskins. I didn't ride it yet because it's after dark on Saturday Night and all the drunks are out. First ride will be tomorrow afternoon. The machine weighed 29 pounds nekked when I got it home (scientific bathroom scale method - stand on scale, look at weight, pick up bike, note change in weight). I'll post pictures here and at my blog tomorrow - - What a great time to be a bicyclist, they make even the inexpensive bikes excellently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tractorlegs View Post
    Got it! The LBS called this afternoon and I went and picked it up. The rest of the afternoon I set it up: I took off the reflecters, installed rear lights (a NiteRider CherryBomb and a Cygolight HotShot), front light (NiteRider 1500 Race), computer, a wedge under the seat with spare tube/patch kit, and frame pump (Topeak Road Morph). Next paycheck I'm going to buy it a set of Conti Gatorskins. I didn't ride it yet because it's after dark on Saturday Night and all the drunks are out. First ride will be tomorrow afternoon. The machine weighed 29 pounds nekked when I got it home (scientific bathroom scale method - stand on scale, look at weight, pick up bike, note change in weight). I'll post pictures here and at my blog tomorrow - - What a great time to be a bicyclist, they make even the inexpensive bikes excellently.
    *grr*
    My LBS is closed Saturdays and Sundays. I think he prefers his bike rides to his business
    Gratz on the bike, and photos soon please!
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    I've never heard of a LBS being closed on a Saturday until now.
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    I stand corrected. Must be just this weekend. website says open on Sunday as well, but he distinctly told me he was closed ob the weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadtread View Post
    I stand corrected. Must be just this weekend. website says open on Sunday as well, but he distinctly told me he was closed ob the weekend.
    I wasn't trying to correct you; there was no way I could know, but I was amazed to hear that. Anyway, get over there and pick it up. No excuses now! : )
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    Took it out on its maiden voyage today! Its strong and fast, but not as comfortable as The Rig. I haven't given it a name yet, but I'm thinking about the "Dark Knight" - - On the front is a NiteRider 1500 Pro Race; on the rear a NiteRider CherryBomb and the Cygolight HotSpot; and a Topeak Road Morph frame pump.

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    Nice looking bike
    My bike is delayed one more day - LBS still hasn't got delivery. He'd sold out the model when I bought it - that was the reason for Monday delivery (I mixed up the weekend off and Monday delivery stuff). So one more day To cap it off, I had to come in the car today, since it was due for the first courtesy checkup.

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    Very nice.. I will post up some photos when I have my accessories on later this week..

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    I also have the giant escape 2, its a nice commuter. Put 120 miles on it last week. Need to get it tuned up this week though.

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