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    Just bought a Giant Escape 1 bike

    Hi forum.

    For my first year of college I rode a 1980s Sintour Raleigh hybrid bike. It was pretty hard to pedal probably because the gears were sluggish due to age. I wanted to get a new bike this summer and my parents agreed to pay for it. I only really started riding this past year at school, but I enjoyed it and have been doing some little rides around my area recently, only like 5-10 miles though.

    My budget was about $450, and I really wanted to try to get an entry level road bike. However, I went to a store in our town today with my mom and they had a 2012 Giant Escape 1 for $420 and a sale on a 2011 Giant Escape 1 for about $475. I told my mom that I wanted to wait a few days before buying to get input, but she forced the purchase (I don't want to sound bad, but basically she was just like NO YOU AREN'T WAITING YOU'RE BUYING A BIKE)

    I would like to know if anyone has any experience with these bikes and has any opinions on them. I know it's too late now to do what I wanted to do (maybe look on Craigslist for some used ones and then ask for advice) but I'd like to know if I'm okay or screwed myself

    Thanks

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    New bike...have fun with it.
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    I don't have the Escape 1, but I have a Giant hybrid that I really like that's great for commuting and getting around campus.

    I think you'll really enjoy riding it.

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    I have an Escape 1 -- 2010 or 2011? Not sure.

    Anyway, it's a good basic bike. It doesn't have fancy components, but everything works. I've taken it on long rides (up to 50 miles), with no complaints.

    I changed the handlebars to bullhorns, because my wrists demand more hand positions.

    For an additional $100 - 150 or so, I could have had a Specialized Sirrus or a Jamis Coda, but I didn't have that $100 that week. And I only ride this bike for 4 weeks out of the year, when we go to our "summer place".

    Ride it and enjoy it.

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    Giant makes good bicycles, I currently have 3 that all date from the late 1980's. One in particular has taken a beating and is still rolling along.

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    Just realized that I have an Escape 2, not an Escape 1.

    The Escape 1 has nicer components, a lighter fork. Probably the same frame.

    Anyway, the fact remains, you got a good bike. What are you doing reading this? You should be riding it. ;-)

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    So long as it fits and given the ever increasing prices, you didn't get screwed. Odds are you would've been if you went the CL route...
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    Giant makes good bikes. The components appear to be good. I think you did alright.

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    just took it for about a 12 mile ride on flat roads and up some hills i struggled with before

    pretty good bike, of course that's compared to the old 25 year old one

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    Giant makes some good bikes, both for themselves and for several other companies. At least they build their own frames. The excape 1 is a pretty good city bike. Like someone else mentioned I would change the bars to treking bars. The old transit had them and I thought they were cool.

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    I have had a Giant Escape 1 since May. I think mine is a 2011. It is a nice blue color. I use it to commute to work and for pleasure. I have put about 600 miles on it so far this season. The LBS upgraded me to puncture resistant tires, I use clip-less pedals and attached a Topeak rack and bag. Had a minor front brake issue which was repaired under warranty. The bike is comfortable and can be fast. It is much more efficient than my old bike which was a Raleigh comfort bike. I think you will like it. I did a lot of research prior to my purchase. Ruled out Trek and Cannondale. I felt the Giant was a better value.

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