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    Dilettante zbicyclist's Avatar
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    Picking a bike for a friend: TODAY. Giant Roam, Escape or Cypress

    My friend Mark is turning 60, and has ridden his Giant Cypress into the ground. He's got about a 15 mile (one way) commute on potholey roads and unpaved bike path / bridle path. We got on a bike trip once a year, usually on limestone (Erie Canal, Katy Trail, GAP, etc).

    His wife wants me to go with her this afternoon to pick out a bike so I've been looking at the Giant website. The local shop is a fine place and a Giant dealer, so I'm thinking about the Giant Roam rather than another Cypress or Giant Escape. Any thoughts?
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    I think you'd need to present a compelling reason why he DOESN'T like his Cypress if I were going to recommend a Roam/Escape. They're going to be very similar to each other, also very different from the Cypress, which is definitely a more relaxed riding position. If the Cypress meets his needs, there's no reason to risk something different. Certainly if it were me riding that route on a regular basis I'd recommend suspension fork of some kind, so Roam over Escape if you're going to move away from the Cypress. Is his Cypress not "fast" enough? It's more comfortable for short trips, I would even think 15 miles is too far to be comfy on a Cypress but if he likes it, so much the better. Is the Cypress holding him back? Again, if the only reason he's replacing the bike is because it's worn out... if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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    Thanks, mwl001. Nothing wrong with the Cypress (which he's done 60+ miles a day on more than once). Just checking for other opinions before locking him in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zbicyclist View Post
    Thanks, mwl001. Nothing wrong with the Cypress (which he's done 60+ miles a day on more than once). Just checking for other opinions before locking him in.
    Cool. Good luck!

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    I would suggest you let him pick out his own bike except I remember to this day the huge excitement when I was 10 and told to go look in the den on my birthday and there was a brand new clean and shiney bike just for me. I remember the color, the tires, and how clean it was. Oh man what an awesome happy surprise. In my whole life that was THE best gift ever. ENJOY!
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    After 10 years on my Giant Sedona (basically a Cypress with 26" wheels) I took my 57 year old body out on a Trek 7.3 FX this year, and loved it. So, I would suggest the Escape (Giant's similar offering). He could love losing the suspension fork and slightly more aggressive position based on his mileage.

    Most of my riding is on gravel and crushed stone rail trails, so I suspect the Escape would deal with those situations nicely. I will admit, that out of fear of the aggressive position, I did install a riser bar on my FX... so I did raise my hand position an inch or so. I will probably go back to a flatter bar next year with the loss of some girth on the rider.
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    With the conditions your friend experiences during his ride, I would NOT get a bike without front suspension.

    The Roam seems a no brainer here, with the worst case scenario as far a comfort goes, getting a different stem to raise the height of the handlebars.

    Then you would just have to choose which model Roam.
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    I agree, the Roam would be an upgrade from a bike he obviously likes. It will be like a Corvette, from a Malibu.... The Escape would be like a Maserati, maybe too much change ----- always mention to the dealer that he might want to switch, before he goes outside with it........... Better yet, take him to the bike store with you.................

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    To me the Roam sounds the best bet too but ya never know

    Can you buy him a voucher for the shop and let him chooses his own or maybe a mystery birthday tour ending at the bike shop ? That gives him the thrill of choosing his own bike, colour scheme etc

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    limbot, the mystery tour sounds like a great idea. Chances are, he already knows which Giant bike
    he would want as a replacement. TALK to him.

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