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    Junior Member meatlump's Avatar
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    New Hybrid rider from Pennsylvania, US

    Howdy All!

    Decided to get a bike for fun and exercise. Wanted to get better quality than Wal-Mart and Target so shopped the local bike shops, etc. Finally settled on an entry level Giant Cypress ST (steel) hybrid/comfort bike for riding around town and laps at the park.

    Three months and 473 miles later I'm saving for a road bike. I've seen huge improvements in my speed and stamina, but long or steep hills still kick my @$$. Barely finished a 70 mile ride yesterday with the local bike club so I'll be doing a lot more training on hills before tackling a long ride with them again.

    If I'd known how much I would love cycling I'd have bought a better bike, but it was the right decision at the time.

    I've also upgrade my bike computer twice as I desired features I first thought I'd never use (average speed and then cadence).

    Guess the only way I could have done this better would have been to start on a decent used bike to see how I would really ride and then go for a new one that suited my needs.

    That would be my suggestion to anyone looking to get into cycling. That and beware the addiction.

    Learned a lot from reading the forums and looking forward to the community.

    Thanks to all who make it happen.

    phil g
    aka meatlump

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    I started on a $15 used bike.
    Rode it 1000 miles before getting a new one.
    What is your budget for the road bike?
    [SIZE=1][B]What I like about Texas[/B]
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGukLuXzH1E

    Set F1re To The Ra1n ( NY Night Rain Ride)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7jfcWEkSrI

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    Junior Member meatlump's Avatar
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    I'm hoping to save around $800 for a road bike.

    Torn between a known brand from the LBS and trying something cheaper from Bikes Direct. Not just the price, but like the idea of something different. A little disappointed in the LBS service so not as worried about missing out on their one year free service.

    Saw a few posts on the forums about assembling bikes from bikes direct, but haven't seen anything on how they liked the bikes later. Will search some more and maybe pose the question.

    meatlump

    P.S. After seeing your picture I was confused for a bit till I realized two wheels are taking the picture.

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    Hi Phil,

    I also started on a Cypress a year ago, and 3 months later switched to a road bike (Giant Defy 3). I like my bike, but if I had it to do over again I'd probably spend a little more for better components -- I'd probably get a Defy 1. However, a year ago I couldn't believe how much I was spending on a bike. Funny how time (and addiction) changes your perspective! :-)

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    Rob
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    Junior Member meatlump's Avatar
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    Rob,

    The Defy looks pretty sweet. Must confess, I feel quite attached to the Giant name. It's nice having something other than Trek or Cannondale. I'll consider the Defy (2 or 3) but am seriously looking at bikesdirect.com . Had some good feedback on them after my last post.

    Happy riding!

    phil g
    aka meatlump

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