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Hey everyone, I'm currently looking into getting into biking to lose weight. I'm rounf 250-255lbs. I'm 24 years old, so I think I can lose the weight, but I need advice as to what kind of bike I should invest in.

I was researching online, and I think hybrid bikes are a better fit for me. I do plan on going on unpaved roads, but no jumps or anything like that. And I plan on riding to work, since it's a close ride.

What do you think?
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Losing weight is all about What you put in your mouth.

Visit local bike shops and get the bike that talks to you.

Consider a Helmet, Lights, Bike Shorts, and a good floor pump.

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I think you're heading in the right direction. A friend purchased a GIANT ROAM about 2 years ago. A step up from his WalMarts bike. He really likes it. Goes biking-camping on it. Un loaded touring.
You'll have to decide if you want a suspension for or not. I, personally, do not think they are needed for dirt road riding or commuting. But if you don't care about a small weight increase for a suspension for, AND it gets you out on the bike, then it's a good thing.

Talk to your Local Bike Shop about weight limits for the frame you buy. I think , don't know for sure, at 250lbs, you might be at a point of concern. I think the next point is like 180 or 190.

And don't be afraid of a used bike. You might be able to get more bike and more stuff for less cash.
I'm half way through this book, which seems like a really good starting place for folks who haven't been on a bike in a while:
https://www.amazon.com/Ultimate-Bicy...l&tag=bsn04-20
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agree with 10 Wheels... you control your diet for weight loss and you ride for fitness... you simply can't out ride a fork!

as far as your plan for starting with a hybrid, that's a great idea! I recently picked up a Giant Roam as my fun, all round town and dirt road fun bike... perfectly suited for it..
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I was planning on visiting a LBS today and seeing if they would recommend the Giant Cypress. I like the look of it plus the raised handlebars.

Giant Cypress - Cycle World Miami, Florida
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Originally Posted by hernandez.amie
I was planning on visiting a LBS today and seeing if they would recommend the Giant Cypress. I like the look of it plus the raised handlebars.

Giant Cypress - Cycle World Miami, Florida

That's a nice ride....I would highly recommend setting aside a few hundred extra bucks also to get a helmet, bibs, tools, saddle bag, water bottle, etc. etc. Just remember they will try to sell you stuff you don't need also. You can spend thousands on a bike and accessories, but don't need to.
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I purchased something very similar to that... the Giant Sedona. I had a lot of trouble with the cheap seat post assembly.
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Originally Posted by hernandez.amie
I was planning on visiting a LBS today and seeing if they would recommend the Giant Cypress. I like the look of it plus the raised handlebars.

Giant Cypress - Cycle World Miami, Florida
Looks pretty entry level. If budget is very tight, maybe worth considering. That is a bike I would suggest for very light use, or maybe as a backup bike strictly for shorter rides. My suggestion is, spend a few bucks more and get something just a bit lighter and sportier. Buy something a fitter version of you would want to ride, since it is your intention to get fit.
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Trek 7.2 FX. More upfront, but also more enjoyment and more when it's time to sell.
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+1 on your diet will dictate your weight loss success or failure.

I bought a Giant Escape 3 hybrid on July 1 as my entry bike to get me into cycling. I was 315 lbs & b/w cleaning up my diet & riding I have dropped 25 pounds so far. I have 390 miles on it so far, & it has held up great. I only do road riding. Got my first 25 miler on tap for tomorrow.

I love how the bike fits me & how it rides. Just be consistent with your riding & you will be shocked how quick your fitness progresses.

I did change out the seat & bought some good cargo padded biking shorts & jersey from aerotech designs. Plus use chamois cream on regular basis to prevent any chaffing issues.

My kids have really gotten into riding as well & love to ride with dad. My 9 yr old daughter is up to 15 mile rides on her mountain bike & my 11 year old son does 20 milers with ease on his Fuji road bike. Great fun all the way around. Let us know what you buy.
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Originally Posted by hernandez.amie
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I was researching online, and I think hybrid bikes are a better fit for me. I do plan on going on unpaved roads, but no jumps or anything like that. And I plan on riding to work, since it's a close ride.

What do you think?
I started with an hybrid, caught the bug, and bought a road bike on which I do most of my riding.

My biggest beef with the hybrid was the gearing; 3 chain rings (28-38-48), and an 9 speed 11-32 cassette. That combination was not that good because you needed to shift a lot to get a nice gear ratio. The road bike has 50/34 chain rings, and an 11 speed 11-32 cassette. That made a world of difference in my enjoyment of riding.

I guess that what I am saying is that an hybrid may be a starting point but may also be just a short term solution if you end up riding long term.

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Originally Posted by PatrickR400
I started with an hybrid, caught the bug, and bought a road bike on which I do most of my riding.

My biggest beef with the hybrid was the gearing; 3 chain rings (28-38-48), and an 11-32 cassette. That combination was not that good because you needed to shift a lot to get a nice gear ratio. The road bike has 50/34 chain rings, and an 11-32 cassette. That made a world of difference in my enjoyment on riding.

I guess that what I am saying is that an hybrid may be a starting point but may also be just a short term solution if you end up riding long term.
+1 on Hybrid just being the entry point if the addiction gets a hold on you. I am already researching my road bike purchase that will be made next year.
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I have a Cypress.

Good frame, but I swapped out nearly all the components off it from my other bikes. Also switched over to drop bars and a Brooks B67.
Of the components, I wasn't wild about the 7 speed. It's not the number of speeds, back in the 80s there were lots of good 7 speeds.

You could get some 9 speed stuff off ebay. I hesitate to mention this because I don't know if it's any good, but you can get entire grouppos cheap from Ali Express.

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