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The Experiment has ended, I bought a real bike

Old 06-16-17, 05:53 PM
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The Experiment has ended, I bought a real bike

I just couldn't tolerate riding the collection of bike-like parts that was my Huffy, so it went back to WalMart today when I decided I needed a real bike.

After some heavy comparison shopping between the Giant Escape 2 and the Trek FX 2, including multiple trips between bike shops today to test ride, I am the happy owner of a Trek FX2. I have to say that the Trek of Cincinnati store in Ft. Wright Kentucky provided me with the best service I have ever received from a bike shop, bar none, and that was a help in deciding - along with the fact that the Trek fit me better.

I know, pics or it didn't happen, so here you go:


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Nice bike! I wish there were pics of the Huffy.

Not really.

But that is still a very nice bike.
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Old 06-16-17, 07:11 PM
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I should have taken a Huffy pic......
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Complete with wheel reflectors, warning stickers, and dork disk. Great NEW bike pic.

Now, get it dirty.
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Ah, I have fond memories of my FX2. I only kept it for 5 weeks though. "upgraded", but I miss the 24 gears. Happy riding.
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Nice upgrade!!
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Old 06-18-17, 06:22 AM
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Originally Posted by jsigone
Nice upgrade!!
Thanks! Makes a HUGE difference in my riding enjoyment!!
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Originally Posted by Aahzz
Thanks! Makes a HUGE difference in my riding enjoyment!!
Your experiment would have made interesting reading, but in the end, it is all about being able to enjoy being out on the bike.
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Old 06-18-17, 09:39 AM
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it went back to WalMart today
How did that go?
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Originally Posted by wgscott
How did that go?
Easy - wheeled it over to customer service, handed them my receipt, got my full refund.
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Easy - wheeled it over to customer service, handed them my receipt, got my full refund.
Congratulations. I always seem to get a major hassle over that kind of thing.

HOpe you are enjoying the new ride!
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Originally Posted by wgscott
Congratulations. I always seem to get a major hassle over that kind of thing.

HOpe you are enjoying the new ride!
I am enjoying the new ride immensely - thanks!
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Trek is hard to beat. Great looking bike. When I started back it was on a Trek Hybrid, I still have it but only sometimes ride it in winter. Keep at it
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That happened quicker than I expected LOL ... congrats on the new bike
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Good choice, great sport hybrid, enjoy!
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Originally Posted by ill.clyde
That happened quicker than I expected LOL ... congrats on the new bike
Yeah, quicker than I expected as well.

Had to go back today and buy one for Mrs Aahzz.
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looks great! congrats! safe travels! happy trailz!
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Congrats, enjoy the new bike! Good luck wearing it out, Trek FX is basically the Ford F-150 of bicycles. Maybe if you start taking it off a lot of really sweet jumps?
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Congrats on the new bike!
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Old 06-19-17, 08:25 PM
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No doubt that riding a Wal-Mart bike for bit will certainly you make appreciate being atop a 'real' bike (no matter the brand) as you're rolling on down the road with confidence!
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That's the (newer version of) the bike I almost got! I liked the colors of the 7.3 (now FX3) that year, and I had the extra pennies, but the 7.2 was a sweet ride too.
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Originally Posted by americanrecluse
That's the (newer version of) the bike I almost got! I liked the colors of the 7.3 (now FX3) that year, and I had the extra pennies, but the 7.2 was a sweet ride too.
I absolutely love it . In 15 days I've gone from a 3-mile-ish morning ride to 8 miles. It's been great.

I'll bet your 7.3 is pretty dang awesome.
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I rode a 7.2 for about 5-6 years and it was a great bike.

Be sure and spread the "bike shop" gospel to anyone interested in buying a bicycle. I once read an author's opinion that more people have been turned off of cycling due to having a low quality bike than have simply not liked riding. I suspect there is a lot of truth to that.
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Old 07-03-17, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by corwin1968
I rode a 7.2 for about 5-6 years and it was a great bike.

Be sure and spread the "bike shop" gospel to anyone interested in buying a bicycle. I once read an author's opinion that more people have been turned off of cycling due to having a low quality bike than have simply not liked riding. I suspect there is a lot of truth to that.
I'd believe that about people being turned off. The difference in bikes is huge.
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That's not been my experience

Originally Posted by corwin1968
I rode a 7.2 for about 5-6 years and it was a great bike.

Be sure and spread the "bike shop" gospel to anyone interested in buying a bicycle. I once read an author's opinion that more people have been turned off of cycling due to having a low quality bike than have simply not liked riding. I suspect there is a lot of truth to that.
I am sort of at the opposite end of this pole.
I started riding seriously in February of 2016. My ride back then was a Genesis GS29 I got from Walmart. I immediately had a friend tell me I needed to get onto something a bit better and, in May of 2016, bought a new Specialized Sirrus Sport Disk. While it is a nice bike to ride, it has never shifted properly and, whenever I took it in to get that fixed, found other things wrong. I have replaced the rear derailleur, the crank, two cassettes two chains and both wheels.

The bicycle now has 4700 miles on it but I could have bought three of them for what it has cost to keep it on the road. I figure that I could have bought a brand new Walmart bicycle every month. It wouldn't have been a fancy shop bicycle, but it would have been new.
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