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Did i get the wrong bike?

Old 06-19-09, 06:39 AM
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Did i get the wrong bike?

Hello i just recently bought a giant cypress ST and have really gotten into cycling. It is a very fun form of exercise for me in the summer and I plan on biking alot. So far I have put in some 20+ mi rides so I do enjoy the longer ride on the weekend. But, Its been nagging me that I have bought the wrong bike. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but its a hybrid and i almost think i should have gotten something like the something like the trek fx f.2 or something. My goal this summer is to at least do 75 miles a week. Will this bike be fine? Or should i really look into upgrading it?
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Old 06-19-09, 07:36 AM
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The Cypress was the first adult bike I had, and it got me into cycling, but once I got my job I promptly ditched it and got a touring road bike.

What exactly do you not like about the Cypress? If you have no problems so far, then keep using it. I don't think you'd gain much by buying a slightly more aggresive hybrid like the fx. You can switch out the suspension seatpost, saddle, tires, and stem and get something close to the fx. You might want to try out some drop-barred road bikes.
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Old 06-19-09, 09:10 AM
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I have a Cypress DX that I use as a commuter and for most general purpose riding. Right now I'm averaging around 150 miles a week without any difficulty or discomfort.

The only disadvantage I've found is that it's not the fastest style of bike in the world, but otherwise I've found that bike to be solid and comfortable to ride.

I've slowly swapped out some of the original components, like the suspension seat post, which did little more than add weight.

I've also thought about swapping out the front suspension forks for rigid forks, since I don't ride this bike on anything gnarly enough to require suspension. But I've decided to save for a cyclocross bike instead and keep the Hybrid as is for now.

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Old 06-19-09, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Rianu View Post
Don't get me wrong, I love it, but its a hybrid and i almost think i should have gotten something like the something like the trek fx f.2 or something. My goal this summer is to at least do 75 miles a week. Will this bike be fine? Or should i really look into upgrading it?
I don't think an FX will be much of an improvement over your current bike. What is it that your current bike is not doing for you that another might?
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Old 06-19-09, 09:34 AM
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I looked up pics and links for the 2 bikes mentioned.

Giant Cypress ST (38c tires):
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/...le/2303/32211/


Trek FX 7.2 (38c tires):
http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/bike_path/fx/72fx/


If I was doing 75 miles a week I would have gotten a different bike, but frankly the difference between the 2 bikes you mentioned isn't huge (of course, I haven't ridden them, so what do I know :-)).

If you're ok with the time it's taking you to do rides and you're comfortable, you're probably fine with what you have. I mean you're certainly going to get more of a workout with either of the bikes you listed, over the same distance, than with a faster bike. :-)

However if you are looking for something faster but still very comfortable, I'd upgrade to either a full on road bike or at least a skinnier tire hybrid. For a full on road bike, I like the Specialized Sequoia:
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=39270&eid=117



It's a "comfort" or "endurance" road bike which means it's more upright and not as twitchy handing as a "race" road bike.

If you absolutely won't try a curly bar bike, the Specialized Sirrus is pretty good to:
http://www.specialized.com/us/en/bc/...=39273&eid=121



But if you're goal is purely to get exercise and not to go fast, there's no reason not to stick with the bike you have. The fact that it's slower just means you don't have to go as far to get the same workout. :-) And there's no doubt a big fat tire is certainly comfy.
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I was under the impression that there was no such thing as the wrong bike. The first one is to show you what you want in the next one.
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Old 06-19-09, 10:21 AM
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Your bike is perfectly fine for 75 miles/week and I wouldn't get a new one this year.

I *would* consider upgrading your stock tires to good quality slicks - 32 if they will fit your rim, 38 otherwise. This should make a noticeable difference in the ride.
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Thanks for the replies. I've decided to not worry about it as it is a very comfortable ride. My goal this summer to just to put on as many miles as I can. Next summer i will purchase a road bike. Could i just go to my local bike shop to get the 32 tires ?
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Originally Posted by Rianu View Post
Thanks for the replies. I've decided to not worry about it as it is a very comfortable ride. My goal this summer to just to put on as many miles as I can. Next summer i will purchase a road bike. Could i just go to my local bike shop to get the 32 tires ?
I'm not sure what the other guy is talking about - going from 38c tires that come with the bike to 32c tires is likely to:
1. Make your bike somewhat faster
2. Make your ride somewhat less cushy and comfortable

If your bike has knobby tires I'd highly recommend switching to slicks. With the "small amount of tread" that it appears the bike came with, I'm not sure it would be worth the money to switch while your current tires are in good shape.
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Old 06-19-09, 01:20 PM
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I have 700c x 28's with street tread on my Cypress right now and they're fine for the type of riding that I do. Which is mainly road riding with a little bit of trail riding thrown in. Even when I had knobbies on the bike I found the tires were too narrow to get a proper bite on the trail surfaces of alot of the trails that I was riding on.
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Old 06-19-09, 01:34 PM
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One of the problems you get when starting to ride- Is "What bike should I get"? Most people get it wrong so treat the first bike as only an indicator as to what you should have got in the first place.

But the problem is- What do you get now to replace it?

There is another problem in that you are new to cycling. That means your body. You have muscles to build up- you have to decide what sort of riding you want to do and you have to decide on the colour of the new bike. Stay with the current bike till you have sorted the body- found out what you want to do- and after getting round as many shops as possible- have got test rides and info on all the bikes that you may be interested in.
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For 75 miles per week you have a good bike.

I have a Sedona, which is basically the Cypress, but with 26" wheels, and I have ridden almost 70 miles in one day on it.

As mentioned, if you get to where you want to regularly ride 30+ miles at a time, then you probably want to look at something like a true road bike for the more aerodynamic position, and additional hand positions of the drop bars.
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