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Old 03-20-15, 07:00 PM
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My First Hybrid Bike! 2015 Giant Escape 3



Just got it a couple days ago, probably put ~ 25 miles on it so far. Been out of the bike loop for a while. Last time I rode a bike (other than testing a few at the LBSs) was a few years ago in college and that was a mountain bike. What a difference! This thing feels so much lighter and faster in comparison.

Payed $344 for the bike after taxes which includes lifetime tuneups from the LBS. Purchased this primarily for my work commute (12 miles roundtrip). So far I am extremely happy with it. I was looking for something on the inexpensive side (My last two bikes were stolen) so I didn't want to invest too much into it. Overall it seems to be a great entry level bike for the price.

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Old 03-20-15, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by arskemp View Post


Just got it a couple days ago, probably put ~ 25 miles on it so far. Been out of the bike loop for a while. Last time I rode a bike (other than testing a few at the LBSs) was a few years ago in college and that was a mountain bike. What a difference! This thing feels so much lighter and faster in comparison.

Payed $344 for the bike after taxes which includes lifetime tuneups from the LBS. Purchased this primarily for my work commute (12 miles roundtrip). So far I am extremely happy with it. I was looking for something on the cheap side (My last two bikes were stolen) so I didn't want to invest too much into it.
Sweet bike! Congratulations!
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Old 03-20-15, 07:48 PM
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Congrats! Love the color.
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Looks good in blue! Enjoy!
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Congrats!....and love the color too.
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Thanks everyone! Very happy with the color as well. It looks amazing in person.

I'm grateful I found this forum when doing research. It has been invaluable helping me decide on the best bike for my needs.

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Old 03-21-15, 10:50 AM
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My question is more of a general one rather than being directed at you, but is it okay to mount the u-lock on the seat stay like that? I have a kryptonite lock that I usually just put in a pack but i've been thinking about mounting it, and I thought it might be too heavy/flex too much to put it on the thinner tube.
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nice! wutz on the rack? a backpack? wut tires are on it? your commute sounds awesome
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My question is more of a general one rather than being directed at you, but is it okay to mount the u-lock on the seat stay like that? I have a kryptonite lock that I usually just put in a pack but i've been thinking about mounting it, and I thought it might be too heavy/flex too much to put it on the thinner tube.
I'm not sure. I saw someone do it in another thread here so I tried it. Hope someone else can chime in on this?


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nice! wutz on the rack? a backpack? wut tires are on it? your commute sounds awesome
I just have one of those generic drawstring sports bags that you can normally carry on your back. I'm thinking about getting some kind of basket or crate though. For the tires, they are the stock tires that came with the bike. I think it's the 700x32 Giant SX-3.
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Nice bike. Giant makes some good rides- they are about all I look at anymore. I was a mountain biker for 16 years before I switched to hybrids. I like the hybrids a tad better for their lightness and swifter rides. I switched to hybrids because I realized I was not using the bike offroad. I was riding rail trails 95% of the time. I don't like the idea of riding over $500 bikes offroad in dirt and mud. I really did not quite want a road bike either.
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Originally Posted by arskemp View Post


Just got it a couple days ago, probably put ~ 25 miles on it so far. Been out of the bike loop for a while. Last time I rode a bike (other than testing a few at the LBSs) was a few years ago in college and that was a mountain bike. What a difference! This thing feels so much lighter and faster in comparison.

Payed $344 for the bike after taxes which includes lifetime tuneups from the LBS. Purchased this primarily for my work commute (12 miles roundtrip). So far I am extremely happy with it. I was looking for something on the inexpensive side (My last two bikes were stolen) so I didn't want to invest too much into it. Overall it seems to be a great entry level bike for the price.
Nice, Im debating between the Trek 7.0/7.1 and the Escape 3/2 for my first bike. Glad to hear you like it so much.
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Old 04-09-15, 10:04 AM
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Nice Bike! Giant really does make nice bikes, and all of them are good looking!
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Old 04-13-15, 06:18 AM
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nice !!!! i just got an escape 3 myself , but in the gray color... blue is my fav color, but the gray looked better to me in person . gonna add some dark red/ burgundy accents to it..... what rack are you using? im thinking of getting one and a trunk bag or pannier next week ... get my bag of my back . are you using the stock pedals? how are they ? i had platform pedals put on mine at purchase.never tried the stock ones .
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Old 04-17-15, 07:48 PM
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Just picked up an Escape 3 this evening. I've been riding a crappy Shwinn mountain bike for 10 years and finally upgraded to something better. Talk about night and day difference! However, took it for a quick spin around the block and was experiencing some initial shifting problems especially rubbing in the highest gear. Did you guys experience the same thing? Any other gear silky smooth more or less. Bought it from a reputable store and they did a complete check before handing it over. Wondering if this is normal.
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Old 04-25-15, 03:21 PM
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Just picked up an Escape 3 this evening. I've been riding a crappy Shwinn mountain bike for 10 years and finally upgraded to something better. Talk about night and day difference! However, took it for a quick spin around the block and was experiencing some initial shifting problems especially rubbing in the highest gear. Did you guys experience the same thing? Any other gear silky smooth more or less. Bought it from a reputable store and they did a complete check before handing it over. Wondering if this is normal.
yeah i was having some shifting issues at 1st too , mainly the chain jumping when shifting . i had them adjust it at my LBS i bought it and it shifts much smoother now, but not as smooth as a higher end bike... but you have to remember it has a shimano Tourney, which is a lower end DR .... eventually in another year or 2 we will all be upgrading the component sets on our Escapes Im sure . for me i try not to shift too much , even when going up hills, unless im tired from a long ride , and riding up the steep hill to my house .
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Originally Posted by DjFantom View Post
yeah i was having some shifting issues at 1st too , mainly the chain jumping when shifting . i had them adjust it at my LBS i bought it and it shifts much smoother now, but not as smooth as a higher end bike... but you have to remember it has a shimano Tourney, which is a lower end DR .... eventually in another year or 2 we will all be upgrading the component sets on our Escapes Im sure . for me i try not to shift too much , even when going up hills, unless im tired from a long ride , and riding up the steep hill to my house .

Interesting! I had the exact same chain slipping issue on my Escape 2!
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Interesting! I had the exact same chain slipping issue on my Escape 2!
wow and the escape 2 has a better DR on it . i forgot exactly which one. but its a step up from the tourney .... i was going to get the escape 2 instead but i just liked the Matte gray color of the Escape 3, figured id upgrade the components later ..... did you have your slipping problem fixed ? does it still do it . Mine will still slip if i ride a really bumpy road . otherwise it doesn't anymore since being adjusted
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Any derailleur with the name Shimano, should function fine. When new, if it doesn't , take it back to the dealer..... Even Tourney should shift well, if adjusted and aligned properly.l
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I took mine back to the dealer/LBS and they made some adjustments, as well as showing me what to tweak. It's still a bit rough in some gears but much better than how it was when I got it home.
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"A bit rough in some gears" might point toward a misaligned derailleur. It should not be like that.
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Originally Posted by DjFantom View Post
wow and the escape 2 has a better DR on it . i forgot exactly which one. but its a step up from the tourney .... i was going to get the escape 2 instead but i just liked the Matte gray color of the Escape 3, figured id upgrade the components later ..... did you have your slipping problem fixed ? does it still do it . Mine will still slip if i ride a really bumpy road . otherwise it doesn't anymore since being adjusted
Yes, its the Shimano Altus over the Tourney. I had it fixed at the LBS; Was a cable that was too loose, causing the derailleur to have some freedom, so they tightened that right up and its smooth as a prom queen's butt now. And the matte grey looks awesome haha I just liked the black/blue a bit better, and the better components seeing as I have no skill at major overhauls like changing out shifters.

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Old 06-29-15, 03:49 AM
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About the lock... theven other person with the lock like that stated that they changed ithe to the down tube
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