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Old 05-11-09, 11:49 PM   #1
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I just joined bike forums because at the age of 55 I am about to purchase my first decent bike in my life. I was forced ito early retirement and I walk and want to add cycling to my life as a way to stay in shape. I went out and looked at bikes today and fell in love with the Giant cypress dx also considered trek 7100. Since I'm so new was wondering if anyone had any thoughts about these bikes. I am on a fixed income and can't afford too much. I am 6'5" and 255lbs. Thank you
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Old 05-12-09, 07:07 AM   #2
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Welcome to BF.
I too was "downsized" at 55 (now 64). The bike I bought was a 1999 Raleigh R600. Awesome bike. Since then I've moved on and up to better bikes.

The Giant is a good bike for a starter bike. If you want to ride fast with the big boys you'll need a road bike.
Let us know what bike you get and be sure to post pics.
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They both seem good picks, and chosing a hybrid bike makes sense. Buying a new bike from the local bike shop (LBS) can be an emotional experience. The limiting factor is always the price. Generally, the more you spend on a bike, the better the components will be and the lighter it will be. Ask about free tune-ups and adjustments for fitting. Sometimes, you can get a deal with accessories such as a helmet, lock, and lights at the time of purchase.
I believe Giant is the biggest bike manufacturer in the world, as they supply frames to many other bike makes.
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