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Old 06-06-11, 12:21 PM
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New to forums and to cycling!

I just recently got into cycling and just got a bike. I don't know anything about bikes or cycling. It's my mom's old bike and I know very little about it. It's a Giant Cypress the frame says 6061 Aluxx. I think it's either a 1998 or '99. I got some work done to it when I got it. I got new spokes put on. A new tube put in 1 tire and I had to order a new seat post because the one I had wouldn't go down low enough for me to reach the ground when I got off the bike. I like it and it rides well, but I'd like to know more about it. Aside from the spokes and the seat post all parts are original.

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Hope to learn more and get to riding more!

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Old 06-06-11, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by sparklecard View Post
It's my mom's old bike and I know very little about it.
I had to order a new seat post because the one I had wouldn't go down low enough for me to reach the ground when I got off the bike.
Sounds like the bike is too big for you.
Enjoy riding it until you feel you're ready for a bike that fits. Your local bike shop (LBS) can get you fitted to the correct size bike when you're ready.
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Old 06-06-11, 12:51 PM
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It might be. The new seat post helps, but I do still have to "hop" on the seat to get on. I really can't afford a better fitting bike right now. I got this one for free.
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Old 06-06-11, 06:40 PM
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Welcome to the forums! Free is good, and sounds like it is working for ya so far. Once you get some miles under ya and a bit more knowledge, a fitted bike makes riding so much more pleasurable.
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Old 06-07-11, 06:40 AM
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Hi Sparkle. This whole issue about bike fit can get overwhelming. I found myself very nervous about seemingly being perched very high off the ground when I began riding although the seat was actually at about the right height. As you make your way through this forum and view the many pictures with people standing next to bikes, you will notice the seats are around hip high. This at first seems way too high but is actually about right. For short rides the height is probably not too important but on longer rides it become crucial, not only to comfort but too avoiding sore knees. If it does turn out you feel the seat is lower than normal, raise it up just a bit at a time over a periods of a few weeks.
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Old 06-07-11, 07:40 AM
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Thanks all!
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Old 06-07-11, 07:37 PM
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Hi Sparkle! I too am new to cycling and think it's great that you are here. Good luck!
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