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So the wife and I decided to start riding and we have been researching bicycles. We found a local shop that sells Giants and think have two good bikes picked.

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We have both ridden bikes as kids and want to start just in bike paths for fitness first. I wanted to get the mountain bike for two reasons. Once just in case I end up being a little faster I think it will make me work a little harder. Second is that if I do reach a level where I can go into a mountain bike trail I would like to be able to.

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I like your idea about getting the MTB. Smart move. You can alawys put pavement tires on the anyhow. For me personally, the components on them are not up to where I would start spec'ing a bike out with. However, if that is your price level it's ok. If you can, I would go a little better on components, like SRAM X9 or or Shimano SLX or XT. Also upgrade to hydralic brakes. The mechanicals can be pretty finicky.

I would steer away from getting Bea the women's bike. The men's bikes are much stronger and don't really cost much more. It would also be easier to re-sale if you guys lose interest. Do you know what size she takes? I have a men's Cypress hybrid around here than Anne road before she got into the fancy CF road bike. It does have the finicky mechanical disc brakes though. That's how I know!

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Did my thread have a positive effect on you? I would stick with MTBs, as they are more versatile and can be ridden anywhere/better for casual rides IMO. Brian will get you set up with the best components for the money.
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I'm at work bro......I don't have pics of all of the 15 bikes I have laying around my house! Especially, the ones Anne or I have outgrown or aren't "COOL" enough for us!

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I think Giant is a good brand. I have an entry-level Giant road bike and I love it.

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Did my thread have a positive effect on you? I would stick with MTBs, as they are more versatile and can be ridden anywhere/better for casual rides IMO. Brian will get you set up with the best components for the money.
LOL,

No, I have been changing my diet for the last 6 months. I used to work remote (and from home) for a couple of years and OMG did I pack on the pounds. The wife has wanted to go riding for a while and we are just pulling the trigger now. Some other dude's world might revolve around your awesomeness CP, I am not one of them though.

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The Giant Anne has looks like this one. I'd bet she'd sell it too.
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Not yet. Maybe you'll get hooked, maybe you won't. Once you start seeing changes and feeling better and are more willing to push yourself, it may become addicting.
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Not yet. Maybe you'll get hooked, maybe you won't. Once you start seeing changes and feeling better and are more willing to push yourself, it may become addicting.
So you are saying you are like a drug? So being in proximity to you is addicting... That explains a lot about Muelen's changes lately. I never thought Chicago Performance referred to THAT kind of performance.

I think you are right though, it might be something that I get addicted to. I hate to run, but the first time I got a runners high it was unreal... I thought it was all BS, but yea when you push trough it does feel awesome. We'll see, we are just looking at it from a health and fitness perspective right now.

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So you are saying you are like a drug? So being in proximity to you is addicting... That explains a lot about Muelen's changes lately. I never thought Chicago Performance referred to THAT kind of performance.

I think you are right though, it might be something that I get addicted to. I hate to run, but the first time I got a runners high it was unreal... I thought it was all BS, but yea when you push trough it does feel awesome. We'll see, we are just looking at it from a health and fitness perspective right now.
Outside of bumping into CP at a few races I haven't seen him in 2 years! and to be fair I was doing tri's before him! He just gave me a nudge out of general fitness and weight loss and into MTB'ing and MTB racing.

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Nice! But it's too clean. You need to take it to the trails and dirty it up some.

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Nice bike. If you find that you are riding it mostly on paved trails and without your wife you may find that you will be wanting a road bike soon. Then a TT bike. After that maybe a recumbent next. Don't ask me how I know. Cycling is adicting. Enjoy the new ride.
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Meulen beat me to it! Lose those gay ass reflectors! Ride the crap out of it and get your money's worth. The money spent will seem insignificant after each awesome ride.
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Went for a short stroll and it was fun to get a nice feel for it. The sit is surprisingly comfortable... might be the extra cushion I still have.

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That's the truth!

Are you guys going out this weekend? I haven't been on my MTB in about a year, would be nice to take her out.

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That's the truth!

Are you guys going out this weekend? I haven't been on my MTB in about a year, would be nice to take her out.
I could do something on Saturday at Palos, but we are supposed to get some rain this week. Not sure it will be dry enough to go.

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