That's intersting, Giants are usually cheaper for what you get. They must be the higher end ones. Anyway, Trek is a great brand. They have been in the business a long time. You will definately be way better off with the bike shop than anything you will find in the big box stores. Plus, those bikes are usually put together by a teenager who has no clue what's going on.
My hubby bought me a Trek almost 2 years ago for mother's day and I am in love with that bike! Like everyone else has said here, buying from a bike shop is smart move. They'll fit you to the correct size (I'm 5'9" and had to get a much bigger bike than I probably would have picked out on my own). Not to mention, most bike shops offer lifetime servicing/maintenance on the bike that you purchase.
My bike shop has been so good to me! I am slowly learning how to do minor repairs/adjustments own my own, but when it's out of my comfort zone, they are glad to do it for me.
A lot of bike shops even offer free lessons to show cyclists how to do the repairs themself - it's worth the 10-20 minute lesson if it saves you road time.
Thanks for all of the help a am leaning towards a trek due to the fact that I am starting out and the other thing is the giants that this guy is carrying are very expensive I want to get my feet wet you know. Get the feel of the ride.
I have a trek hybrid that I just got off of a couple of hours ago. I was doing a 40 mile ride this morning (got carried away)it was so pretty and overcast. Now, we have tornado warnings. It is a favorite bike to strengthen on. After riding it, in the next day or so I ride my Trek pilot road bike(love this bike)! I didn't think I was losing any weight (scale-wise), but my clothes fit looser.
Welcome, FATISBANNED! Kudos to you for being honest with yourself and realizing that you weren't doing the work you needed to do to lose weight. I cut down a lot on soda and noticed a lot less tummy bloat. Trek is a great brand and I second someone's endorsement of buying a bike from a real bike shop as they will make sure you get the right bike for you in your size which is very important. You'll learn a lot here!
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Thanks for the reply. You said you just built a touring bike. I went to a bike shop today for the first time. I usually shop for a bike at Walmart or Target but I walked into a bike shop today and they have got the biggest sale on Trek bikes, is this brand of bike any good. I don't mean to sound like a newbie but I am.
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