GIANT AVAIL

  • Frame - ALUXX FluidFormed alloy: smooth welded, women's specific

  • Fork - Advanced composite/tapered OverDrive alloy steerer

  • Handlebars - Connect alloy shallow drop/reach

  • Stem - Giant sport oversize alloy, 7 degree

  • Shifters - Shimano Sora w/reach adjust/ Safety levers

  • Brakes - Calipers- Tektro R340 dual pivot

  • Bottom Bracket - Shimano Sora integrated, outboard

  • Crankset - Shimano Sora 30x39x50T

  • Chain - Shimano HG73 9 sp

  • Cassette - Shimano HG50 9 sp. 12-25T

  • Front Derailleur - Shimano Sora

  • Rear Derallieur - Shimano Sora 9 speed

  • Pedals - Flat plastic

  • Seat post - Giant sport alloy 30.9

  • Saddle- Giant Avail saddle

  • Tyres - Giant S-R4, front and rear specific, 700 x 25c

  • Rims - Giant S-R2 alloy double wall 32H

  • Spokes 14g Stainless

  • Hubs - Giant alloy, 9sp cassette

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I bought this in 2012 along with a Giant Defy for my son.  We managed a quite a few trips from home, both of us using clipless pedals for the first time.  Looking back, he did very well, he was 11 at the time and neither of us ever once fell off with clipless pedals. I bought us both SPD pedals and we used mountain bike shoes as I knew there would be some walking involved as well as the cycling.

 

I bought a Selle Italia saddle with a cut-out which was so much better than the stock Giant Avail that came with it. I also bought a small hand pump mounted with the bottle cage screws. 

Sadly, there comes a time in every child's life when parents are there to provide food, money and lifts, and certainly not people you want to be seen out with!  So, our cycling trips ended a year or so afterwards.

The next few years were spent on the sidelines of football/rugby matches so my own time for cycling was extremely limited.  I didn't actually go out for some years; the bike stood dormant in the garage.

It was eventually sold on to make adventures with a new owner.