Recreational & Family - Trek 7.6FX vs 7.7FX or other candidates
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03-10-08, 01:30 PM
I would love to hear opinions of the upgrade of the 7.6FX vs. 7.7FX. Same frame, almost no components in common. Also, any other candidates I would probably be happy I sat my butt on before forking over the dough?
Last bike was a Raleigh Rx 1.0 which I loved the frame fit but found the drop handle bars and gearing not to my liking. FX series seems faster and lighter.
03-10-08, 04:17 PM
The only problem with flat bar road bikes is lack of hand positions. This isn't an issue if you are just riding short rides but longer rides can be a problem. Did they do a good fitting on you when you got that drop bar bike before? A good fitting can make all the difference in the world.
03-10-08, 05:51 PM
The fit was great (Raleighs seem to fit me well even though I keep rooting for Trek) but I spend mostly use my bike for fast transportation and less for all out exercise. I didn't like the gearing/components so there was a lot of swapping that was going to have to happen. I am too tall for women's bikes and drop bars are so far away (major exception was the Trek WSD 57 I tried which was a dream). I enjoy riding for a purpose so I run errands - up to 30 minutes or so each way or ride to yoga class. Sometimes I ride just to ride but that doesn't make me feel like I accomplished something and then to just jump in my car to drive on an errand after spending a couple of hours on a bike always seemed totally out of whack to me. I will ride up a tough hill but only to get to something other than the top. Maybe because I did not get my first car until I was 24.....
Anyhow, I just found a great discussion on this on the 50+ forum and since I am 49 3/4 I don't think they will mind if I participate ;-). And you're right, fit is everything. I always get opinions at different bike shops because it is always interesting to get an additional perspective.
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