I'm just getting back into bicycling after a 20 year layoff. Long story. But I got a new Trek 7200 hybrid, loving it so far except for a couple minor issues. A big one is the brakes. They're WEEEAAAK! Sure they slow you down and you stop, eventually, but hills are much more effective, I've discovered.
For the Trek - are their any options?
And I'm already decided on getting a road or cyclocross bike down a ways, but I want to drop another 50 pounds or so (I've gone from 385 or so down to 305, but been stuck there the last 3 months or so. I'm 5"10" btw) and more to the point, I need to save up the money. Kinda hard to get a 800 dollar bike on 8 bucks an hour, much less $1,300 or more.
One bike that's caught my attention is the 2008 Cannondale Cyclocross 7. It seems to have a nice mix of components and most of all, disc brakes. Since I used to own a Yamaha FZ1 years ago with rock-hard brakes capable of standing the bike on its nose with only 2 fingers, its easy to see how there can never have "too much" brakes!
If I can't get this particular bike for whatever reason, is it possible to get a road bike (Trek, Cannondale, Spec Allez Triple, etc) and do a disc brake conversion for a modest sum of money (like how much we talking about here)?