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Old 04-21-07, 11:18 AM   #1
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Trek Lime or Raleigh Coasting?

has anyone ridden one of these? either? what do you think? these automatic shifting three speed internal hubs bikes have me intrigued.




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Old 04-21-07, 11:20 AM   #2
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I hopped on a Trek lime at the trek store before one of my monday night rides. Opinion: Good for recreational tooling around on a nice day. Would be completely impractical for a commuter. The computerized stuff would have me worried about riding it in the rain, too.
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Old 04-21-07, 11:31 AM   #3
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hm interesting. it looks like the handlebars are hinged somehow to adjust them?? the raleigh they advertise as having a rack (front) that will "hold a six-pack" LOL. from the looks of it you'd have to strap it on, though.
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They're just adjustable stems.
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The Raleigh looks cool.
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Haven't ridden one yet, but I've seen quite a few around town, and have talked to a couple of people who bought one. They all love how they ride. I find the Raleighs (and the Giants) far more aesthetically pleasing than the Treks. I'm not in the market for one, but I'd more than likely get the Raleigh.
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For your reference, here is the Giant:

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Does the Trek play mp3's?
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This is from an article on the "coasting" bikes...


"Sheldon Brown, technical manager at Harris Cyclery, in West Newton, Massachusetts, a self-described Shimano fan who nevertheless calls Coasting "a wrong-headed exercise in form over function." His objection: "Making the bike look simple is not the same as making it be simple. The hubcaps over the wheels cover up the stuff you need to get at to fix a flat tire." He also points out that in hilly terrain, like that of suburban Boston, coaster brakes can be a challenge in stop-and-go traffic."
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Haven't ridden one yet, but I've seen quite a few around town, and have talked to a couple of people who bought one. They all love how they ride. I find the Raleighs (and the Giants) far more aesthetically pleasing than the Treks. I'm not in the market for one, but I'd more than likely get the Raleigh.
I was thinking the same. the trek is not exactly eye candy to me. I think it's exciting that Giant is putting racks and panniers on theirs, and a light.
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This is from an article on the "coasting" bikes...


"Sheldon Brown, technical manager at Harris Cyclery, in West Newton, Massachusetts, a self-described Shimano fan who nevertheless calls Coasting "a wrong-headed exercise in form over function." His objection: "Making the bike look simple is not the same as making it be simple. The hubcaps over the wheels cover up the stuff you need to get at to fix a flat tire." He also points out that in hilly terrain, like that of suburban Boston, coaster brakes can be a challenge in stop-and-go traffic."
Yeah, but all three models have coaster brakes and all three use hubcaps.
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That's what I'm saying ... Sheldon's not a big fan of these.
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Sorry---I thought you were implying one was worse because sheldon didn't like it.

I don't really go for any either. I don't understand the fulll coverage chainguard--my Dutch commuting bike used to be my everyday until it snapped a chain link and then took me a month to get around to removing the chainguard. I like the look but it's hardly practical.
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What was wrong with the Shimano Nexus 3 speed hub? Was it too hard to learn how to shift a 3 speed?

Regardless, I like these bikes and Ellen gave a who bunch of them on her show! I would still want a front brake because my coaster brake Dahon Presto would be very dangerous to ride without one. You would have to ride with clipless pedals with no front brake.
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Hubcaps?

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Looking at the pictures, the Trek model should have come with a spring saddle because of the seating position and geometry of the bike. If you buy that bike, replace the saddle with a Brooks Champion flyer or a good suspension seat post. The other models were built with a spring saddle and are fine.
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