Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-01-10, 03:37 PM   #1
Blues Frog
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Trek 520

Just paid the LBS a deposit on a 48 CM Trek 520. It is my commuter, club ride, tourer. I will have a dynamo front hub with front and rear lights. Rear panniers will be here on Tuesday. Any ideas on equipment I could be looking at? I have other options in mind but may forget something you folks could suggest ? The pictures are going to take a couple of weeks to post. Thanks in advance. Blues Frog
Blues Frog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-10, 03:58 PM   #2
CCrew
Older than dirt
 
CCrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Winchester, VA
Bikes: Too darn many.. latest count is 11
Posts: 5,343
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
48cm? You're about 5' tall obviously

Nice bike, comes with the rear rack so you should be good since it sounds like you have the rest covered.. Be advised that the rear fender tends to rattle against the rack though
CCrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-10, 04:06 PM   #3
CliftonGK1
Senior Member
 
CliftonGK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
Posts: 11,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Front rack and panniers
Rack trunk
I assume you have all your emergency repair gear?
If you carry a phone or GPS to tour, check out one of the dynohub inverters for charging your stuff during the day.
__________________
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.
CliftonGK1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-10, 05:12 PM   #4
Blues Frog
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
CCrew was that a short joke? I'm a bit sensitive about that. I've only been short for 58 years! I'm wanting to find the hook-up that will allow charging of cell phones etc. from the dynamo. It is said to use a usb type of plug. Should work quite handily. Thanks. Blues Frog
Blues Frog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-10, 05:25 PM   #5
exile
Senior Member
 
exile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Binghamton, NY
Bikes: 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 1999 Jamis Exile
Posts: 2,857
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Depends on what you are carrying and what conditions you are riding in, but you might want to replace the rack and/or fenders. I've heard those shorty fenders really don't provide much coverage. Other than that a home floor pump if you don't have one, a good multi tool, saddlebag, and flat repair kit. Don't forget a good lock. Some of things will come down to what you think is a necessity. Anyway congratulations. Happy and safe riding to you.
exile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-10, 05:33 PM   #6
Blues Frog
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have a pump and lock. I took my first lock and chain from my 1970 western Flyer 10 speed days and updated the lock. Then covered the chain with a now defunct tube and wrapped the tube with bands of yellow and orange duct tape. Works great and is quite visible. I may need one of the higher strength chains and locks. Thanks for reminding me. Blues Frog

Last edited by Blues Frog; 08-02-10 at 06:45 PM.
Blues Frog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-10, 06:38 PM   #7
martianone
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Northern VT
Bikes: recumbent & upright
Posts: 1,870
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
lots of km on my 520, would suggest replacing the stock seat with something more comfortable to tour or ride long distances on. also replace the stock brake pads with salmon kool stops.
martianone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 04:43 PM   #8
Blues Frog
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 550
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm getting a Brooks on before I ride the bike. Blues Frog

Last edited by Blues Frog; 08-03-10 at 05:25 PM.
Blues Frog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 05:55 PM   #9
ratdog
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: New York City
Bikes:
Posts: 874
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Remember to tell the LBS not to cut the fork too short. Actually, don't let them cut it until they get you there to get fitted.
ratdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 06:12 PM   #10
CCrew
Older than dirt
 
CCrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Winchester, VA
Bikes: Too darn many.. latest count is 11
Posts: 5,343
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blues Frog View Post
CCrew was that a short joke? I'm a bit sensitive about that. I've only been short for 58 years! I'm wanting to find the hook-up that will allow charging of cell phones etc. from the dynamo. It is said to use a usb type of plug. Should work quite handily. Thanks. Blues Frog
Naa, not at all Blues Frog. I like short, my wife is 4'11" I see the size and that's the first thing that comes to mind, since she rides a 47cm WSD
CCrew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-10, 06:51 PM   #11
kaliayev
Gouge Away
 
kaliayev's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: BFOH
Bikes:
Posts: 983
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Congrats on the 520 Blues. I have a 2004 that I built up. Awesome bike that makes a great commuter and of course it comes into it's own as a tourer. Enjoy.
kaliayev is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-10, 02:31 PM   #12
BikingGrad80
that bike nut
 
BikingGrad80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Chicago north
Bikes: 2010 Motobecane Immortal Force 90' Trek 1400; 90' Trek 850; 06' Trek 520; 01 Iron Horse Victory
Posts: 911
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 14 Post(s)
The 520 makes a great commuter I have a 2006 model. I replaced the awful diacompe 287-V levers with the Tektro RL-520's. I've got a blackburn expedition rear rack with panniers, planet bike Freddy Fenders, and lights on it. The only issue is finding new pads to replace the avid stocks. I got Kools Stop Salmon V-brake pads and they squeal like heck no matter what the toe angle is.
BikingGrad80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:42 PM.