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Old 05-09-14, 08:15 AM   #1
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New Bike Day!!

I rode my new bike into work today. It's a Trek 7.3 FX
Just under 15 miles, 53 minutes, with 10-15mph crosswind.

Picked up the bike from my LBS last night. Added a mirror, lights, and a lock (all taken off another bike).
I'm really pleased with it so far.


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Old 05-09-14, 08:39 AM   #2
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The Trek FX Series is one of the most beautiful lines ever!

Congrats and enjoy your commute!
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New bikes bring great joy. Congratulations.
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Congrats!!! How do you like the shifting on that one?

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Congrats!!! How do you like the shifting on that one?

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I like it quite a bit. Just click it and it's done. On the other bike, it always felt as if I were pushing the change with my thumb (hard to describe) when down shifting the rear gears or upshifting the front. Instead of a click, I would have to hold it through the change. Not so on this one, it's a click in either direction and its' very smooth (so far anyway).

I haven't quite gotten used to the two extra gears. The old bike had 3 up front and seven in the rear, while this one has nine in the rear. Just looking at the cassette it appears to have one of the extra ones between 1 and 2 (of the old bike) which is very welcome. I rarely used the 1 gear on that bike because it was such a drastic drop off from 2. Having a smoother transition helps - in fact I took a different route home yesterday (basically just reversing my commute in - see map attached) and took this one hill I've been avoiding. It worked just fine.

The other extra gear seems to be a smaller (faster), top gear. As I went down that hill yesterday, I hit a free spin and it wasn't until I rode under a street light that I realized I was in "3-8" and had not gotten to my "3-9" but I was already bottomed out of the hill by that point. (yes I go full out, wide open, down that hill - getting well over 40mph, maybe closer to 50mph)

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Nice! I know exactly what you mean with the push vs click. As far as the extra sprockets, if you look at the profile, a good cassette will have a geometric shape to it, the more filled in the slope is, the more ratio options you have, and the better you can address changing conditions. For me, i like to shift up about half way & get a steady speed, then shift way up to lower how much rpm i'm having to put in with my legs, and downshift a bit to accelerate, then back up to cruise.

Hitting those higher speeds is a good time to downshift & stop pedaling so once you start to slow or have to stop, you're ready to go.

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.. For me, i like to shift up about half way & get a steady speed, then shift way up to lower how much rpm i'm having to put in with my legs, and downshift a bit to accelerate, then back up to cruise.

Hitting those higher speeds is a good time to downshift & stop pedaling so once you start to slow or have to stop, you're ready to go.

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I do the same on city streets. That hill is on a State Route section I ride, it's 7 lanes (including the bike lanes) and fast.
try this

When I drive, I notice that the typical car speed is about 55mph going down that hill. However, when I'm on my bike, the speed differential is rather slight. They seem to ease past.
the only concern is about 3/4 of the way down there's a manhole right in the middle of the bike lane. Most of the time, I'll scoot out into the "car lane" , as I said, I'm moving almost as fast they are so nobody 'sneaks' up on me.
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Hmmm... I really do not like short transitions like that, it just mentally gets me out of my groove.

You may want to inquire with the local municipality or utility about having that manhole cover replaced by a concrete topped plug. These kind can be leveled off by using spacers. Then you fill in the gap around the now raised cover by cutting out all the sloped pavement around and putting in new pavement and sealing it really good with some Bunker A tar sealant. All it takes is one lawsuit from someone who crashed to cost more than this fix. It would probably take 2-4 days then you no longer have to move out.

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