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Old 07-14-08, 03:19 PM   #1
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I finally got a nice bike today at the LBS. My weapon of choice was a Trek 7.3FX hybrid. I took the bike around for a spin for about 2 and a half miles and I have to say I was blown away, I have never been on a bike that just took off so smoothly, and it really felt like each stroke of the pedal really pushed you forward. I wouldn't stop to think how crazy those high end bikes feel.

Anyways, after my first test with it I came back home but I was craving some more bike riding so I went to the local ice cream place to get a nice cup shaved ice/snowball/lots of ice with tons of sugary syrup thing (those people increased the price by 5 cents blasphemy I tell you!). However, I couldn't finish it simply because I wanted to have to much fun riding this bike! So I picked some sort of pseudo-random direction and pedaled off.

Fortunately my navigational skills are some of the best in my family, so I got lost. I managed to go in a circle at least 3 or 4 times with a varying radius for each loop. I must have clocked at least 2 to 4 miles doing this. I managed to find a familiar road that I knew would lead me back home except for two problems, for one I managed to find the road at it's very dead end so I was a lot further away than I expected, and second I also had been sticking to mainly sidewalks a more quite neighborhood roads or shoulders of the more major roads. Yeah, yeah I know more accidents on sidewalks stuff like that but hey I'm only 16 those road doohickeys are scary things, I'm too young to die! I've got so much to give! Back to the topic at hand, This road however had to be my nemesis and had all the combination's of the worst road at the time for me. First it had no shoulder not even one that was messy, second it had no side walk, also it was on a slight incline especially near the end of the road, and last but not least there was no safety net of some sort of parking lot for me to pull into when things got too hot. So I waited for a gap in traffic and chose the lucky winner that had to ride behind me and took off like a rocket. I don't think I had ever gone that fast before either going uphill or on flat ground. The car followed behind me although I'm not sure how close (I really need to get a rear view mirror it's hard to look backwards on a bike) he then honked his horn so I gradually pulled slightly to the left and let him pass.

On the other hand the salvation of the sidewalk was dead ahead and all I had to do was gently slow down look both ways and carefully glide all the way back home. All in all I think this trip was about 15 miles.

P.S. I really need to get a water bottle
P.S.S. seems some old lady crashed her car into a pole next to a gas station
P.S.S. I think I'm starting to become hopelessly addicted. Lycra here I come!

Stock photo of the bike I have! Right now I am pretty happy with the flat bars, seems like the type of bike I could always switch out for drops if I would like to. The gears are also a blast to use.

help me I think cycleosia is already starting to set in
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Old 07-14-08, 03:38 PM   #2
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I've been riding a 7.3FX for about 8 weeks now and I absolutely love it. I'm up to 100 miles a week for commuting and some extras on weekends if I'm in town. I did have to get a riser for the handlebar stem and I'm awaiting my Brooks B17 which should be here tomorrow. Other than that I've had to do nothing from a comfort point of view.

You do need to get the water bottle though - especially if you are going 15 miles on a regular basis.
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Old 07-14-08, 04:55 PM   #3
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I have a 7.3FX. And I love it. I haven't done anything to it for comfort besides add some treking bars. I found I use them alot to steer and just rest on and glide.

I bought this over the Giant FCR3 because of the ????pedal stroke... Yea pedal stroke. It was sooo easy and effortless just a smooth smooth stroke. And fast.

I added a rack, bottle cage, lights, and cyclocomputer. I need to get a kick stand soon. But, I love it. Was my best bike choice at the time. I now want to get a steel road bike.
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Old 07-16-08, 05:07 AM   #4
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Whew, I just got back from another 15 mile ride. This time I knew where I was going and I watched the sun rise over the Chesapeake Bay. This is a really great way to spend time.
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