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another modifying thread? ;) another TREKenstein in the making...
ever since i moved from mississippi in 2003, i haven't had a bike to use...except for a more or less brand new hand-me-down from my wife's father's bike he rode a couple of times until his back went out: a 2004 Trek Navigator 200
my last bike was a long serving, heavily modified Giant Iguana
, and tho it was nice to get a 'free' bike, this is simply a comfort/hybrid...or was
ok, reality: i'm finally getting back into sustained daily riding and this is what i have for the moment. i am shopping around for possibly getting something more akin to the Cannondale Badboy (aggressive almost all-around megahybrid), but for now, i am using this Trek to get my game back on, loosen up the muscles, get some stamina going, etc. sure, i've treated this like a mountain bike on some semi-rough backtrails (handled creekbeds just fine) and it's been decent around the little city environs of media, pa and 'burbs. it's pretty decent on the nearby Ridley Creek State Park multi-purpose trail only after i've done some 'maximal' adjustments; but
until i get something else, i think i will have
to do some serious modifying of this to make it a little more aggressive, a 'rat rod' of sorts that will ultimately have to be functional and
fun to push (to the limit
, not down the road!
before i mention possible modifications
, here's what i've adjusted
: lowered stem as far as it can go as well as adjusted it to lean more forward AND the handlebars themselves are following that adjustment line.
modifications...none yet but i plan to take ALL COMFORT out of the equation. the seat is huge and has suspension (!) so i'm trashing it (ebay) and getting a much more minimal sleek one from a friend. those RST shocks have to go...so, i am thinking something lighter that works (technically)...going with a stiff fork of course. i admit to not being tech saavy, so if i make this leap, i will probably let my local shop fit me with what works with the geometry and application(s). i am fine with the stem and handlebars for now (slight moustache). last thing for now is the tires. right now it has the bontrager 'comfort' tires (26x1.95)...i plan to hit mild trails, bumpy and smooth city/county roads, go to Trader Joe's about 1.5 miles away, just about everything EXCEPT (of course) hardcore mountain riding or road/touring/racing. this will be a commuter, a mutated hybrid, a fun bike. do i go for a thinner front tire (fork will limit the choices somewhat)?
having moved those handlebars/stemset forward has made it actually corrected the sense i had of the seat being 'too far back' so that's one adjustment i am happy with.
if this helps, i am about 5'9" and 153 lbs. the bike seems to be the right size.
any comments/suggestions are welcome. thanks,
Last edited by UBUvelo; 07-16-09 at 08:24 PM.