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Old 07-17-09, 07:23 PM   #1
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My New Trek 1.5!

Howdy!

So I finally found a decent used bike at a reasonable price.

Trek 1.5. I believe it's a 2006 or 2007.
50 cm Aluminum frame, CF fork.
CF seat post.
Shimano 105 shifters
105 Front derailleur
105 brakes
Ultegra Rear derailleur
Ultegra crankset
Bontrager Select wheelset.

It came with the standard bontrager saddle. I swapped it out with my Serfas.

The original owner put on about 1200km. As you can tell, the bike is almost mint. I need to clean the chain, true the front a bit... and probably repack the hubs. I can do all this myself, no problem.

The bike retails for around 1450$ (in this part of the world)
I bought it off the guy for 750$

And now for the pictures:

The bike



Another shot (with the Serfas):



What do y'all think?

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Old 07-17-09, 07:33 PM   #2
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sorry for the double post. my internet is wonky this evening. how do you delete a thread?
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Old 07-17-09, 08:02 PM   #3
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Nice! Congratulations. Sounds like you got it at a good price. I have been looking to buy a new bike, and I have been looking at that and the Trek 1000.

I hope you get many miles of enjoyment out of it.
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I plan on taking it out for a good spin sunday. Put on 80km and adjust it along the way to my preference.

I have a fear that it's too small for me. It's a 50cm frame, and I'm 5'8". I was told to get a 52 by the fit calc on competitivecyclist, and at the LBS. So... it is small for me, but I don't think it'll be too big of a deal. My previous ride was a vintage 62cm, and I worked with that for over 1000km .
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Nothing wrong with a somewhat smaller bicycle. As long as the seatpost cooperates. Much better than a too big one.

It looks nice! I love the Shimano 105 components. Ride on!
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Okay, so I took it out for the first ride today. Put on 32km doing my regular 32km loop.

Amazing. Wow. Compared to my other ride, it's as if this had full suspension. Riding along the rough road areas, it soaked up vibration nicely. I suppose this is due to the CF fork?

The crankset and hubs are smoother than vanilla. A little bit of a creak when I'm at the 2 o'clock position with my right foot when I stand and hammer, but I'm used to creaks. Riding along the roads, despite gear setup, it was very very smooth. I'm so happy with this.

The bike weighs absolutely nothing. I'm not too sure how much it exactly weighs (I don't have a scale that goes past 600g and has any accuracy), but I would suspect around 22lbs. Compared to the 30+ behemoth I was riding before, that's incredible. I zip up the hills at ridiculous speeds .

During the 32km ride, I had a little pain in my wrists from riding on the hoods (not used to this position). The drops are far too low to pedal in (thighs hit my chest). It's not enough of an issue for me to complain about for shorter rides, but may become an issue when I start doing 100+km rides. No back pain at the 32km mark (reason I bought the bike). I'll give it a longer 80km ride tomorrow to test it a bit more.

I'm very happy with this bike so far. I'm thinking of putting on a new set of tires. I never cheap out on tires or areas where my body touches the bike... the current tires are 25's and are worn. Not worn enough to create an issue, though. I like these 23's in the LBS that have a royal blue stripe down the middle. I'm less than 130lbs, perhaps 135 with my pak on me. I think 23's would be right for me, right?

Anyways, I thought I'd share a happy story.
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Comfort comes from several things and I would not just put it down to the fork. The 25 tyres at a low PSI will probably be one of the main reasons- and at your weight- no problem on going to 23's and still keep a low PSI.

The creak on 2 o'clock on the cranks could be a loose Bottom bracket or cranks not tight enough.

Those bars do look low- even for me so think about getting a higher rise stem to raise the bars.But before you do- Practice getting into the drop position. It does take some getting used to and took me a full 6 months before I was comfortable there. The low stem may be a reason for the legs hitting the chest- but I had this on a bike with the cranks being too long

So ride more- get used to the bike and think about that stem.

Edit---Looked at the pics and you can raise your existing stem by flipping it over- it is at the lower position now.
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Okay, so I took it out for the first ride today. Put on 32km doing my regular 32km loop.

Amazing. Wow. Compared to my other ride, it's as if this had full suspension. Riding along the rough road areas, it soaked up vibration nicely. I suppose this is due to the CF fork?

The crankset and hubs are smoother than vanilla. A little bit of a creak when I'm at the 2 o'clock position with my right foot when I stand and hammer, but I'm used to creaks. Riding along the roads, despite gear setup, it was very very smooth. I'm so happy with this.

The bike weighs absolutely nothing. I'm not too sure how much it exactly weighs (I don't have a scale that goes past 600g and has any accuracy), but I would suspect around 22lbs. Compared to the 30+ behemoth I was riding before, that's incredible. I zip up the hills at ridiculous speeds .

During the 32km ride, I had a little pain in my wrists from riding on the hoods (not used to this position). The drops are far too low to pedal in (thighs hit my chest). It's not enough of an issue for me to complain about for shorter rides, but may become an issue when I start doing 100+km rides. No back pain at the 32km mark (reason I bought the bike). I'll give it a longer 80km ride tomorrow to test it a bit more.

I'm very happy with this bike so far. I'm thinking of putting on a new set of tires. I never cheap out on tires or areas where my body touches the bike... the current tires are 25's and are worn. Not worn enough to create an issue, though. I like these 23's in the LBS that have a royal blue stripe down the middle. I'm less than 130lbs, perhaps 135 with my pak on me. I think 23's would be right for me, right?

Anyways, I thought I'd share a happy story.
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Okay, so I took it out for the first ride today. Put on 32km doing my regular 32km loop.

Amazing. Wow. Compared to my other ride, it's as if this had full suspension. Riding along the rough road areas, it soaked up vibration nicely. I suppose this is due to the CF fork?

The crankset and hubs are smoother than vanilla. A little bit of a creak when I'm at the 2 o'clock position with my right foot when I stand and hammer, but I'm used to creaks. Riding along the roads, despite gear setup, it was very very smooth. I'm so happy with this.

The bike weighs absolutely nothing. I'm not too sure how much it exactly weighs (I don't have a scale that goes past 600g and has any accuracy), but I would suspect around 22lbs. Compared to the 30+ behemoth I was riding before, that's incredible. I zip up the hills at ridiculous speeds .

During the 32km ride, I had a little pain in my wrists from riding on the hoods (not used to this position). The drops are far too low to pedal in (thighs hit my chest). It's not enough of an issue for me to complain about for shorter rides, but may become an issue when I start doing 100+km rides. No back pain at the 32km mark (reason I bought the bike). I'll give it a longer 80km ride tomorrow to test it a bit more.

I'm very happy with this bike so far. I'm thinking of putting on a new set of tires. I never cheap out on tires or areas where my body touches the bike... the current tires are 25's and are worn. Not worn enough to create an issue, though. I like these 23's in the LBS that have a royal blue stripe down the middle. I'm less than 130lbs, perhaps 135 with my pak on me. I think 23's would be right for me, right?

Anyways, I thought I'd share a happy story.
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5'8" and a 50cm? I think long term you'll find it's too small.. Does look like a nice bike tho.

As to 23's depends on the type of surface you're riding on. Unless it's very smooth asphalt I"d run 25's. 23's tend to be harsh and tend to pinch flat on washboard/rough surfaces. That covers much urban riding
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