Hi everyone, I'm a new member and have been reading as much as I can before I finally decided to join in the conversation. I was dead set on buying either a 2012 Trek 7.3FX or Cannondale Quick4 after a month of research but luckily I found a slightly used Trek 7.2 FX for $150! The dealer told me someone traded it in earlier that day and that it was ''last year's model'' but I cant really tell since there arent any stickers on the bike describing what year it is.
It is a Red/Maroon bike with Bontrager tires/seat.
I took it on a 14 mile ride (7 to and 7 back) this past weekend and I cant say that I enjoyed the ride too much. Maybe its because I havent been on a bike for years and decided to do a 14 mile trip too early. I tried playing around with the seat height to get a slight bend on the knee when the pedal is all the way down but nothing seemed to help much. The Bike felt slow..and I say this because last year I did ride my brothers bike (Schwinn Tourist from Target) and I didnt feel tired so quickly or slow ..even if it was a heavier Target Bike. Maybe its just me and I need to get in better shape first.
Anyway, I have been reading that a set of Ergon grips and bar ends may help in comfort but I can't seem to know how to order them correctly. All I see on most websites is "small" and "large" nothing specific about the type of bike or anything. The bar grips will probably have to be replaced? I dont see much space for bar ends without cutting the grips in half. Has anyone installed this on their 7.2? What would be the appropriate size? Are there any other specific upgrades I can make to the bike to maybe be a bit faster or more efficient? I believe its all stock as it is now. Any advice would be great!! Thanks everyone!