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Old 06-11-12, 12:36 AM   #1
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A little help figureing out my next bike.

I am turning 30 this month and I currently ride a 2006 Trek Multitrack 7500 in the 15" size.

http://www.bikepedia.com/quickbike/B...7500&Type=bike

I love it and I originally fully set it up with the intention of light touring if I wanted to. But I am wanting a steel framed touring/road bike. I have a heart and lung condition and I am physically not very strong. If I cold bet to do 10-50 miles in a day I would be ecstatic. Honestly the existing stock gearing on my 7500 works really well for me if I have to do any climbing. I am also considering getting clip on aero bars and bar ends for the 7500. This would enable me to bend down and rest somewhat when I needed it for greater endurance on longer rides. Any thoughts on this would be helpful and much appreciated.

I have considered the Trek 520, Bianchi Volpe, the Windsor Tourist, Surly LHT, and the Fuji Touring. This will be used as a primary commuter, fun and light tourer.

The problem is I have always only ridden hybrids, mountain bikes, or cruisers. I have no idea how to relate what I already know to a new touring our road rig beyond the most basic stuff. Bicycle geometry, and even geometry of any kind, is beyond me.

Any idea on what kind of sizes I can ride comfortably? Any personal reviews of any of these bikes or other recommended models I might not even know about? Even the most general info would be helpful.
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Measure from the top of your saddle to the floor and from the top of your handlebar to the floor.

I'm thinking from your description that the seat to handlebar height difference is going to be a real key dimension for you. If you're internet shopping, I don't know how to guesstimate that factor.
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I am working on this, but it will take awhile. I am recovering from testicular torsion surgery and have a 5 lb weight limit. The bikes are both currently put away and not easily accessible be hind a giant box full of heavy stuff as we are moving in three weeks time.
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Next year Trek's 520 will also be an import , get a US made one , now.
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Next year Trek's 520 will also be an import , get a US made one , now.
Haven't they been imports for a while now? - http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...in-Wisconsin-(
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You said: "I have considered the Trek 520, Bianchi Volpe, the Windsor Tourist, Surly LHT, and the Fuji Touring. This will be used as a primary commuter, fun and light tourer."

Any of these will work for you. Your main issues (adjusting to a road type bike, the handlebars, the controls, the saddle support differences), can only be worked out by riding. The internet won't help you.

Once you're up to it, go to your biggest most well-stocked bike shop and ask to ride a road bike attached to a rear-wheel trainer. Go on a Monday or Tuesday night after dinner. Have the sales person adjust the bike to fit you, nominally, and hop on. Ask questions while you try the bike, and allow your body to adjust to this new feeling. Do you think that you can try it in the parking lot?

Return the next day and take the same bike (same adjustments) outside for a test ride. Make it about a 20 minute ride. Have the bike shop suggest the safest route. Determine what works well for you and what you don't like. Return to the shop and discuss your issues. Do they have any suggestions?

As to your list of bikes: Yes, they'll all work fine for your intended purpose. All have been used as cross-country tourers as well as commuters. They'll be configured differently, so comparisons will be hard. I would say that your biggest differences will be in how you set up the shifters (bar end or integrated type). The bike shop can show you these.

I prefer bar end shifters. That's just me. Good luck.
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Measure from the top of your saddle to the floor and from the top of your handlebar to the floor.

I'm thinking from your description that the seat to handlebar height difference is going to be a real key dimension for you. If you're internet shopping, I don't know how to guesstimate that factor.
Ok, got them. Seat height is 33 inches and handlebar is 41 inches.

And now for another pain pill...
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