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    FX-2 trek

    Wanna buy a road bike ,not for racing, just fitness and some rides like cycling across the county something like that. So do you all think something like the trek FX SERIES bike would be the right way to go.

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    Fx series are hybrids, not road bikes. Fine for general fitness rides, even an organized ride or two. But for touring the country a touring bike would be better.

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    The FX-2 would be a great choice for fitness and exercise. I'd be reluctant to advise you to go across country on it though...

    For that, I'd think you'd wanna touring bike for proper loading!

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    FX - Trek Bicycle

    Some people have the idea that a touring bike has to have drop bars , seems a US thing

    Trekking /figure8 bend bars have become popular in Europe for touring .. on just that sort of bike Type.

    and are a simple swap onto a hybrid with straight bars ..


    On a popular international riders route, where I live, all sorts of bikes get used .. a tour is going somewhere and riding your bike
    in a straight line , and getting up and doing it again,

    what bike you own is secondary , it has to be able to carry your stuff, and you have to like it enough to ride daily for a week or more.

    gear in a bike trailer works when the bike you want to ride is not able to use racks and Panniers well . but you still can go on a tour on the bike .

    I like trailers and find them useful even when just shopping around the home town.
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    I think I was misunderstood I didn't mean across country,I meant like riding it 20,30,maybe 40 miles at atime when I work my way up to that.

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    I have ridden that distance on mine with no problem. I love it. Having said that after getting some experience I realized the advantage of a true road bike set up is so much better for distance. I also did some trail riding with it but soon realized a true mountain bike was so much better for off road. Now I have a bike for each purpose. Get prepared for n+1.

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    I own a Trek 7.3; it's a great bike for commuting and rides under ~30 miles. On longer rides (and group rides where the other riders have road bikes), the 7.3 starts to lag (well, at least for me). I now have a Lexa S for the longer and faster group rides. I consider the Lexa my "thoroughbred" and the 7.3 my "quarter horse." I don't do serious off-road riding, so I don't need a mule (i.e., a suspension, "go anywhere" mountain bike).

    If you get an FX 7.2 or 7.3, I believe you'll love it. But if you do a lot of road riding, don't be surprised if you start to crave a road bike. If you go with a true "flat bar road bike" like a high-end FX, that might circumvent the craving -- but you will likely feel less comfortable taking it off road.

    Good luck with your search!

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    I have a hybrid, and ride 30-40 miles almost every day..... Never a problem.

    If I buy another, it will be another hybrid, and then I'll put "trekking" (figure 8) bars on at least one of them............

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    Hey everyone, he said cross county not country.

    To the OP, I ride a Trek Dual Sport hybrid 20 miles every week day. The Dual Sport is heavier than the FX series. On the weekends 30 miles minimum most days. Some weekend days if I am feeling frisky I will go 40 ~ 50 miles. This riding is for fitness, not to try to keep up with a group ride on their road bikes.

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    One noob to another (blind leading the blind?) I recently purchased a Trek 7.2FX Disc and cannot see where any properties of the bike itself would be a limiting factor in riding the type of distances you describe - my own fitness is the present barrier. Probably 70% of my riding is on paved roads, with the rest a mix of gravel paths and groomed woodland trails - I like the versatility that this type of bike offer in transitioning between different surfaces.

    I gather that if you are riding on roads alone and want to maximize distance and minimize time, then a true road bike would be a better choice.

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    ... like cycling across the county something like that ...
    Hey everyone, he said cross county not country.
    all depends on the size of the county .. in California for example ,

    San Bernardino is big, SF is not even the whole city , metro spills over the county southern border.

    Metro Portland Oregon covers more than one county ..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 04-30-14 at 10:04 AM.

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    I have an older specialized steel mountain bike, a trek 8.4 DS (which I use for off road touring, with trekking bars), and a Fuji road bike. I like them all, for different reasons.

    But I got my wife a FX 7.2 last year for general riding, 30-40 miles, that kind of stuff. She really likes it, and I'm impressed by it. I kind of wish I had gone with a FX over a DS for my off road touring. I mean - I'm never going to need real suspension while loaded.

    I like the FX bikes, or their counterparts from the other manufactures.
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