Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

General Cycling Discussion Have a cycling related question or comment that doesn't fit in one of the other specialty forums? Drop on in and post in here! When possible, please select the forum above that most fits your post!

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-28-14, 09:25 AM   #1
Jcomer
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Jcomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-14, 09:34 AM   #2
MRT2
Senior Member
 
MRT2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Bikes: 2012 Salsa Casseroll, 1997 Bianchi Advantage, 1994 Trek 930.
Posts: 4,107
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 43 Post(s)
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.
MRT2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-14, 09:38 AM   #3
WestPablo
Banned.
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 1,557
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
WestPablo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-14, 09:53 AM   #4
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 18,870
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 229 Post(s)
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.

Last edited by fietsbob; 04-28-14 at 09:58 AM.
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-14, 05:03 PM   #5
Jcomer
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Bikes:
Posts: 7
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Jcomer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-14, 05:10 PM   #6
spdracr39
Senior Member
 
spdracr39's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Cabot, Arkansas
Bikes: Lynskey Twisted Helix Di2 Ti, 1987 Orbea steel single speed/fixie, Orbea Avant M30, Trek Fuel EX9.8 29, Trek Madone 5 series, Specialized Epic Carbon Comp 29er, Trek 7.1F
Posts: 1,519
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
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.
spdracr39 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-28-14, 10:00 PM   #7
mcmoose
Senior Member
 
mcmoose's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Transplanted to PDX area
Bikes: Trek FX 7.3 WSD, Trek Lexa S, Trek Lexa SLX
Posts: 432
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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!
mcmoose is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-14, 08:11 AM   #8
Wanderer
aka Phil Jungels
 
Wanderer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: North Aurora, IL
Bikes: 08 Specialized Crosstrail Sport, 05 Sirrus Comp
Posts: 7,552
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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............

Buy the bike you like, not what everyone else likes...................
Wanderer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-14, 07:08 PM   #9
Rogan
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Tampa Bay
Bikes: Trek 8.4DS
Posts: 99
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Rogan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-14, 09:46 AM   #10
Jaeger99
Senior Member
 
Jaeger99's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Me: Trek 7.2 FX Disc, Pinarello Rokh Her: Electra Townie 3i
Posts: 358
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
Jaeger99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-14, 10:00 AM   #11
fietsbob 
coprolite
 
fietsbob's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: NW,Oregon Coast
Bikes: 7
Posts: 18,870
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 229 Post(s)
Quote:
Quote:
... 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.
fietsbob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-14, 10:15 AM   #12
bgraham111
Senior Member
 
bgraham111's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Farmington Hills, Mi
Bikes: 1996 Specialized Hardrock Sport FS, 2013 Trek 8.4 DS, 2011 Fuji Newest 1.0, 2015 GRC-Single Gecko
Posts: 200
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
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.
bgraham111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:08 PM.