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Old 08-04-11, 06:02 PM   #2776
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...I officially already spent more for upgrades than I paid for the bike...Don't tell my wife ;-)
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I know the wife won't appreciate your upgrades as much as you, but be happy in the thought that you are not alone. I'm sure a great deal of us have spent more on upgrades. That's why the component industry loves us.
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Old 08-04-11, 06:36 PM   #2777
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You got me puzzled .. I will try tu put my 26" MTB disk wheels in my bad boy... But I was thinking the spacing is standard (need an expert here).
I use fork mount rack all the time and road bike carbon forks, mtb forks with V-brakes or disk are fit the same into the receiver.
You are right, I am speaking crap. I just measured mine.
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Old 08-04-11, 07:39 PM   #2778
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Wink This will be mine...

My soon to be new bike! Im pretty excited! Trek 7.2 fx 22.5!!!!



I made my decision today after reading many many posts in this forum and of course reading Sheldon "Everything" Brown's encyclopedia. After numerous test rides of various Treks on my lunch hour, this is the one for me.

Now I need a helmet and a bike rack for my Fit...than a trip to DC so I can get in qmsdc15's "K" street traffic thread Ha ha.... Thanks to everyone who has shared their knowledge in this forum....incredible reading for a neophyte cyclist.
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Old 08-04-11, 09:22 PM   #2779
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Great bike. I have a 2007 7.3 and my girlfriend just got a 2011 7.2 and she loves it. The fx series is incredible. Personally I think the 7.2 and 7.3 are the best (for the buck) in the series. And you're going to love the flatter landscape down there in tidewater.
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Old 08-04-11, 09:44 PM   #2780
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Nice. So let's see it with the new fork and 700c wheels.

My main ride is a '98 H300. About halfway through a long ride last Saturday.
How did you enjoy the c&o on that bike? My girlfriend has a 7.2 and I have a 7.3 fx and we couldn't make it more than 3 miles from point of rocks towards Brunswick. The rocks were way too big and I almost broke a spoke. Do you know of any smoother portions of the trail up here In Maryland?
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Old 08-04-11, 10:38 PM   #2781
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Univega de oro
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after the conversion, drop bars and bar ends
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Old 08-04-11, 11:41 PM   #2782
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^^

Looks like you had to do an all new drivetrain. But anyway.. That looks like you did a great job
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Old 08-05-11, 09:21 PM   #2783
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Both thumbs up here. Ai luv ya bike.
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Old 08-06-11, 04:21 PM   #2784
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I like them alot. I would recommend going with the same tires I did, as they have a belt of protection under the center ridge of the tire for great flat protection. They were only $25 apiece. I plan on getting 3-4 cycling seasons (will come out to about 3000-4000 miles)out of these tires. They upped my average speed from 12mph to 15mph.

The only thing I don't like about these narrow tires is that sharp rocks on the road always stick in the tires. It makes a thump sound after every rotation of the tire, so it gets pretty annoying. I end up having to stop and pick out the rock so that it stop making the sound. The rocks don't penetrate the tires, so it's all good.
wish they came in all black
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Old 08-06-11, 06:20 PM   #2785
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wish they came in all black
I think the colors look good. With dust and grit from the road on the tires, the black strip turns greyish and blends in with the grey strips. When the time comes that I have to replace these tires (I'm anticipating this to be in 2-4 years), I am going to get blue, so the strips stand out.
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Old 08-07-11, 03:16 PM   #2786
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Here is an update of my Hybrid/Commuter. I got a new brooks b17 as well as a new rack. I'm a happy boy.



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Old 08-08-11, 06:18 AM   #2787
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Some updates since the last time...
- Cane Creek Thudbuster suspension seat post ( works great )
- Rear rack
- Ritchey foam grips ( pretty comfy, but could be thicker... )
- Rear light 1watt Blackburn Mars 4.0 ( extremely bright and visible, couldn't be happier )
- Front torchlight 5watts Cree Q5 ( perfect for night rides. I can ride 15-18 mph with it, and still feel safe and see stuff, from Ebay $12-$15 including shipping )
- Deore XT Pro brake shoes - much longer and much better braking power comparing to oem ones.
- Tires: Specialized Infinity Armadillo 700x38c rear, and Specialized Infinity Sport 700x38c front. They look identical, and the only differences are price: $10 cheaper for sport, and flat protection - Armadillo version is better, but also weights little more )
I officially already spent more for upgrades than I paid for the bike...Don't tell my wife ;-)

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Nice upgrades! Especially diggin' Cane Creek Thudbuster seat post. I'll be replacing the Borough XC Sport that came on my Crosstrail Sport with the CX Armadillo. They still got the knobs, but not as much as the XC's.
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Univega de oro
before the conversion

after the conversion, drop bars and bar ends
I like it. Any idea what year it is? Looks like it might be a Kent, WA, built bike; does the serial number line up with this serial number system?
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Old 08-08-11, 10:12 AM   #2789
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Nice upgrades! Especially diggin' Cane Creek Thudbuster seat post. I'll be replacing the Borough XC Sport that came on my Crosstrail Sport with the CX Armadillo. They still got the knobs, but not as much as the XC's.
My wife's Specialized Ariel came with CX. There is not much grip on them. You have to be very careful with these tires. I'm not saying that they are bad, but in city riding, It wouldn't be my choice.
After long, long research, I choose Infinity tires as a great city/ commuter tires. I tested them in the last few days, including riding in the forest, and over 90 miles in wet conditions, mostly on asphalt trial. Infinity tires are a perfect marriage of speed and grip in any conditions.
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How did you enjoy the c&o on that bike? My girlfriend has a 7.2 and I have a 7.3 fx and we couldn't make it more than 3 miles from point of rocks towards Brunswick. The rocks were way too big and I almost broke a spoke. Do you know of any smoother portions of the trail up here In Maryland?
I didn't find it too difficult. Perhaps my mountain biking experience helped. I think the conditions change as maintenance crews work to repair sections damaged by weather and traffic. This website has a lot of info about riding the towpath. Apparently the towpath near Point of Rocks is typically among the roughest sections. I think the smoothest part is between Georgetown and Swains Lock, but you must pay attention even here. I saw some places where the edge of the towpath had been washed down an embankment towards the river. An inattentive rider could easily be diverted down the same embarkment is he or she didn't notice the erosion in time.
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Old 08-09-11, 07:34 AM   #2791
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Trek 7200FX...kind of

Completed upgrade of my wife's Trek 7200FX..
Picked it on CC for $200 - year 2005 but seemed to be never used - not a scratch on chainring.
Decided to do something else with it.

Wheels - Ritchey Aero
Tires Vittoria Zafiro
Cassette Sram 9 spd
Rear derailleur/shifters - SRAM X5
Front derailleur/crankset - Snimano Deore M510
Brakes - Avid SD7
Levers - Shimano R550
Saddle - Terry Fly Ti
Pedals - Nashbar Rodeo dual
Handlebar - Ritchey
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about $80 invested in seatpost, stem, ergo grips, barends, cage to make it look "fresher".




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Old 08-09-11, 08:26 AM   #2792
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Looks like maybe a Ritchey stem too. I love the seat.
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Old 08-09-11, 08:42 AM   #2793
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Stem is Truvativ AKA. Everything else that is white - Origin 8..
Bottle cage is Made in France. LOL.

Believe it or not this is men's seat and I was riding it for couple of years on my road bike. Love these tiny flowers.

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Old 08-10-11, 08:37 PM   #2794
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Ok, it's been a long process, but I made my decision. Here's what I picked up this afternoon:
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Old 08-10-11, 08:58 PM   #2795
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Ok, it's been a long process, but I made my decision. Here's what I picked up this afternoon:
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Nice. Understated, but classy. I would suggest shortening up the struts on that rack to make it more level, but otherwise nice wheels!
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Nice. Understated, but classy. I would suggest shortening up the struts on that rack to make it more level, but otherwise nice wheels!
Thanks, I agree on the rack. The guy who was putting it all together was having some difficulty with the rack, but he agreed to fix that when I have time to make it back to the shop. I'm taking it for my first official ride this morning before we see another triple-digit day.
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Finally got some panniers for my birthday. I went and pilfered a bunch of tomatoes from my sister's garden, and they transported them home admirably. I now have a dozen tomatoes to eat for dinner tonight (I *might* take some to my parents if they ask nicely. )

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Finally got some panniers for my birthday. I went and pilfered a bunch of tomatoes from my sister's garden, and they transported them home admirably. I now have a dozen tomatoes to eat for dinner tonight (I *might* take some to my parents if they ask nicely. )

The panniers look great, as does your bike. Did you share your tomatoes? Oh and I like your blog
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I just flipped my stem. I like the new (more) aero position that I have now. I also put on toe-clipped pedals a couple weeks ago from my dad's old Motobecane. By the beginning of the next cycling season, it will have clipless pedals on it.



Downward slope of the stem:


Edit: Though you can't see it, I also got Velox rim tape after I got a flat tire from the stock rim tape tearing.

Edit 2: giantcfr1: I stole (well, borrowed) your idea of taking a hole punch to some reflective tape and putting the circles on the rims. I ordered some silver reflective tape on amazon with free 2 day shipping (because I don't know where to get it here in town) and will take a hole punch to it when it arrives. I'd like to have some reflective bits on the wheels now that I don't have the old spoke reflectors... I hated those spoke reflectors. They were ugly, weighed a lot, and threw off the balance of the wheels.

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Looks like you're slowly building a road bike.
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