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    Just curious - does the steering feel heavy with all the bar attachments? The comfort factor is intriguing, but do you see a tradeoff?

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    Quote Originally Posted by camjr View Post
    Just curious - does the steering feel heavy with all the bar attachments? The comfort factor is intriguing, but do you see a tradeoff?
    honestly I dont know really. Im just a rookie so Im not sure about how things should feel much. I can say that I started with plain fx 7.2, added bar ends and drop bars ends to the 7.2, moved on to fx 7.4 (plain, no add ons), then added aerobars to the 7.4, and finally added the bar ends and drop bar ends to go with the aerobars on the 7.4. with all of the configurations, Ive rode mostly 10 miles at a time with each, but I did do 24 miles with the 7.4 with just the aerobars on it. Ive not noticed any difference in steering. again, Im a rookie so I may not notice the subtle differences.

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    Hi,
    My first post in the Hybrid Forum. I've been on BF since 2007, but on the C&V Forum, as that's the era of my obsession. But I like and enjoy bikes of all kinds. Just a matter of affording them.

    Recently, I serendipitously came upon a relatively modern Specialized hybrid for a good price.
    I had no idea what model it was until it was delivered. A 2010 Sirrus Sport.
    I love my C&V, but I had to bow down to modernity with this all-rounder.
    I had a wonderful riding 94 Schwinn Crosscut drop bar conversion. I would've been happy to own and ride that one till I dropped. But it was stolen.

    And appropriate, since I had a 1989 Sirrus road bike that was one of my casualties of my old collection (stolen too). Funny how karma works out.

    Some great rigs on this forum! I plan to do a big bike tour on my Sirrus. Looking forward to picking up advice on these modern rides.

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    Specializing my Specialized par WNG555, sur Flickr

    After, converted to a drop bar. My tourer/gravel grinder/randonneuse/CX bike...


    Specializing My Specialized par WNG555, sur Flickr

    I will add a rack after test riding and set it up as a tourer.
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    Any fit problems now that you're having to reach farther to the hoods vs. the flat bars before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickGSR94 View Post
    Any fit problems now that you're having to reach farther to the hoods vs. the flat bars before?
    I compensated by switching out the stock Specialized stem. I installed a shorter one and the reach is now similar to my road bikes.
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    Can I show off my hybrid too? It's a 2014 Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc that I've only had for a few months. I'm recovering from a nasty little heart attack so my riding is somewhat limited for now. This picture was taken today and I managed 20 miles!
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    After 4 years and 3 different Seek models it was time to move on something more off road oriented...
    I swap the Seek frame for Talon and move the components...for now it's still rolling on rigid fork. I quess it's bye-bye hiybrid forum and hello MTB




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    Quote Originally Posted by WNG View Post
    After, converted to a drop bar. My tourer/gravel grinder/randonneuse/CX bike...


    Specializing My Specialized par WNG555, sur Flickr

    I will add a rack after test riding and set it up as a tourer.
    Such a classic, beautiful and simplified paint scheme, something so many bikes lack and suffer from today.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rise000 View Post
    After 4 years and 3 different Seek models it was time to move on something more off road oriented...
    I swap the Seek frame for Talon and move the components...for now it's still rolling on rigid fork. I quess it's bye-bye hiybrid forum and hello MTB




    Just curious....why go to all that trouble changing out components when you can just buy a new Talon? That way you can have two bikes: the Seek w/ street tires for around town and the Talon for the dirt.

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    '14 Escape 1 with a few upgrades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
    Such a classic, beautiful and simplified paint scheme, something so many bikes lack and suffer from today.
    Can't agree with you more. I'm overjoyed that it doesn't have 'Specialized' or their 'S' plastered all over every square-inch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rise000 View Post
    After 4 years and 3 different Seek models it was time to move on something more off road oriented...
    I swap the Seek frame for Talon and move the components...for now it's still rolling on rigid fork. I quess it's bye-bye hiybrid forum and hello MTB :

    Looks hot...good choice
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLazz View Post
    Just curious....why go to all that trouble changing out components when you can just buy a new Talon? That way you can have two bikes: the Seek w/ street tires for around town and the Talon for the dirt.
    dont need/want two bikes i do have spare set of slick tires if needed...

    Quote Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
    Looks hot...good choice
    thanks! fork will be painted/replaced with white one ofcourse

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    This is my wife's 2015 Trek 7.3 FX. It's hard to tell but the color is a very metallic (sparkly according to her) black. She really likes the purple accent color as well.
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    This is my Trek 7.2. I changed out the stock saddle for a Serfas MH-RX Performance RX saddle, which is definitely worth it in my opinion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beachcire View Post
    This is my wife's 2015 Trek 7.3 FX. It's hard to tell but the color is a very metallic (sparkly according to her) black. She really likes the purple accent color as well...
    I know what she means...my Black Cannondale also has coloured metal flake.
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    I picked up my new bike yesterday: Trek 7.2 FX WSD. I'm only 5'2" so a women's specific bike was important to me. I haven't ridden in a long, long time. My last bike was a Schwinn single speed with coaster brakes, a banana seat, and streamers on the handle bars.



    It is hard to tell from the picture, but the purple is very sparkly

    The fitter who I worked with when I ordered the bike was not working yesterday and the kid who was helping me was not very good, so I'll take the bike back for some minor adjustments next week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ralar View Post
    I picked up my new bike yesterday: Trek 7.2 FX WSD. I'm only 5'2" so a women's specific bike was important to me. I haven't ridden in a long, long time. My last bike was a Schwinn single speed with coaster brakes, a banana seat, and streamers on the handle bars.

    It is hard to tell from the picture, but the purple is very sparkly

    The fitter who I worked with when I ordered the bike was not working yesterday and the kid who was helping me was not very good, so I'll take the bike back for some minor adjustments next week.
    Nice looking bike. Ride the heck out of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinThrift View Post
    Can I show off my hybrid too? It's a 2014 Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc that I've only had for a few months. I'm recovering from a nasty little heart attack so my riding is somewhat limited for now. This picture was taken today and I managed 20 miles!
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    That's great amount of distance for someone who is just recovering from a heart attack. The bike looks like it's weighed down a lot with all of that gear on it though. If you could lighten it up, you could go farther or cover 20 miles with much less effort. If you ask me, you'd only need that much gear if you're trekking really far distances with no plan of coming home the same day.

    Or are the stuff inside for your medical emergencies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinThrift View Post
    Can I show off my hybrid too? It's a 2014 Specialized Sirrus Sport Disc that I've only had for a few months. I'm recovering from a nasty little heart attack so my riding is somewhat limited for now. This picture was taken today and I managed 20 miles!
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    What brand of fender do you have on your bike?
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaikageZero View Post
    That's great amount of distance for someone who is just recovering from a heart attack. The bike looks like it's weighed down a lot with all of that gear on it though. If you could lighten it up, you could go farther or cover 20 miles with much less effort. If you ask me, you'd only need that much gear if you're trekking really far distances with no plan of coming home the same day.

    Or are the stuff inside for your medical emergencies?
    Thanks for the words of encouragement. The handlebar bag and rear rack bag carry tools, rain gear and a cell phone in case I have to call 911 again. It's all new to me so I'm experimenting with gear and bags.

    At this point I'm overjoyed to be able to ride a single mile. My heart attack left me in the ICU for 10 days followed by another 12 days in a regular recovery room. It was assumed by all that I would go home in a box. It was a 5 hour ordeal from the onset of symptoms to the emergency room. I live on an island and the only hospital that could give me a chance is on the mainland. It was a harrowing ride in the ambulance which included a ride on a ferry on which I was the sole passenger - they held up all traffic waiting to load just to get me to the hospital.

    For now, I'm just trying to get thru my days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ColonelSanders View Post
    What brand of fender do you have on your bike?
    The fenders are by Planet Bike. I had them installed at the bike shop when I bought the bike (Half Link bike shop on Whidbey Island, WA). They fit really nicely and the tires are 35mm so it's a close fit.

    BTW - I also like my disc brakes. Awesome stopping ability with great feedback thru the brake levers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpinThrift View Post
    Thanks for the words of encouragement. The handlebar bag and rear rack bag carry tools, rain gear and a cell phone in case I have to call 911 again. It's all new to me so I'm experimenting with gear and bags.

    At this point I'm overjoyed to be able to ride a single mile. My heart attack left me in the ICU for 10 days followed by another 12 days in a regular recovery room. It was assumed by all that I would go home in a box. It was a 5 hour ordeal from the onset of symptoms to the emergency room. I live on an island and the only hospital that could give me a chance is on the mainland. It was a harrowing ride in the ambulance which included a ride on a ferry on which I was the sole passenger - they held up all traffic waiting to load just to get me to the hospital.

    For now, I'm just trying to get thru my days.
    Glad to hear that you're recovering and that your heart is keeping up with ya . That's a pretty interesting ambulance ride though. The only remarkable things that happened in my ambulance ride were that a) The paramedics told me they were gonna give me a shot, they noticed that I turned pale instantly, and b) They thought I had an unusually low heartbeat rate considering I just got into an accident... they asked if I do an endurance sport and biking explained why I had low heartbeat rate.

    In my case, I had a car accident. My mustang flipped upside down and the passenger side was smashed flat. I got lucky I had headspace, but 2 of my spinal discs were diagnosed to be herniated. I was only able to bike 6 miles the 2nd month after my accident during winter before my back started aching. Eventually, I built up to 27 miles going around from NJ to NYC.

    And oh, you wouldn't know how much easier it is to ride long distances with lighter weight until you try it. Try to get a smaller multi-tool, drop the rain gear if the forecast doesn't say that it's not gonna rain and keep the cellphone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony.L View Post
    2014 Specialized Sirrus Comp Carbon Disk



    VERY sweet ride, Anthony.L!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anthony.L View Post
    2014 Specialized Sirrus Comp Carbon Disk

    That is an exceptional photo, it really highlights how attractive a bike, that model is.

    I don't think I have ever seen it looking so good.
    You can have my Disc Brakes, when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

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