Well my 20 year old Bridgestone Mb-5 was ripped off right in front of my building in broad day light. It was kind of the perfect bike for the city. 26" x 1.75 slick tires. Steel frame. Handled the potholes, curbs and dents of the big bad city with a layer of cushion. So long ole buddy.
So now my eye turns to new toys. And the 2010 Trek 7.5 is calling my name. It's much lighter, perhaps more nimble and I'm wondering, perhaps more fragile too? I took one for a very short spin and I was a bit concerned about the brittle feel of the ride. You could really feel the bumps on the street. Cobble stone streets were really, really bumpy. The front end of the bike didn't feel lazy in the slightest. It felt like it demanded your constant attention to steer and focus, like if you let go of the handle bars the steering would wobble dangerously.
So that brings me to my question. Is the 7.5 a good city bike? Anyone have any experience with it? I'm sure there will be a small learning curve to get the ride up to speed - literally, as this bike will be much faster than my last. But does it handle jumping off curbs? Is it nimble? Does it handle potholes and slick roads? I need somewhat of a hearty rig because the city is always throwing something unexpected my way.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.