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    Trek 7.2 transformation to touring commuter

    I have all the parts here so this weekend I am going to do the transformation of My Trek 7.2 into more of a distance touring & commuter Hybrid. The most significant change will be the bars. I will be going to Butterfly Trekking bars after much thought & discussion in my century thread. The bike has come a way since I originally purchased it for a simple exercise bike that I barely used the first year. Last year I had a very successful year commuting 20 miles a day 4 to 5 days a week. I am planning a 130 mile century ride in June & will start commuting again after March 15.


    This is the original configuration & mods I made to the bike. Nothing special here, just fenders,seat and post rack

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    This is the current incarnation of the bike



    These are the parts that I will be adding or changing to the bike. I will be useing the stock index shifter/brake combination,
    my only concern is the cable length. I will be moveing the forward & up onto the lead position on the butterfly bars

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    nice bunch of new toys to play with! i hope you enjoy the century ride. are you doing anything special to prepare for that ride aside from the new gear?
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    The century ride is the goal I set for myself this summer. I will move my commute from my normal 20 mile round trip to 26+ mile and then to 36+ mile round trip daily 4 to 5 days a week beginning after daylight savings March 15th. I am sure I will work in some 70 and 80 mile trips in as well & as I have been advised too. I like to set goals for myself to inspire my motivation.

    The butterfly bars went on very well as did the shifter/brake combination. I pegged the aluminum clamps open just enough to slide them around the bar without marking it up. It wouldn't take much to snap the clamp though. The cables are tight on turning the wheel as far as you can but they have room to live through a crash. I am getting ready to tape them now. I am using Bar Phat tape with jell pads under the tape. I am also caping the bars with ergonomic grips.
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    Very nice! I'll be watching to see how those trekking-bars work for you. Please do update when you have some feedback to toss. And photos, too. I have a set of those bars in stock - but haven't gotten around to trying them out.
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    Forget about the bike. That gym of yours is pretty damn sweet!
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    Quote Originally Posted by travelmama View Post
    Forget about the bike. That gym of yours is pretty damn sweet!
    Thank You, I posted pictures of it some time ago but I forget where, Probably in foo. I have had a gym in the house for the last 15 years or so. I was into the bodybuilding thing when I was younger. These days I just try to stay healthy & in decent shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
    Thank You, I posted pictures of it some time ago but I forget where, Probably in foo. I have had a gym in the house for the last 15 years or so. I was into the bodybuilding thing when I was younger. These days I just try to stay healthy & in decent shape.
    I remember those pics that is why I had to make the comment. Heck, if my house were any larger, I may have the same if not similar set up.
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    Finally finished it






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    I mounted the light onto the front rack instead of the aero bars.





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    I used jel pads under the bar tape



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    You'll love the trekking bars. Nice set up.
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    wow, with that many places for that many hand positions, i dont think you're ever going to stop the century ride! lol! nice setup, it looks like there is no way your hands can be uncomfortable on there.
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    You do realize, of course, that your Ergon grips are on backwards. Otherwise great setup! Check this out for the correct grip configuration.
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    Yea I know, I considered turning the around and still might. I missed the link in your post. I definitly like the way that looks, I am going to flip them around today. Thanks for the link
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    With the extension and the trekking-bars, it looks like some extra-terrestrial landing-craft! I love it!
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    Nice setup. I had my 7.2 set up similarly to yours originally, and it was very comfortable. However, I found it preferable to flip the stem and bar the other way; allowed for a better aero position. I can take a picture and post if anyone is curious.

    Have you tried different tires yet? I recently tried those stock Bontragers again for giggles after getting used to 700x28 slicks; I had to work much harder to maintain my usual pace. For your increasing commute lengths and centure, I think you'd find a new set worthwhile. I plan to do my first century this summer as well, good luck!

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    Ruffy Tuffy - Rivendell - and excellent tires the are 17C. They fly and have a tough Kevlar belt.

    And yes! I'd love to see your set-up - trinamuos. Please do post photos - they will go in my massive archive on customized machines.
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    I have thought about changing tires but their is nothing wrong with the ones I have. It isn't top on my list, I still occasionally take my bike out on the trails. Clip in peddles & shoes are my next big investment. I'll take the bike outside today and take better pictures without the gym in the background. It is hard to see much of the detail. I also need to make the camera mount for the front rack. I want to try to keep the bars clear if I can, I still don't know about my Blackberry.
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    wow

    Great ideas there! I plan on doing a metric century this summer - tour de cure for diabetes....may I ask what type of seat you have in the Trek? It looks comfortable and I'm currently in the market - the one on my 7200 starts hurting at the 30 mile mark - I know I have to toughen my butt - but...........do you like yours/comfortable etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
    I have thought about changing tires but their is nothing wrong with the ones I have. It isn't top on my list, I still occasionally take my bike out on the trails. Clip in peddles & shoes are my next big investment. I'll take the bike outside today and take better pictures without the gym in the background. It is hard to see much of the detail. I also need to make the camera mount for the front rack. I want to try to keep the bars clear if I can, I still don't know about my Blackberry.
    While I agree that there is nothing wrong with those tires, as I use them when the situation calls for a little tread and more air, I think new tires will serve you better on a century than clipless pedals. New tires and plain ole toe clips could be purchased for around half of the cost of clipless pedals and shoes, and provide a more measureable benefit IMHO. That's the route I took: ties and clips first, then the plunge into clipless later.

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    OK, here's the pictures! I tried multiple options before selecting this one as the final. The stem can be flipped or flopped, as can the bar (with the "ends" always closest). The shifter cables bump the stem in some positions. Here, they fit neatly under it. One of my to-do's today is to trim the cable slack.

    For any who may have seen the thread where I was bashing my 7.2 FX a bit, I have found that I like it much better in its current incarnation. This trekking bar setup is great, I added clipless (my other bike had and this didn't previously), and I replaced the stock crank with this nice Sugino XD600 (which is much smoother). I have the treaded Bont tires on now since we've been having snow, but the 700x28 slicks will go back on when there is no snow around (this is my rain bike). At some point, I may get a set of 700x32 Marathons that will hopefully be a compromise between the qualities of both tires.







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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron B View Post
    Great ideas there! I plan on doing a metric century this summer - tour de cure for diabetes....may I ask what type of seat you have in the Trek? It looks comfortable and I'm currently in the market - the one on my 7200 starts hurting at the 30 mile mark - I know I have to toughen my butt - but...........do you like yours/comfortable etc?

    Ron
    Hi Ron, The seat is a Bontrager & I do not know the model. It is very comfortable but it was one of the last things I changed before the season ended. It has yet run the test of time, but so far so good. I do like the style and the padding in the seat. The fact that it is Bontrager is a coincidence and simply caught my eye on the wall.



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    I did decide to to flip the ergonomic grips, lost the end caps though. They do look and feel much better. I will also clean up the bar tape so it looks better. I am also considering tapeing part of the aero bars with what is left. I still have 2 gel pads and plenty of tape. I think anyway.



    I have also moved the light back to the aero bars of a few reasons. I am going to use the mount on the rack for a camera mount and if film at night I want the light above and behind the camera. I think the light looks kinda cool on the aero bars too. They certainly work well there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Timber_8 View Post
    Clip in peddles & shoes are my next big investment.
    Check Jensen USA! Last weekend you could get a set of Shimano PDM 324 pedals, and a pair of Shimano MTB shoes for less than $100, total..... A steal!

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