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Old 02-08-10, 12:36 AM   #1
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09 Trek 7.3 value?A couple other q's too

I can't find any for sale around me or even on ebay, but, I've had enough with the bike as it feels way to large for me. The bike shop did a really bad job of fitting me, well they didn't actually and they just put me on a 20". I'm between 5'7" and 5'8" and they didn't have any wsd. I've tried to make it work but it just wont. It has 1 small scratch on the top tube other than that it is in perfect condition. It has maybe 300 miles on it.

Here is a picture for reference. Also do the fenders and rack actually add any value to the bike or any bikes for that matter? I know this may be a stupid question but do bike shops ever take trade-ins or buy them?

Is it worth $400 even?

Any help is really appreciated.

The picture is before I adjusted the seat, The seat now is all the way down to the reflector almost.

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Old 02-08-10, 08:14 AM   #2
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sorry to hear about your bad experience. my bike shop had given me the wrong size as well - they gave me a 20" bike and it didnt feel right ever. i kept the bike for about 300 miles before selling it. i tried out a 22.5" 7.3 and just sitting on the bike felt so much more comfortable! so i sold that first bike (09 fx 7.2) and got my '10 fx 7.7.

your current bike looks clean so i think you can definitely get $400 for it. put it on craigslist and maybe some local (free) papers in your area for maximum exposure. put it on ebay as well and keep an eye on what other 09 7.3's are going for too.

lastly, talk to that bike shop and let them know you're not doing business with them again. you should be able to try out all the bikes you have on your mind before making a decision as opposed to simply picking one out of their current inventory...
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Treks do tend to also have a longish wheel base. I am unfamiliar with the WSD models so not sure if they would help or not. You might want to try out something with a little different geometry.
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I think it should easily be worth that. I guess the fenders and rack add value if the person buying it wants them. You could take them off and sell them separately, or use them on your new bike.

Sorry to hear about your experience. A similar thing happened to me once. I didn't know much about bikes at the time, and I bought a mountain bike that I never could get comfortable on. Mine was too small. I knew nothing about adjustments, so eventually sold it.
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What, exactly, is the problem? Is it too long to pedal, too long to reach, what?

There still may be something that can be adjusted/exchanged to make it fit better.
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if the seat to pedal distance is ok then you could work with your lbs on changing the stem/bars to suit your needs.
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You have a real nice bike there. You also have a lot of options including selling it to buy another one but that I would personally consider a last resort. The neck looks odd to me, is that adjustable. It doesn't look stock for a FX. You can also change your bars to make it more comfortable to ride. Your not very specific about what you don't like about it other than you feel it is to big. I have the same size bike & I am 5'8" myself. Is it the sport hybrid geometry maybe. You mentioned they didn't have a WSD, I assume you are female. It is difficult to recoup your investment on that purchase, there is a lot of information here and a lot of people willing to help you with some options. Maybe if you tell us more of what you want in your bike we can help you tweek your bike. What are you useing it for? how many miles a week do you ride?
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Old 02-08-10, 06:51 PM   #8
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You have a real nice bike there. You also have a lot of options including selling it to buy another one but that I would personally consider a last resort. The neck looks odd to me, is that adjustable. It doesn't look stock for a FX. You can also change your bars to make it more comfortable to ride. Your not very specific about what you don't like about it other than you feel it is to big. I have the same size bike & I am 5'8" myself. Is it the sport hybrid geometry maybe. You mentioned they didn't have a WSD, I assume you are female. It is difficult to recoup your investment on that purchase, there is a lot of information here and a lot of people willing to help you with some options. Maybe if you tell us more of what you want in your bike we can help you tweek your bike. What are you useing it for? how many miles a week do you ride?
Yes, its a couple of things that make it too big. I do have an adjustable stem on the bike that a shop recommended for me to try plus I have the seat pushed forward on the rails. The reach seems a bit far plus I do have smaller hands. I don't really have as much of an issue with the length of my legs as I am fine that way my inseam is like 33 in anyways. I was originally going to use it for riding around town and commuting. Typically I ride about 60 miles a week till I stopped due to getting sore on the bike. I used gloves but still my arms, wrists and lower back got sore. I also had a tendency to put my hands on the edge of the shifter/brake assemblies and the bar grips too. It may be the geometry but I'm not sure. I'm just really confused. If I could get it to be comfortable I would keep it. I've been holding back though on getting a set of tires that are better in the rain until I get something figured out.

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That's a nice looking bike. I also ended up with an ill-fitting hybrid. It was too small and even with a longer stem, it didn't feel right. If the major problem seems to be with your hands, you might want to try a shorter stem and even swapping out the handlebars to give you a better position. I would talk to the LBS about the problem and push for them to at least comp the labor to try to make it work.
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Well you might want to try Trekking bars and ergonomic grips. I have recently installed them myself but can not give you ant real impute because I have not used them long. I will say they change the entire feel of the bike for the better. The also work with all your stock brake/shifter combinations. Gel pads under your bar wrap will also help with comfort. Someone gave me this link the other day http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...on-my-commuter It is not my bike but this might give you an idea. It can open some options for you. maybe give you and upright & aero geometry as you want. I did mine a little different mounting my shifter and brakes on the forward bar. The only point I want to make though is explore some options. There are many to consider.



The butterfly bars were $25 the bar tape with gel pads was $20 and the ergonomic grips were $30.

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I have a 32 inch inseam, and I ride a 22.5 Trek 7.3 FX. This really should be doable for you.

There must be a stem/handlebar combo that will work. I've never used trekking bars, but they seem to work very well for many people. I'd like to, and may, try them on my mountain bike.

One thing that has been surprisingly comfortable for me is the Felt Albert handlebars. When I first bought my Felt I thought I might change them for flatter bars. Now I'm probably going to change the bars on my 7.3 to something similar. Search for the On One Mary, or Origin 8 Space Bar to see something like them. The change in grip angle can make quite a difference. At least it does for me.

I really think you can make this work if you want. It's a great looking bike, and I love the fenders myself. BTW, what kind are they?
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First off thanks for all the compliments on the bike.

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I have a 32 inch inseam, and I ride a 22.5 Trek 7.3 FX. This really should be doable for you.

There must be a stem/handlebar combo that will work. I've never used trekking bars, but they seem to work very well for many people. I'd like to, and may, try them on my mountain bike.

One thing that has been surprisingly comfortable for me is the Felt Albert handlebars. When I first bought my Felt I thought I might change them for flatter bars. Now I'm probably going to change the bars on my 7.3 to something similar. Search for the On One Mary, or Origin 8 Space Bar to see something like them. The change in grip angle can make quite a difference. At least it does for me.

I really think you can make this work if you want. It's a great looking bike, and I love the fenders myself. BTW, what kind are they?
I couldn't imagine riding a 22 in bike.
The fenders are planet bike cascadia's.



Those butterfly bars may do the trick. I'll have to look into them more. Thanks, for the help, I really appreciate it.
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First off thanks for all the compliments on the bike.


I couldn't imagine riding a 22 in bike.
The fenders are planet bike cascadia's.



Those butterfly bars may do the trick. I'll have to look into them more. Thanks, for the help, I really appreciate it.
I bought mine used, and thought it would be too big for me too, but it fit perfectly. I measured the standover, and it appeared to match the one it was advertised to be.

BTW, the bars I have aren't the butterfly ones. I am interested in those, and they may work for you, but mine are more of the 'swept back' style. Give them both a look and see what you think.

If you're ok with the standover, I think you can probably make the rest work. Thanks for the info on the fenders. I've heard of them, but haven't actually seen them.

For a woman who is 5'8" ish, I would have guessed a 20 would be correct too, but everyone differs.
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The simplest fix might be turn the neck 180 degrees. It sounds like you have long legs and a shorter torso. Turn the neck & put your bars back on and re adjust the hight & the seat. That will move the bars closer

The job to change bars is not high difficulty as long as they are not drops, and can be done with a bicycle multi tool. I got my butterfly bars through Amazon but I also have a link to the dealer direct. I bought my bar tape & ergonomic grips at my LBS just because I give them all my business I can but you can get it all on line if you want. Just be careful spreading the aluminum housing that is the clamp for the brake/shifter combination. Spread it just enough to slide around the bar without scuffing it up. You will have to peg it open with something like one of the hex keys on your multi tool. I strongly recommend the jell pads under the bike wrap, it all comes together when you buy the wrap. http://bikesomewhere.com/
The butterfly bars might be on the front page or look under mountain bike components. I saw jell tape in black for $10 but the ergo grips you might want to do REI or your LBS for the ones with the aluminum clamp so you can put them on but end first.

This what the jell pads look like before you put the wrap on


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I decided to give them a try. I wanted to find a good bike shop anyways and this helped me find one it taught me real fast which ones the lazy ones are. I really like personal service and I will pay for it. I haven't dealt with any bike shops in my new town that I live in. I did though find a gem, I think. I checked at like 5 different places before out of the blue calling this one small bike shop that is almost out in the boonies (about 10-15 miles away on the freeway). Their service was great and they ordered one for me for me. I found out that they will be getting some ergon grips in as well and I got placed on the waiting list for them. I will be placing my business with them if all goes well. I'm just super happy now... yay!
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Well you might want to try Trekking bars and ergonomic grips. I have recently installed them myself but can not give you ant real impute because I have not used them long. I will say they change the entire feel of the bike for the better. The also work with all your stock brake/shifter combinations. Gel pads under your bar wrap will also help with comfort. Someone gave me this link the other day http://<a href="http://www.bikeforum...y-commuter</a> It is not my bike but this might give you an idea. It can open some options for you. maybe give you and upright & aero geometry as you want. I did mine a little different mounting my shifter and brakes on the forward bar. The only point I want to make though is explore some options. There are many to consider.

The butterfly bars were $25 the bar tape with gel pads was $20 and the ergonomic grips were $30.
Hey! That's exactly the set up I'm looking to get on my 7.3FX. I have the flat bars right now, and I want to get butterfly bars. are the aero bars clip ons? or are they directly part of the butterfly bars? I want that setup because I want more hand positions than my flat bar+bar ends, and I want the time-trial position.

I was thinking, if I bought butterfly bars but the front-most curve is narrower (ie, your bell and shifters move closer to the centerline of the bike), could I put bar ends at the front of the butterfly bars to create the aero position? Like the time trial position, but wider.
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I decided to give them a try. I wanted to find a good bike shop anyways and this helped me find one it taught me real fast which ones the lazy ones are. I really like personal service and I will pay for it. I haven't dealt with any bike shops in my new town that I live in. I did though find a gem, I think. I checked at like 5 different places before out of the blue calling this one small bike shop that is almost out in the boonies (about 10-15 miles away on the freeway). Their service was great and they ordered one for me for me. I found out that they will be getting some ergon grips in as well and I got placed on the waiting list for them. I will be placing my business with them if all goes well. I'm just super happy now... yay!
That is great you found an LBS you feel comfortable with. Keep us updated on what you do with your upgrades, It will be nice to see your bike evolve into something you can enjoy.

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Hey! That's exactly the set up I'm looking to get on my 7.3FX. I have the flat bars right now, and I want to get butterfly bars. are the aero bars clip ons? or are they directly part of the butterfly bars? I want that setup because I want more hand positions than my flat bar+bar ends, and I want the time-trial position.

I was thinking, if I bought butterfly bars but the front-most curve is narrower (ie, your bell and shifters move closer to the centerline of the bike), could I put bar ends at the front of the butterfly bars to create the aero position? Like the time trial position, but wider.
The aero bars do clamp onto the butterfly bars. The aero bars fit well on the stock flat bar but I had to shim the bar to get a snug fit on the butterfly bar. I love the aero bars personally & spend a lot of time in them on my commute. I changed to the butterfly trekking bars because I want to do a century and some longer distance riding.

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thanks, thats what I was looking for.
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I can't find any for sale around me or even on ebay, but, I've had enough with the bike as it feels way to large for me. The bike shop did a really bad job of fitting me, well they didn't actually and they just put me on a 20". I'm between 5'7" and 5'8" and they didn't have any wsd. I've tried to make it work but it just wont. It has 1 small scratch on the top tube other than that it is in perfect condition. It has maybe 300 miles on it.

Here is a picture for reference. Also do the fenders and rack actually add any value to the bike or any bikes for that matter? I know this may be a stupid question but do bike shops ever take trade-ins or buy them?

Is it worth $400 even?

Any help is really appreciated.

The picture is before I adjusted the seat, The seat now is all the way down to the reflector almost.

Hmmmm........

If you're 5' 7" or so, and have a 33 inch inseam, that would make you very short waisted. If the Trek is bit more longer wheelbase as stated, and assuming you don't have gorrilla arms, I think you would be better served looking for a frame with better proportions for your build. By time you get done with the Trek trying to make it work, it would probably eat most of your loss, and you may still not be happy with it. Treks seem to have good resale from what I've seen.

FWIW, I'm 5-10 with a 32" inseam, and have longer legs than 95% of the guys my height. So I can sort of relate. The classic situation is getting the seat the right distance from the pedals in a car, and the steering wheel is mile away from you. A classic problem in older Italian cars.
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I still think a set of pullback riser bars, and a much shorter stem, would go a LONG way toward making that thing fit.
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I still think a set of pullback riser bars, and a much shorter stem, would go a LONG way toward making that thing fit.
Me too.

ETA: Well, at least the bars. Not sure about the stem, as it looks more up than out to me.
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