I took my Trek 7.5 FX for its first ride this morning. Here are some of my initial impressions.
I rode my normal route, which is a bit over 5 miles, criss-crossing the small town of Lindsborg, KS (it's only a bit over a mile long, so it takes a few loops to add up to any mileage!)
This bike is quite a bit different than my previous one, a Trek 7300. The handlebars, while not dropbars, are lower than before. The seat is quite different, narrower and not nearly as padded. And of course, there's no extra weight due to unneeded suspension like on the 7300. In fact, the 7.5 weighs 27 pounds, compared to 34 for the 7300.
Also different is the fact that I've gone clipless for the first time. I'm using a set of Shimano 530 pedals, which are clipless on one side and platform on the other.
So, on to the ride. I'd test-ridden a 7.3 fx and of course did the check-out ride for the 7.5, but today was the first real ride.
First thing, I was able to get clipped in without any big problems. It's not as quick as it will be, but not bad.
Next, the seat. By the first five minutes, I was wishing for my old padded 7300 seat. But, by 10 mins, it was no longer an issue.
I noticed a slight bit of numbing in my hands due to the fact I was placing more weight on my hands, but I was able to adjust and it never got bad.
After 10-15 minutes I started noticing some pain in my feet. Not quite in the arches, but close. I'm sure it was due to the extra work they had to perform using the clipless pedals.
So, other than that, how do I like the bike? I love it! It's very fast, responsive, and a joy to ride. I probably would not have liked it a month ago when I bought the 7300, but after 80 miles this month, I realized I needed a different bike and am glad I chose the 7.5 fx.
Overall, I had a great first ride, and am looking forward to racking up many more!
Oh, I should mention the almost accident. I was at a stop sign, going very, very slow, watching a car come from my right. She stared, and stared at me, and then turned right, so wide that she almost hit the truck that was headed my way. I simply ducked behind her and rode on. Of course, as my wife said, folks drive that poorly all the time around here, so it may not have had anything to do with me, but boy, she sure was staring at me!