Hey guys, I know this topic has probably been beaten to death but anyway here is my dilemma.
I'm looking to get my first *real* bike and I've narrowed it down to either the 7.3 or 7.4. I'll be doing the majority of my riding on paved roads in the city, and I wanted to know if the carbon fork and the 9 speed on the 7.4 vs the 8 speed and aluminum fork on the 7.3 really make enough difference to a beginner to justify spending the extra $110. I've heard that a carbon fork is supposed to dampen vibrations better, but is more easily damaged than an aluminum fork. Whichever one I go with, what accessories are a must (besides a helmet)?
Thanks in advance, and happy riding.
P.S. For those of you who live in or near Houston, do you recommend any specific LBS that carries Trek bikes?