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    alternatives to a Trek 7500?

    I learned how to ride a bike at Broadway Bicycle School in MA just a few weeks ago (free plug for them!) and I know essentially nothing about bikes. with this in mind, I tried out a used Trek 7500 a few days ago with an eye to bought it and found it a little overpriced. (it had rust all over it.) so I bought a much cheaper Trek 7.2 FX (also used) and found that hard to ride. too advanced for me, presumably.

    previously I had put down my inability to control the Trek 7.2 FX down to tiredness.

    (in case anyone would like to purchase it, contact me. perhaps we can even do at trade with me paying the difference in cash? I will post an ad about it later, probably.)

    with Trek 7500's expensive and all and hard to find used, what would you all suggest for a very inexperienced rider? thanks in advance.

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    The 7.2 should be fairly similar to the 7500. Also look into Specialized. They have sever nice models, Sirrus, Crosstrail and Crossroads. What do you mean by too advanced? Did the ride feel twitchy or was it an endurance or shifting issue. Does the bike fit you properly? Without detail its hard to make a recommendation, but I would say the 7.2 will work if it fits and is in good working order. Have you ha it by your LBS to have it checked over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHankins View Post
    What do you mean by too advanced?
    I had trouble controlling it.
    Did the ride feel twitchy or was it an endurance or shifting issue.
    I kept stopping and starting. nothing to do with endurance because I could not ride it for more than a minute or so.
    Does the bike fit you properly?
    probably not, but I don't see how because the previous owner said it would fit someone of my size and I would estimate I stood taller than him than only a few inches.

    so far I have not taken it to the LBS.

    without going into my reasons, I doubt that the seller would have deliberately conned me into buying a bad bike. I mean, he offered to and went through with, replacing the original saddle with a new one I might like better.
    Last edited by red_iguana; 06-25-13 at 11:55 PM.

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    actually, though, he had replaced the original front tire with a (quoting from the Craigslist ad) "new Alex front wheel + Michelin tire". so maybe if I have those replaced I won't have trouble?

    oh, and thank you for replying.

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    It may have been wrecked and have fork/frame damage. It sounds like an experience issue though. Start in the lowest gear somewhere you can ride straight for a long period without stopping and then work on shifting. You should have 2-3" of distance between you and the top tube and your leg should be almost straight when you're at the bottom of the pedal stroke. Take this bike to the school if you can or a local Co-Op or friendly LBS to help with fit and learning to ride.

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    as to the "experience issue", as you put: I had no trouble with the Trek 7500 that I tried.

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    Similar, but different frame geometry, a little bit wider stock tires 38mm vs 35mm. There's a lot that can change the feel of the ride and ride quality. Like I said, try in 1st or 2nd gear for a while to build some confidence and go from there. Some pics of the bike (drive side) and of you on the bike could help determine if there is damage and a very general idea of fit. Also check all the cables for corrosion or rust. If they don't move freely or are heavily corroded its time to change them. If it hasn't had a tune up in some time it wouldn't be a bad investment if you keep the bike. Probably about $125 at the LBS. Or go to a Co-Op and learn how to do it yourself. Any rider should have some basic knowledge to change a tire/tube and patch as well as basics like brake adjustment or putting a chain back on if it happens to come off while on a ride. The last thing you want is to get comfortable and end up stranded 10+ miles from home. On that note, always carry a cell phone with you on rides. I use a backpack with my phone, wallet, keys, tubes, pump and some basic tools even on short 2-5 mile rides.

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    well this discussion has gotten a bit off the subject of alternatives to a Trek 7500.

    I did, however, have the bike checked out at the LBS and they said it had some deficiencies but nothing that needed immediately corrected. the bike chain and one other thing needed fixing and that would cost $80 including both parts and labor.

    actually I plan to sell the bike via Craiglist or maybe here and if you live in Boston and think you might like that bike, please PM me. (I can show you the slip they gave me at the LBS listing the problem areas.)

    again, though, if anyone can suggest something like the Trek 7500 that I could buy, preferably cheaper, let me know. thanks.

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    Marin makes some nice bikes. Check out the Larkspur, which seems similar to the Trek 7500.

    http://www.marinbikes.com/2013/bike_...2&Larkspur_CS1

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