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Old 10-03-13, 02:55 PM   #1
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How much leaned-over in a hybrid Trek 7.2 FX?

Hello all.

I just bought a new Trek 7.2 FX a week ago. Even though I am a woman, I bought the standard or "unisex" bike. These were my reasons

-I am 5'6" with 31" of inseam, so I was between the standard 17.5" or the WSD 17".
-I test drove both and for me, it was almost the same.
-I read that the WSD was created for longer legs and shorter arms, and small hands. My arms are long, 22" from wrist to the shoulder, and even though my hands are femenine, my hands are almost as long as the hands of almost every man I know.
-This is a trivial one, but the teal color of the WSD was kind of ugly. I know they have a grey one, but I fell in love of the matte black.

Anyway, to commute to my work (2 miles a day), it has been fantastic. I still wonder how leaned-over I should be. At they store they told me that the bike at it is was fine for me, but that they can work in the stem if I needed it.

I am very little leaned, probably just 20 or 25 centigrades, and I have seen the FX videos and they look more leaned-over than me, but sometimes, when I ride longer distances, I wish I could go in a more upright position, that I also read it is not good for the wind. Probably I just have to get used to.

Please let me know your comments.

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Old 10-03-13, 03:42 PM   #2
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The bike shop can add something to the stem to add height so you are not leaning over as much. Had you previously ridden a bike with a riser bar vs. a flat bar? I am looking at the FX as well and know I will need help adjusting to the reach.
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i prefer my bars at the same height as my seat, and fairly forward, but I have a long torso, and I do like to be bent down a fair amount to get out of the wind.

also, sitting upright puts a lot more weight on your butt, which means it will hurt more on longer rides, and its less efficient for your leg muscles doing the pedalling.
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Thank you both for your answer.

Hello Pierce. That is what I wanted to know.
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After owning a bike, sometimes you adjust to the bike and sometimes the bike needs tweaks to the setup to cater to your body and preferences. Definitely play with the seat position. Also, most hybrids have pretty long stems so I decided to get a shorter stem because I thought the reach was still too long. I think I went from a 140mm long stem to 70mm which was perfect for me but is probably a little drastic (my hybrid has a very long wheelbase). I also experimented with a higher angle stem but didn't like that as much.
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Hello Mishmosh. The stem of my bike is not that long, it is 7cm. I think that I will be very upright if they change it for a shorter one, and I didn't want a comfort bike after all, wanted something more sporty.
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You don't have to leave it as it came out of the box. .. dealer will help your bike fit as suits you .

you may even fit an Adjustable angle stem , some are easy to change the angle, as your mood suits.

and there is also the Trekking handlebar , that have a near and a far handle grip,

as well as the one on the sides.

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I've used those adjustables, not really a fan. A) they are heavy, B) they require some serious torque to tighten, more than you can get from the usual L shaped allen wrench, and C) they are prone to creaking.
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