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Isaiahc72 11-29-13 11:52 PM

Trek 7.1 and 7.2 fx definitely falls in your price range. I ride the 7.1fx and really love it. Basically any bike from Trek's FX line should be perfect for you

Riley1 11-30-13 05:44 AM

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Originally Posted by Planemaker (Post 16288896)
I bought a Trek 7.4 earlier this year and have put over 3,000 miles on it. Other than normal maintenance I have had zero problems with the bike and when the tires wore out I replaced them with 28mm tires. I have had no problem riding metric centuries and kept up with the roadies with the 7.4.


It sounds like Trek bikes are pretty reliable machines! Did you compare it with or try any of the other bikes in the FX range? :)

JGM411 11-30-13 06:22 AM

I don't have much else to add from the other Trek comments other than to say I am another very happy Trek owner....mine being the 7.3.

Planemaker 11-30-13 09:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Riley1 (Post 16289649)
It sounds like Trek bikes are pretty reliable machines! Did you compare it with or try any of the other bikes in the FX range? :)

I looked at Specialized bikes before I bought the Trek. There a some very fine bike brands out there but. For me it came down to the bike shop that was most enthusiastic about their bikes and would offer the best service after the sale.

Riley1 12-02-13 05:56 PM

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Originally Posted by JGM411 (Post 16289667)
I don't have much else to add from the other Trek comments other than to say I am another very happy Trek owner....mine being the 7.3.

Glad to hear the faith in Trek bikes is widespread! The 7.5 looks like a really lovely bike, but I'm wondering if it would be a waste of money if I haven't cycled in a while; would I notice the difference?
Did you try any other models other than the Trek 7.3?

daihard 12-02-13 08:52 PM

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Originally Posted by Riley1 (Post 16295371)
Glad to hear the faith in Trek bikes is widespread! The 7.5 looks like a really lovely bike, but I'm wondering if it would be a waste of money if I haven't cycled in a while; would I notice the difference?
Did you try any other models other than the Trek 7.3?

I hadn't ridden for over 25 years when I bought my 7.5. Okay, to be precise, I had ridden an old mountain bike (Gary Fisher Marlin) for a month before I decided to buy a new bike, but before that, I had been inactive for that many years. And I did test ride quite a few bikes. I picked the 7.5 because it felt the most comfortable for me. I'm glad I followed my instinct. I love the bike so much, I feel guilty on a rare day that I didn't ride it!

My message: No, it's not going to be a waste of money for you if it's the right bike for you. :)

Riley1 12-03-13 03:28 AM

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Originally Posted by daihard (Post 16295798)
My message: No, it's not going to be a waste of money for you if it's the right bike for you. :)

That is true; if it's the right bike for me it'll be worth the money! Well I'm very excited, today is the day to go and try out bikes :) I hope at least one of the stores has the 7.5 in stock still! I'll let you know how I get on :)

JGM411 12-03-13 04:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Riley1 (Post 16295371)
Glad to hear the faith in Trek bikes is widespread! The 7.5 looks like a really lovely bike, but I'm wondering if it would be a waste of money if I haven't cycled in a while; would I notice the difference?
Did you try any other models other than the Trek 7.3?

The question you need to ask yourself is it worth spending an additional $450 for the 7.5 vs7.3. The 7.5 has different gears, fork, tires etc.

For me, getting back on a bike after 30 years of not riding meant that I probably would not fully appreciate the differences between the two bikes. If/when I become more versed with the subtleties of better bike parts, I can always upgrade and so can you.

good luck with your decision.....

Oh yea one other point to consider, you will likely spend another several hundred dollars on accessories for your new bike. Pedals, lights, bags, repair kits, clothing can add another $500 to your cycling activity.

Riley1 12-03-13 05:46 AM

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Originally Posted by JGM411 (Post 16296399)
The question you need to ask yourself is it worth spending an additional $450 for the 7.5 vs7.3. The 7.5 has different gears, fork, tires etc.

For me, getting back on a bike after 30 years of not riding meant that I probably would not fully appreciate the differences between the two bikes. If/when I become more versed with the subtleties of better bike parts, I can always upgrade and so can you.

good luck with your decision.....

Oh yea one other point to consider, you will likely spend another several hundred dollars on accessories for your new bike. Pedals, lights, bags, repair kits, clothing can add another $500 to your cycling activity.

Thankfully I have most of those things already from cycling before but I'm sure you are right that I will want to upgrade at some point.
I will try out as many bikes as I can and see if I can notice the difference between them :)

daihard 12-03-13 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Riley1 (Post 16296376)
That is true; if it's the right bike for me it'll be worth the money! Well I'm very excited, today is the day to go and try out bikes :) I hope at least one of the stores has the 7.5 in stock still! I'll let you know how I get on :)

Good luck!

fietsbob 12-05-13 05:40 PM

you can test ride real bikes in bike shops./

dr1445 12-08-13 04:02 PM

not to sure about the uk, but some lbs offer refurbished bikes. it's a good way to get on the learning curve without the big investment.

Riley1 12-09-13 04:20 AM

Had a look at some Pinnacle and Specialised bikes in the local shop but none felt quite right. I found a brand new Trek 7.5 FX on eBay for £350 with the right frame size so I snapped it up!

Riley1 01-02-14 10:29 AM

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Been out on it several times and I love it :) very very quick!
Added some sks chromoplastic mudguards to save my derrière getting muddy but all in all it's a very sleek bike! Thanks for all your help in choosing which one to go for :)http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=357628http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=357629

Wanderer 01-02-14 04:55 PM

Like the black - they disappear on the tires.


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