Hey all, just wanted to say hello and throw up my introduction here! I've signed up in the hopes of having a solid internet resource to turn to for help with maintenance needs and bike advice.
I live in Winooski, VT and enjoy a mostly daily commute to Burlington on my Trek 7.2FX. I purchased it a couple of years ago for about $450, including all of the goodies: Helmet, gloves, lock and pump. Truthfully, it sat dormant for about a year. Some of this time was winter months but the rest was laziness and the lack of a good 'system' in place for commuting to work. (I bring my own lunch, clothes to change in to etc. and never had a plan for transporting those things.)
(Sorry, I don't have any actual pictures of mine available ATM!) I think mine is a 2005 or 2006 version, no suspension on the seat.
This summer I've turned over a new leaf, commuting by bike regularly. I've enjoyed my 7.2FX quite a bit so far! It has decent components, seeing as it's a 'low' end FX series bike. I love the Shimano Rapidfire shifting and the joy of biking on 'hybrid' tires. Considering my last bike (A long time ago) was a mountain bike with knobby tread, the lesser width and lighter tread makes a world of difference. I just ordered a Delta Poste Haste Rack and Quick Bag combo yesterday to carry my lunches and other accessories. My next couple of purchases will likely be Bontrager Satellite Fenders (which they always seem to be apologetic for not having in stock..anyone know anywhere other than the Trek and Bontrager sites where I can pick these up?) and perhaps a little while down the road, these hot looking Bontrager Satellite Elite Carbon handlebars. Anyone ever seen an aluminum handlebar like those? I can't find an AL version anywhere and though carbon is nice, it's also expensive.
Anyway, probably more info than is needed, but that's my current biking situation, hope to contribute to the forums now and then and maybe get some assistance along the way!