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Old 03-15-07, 06:47 PM   #1
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Thinking of buying a Trek Portland - in Portland

Hey guys, I am new to cycling, I am looking for a nice commuter I could also use for recreational activity's and I don't mind dropping the $1500 bucks on the Portland by trek.
here is a pic of it in real life if you dont know what it looks like http://velospace.org/node/2280

Anyone have anything to say about the trek Portland or comments?

I live in Portland, and it rains here a lot so I figured this bike seems to be built well for the rain, not only that its called "The Portland" pretty cool considering I live downtown Portland. Also any advise for biking in Portland?

anyway let me know and thanks in advance.
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Old 03-15-07, 10:48 PM   #2
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I saw couple of them around and they look cool. Not sure how they ride but you should test ride one and get a good fit, very important!
For resources look bikeportland.org it's a great site.
Get good riding gear, the bike is only one part of the purchase, if you want to bike in comfort the gear is very important, and a good metal lock.
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I went and seriously considered one - until I weighed it. 22.5lbs for a 54cm. No thanks. For $1500, I can have a full carbon, Ultegra/105 mix (17lbs) from Performance Bikes down the street.
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I went and seriously considered one - until I weighed it. 22.5lbs for a 54cm. No thanks. For $1500, I can have a full carbon, Ultegra/105 mix (17lbs) from Performance Bikes down the street.
add on fenders and such then it does not weigh 17#
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^ The point is it's a heavy bike. I love the disc brakes however the Portland is not a racer or anything of the sort.
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I get a kick out of the weight issue. I can go as fast on my bent and it weight 30# as I do on my racing road bike. weight is over rated.
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You should go to REI and look at the Buzz, basically the the same bike and much lower price. Just saying.
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I get a kick out of the weight issue. I can go as fast on my bent and it weight 30# as I do on my racing road bike. weight is over rated.

Do you own a Portland? I don't understand your irrational defense of bloat. If one shops for a $1500, weigh is a very legitimate consideration. At the same time, while I appreciate the cool Avid discs and the sexy carbon fork, the wheelset choice make it an inappropriate bike for hardcore commuting and it's not light enough for racing. It's a jack of all trades, master of none bike.
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Do you own a Portland? I don't understand your irrational defense of bloat. If one shops for a $1500, weigh is a very legitimate consideration. At the same time, while I appreciate the cool Avid discs and the sexy carbon fork, the wheelset choice make it an inappropriate bike for hardcore commuting and it's not light enough for racing. It's a jack of all trades, master of none bike.
I just get a kick out of the weight whine. since the fellow never wanted a rice bike why has it been important? racers suck for commuting I know I did it for over a year.
weight is a over bloated deal. it does not matter a huge amount to the speed of your travel. but I do agreee on the wheels. but seldom so I want to keep the original wheelset a bike comes with.
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Cool thanks for the info guys. I can see some of the pros and cons
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