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    What is the weight of a Trek hybrid?

    Just curious, I was at a bike shop looking at a Trek 7.2 FX, and the salesman said it weighed over 30 pounds. This is only a $400 bike, but I thought with an aluminum frame it would top out between 25 and 30, not over 30. Have any of you ever put one on a scale? This was a 20" frame.

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    LBS told me mine weighed around 27... not sure though
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    Thanks, 27 just sounds better than over 30.

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    It probably depends a little bit on the size of the frame, etc.

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    I have the 7500FX. Next time I ride it to work (I have the Lemond today) I'll weigh it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLBandit
    I have the 7500FX. Next time I ride it to work (I have the Lemond today) I'll weigh it.
    I was checking out a 2005 7500FX the other day; I have ordered the 7.5FX WSD for my wife and I thought I might get one for myself. Nice bike for what I want; something I can just jump on and ride down to the store or go on long rides in the country with my wife. Add a rack and some panniers and it's a light tourer or capable of hauling groceries.

    For these purposes the weight of the bike is unimportant.

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    I agree, for what I want a bike for, which is just cruising around, the weight really is meaningless as long as it's not a complete 45 lb pig. It's more of a mental thing. When I was riding 25 years ago and was keeping up with bikes I always wanted something light. I won a Schwinn in a contest in the mid 70s and that thing was so big that I had to lean the bike sideways when stopped, I couldn't straddle it. I don't know what it weighed but I only weighed about 100 and picking that thing up and going up stairs was a challenge. I got an abandoned Puegot a few years later that I got back in running order and it was a lot lighter than the old Schwinn. Both got stolen. The thing is, now that I'm looking at spending real money on a bike ($500 is real money to me) I keep flashing back to when I was a starving student and wanted something lighter than the hardware store offered. It doesn't make rational sense but I'll have a hard time spending $500 on a bike that's heavy no matter how much I like it. Don't ask me to define heavy, but I'll know it when I see it. If somebody can tell me a hybrid comes in at a few pounds less than 30 then I can convince that inner part of me it's a good deal. These Trek hybrids have aluminum frames and no suspension so I don't think that a weight in the 25 pound range is asking too much. Oh, and I'm probably looking at a 20" frame.

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    The Fuji Absolute is a flat-bar road bike that looks similar to the FX and they claim 24.9lbs for the mid-range size(19"?) And that's with a cromoly fork. The Trek 7.5FX has an aluminum fork. The 7.3FX has a cromoly fork.

    Replacing the fork with a carbon one gives you a good weight loss for the money, plus it's got more bling. You can get one for around $100.

    Wheels are another place to shave weight and improve performance at a good price/performance ratio.

    Be sure to give us a full ride report when you get your bike. I get inspired to go for a ride even when it's below freezing.

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    I have the 7300fx with the disc brakes, I'm sure it comes in over 30lbs.
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    I'm too cheap for disc brakes and I don't think I'll need them. I'm about a milkshake shy of 200 lbs, so I'm thinking standard brakes can still get me stopped. BBattle, my wife is from Huntsville (Monte Sano), I live in Tuscaloosa. Beautiful place up there, a little cooler than Ttown. I do take walks in sub-freezing weather. When I finally land a bike I'll try to ride no matter how cold it is, I did it when I was a kid and I'm not dead yet. I've got lots of warm clothes. I might get fenders on whatever I buy. I'm trying to leave room in my budget for such extras so I can also ride when it's wet. It rains a lot in west Alabama. Something that just occured to me is I'll probably add so much stuff I'll wind up with a heavy bike regardless.

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    Disc brakes are perfect for Cold wet weather. Try Craigslist for a used one you wont regret it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UADave
    I'm too cheap for disc brakes and I don't think I'll need them. I'm about a milkshake shy of 200 lbs, so I'm thinking standard brakes can still get me stopped.
    standard brakes will stop you just fine.... I'm a 200lb'er too and they work great for me.
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    My Trek 7.3 FX which I purchased yeasterday weighs 32 pounds with the kickstand,bell,water bottle and holder, frame pump and back of the seat flat kit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UADave
    I'm too cheap for disc brakes and I don't think I'll need them. I'm about a milkshake shy of 200 lbs, so I'm thinking standard brakes can still get me stopped. BBattle, my wife is from Huntsville (Monte Sano), I live in Tuscaloosa. Beautiful place up there, a little cooler than Ttown. I do take walks in sub-freezing weather. When I finally land a bike I'll try to ride no matter how cold it is, I did it when I was a kid and I'm not dead yet. I've got lots of warm clothes. I might get fenders on whatever I buy. I'm trying to leave room in my budget for such extras so I can also ride when it's wet. It rains a lot in west Alabama. Something that just occured to me is I'll probably add so much stuff I'll wind up with a heavy bike regardless.
    Cool! My wife and I met at UA; got married at Gorgas House. We used to ride out in the country all the time. Lots of dirt roads with rolling hills. Talladega Nat'l. Forest not too far; stepdaughter lives in the middle of it near Centreville.

    My wife's Trek 7100 hybrid had 700 x 35 tires and did very well on the dirt roads of LA (lower Alabama). I think you could go a bit smaller and still handle the dirt roads and light trails.

    I rode Sunday and it was 30F. (base layer, longsleeve jersey, jacket, windbreaker, leg warmers, shorts, tights, saran wrap, wool socks) I think I could've added my vest as the wind was making the sweat on my stomach very cold. or a t-shirt. the base layer shirt did nothing for warmth.

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    Thanks for the replies. Flags, 32 pounds with accessories doesn't sound too bad, I've convinced myself it's not going to kill me. And if it doesn't kill me it'll make me stronger. After looking and reading I really think the 7.3 FX is what I'll wind up with and I'll probably swap fenders for a kick stand. I'm going to look at a Bianchi as well, just to be sure. I just like the way they look.

    Bbattle, every time I see your name I thing of the old Tennessee football coach from the 70's. I actually got married in downtown Huntsville. Tuscaloosa is a good place, there is some good flat land down here if you go west or south and hills if you go north or east. Really anything you could want except a good bike path. We don't have very bike friendly roads. Around town and campus it's not bad but where I live I'll wind up driving somewhere to ride unless it's just around the neighborhood. That's one of the reasons I was looking at a mountain bike, so I wouldn't have to worry about the cars. But I've about scrapped that idea. Thanks everyone for the help.

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    The former Tenn. coach was a senior at UA when my father, also Bill Battle, was a freshman. And yes, all my life I've been asked if I was related to that coach.

    And here in Huntsville there are several prominent Battles but I'm not related to any of them.

    Pssst. dirty little secret; my ancestor was a Union Cavalry officer that moved down to Dixie after the war. A carpetbagger, maybe.

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    I have a Trek 7500fx and just weighed it the other day. It came in a hair under 25lbs

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    25 lbs sounds cool. Maybe wheels make a big difference between the 7.3 and the 7.5. Is it a small frame? Things are looking up for me and maybe in three or four weeks I'll have a few hundred to toss around. One of my problems is I'm budgeting money for a rack, fenders, a helmet and other items as well as the bike. I figure I could spend a couple hundred easy over the cost of the bike and then I have to add 8% sales tax. I really had a jones for a road bike but I've about scrapped that idea, although I think I'll still take one for a ride when the time comes.

    bbattle, at least your ancestor had the sense to come down here. Must have seen something he liked. My grandfather was in the Spanish-American war and must have taken a wrong turn on his way back to Virginia and wound up in Alabama.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle
    The Fuji Absolute is a flat-bar road bike that looks similar to the FX and they claim 24.9lbs for the mid-range size(19"?) And that's with a cromoly fork.
    We were just looking at the Fuji Royale which up the scale from the Absolute. It has the carbon fork, and is spec'ed at 20.4lbs on the Fuji web page. The LBS was asking $750 though, which was a tad bit too expensive for the 10 yeare old's first road bike. The mid line model is the Silhouette, at 22.8lbs.

    We ended up with a left over 2005 Giant FCR 4. Heavier than the Royale, more comperable to the Absolute with a CroMo fork. We had the LBS swap out the 28cm tires for 23cm, and swap the seat/post for a youth's saddle.

    So far, the kid loves it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbossman
    We were just looking at the Fuji Royale which up the scale from the Absolute. It has the carbon fork, and is spec'ed at 20.4lbs on the Fuji web page. The LBS was asking $750 though, which was a tad bit too expensive for the 10 yeare old's first road bike. The mid line model is the Silhouette, at 22.8lbs.

    We ended up with a left over 2005 Giant FCR 4. Heavier than the Royale, more comperable to the Absolute with a CroMo fork. We had the LBS swap out the 28cm tires for 23cm, and swap the seat/post for a youth's saddle.

    So far, the kid loves it.
    That's a real cool bike for a ten yr. old. Lucky kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbattle
    That's a real cool bike for a ten yr. old. Lucky kid.
    She deserves it. She rode 9 metics last year on the back of mom's old Univega tandem, and she can knock off 20 miles during a Saturday ride with us on her old Trek Mt. Track mtb. Suspension, knobbies, and all - it is a tank compared to a road bike, and she really has to work to average 10mph.

    I paid $350 for the Giant. I don't mind spending the dough if it'll get used, she enjoys it, and it sets her on the right fitness path early on in life. Seriously, it was the only reasonable decision - if I left her to struggle on the mtb she porobably would have lost interest in biking alltogether.

    She's too big for kid's bikes, and a bit too small for a full-on entry level road bike. The flat bar Giant in XS was the perfect solution "bridge" bike for her, and she's already talking about trying a metric on it.
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