Originally Posted by Allshookup
Just a little update on my bike search... I was at a LBS last weekend looking again and they had a new old stock 2007 Trek 7.5 FX marked down trying to move it... I took it for a test ride and WOW it is a really nice bike. MSRP is like $789.00 they had it marked for $689.00, I was able to talk the owner down to $624.99 that is $164.01 off...
I found a two 7.5 FX's on craigslist but they were $599.00 and $650.00 used.
So I am now the proud owner of an 07 Trek 7.5 FX! It was past the high end of my price scale but it is way more bike then I was going to get at the lower price point and it's new. I took it right out and put a quick 3+ miles on it. I couldn't be happier with my purchase.
They are a really well set up bike. It can last you forever if you maintain it well.
Before you get too far on the bike decide on any customizations you would like of the bike. That is, did the shop fit you to the bike, is the saddle comfortable, do you have the pedals you like.
They should have spend at least 10 minutes checking your fit. If the most significant change would likely have been the stem. It is not too expensive to change. Some LBS' charge to change some don't. Since you got a good deal they may be less inclined to not charge but a better shop not in a bind will swap it.
Negotiate now for clipless pedals if you think you will go with that. They may give you a small credit on the stock pedals (do not expect much, maybe $10). Clipless is a great thing to have if you start riding more seriously. Depending on your riding style, consider pedals that will not be too bad to ride with street shoes for those quick run about times when you don't feel like putting on your dedicated cycling shoes.
If you are not completely satisfied with the saddle, negotiate to have that swapped out now also. Again, do not expect much credit for your stock saddle. A comfortable saddle is the one place you don't want to compromise. They are like speakers to audiophiles and monitors to computer geeks. It is the highest return investment you can make.
Consider picking up a set or two of cycling shorts (Performance is having a sale for the next few days). Shorts start around $30 and can go over $100. ~$50-60 is a good price point.
Get a well fitting helmet if you are wearing one. One that sits on your head and does not move all around. It should fit like a glove to be more effective and make you look less like a "dork"
. They have some top quality helmets on sale in the $60-80 range. Do try them on, helmets are like shoes and are a very personal fit. I personally fit Limar and Louis Garneau very well. I have never fit Bell and Giro well. You want your helmet to feel as good as your saddle.
Consider a small repair kit, pump and lock.
Did you get the disk brakes?
Congrats on a really nice bike! If you ride just a few miles a day and make it part of your lifestyle, you will see a big change in just a few months.