2005 Trek 7500
Just last week I purchased a brand new 2005 Trek 7500 hybrid. I had previously always owned Raleigh brand bicycles - several road bikes, one mountain, and one hybrid. I still have a Raleigh road bike and the hybrid, but I wanted something new to encourage me to ride more often. I had been aware of the Trek brand for most of their history, but just finally decided to give another brand a try. I injured my back about two years ago and am just now trying to ride on a regular basis again, so that is why I am drawn to hybrids.
So far it has been interesting getting used to the new bike. Partly because of the new "feel" and partly because of the debris left on the roads, bike paths and sidewalks from hurricanes Frances and Jeanne. I think I finally have found the right setup for the handlebars and seat, and I am finally getting used to the change in balance. I never fall off my bike and I have done it twice already on the 7500. Once I hit some pine needles that were covering some loose sand, and another time I just leaned too far over while making a slow turn around and BAM! Oh well... both times I was going slow and the bike wasn't damaged.
At first I wasn't sure about the rapid fire shifting system, but now I really like it. I also wasn't sure about the suspension fork and seat, two things I have never had before. After about 5 days of riding I am starting to like the feel. The setup suits the kind of riding I am doing now - 30 to 90 minute rides of mostly bike paths and slightly bumpy sidewalks. The sidewalks around here are really wide, with room for both walkers/joggers and bikes.
So, bottom line at this point: The bike isn't light, but it is very comfortable to ride and it is very good at what it is designed for - fitness/recreation type riding. After I loose a few pounds it will all balance out. The component group responds well, and the wheels and brakes are pretty nice. I like it.
P.S... No I don't work for Trek, and yes I would love to see another thread on Trek like the Electra Townie thread.