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    Trek 7500 & 7700 usage

    So I'm thinking of buying either a Trek 7500 or 7700.

    I want a bike that I can take on longer ride (15+ miles) on the road and also something I can ride around town.

    Will these bikes work for that? My concern is that the bike is suitable for long rides. I want to ride more seriously, but don't want a road bike (not just yet, anyway).

    Any feedback? Does anyone own either of these bikes?

    Thanks!

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    They are both good bikes. The only real issue with longer rides is that flat bars do not give you too many choices for hand positioning, which can lead to discomfort. However, unless you are interested in high speed or ultra long distances, you should be fine. Make sure you have a good fit and possibly get a pair of bar end extensions.

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    I have Trek 7500FX 2004 and it rides great I have done 3 long rides on it 20, 15, 15 with a two more coming up a 35 miler this weekend and another 35 miler next weekend and i find it to be a comfortable ride as compared to my mtb over the distance i am hoping to pickup a road bike myself next year but for now this one works fine

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    I'd look for something with road bike gearing with a triple chainring, like a Specilized Sirrus or a Cannondale Road Warrior. Bar ends can be added for addtional hand positions.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    I'd look for something with road bike gearing with a triple chainring, like a Specilized Sirrus or a Cannondale Road Warrior. Bar ends can be added for addtional hand positions.
    I have the Trek 7700 FX...NICE bike...

    Distance and time are no problem on this bike.

    Keep in mind you can make a bike more comfortable by going with some wider tires.

    I don't think you really NEED a triple front chainring on this bike, two probably would have worked fine.
    Last edited by FXjohn; 10-15-04 at 03:09 PM.

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    I just traded a 2004 7700 for a 2005 7700FX. I loved the 7700 but decided for the type of riding I do - county blacktops, city streets, and bike paths, that I didn't want or need the shock. Both bikes are extremely comfortable. I rode the 7700 on several long rides, 64 miles, 50 miles, 30, 28, and so on this summer. I also ride 15-20 miles 4-5 day a week. I would give some serious consideration as to whether you need/want the front shock or not.

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    I put 2000 miles on my 7500fx last year. It rides great and I have no complaints but don't expect to average more than 16 mph. I did lots of 20+ mile rides with no problem,but because of the upright riding position the wind drag is more then an a road bike. I changed to 700x25 tires and it helped pick up the speed a little.

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    Be shure to ride an *FX* model before you buy. Shocks are a total dud for most riders

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    Thanks for all the advice.

    In the end I bought a Specialized Sirrus Comp - the 2004 was on sale at my lbs. And I just felt the Treks were too heavy and not quite what I was looking for (I don't like that upright riding position).

    With the Sirrus I have something I can do short rides on, but that is fast and light for when I want to do longer rides. I'm loving it so far!

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