I'm a new member here (as most of you can tell) and would like to say hi to everyone here on the forum! I have been reading the forums for a little and there are some really great threads for all types of riders. I am a beginner to road bikes and I'm about to purchase a new bike. The bike I'm looking into is the 2006 Trek 1500 --> http://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...id=1442000&f=4
I currently ride a Gary Fisher Hoo Kee E Koo disc mountain bike. I love it and I love riding. I ride pretty much every single day. The reason I'm thinking about a road bike is because I want more speed and want to be able to go further distances. And mainly, there's a ride coming this August that is 760Km and I'll be trying to raise money to fund Cancer Research for kids. It's called the Tour for Kids and the website is www.tourforkids.com for those who may be interested. Anyways, I have done some research on the Trek 1500 and it seems like a wonderful bike. I am not sure of sizing for me as of yet but I'm guessing I can fit a 56 or 58. About 6-7 months ago I tried a 2005 Trek 1500 and it was 58 and it felt pretty nice but when I got back to the LBS one of the sale persons said that a 56 might be better for me and it's common that men sometimes pick a bike that is too big for them. I will be going to the shop tomorrow to get fitted and I hope everything works out okay.
The 2006 Trek 1500 is of course stock and I'm looking for some advice on some things I can do to maybe make the bike better. I have ALWAYS been obsessed with smooth shifting, fast acceleration, and durability. The first things that come to my mind to change may be the 9 speed setup to a 10 speed setup but I'm not too sure right now how much more that'll cost and if it's a lot more then I can definately do without. Next I want to go 2-ring but not sure on how many teeth for the rings. The stock is Shimano 105 52/39/30 so I guess the 2-ring would be 52 or 53 and 39 - any recommendations would be nice. I was also considering changing the wheelset to something a bit better than the stock Bontrager Selects, unless of course these a good enough wheels for now. I know the tires gotta go so I'll pick up some Michelin Pro Races (size 23C ?) My main concern is what little to moderate upgrades can I make to get more speed and smoother shifting out of the bike? I'm guessing the Rear Derailleur from Ultegra to Dura-Ace and maybe Ultegra shifters? Well, I guess I have typed enough for now. If you have made it this far into reading this thread, thanks for taking the time to do so! Any feedback and information is greatly appreciated! *TIA*
All the best and happy riding!