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    New Trek 520 suggestions for old rider.

    New member but old rider. Sorry for this long post. Suffered partial loss of my left leg in a Motorcycle accident in 94. Just getting back into it. I used to be a somewhat experienced Touring rider. I recently found out I can actually ride a bike again after all this time.
    I just sold a 2000 Trek carbon Highbrid that’s been sitting in the garage and with the funds purchased a 2005 Trek 520, 21" or 53.8 cm. The Highbrid was just too tall and I hate flat bars. As I am between sizes, (wish Trek would make a 22") I've gone with a taller stem with Look extension, traded the 105 stock crank to a Deore 44/32/22 and BB. Replaced the frnt. wheel with my old 40 spoke,Bullseye hubbed,wheel. Swapped the seat for a Terry Men's Liberator Gel Saddle with my old Amer.classic post,(sorry, no Brooks, I put 400 miles on one once and my ass has never been the same). When I can afford it, I'll swap tires and have a 40 spoke rear wheel built with a Cyclotouriste 13-34 cassette. and add Tubus racks. The Jury is out on "Barcons". Not sure if I really like them. I am almost considering switching the barcons for downtube shifters. Also, how the heck do you mount a handlebar bag with exposed shifter cables and the newer fatter stems? Any and all suggestions to this older rider would be welcome.

    Richard (jens5)

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    We're all older Just depends when you stop counting.

    I wouldn't second-guess any of the upgrades you made. Especially the chainring swap -- 22x34 sounds like you're planning to climb the Himalayas, but you have special circumstance that I wouldn't know how to adapt to. I'm impressed....

    Changing to longer/taller stems is a standard way of moving up or down a half-size on the frame. Shouldn't be a problem. Where do you get 40h hubs and rims??? Even the stock of 48h is dwindling, and 40h have always seemed 10 times rarer. I'd just stick with 36h, unless you really are planning a year over the Himalayas (in which case I'd get 48h). Your front wheel excepted, since it's on hand already. I might be wrong, but 36h are relatively easy to find in case you have a wheel problem.

    I've got a new Terry Liberator saddle, but I haven't put enough miles on it to evaluate. Never had a Brooks. Even so, I couldn't comment (everybody's butt is different....)

    As for barcons, each rider has his/her preferences. But I find them superbly easy to shift -- doesn't even take a thought on my part, and no weight shifting on the saddle. But I don't like the standard cable routing for the Shimano barcons, which as you observe kinda interferes with the visual appeal and handlebar bags. I like to route the cables up around the first handlebar bend to the brake levers, then off the bars and down. Like Suntour did with the original barcons. Looks better, and never a problem with a handlebar bag. The problem is, the Shimano stock cable housings are too short, so you have to make your own.

    Anyway, try the barcons for a while. They take getting used to, but maybe after a couple rides you'll find 'em well suited. Changing shifters can be almost as expensive as swapping cranksets....

    Congrats for getting back on the road! Happy riding.

    -- Mark

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    When I first had my Trek 520 ('03 model) I had the barcons. I used an Arkel handlebar bag with no problems. The bag mounts on a pair of heavy-duty aluminum extensions that attach to the handlebar near the stem.

    images from arkel website www.panniers.com







    I later switched to a flat handlebar setup with LX thumbshifters. Handlebar bag still works fine.

    The website suggests ways to use the bag with STI and/or headlights.

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    I use a Jandd(sp?) handlebar bag. It has a fairly simple attachment where the stem meets the bars. It doesn't interfere with the cables. I have a 2002 Trek 520, and haven't ridden any other type of bike, as I just got in to touring 3 years ago. I love my bar end shifters. They are solid, quick, and you always know exactly what gear you are in. But to each his own.

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    It is a problem to install the old style handlebar bags that used a loop of wire around the stem, but new handlebar bags tend to clamp on the handlebar. Then, as long as you don't get one of those oversize bars (31.8 mm diametre), you are OK.

    As for cabling, I have installed two stems and concealed cabling on my bikes. You can see it here. Basically, the lower stem allows me to install the habdlebard bag quite a bit lower. As for cabling, I run the cables for bar-end shifters all the way along the handlebars, so both pairs of cables exit where the bar tape ends. This makes a much neater look.

    P.S. as a user of a Trek 520 with 44-34-22 and 12-34 custom cassette, I have no problems with your gearing!
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    Well done! Thanks for the reply and to everyone on the list. Great suggestions. Very neet in appearance. How do you like the Zoom adjustable stem?

    Richard(jens5)

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    Thanks Mark.

    Richard

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    Quote Originally Posted by jens5
    Well done! Thanks for the reply and to everyone on the list. Great suggestions. Very neet in appearance. How do you like the Zoom adjustable stem?

    Richard(jens5)
    It is not as neat looking as a Nitto Tecnomic, but it was the only stem available locally with a long quill. The only problem I find is that there is a tiny bit of noise when I climb a steep hill at low speed. Generally not a problem, but in my 2003 tour, I had one day with a few steep hills and absolutely no traffic within 20 km, and I would have preferred absolute silence.
    Michel Gagnon
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