I've been snooping on the boards for awhile now, and on Easter weekend, picked up a 2005 Trek 520 on Craigslist for $600. It's practically new and still had on factory grease on the chain. I took it to my LBS for a quick tune up and I've been riding around for the past few days with mixed results.
First off, it's definitely taking a while to get used to riding. I wasn't prepared for riding so low and tight. My last bike was a fat-tired, heavy mountain bike/cruiser type beast and it was a pleasure to ride. I guess I didn't realize what an adjustment riding this new bike would be! From the bar end shifters to the drops, it's made me a bit shakey and I've taken a bit of a psychological beating! I definitely plan on riding lots and I'm sure I'll get adjusted and find this bike a pleasure to ride after a while as well.
My main problem is with the gears. I've already had the chain pop off 3 times already because of the severe angle of the chain between my front and rear gears. It seems for stability's sake, I can only leave my front gear on the middle chain ring and the chain starts skipping if I go on the highest rear gear! I can't seem to get a nice momentum building experience on this bike! Should the crankset be replaced for something not quite so drastic? I really want a nice granny gear on my bike but I also like using higher gears for building momentum coming off a hill.
I'm not the most technical person, but I do plan on taking a intro bike mechanic course next month and I'd like to build a good relationship between me and my 520! Help this girl out.
And just cuz, here's my new bike: