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Old 07-17-08, 01:52 PM   #1
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Trek 7.3 for touring. Is is possible?

What do you guys think about some 50 mile rides on a trek 7.3?
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Old 07-17-08, 03:45 PM   #2
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FWIW, My wife has toured on a Trek 7.5 WSD model and has had no problems the last two summers.
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Old 07-17-08, 06:43 PM   #3
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They work well. It is by far the cheapest bike I own ( I wasn't sure I would like touring originally, so I didn't want to spend very much), but I find it makes a great touring bike. Now I have never been on a "real" touring bike, so I can't really compare, but I spend a lot of time on a road bike, and I really don't mind the fit of the 7.3. I did put bar ends on it, and I have trekking bars on the way for it. If you are going to tour fully loaded, I would also change the chain rings. We went to 22-32-44. All in all, we have what I find to be quite good touring bikes for less than $700. Pretty hard to go wrong there. I will probably upgrade some components as they wear out, but sometimes I find those lower end components just keep on trucking, so who knows how long that will be.
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Especially if you already have the 7.3, it should do fine. For the money, it's a decent starting point.

Depending on the terrain and load, you might be ale to get away with the stock chain rings. I have done some day tours loaded down decently and did 40 miles no prob. Could have done more but got hungry and time was a factor.

Besides possible gearing, you will almost surely want a different saddle and at minimum some bar ends. Bar ends can suffice, but I am really liking my trekking bars. Just added some to another bike after enjoying them so much.

A thread I started which asks the same question

Why is my FX 7.3 a bad choice for touring Western Europe?

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Old 07-17-08, 08:07 PM   #5
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you will al most surely want a different saddle
For sure! I forgot about how terrible that thing was. Now I'm going to have nightmares.
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Here is my wifes fx 7.2 wsd shes been touring on it for several years around Europe. More details on our page.
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