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Old 03-11-06, 01:02 AM
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Trek 7500fx is what i bought. For the price range its a fine bike, and it served its purpose it got me hooked. Its well built and has great value for its price.

It didnt take long for me to upgrade though, did take me 4-5 months to know what I wanted to upgrade into. My requirements changed several times as I got more and more hooked and cycling became more ingrained in my life. Im glad i didnt spend more initialy on something that wouldnt suit me now.

Clipless are great, probably the single biggest performance upgrade. I first bought a set of mtn bike shoes I got in a bargain bin for 75% off. the only con for clipless, is if you go on short 1 mile rides to the store. Pain to change shoes, but some pedals can be used both ways.

Best thing to do, is buy nothign immediatly. Ride ride and ride some more. get comfortable with long rides. Then adjust/upgrade what you figure needs it. That gives you time to research too.
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