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Old 08-18-09, 09:29 AM   #1
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New bike...advice..etc :)

Hi all...6' 300# (down from 328#) from Ohio new to the forum and I love riding my bike. I think I've finally completed my commuter/weekend road bike. Just looking for suggestions/improvements.

I'm riding to work and school (17 miles round trip) and I like to take long rides on the weekends (40 miles or so at the moment cause my seat hurts my rear, just got a new one so we'll see how far I can go).

I picked up what looks to be a few years old Trek 820 Mountain Track cro-moly at a yard sale for $60 and converted it into a road bike. It fits quite well. I've been riding it off and on for 3 years but not real serious until now and have had no problems so far, wheels hold up nicely. So as a commuter/weekend rider all-in-one how does it look?

I put 26x1.25 100psi tires on it, changed the seat to a brooks B17, got a new crank cause the original was recalled, so it's new and stronger! I put some stub handles on the bar ends, added front and rear lights, fenders, a computer. The biggest change I made recently was to add Egg-beater clipless pedals and added the B17 (yesterday) so I don't know how well I'll like them.

I like how it's geared, but all the new additions do add a couple pounds...but I'm 300# anyway so not sure if it's a big deal. I just want something sturdy, and it seems to be.

I can't afford another bike atm after dropping a bunch into my commuter but probably in the future I'll get a road bike just for the long rides. But until then I'm hoping this serves well as both.

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Looks good to me. I like the more upright seating of the mountain bike.
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Bring some tools w/ you so you can adjust the saddle as you ride. You may find it more comfy if it's tilted up more than your old saddle. Or you may not. YMMV.
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