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Old 05-04-11, 03:02 PM
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New to the club with a new commuter

Just bought this in the maroon red color:

https://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...ss/fx/7_3_fx/#

What you all think? Got a pretty sweet deal on it. Probably going to leave it as is, but add a rack, cyclometer, and clip pedals. My commute will be 8.2 miles, mostly flat, going to shoot for a 45 minute ride, and my bike should be ready to go on Monday.

Been a Mountain Biker for about 2 years now and I just absolutely love riding. Figured I'd save some money (gas) and get some more exercise riding to work everyday. Really lookin forward to sharing stories with you.

Any tips before I take off?
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Old 05-04-11, 03:09 PM
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Welcome!
The Trek FX series bikes are awesome commuters.

The rack is a great idea if you prefer not to have a backpack.

I highly recommend at least one blinkie light on the rear and one on the front for that all-important visibility factor, night or day. The Planet Bike Blaze series works great up front (the 2W model even serves as an okay front light until winter rolls around), and the Planet Bike Superflash 1W is a great rear blinkie. Other options exist, but as a quick-n-easy recommendation, it is as good as most out there for the price.

If you live in an area that receives alot of rain, fenders make life sooooooooo much better. Planet Bike Cascadia, SKS P45, Axiom Rainrunner are all great choices there.

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8.2 miles mostly flat.....You will have that down to 30 minutes in no time. Nice Bike!
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Old 05-04-11, 04:52 PM
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thanks guys. Yea canyon, I was lookin at planetbike stuff today. I saw a rack and some bags at the Trek store, but HOLY COW. The rack was $50 and the bags for the rack were like $100 at their cheapest. On planetbike, I could get a rack for around 20$, and bags for around $30-40. Wow!
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Originally Posted by mvallejo View Post
thanks guys. Yea canyon, I was lookin at planetbike stuff today. I saw a rack and some bags at the Trek store, but HOLY COW. The rack was $50 and the bags for the rack were like $100 at their cheapest. On planetbike, I could get a rack for around 20$, and bags for around $30-40. Wow!
Yeah, the "official" stuff will always cost a bit more ahaha
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Great bike! I have a 7.5 & love it. you don't necessarily need panniers if you get a rack. I bought a rack & a cargo net & strap my backpack to the rack. Works great for me. I second the vote for fenders if you live in a rainy area. The only other change I made to mine is adding Ergon grips to alleviate pain/numbness in my palms (But I do that to every bike I get)
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