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Old 10-30-14, 04:45 PM
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"The Rig" -- Coming Back Home

From 2006 until the summer of 2012, I rode this pictured bike, which I named "The Rig", as my commuter:




I gotta say, that in my 40-odd years of commuting and riding, this was probably my favorite bike. It's a 2005 model Trek 4300 hardtale. Flippin' bulletproof for urban cycling. 26 inch wheels by 32 spokes, I could run over a land mine without hurting the wheels. Well, in 2012 I traded an older bike for my current Black Knight (a Giant Escape 2) and then promptly gave The Rig to my adult son, who was showing interest in bike commuting.

The poor Trek sat unused for over 2 years - my son actually had no such interest - and so he decided to give it back to me, and I could not be happier. He's gonna bring it on Thanksgiving, so I'm already getting ready for it. I just bought fresh tyres - Continental Touring Plus @ 26 x 1.75, with tubes. I've got my bullhorns ready, with a bar-end mirror, lighting (very, very bright lighting that I don't want to talk about cuz I get flamed ), a couple of bags and a bell. I'm ready. A good cleaning, adjusting, and lube should be all she needs besides the new stuff. Lookin' forward to riding this big ol' bike again!
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Is that a 19.5" frame? Reflective tape?
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Is that a 19.5" frame? Reflective tape?
22.5" frame (I'm 6'5") and yes reflective tape
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22.5" frame (I'm 6'5") and yes reflective tape
Flashed on my Trek 3500 right off the bat on seeing that pic- anyway congratulations on getting that bike back!
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Flashed on my Trek 3500 right off the bat on seeing that pic- anyway congratulations on getting that bike back!
Thanks I've seen a couple of pictures of the 3500 from that era, and they are very similar, even the graphics.
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It's going to be like getting a new bike come Thanksgiving. Multiple bikes = good times! Personally it's always a happy decision choosing which bike to ride on a particular day, often I change my mind at the last second!

Couldn't agree more about the feel of such bikes. I never hesitate to take rougher stretches of road, alleys, ect on the 3500. It's manners are nothing like the road bikes I have here that require vigilance while riding.
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Here is my 2014 Trek 3500. 19.5" frame, Kenda Kross rubber.

Hope to get many years and miles out of her, as you have done (and will do) with The Rig!
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