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Old 07-25-22, 05:57 AM
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New Bike Saturday - Trek 520

After looking for a replacement for my 2009 Windsor Tourist for a couple years, I decided to buy this 2023 Trek 520. I'm tickled. I traveled three hours north from central CT to Waterbury VT to buy it. I could not find one closer. The shop set it up great. Two buds went with me for the drive, and we stopped on the way home in Lebanon NH to ride thirty miles on a sweet rail trail that follows a river and a lake. We stopped four miles from the end at a swimming hole. It was devine.





I've since flipped the stem to lower the bars a bit. I think that may be all that's needed for tweaks. I may get wider bars at some point.

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Very nice bike and great photos.
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Old 07-25-22, 06:39 AM
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It's cool how you took a great bike purchase experience and made it epic!

As my grandmother would say, "Use it in health!"
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good job RB. touring bikes are like cadillacs, the ride is comfy with those wider tires. i ride an old fugi touring bike and the ride is very different from my trek racing bike. both are great, but the trek doesn't get out as much. at our age, what's the hurry?
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Old 07-25-22, 07:58 AM
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Duo: exactly. I'm slowing down gradually. And yes, that caddy-like ride is enjoyable. I have 32c Gatorskins on the Windsor, and so questioned the 38c size on the 520. But after the first ride, I am fine with them. They roll quite well on pavement and gravel trail.
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Duo: exactly. I'm slowing down gradually. And yes, that caddy-like ride is enjoyable. I have 32c Gatorskins on the Windsor, and so questioned the 38c size on the 520. But after the first ride, I am fine with them. They roll quite well on pavement and gravel trail.
great. i haven't tried 38c but i do like the 35c on my front and 32c on the rear. the wider front tire helps with grip and steering, a more secure feeling. my racing bike generally sleeps in the corner wearing 25c, but i may try some 28c tires to see what difference that makes. really though i don't know if a trek 1500 aluminum 9 speed bike can handle 32c or i would put them on.

it was quite a revelation to find out we really don't need skinny tires on road bikes, 25c tires do nothing really except feeling all the bumps in the road and less tire grip, meh i can do without.
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Nice. I see they've gone back to the old 70s-style decals.
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Great looking bike, congrats.
Wider tires on a touring bike is the ticket IMO.
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Do they come with those racks or did you add them?
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Do they come with those racks or did you add them?
it came with them.
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Originally Posted by RB1-luvr View Post
it came with them.
Nice! Just add panniers and go.
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Looks great. Like the color. The bars wouldn't work for me, but that's my preference.

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I love my 2015 Trek 520. I use it more for commuting, but I've done two short tours on it too. I love that bike. It's heavy but loves to roll. I like to describe it as a nimble tank.
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Nice bike and excellent color. Have fun on your new bike and enjoy.
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Old 09-12-22, 07:10 AM
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I love my 2015 Trek 520. I use it more for commuting, but I've done two short tours on it too. I love that bike. It's heavy but loves to roll. I like to describe it as a nimble tank.
the one thing I did not research prior to purchase was the weight. I was not too concerned with it I guess, but recently I hoiked the Windsor up onto a storage hook, and then the 520, and was surprised the 520 felt heavier. I would have thought the Windsor is. I'll have to weigh them and find out what the difference is. I have not noticed the 520's weight while riding.

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Old 09-27-22, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Nice. I see they've gone back to the old 70s-style decals.
On the 520 the decals never changed. This is a 1970s touring bike executed in 1990s aluminum with 21st century geometry and drivetrain updates.They are sweet.
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