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Old 04-03-10, 08:50 AM   #1
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Need Some Assistance...for ? Trek FX...coming from a 4300


I bought my Trek 4300 3 years ago and use it on say about once a week for running the occasional errand, and about once every other week for bike path/exercise.

This spring/summer I want to bike more for weight loss purposes, as well as have a bike that I can ride in the city, going over mini-curbs, streetcar tracks, sewer grates, minor potholes - Id try to avoid these but sometimes its impossible! I don't go off-trail much.

The problem with my Trek 4300 is that i find it a bit slow and clunky - although for weight loss purposes I assume thats a good thing since I have to peddle harder and burn more calories?

This is my first bike,- It does handle bumps/curbs quite well......But I wonder how a bike with no-suspension feel like?

Another problem is that last 2 weeks I biked for 1 hr and midway during biking, my lower back started to hurt...I don't know if that means my positioning was wrong, or that the bike was not a proper fit.

Anyway, I've been doing some research on the internet and was wondering if a Trek 7.X FX would be appropriate for my needs? I still need to go to the LBS to try them on for size and comfort, but I'd like to have a general idea of what models I should be looking at.

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Old 04-03-10, 10:00 AM   #2
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I think that the best advice I can offer is:

Go to a few (as many as possible) local bike shops, and tell them what, and how, you plan to use the new bike - also tell them about what you think is wrong with your present bike. Ask for as many opinions as possible, and ride every one you can. Get a LOT of opinions, from dealers, and even try different sizes of the same bike. Just make sure they are set up the same, same saddle height, same air press in the tires, same handlebar angles, etc......

Once you get a type narrowed down, one of those types (the ones you have already ridden) should jump out at you. You will know which one is right, as you will start to compare all others to it.

p.s. the FX series is a nice bike, with bigger tires, that should help you for what you want. If you have no physical problems, a non suspended fork is a really good thing. Just get up on your pedals when riding over the rough stuff, to "lighten" the load on the wheels.

Come back often, and we will keep trying to confuse you even more - but there will be real experiences burried in there....
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