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Old 12-26-14, 09:23 PM
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New Member and Cycling Enthusiast from WI

Greetings All,

I've been lurking around for a few months now and had to finally register to view some pics. I figured I'd go through the customary self introduction, so here goes.

I live in NE Wisconsin and decided to try getting serious into cycling this past spring. I went to one my local dealers (a Trek dealer) and explained that I wanted a bike for fitness & commuting, both on roads and trails. The rep steered me in the direction of a Trek Dual Sport and within a week I was the proud new owner of a discounted, new old stock 2013 8.3 DS.

I didn't want to invest much in case I just couldn't get into it, and the 8.3 DS fit the bill. Turns out however, I have really enjoyed it so far, more than I could have even hoped. I've gone so far as to fit it with a set of Schwalbe Marathon Winter studded tires and take it out in temps as low as the upper teens and I plan to continuing riding year-round.

However I have begun to regret purchasing the DS as over 90% of my riding has ended up being on paved roads. I have a gravel trail system about 1.5 miles from my house but it is minimally groomed, loose gravel primarily for use by atvs (snowmobiles in the winter) and I have found it unpleasant to ride with the stock 700c x 38 Bontragers and even the Schwalbes.

Anyway, long story short, I'm planning to purchase a cross bike in the near future and keep the DS for use on the trails (with some proper upgrades) until I can afford to replace it with a proper mountain bike, or possibly even a fatbike.

I look forward to learning a great deal more from this forum!

-J
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Old 12-26-14, 09:25 PM
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Old 12-26-14, 09:50 PM
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Welcome, sound like you live in Cross Bike Country for sure.
Have fun on the gravel.

Also consider something like a Trek Domane Domane - Trek Bicycle
This is a bike made for rough roads, including gravel and dirt roads.

I ride Specialized's version of this type of bike, a Roubaix. I take mine on mixed terrain routes a lot.
Including many gravel miles in Minnesota this summer.

The plus with these "Endurance" road bikes is that be you will be faster on paved roads and still able to ride on gravel and dirt roads.
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Old 12-27-14, 06:50 AM
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Old 12-27-14, 12:45 PM
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Welcome, sound like you live in Cross Bike Country for sure.
Have fun on the gravel.

Also consider something like a Trek Domane Domane - Trek Bicycle
This is a bike made for rough roads, including gravel and dirt roads.

I ride Specialized's version of this type of bike, a Roubaix. I take mine on mixed terrain routes a lot.
Including many gravel miles in Minnesota this summer.

The plus with these "Endurance" road bikes is that be you will be faster on paved roads and still able to ride on gravel and dirt roads.
Thanks for the heads up on Endurance road bikes, I had not considered these before. I have been looking at the Trek CrossRip & Fuji Tread, which appear to be build like a Cyclocross bike but with road bike gearing (both have a 50/34 crank with cassettes in the 11-32 range). I do like the looks of the Endurance bikes though. Just when I thought I was starting to figure it out...
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