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New to biking...Trek 7500fx or 1000

Old 07-16-05, 12:51 PM
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New to biking...Trek 7500fx or 1000

I am trying to get into cycling and need help deciding on decent bike. I want a road bike, but can't afford the $1000+ for a bike. So im looking at the trek 1000 and the 7500fx. The 1000 has the drop handle bars and the 7500fx just has the straight bars. I dont know much about bikes and what i should look for.

I went to me local bike shop and they told me for my height(5'6") that i should get a 56cm bike. I am going back on monday to test out a 1000.

Or should i wait it out for the 2006 so that the 2005 may drop in price. Only problem with that is that they only have one 1000 56cm bike left.

I need some advice for these bikes?
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Old 07-16-05, 01:01 PM
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You can get a better deal on a 2005. I go try out the 1000 see how it feels riding with drop bars. I know it might feel alittle weird at first. But the drop handle bars will be ok after a short time. You get more confident everyday. There are other bikes that not Trek you can look at. Giant,Fuji to name a few. But in the end get what feels comfortable to you. Good luck Ride safe!!
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I'm 5'6" and ride 54cm bikes. The 54cm 1000 fit me nicely. I think a 56cm might be to big. Make sure you try it out and it is comfortable (ride it for a while). I had the 7500fx and it is a great bike, but I wanted to road bike and ended up buying a road bike real quick. If you are just getting a bike for commuting, etc., the 7500fx is good, but if you want to start road biking, buy a road bike. IMO.
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Originally Posted by slowgo
I'm 5'6" and ride 54cm bikes. The 54cm 1000 fit me nicely. I think a 56cm might be to big. Make sure you try it out and it is comfortable (ride it for a while). I had the 7500fx and it is a great bike, but I wanted to road bike and ended up buying a road bike real quick. If you are just getting a bike for commuting, etc., the 7500fx is good, but if you want to start road biking, buy a road bike. IMO.
My wife is 5'8" and just bought a 54cm Trek 1000 and absolutely loves it. A lot depends on your physical proportions. She tested the 56cm and liked it but the "standover" height and "hood reach" were a bit uncomfortable compared to the 54cm. It was on sale for $399.00 at Scheel's All Sports (Minot, ND). Please take the time to test ride both sizes and try all handlebar positions. Comfort will conteibute to your ability to go the distance. Good Luck.....and enjoy!!!
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Originally Posted by s0ulcal12
I am trying to get into cycling and need help deciding on decent bike. I want a road bike, but can't afford the $1000+ for a bike. So im looking at the trek 1000 and the 7500fx. The 1000 has the drop handle bars and the 7500fx just has the straight bars. I dont know much about bikes and what i should look for.

I went to me local bike shop and they told me for my height(5'6") that i should get a 56cm bike. I am going back on monday to test out a 1000.
56 sounds very big for your height. Do you have very long legs? Most people your height will ride a 52 or 54 Trek. You should test ride both sizes and see what feels better to you.

Regarding a road bike vs. hybrid, if you plan on riding getting into longer rides (more than 3 hours/day), then you will probably find a road bike (like the Trek 1000) to be more comfortable and more efficient.
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Old 07-17-05, 01:51 PM
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I am now also considering the specialized sirrus 06 small(small is 51cm) size. My LBS said that they could order it for me for 550. That is alittle more than msrp.
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I'm 5' 7" and I ride a 50 cm Trek 1500. A 56 cm frame may not be too "big" meaning you have a bit of standover clearance but it may be a bit "long" for you. You'll be pretty much stretched out when riding. If you are comfortable with the position then go for it. But if you like a more upright riding position try a 54 or 52 cm frame.
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I'm 5' 7" and I ride a 50 cm Trek 1500. A 56 cm frame may not be too "big" meaning you have a bit of standover clearance but it may be a bit "long" for you. You'll be pretty much stretched out when riding. If you are comfortable with the position then go for it. But if you like a more upright riding position try a 54 or 52 cm frame.
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Originally Posted by s0ulcal12
I am now also considering the specialized sirrus 06 small(small is 51cm) size. My LBS said that they could order it for me for 550. That is alittle more than msrp.
More than MSRP? Don't ever pay MORE than MSRP for anything cycling. Typically prices on bikes like Specialized are like 10% less than MSRP and as the 06 model year gets close (as it is now) the 05 models will be about 20% off MSRP most places. Also at 5'6" there is almost no way a 56cm Trek 1000 fits you IMO and if they tell you that then they are trying to move stock off their floor, in which case you need to find a different bike shop.
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