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Old 05-04-07, 01:51 PM
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New here, let's throw rocks!

Alright I'm new here, let the rock barage begin

I have a Trek FX 7.2 and I just got my SPD clipless pedals today, yay.

Never rode clipless before so tonight is going to be the "let's get used to these contraptions"

Anwyas, hello everyone, look forward to talking to you all.
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Old 05-04-07, 01:53 PM
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Originally Posted by LikwidFlux
I have a Trek FX 7.2 and I just got my SPD clipless pedals today, yay.
Is that a Road bike or Mountain Bike?
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It's a Hybrid...I say we throw rocks.




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Originally Posted by -VELOCITY-
Is that a Road bike or Mountain Bike?

It's what they affectionately call a "Hybrid" (https://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1323010&f=26)

I wasn't quite ready for a full blown road bike, but I like the speed and ride dynamics of my little lady

But, I will be putting drop handlebars on it next year when I get more into the racing.
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Clipless is the only way. Just remember it's not a question of if but rather when you fall. You can diminish the effects of that question by taking a short while riding to clip in and out as many times as it takes to make it second nature.
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Old 05-04-07, 01:58 PM
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welcome. im a newb too. so heres a rock, just for you ------O lmao welcome to the group. i've found it to be inviting and informational so far
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Actually, it's what Trek calls a "Fitness" bike. Similar to a Giant FCR. Mountain bike-type frame with road wheels and flatbars. Can take racks and fenders; makes a good commuter. Could put some knobbies on it and hit the trails.

My wife's 7.5FX
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Originally Posted by LikwidFlux
It's what they affectionately call a "Hybrid" (https://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1323010&f=26)

I wasn't quite ready for a full blown road bike, but I like the speed and ride dynamics of my little lady

But, I will be putting drop handlebars on it next year when I get more into the racing.
No you won't. It's not worth it with all the changes you'll have to make.

Trust me on this. That bike's basically set up like a MTB drive train and shifters.

Most likely you'll end up looking at a new bike.

Really.

You'll see.

Enjoy the bike.
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Old 05-04-07, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by bbattle
Actually, it's what Trek calls a "Fitness" bike. Similar to a Giant FCR. Mountain bike-type frame with road wheels and flatbars. Can take racks and fenders; makes a good commuter. Could put some knobbies on it and hit the trails.
Thanks for the rock BikingMILF.

Thanks for the heads up bbattle, I actually put the geometry of my 7.2 and a low level road bike, I wouldn't be too off the mark using drops on it. Right now I just have some bar ends so I can have some extra hand positions.
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Originally Posted by LikwidFlux
But, I will be putting drop handlebars on it next year when I get more into the racing.
Don't bother, just sell it (or keep it) and get a road bike when the time comes. It doesn't have close to the geometry you'd need for racing (caveat, I'm not a racer, yet, but even my LeMond with a sloping top tube is a little too relaxed for my tastes sometimes).
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Wrong forum. I thought SS/FG was for people who like to get stoned.
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OP - bet you'll love that bike - but you can't turn it into a road racer w/drop bars. Save your change, give up your "two-Starbucks-Frappaccino-a-day" habit (note to self) and otherwise plan on buying a true road bike sometime soon. If you want to race next year, you might as well start training this year. And don't sell the hybrid - keep it for commuting, off-road, bad weather, etc.
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Don't want to chime in just with a +1 but I agree that doing the 'upgrade' would likely end up a waste of money.

After buying a set of brifters, side pull brakes (or a travel agent type device to get the right cable pull on the brakes), and a handlebar, you're looking at a fair amount of work and money.

Instead, taking your time shopping around and getting a nice used roadbike would be the way I'd go. That way you end up with two bikes, which is obviously inherently better.
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I have a trek 7.2 and I agree you need to save you cash and get a road bike. Use this as your beater once you get a nice road bike. As for the 7.2 its a great bike for the money. One suggestion to enjoying it much more take those awful Bontrager tires off and throw them away and get some slick 700x28. You wont believe how much better and faster you will roll by that one change. You will also need smaller tubes. Oh and as was said you will fall so get ready. Make sure you unclip before you stop. As you start slowing down start unclipping. I fell first time I clipped in at the LBS because the guy didn't tell me unclip prior to stopping. He informed of that after I fell over like a giant tree being cut down right in front of the LBS front door. Priceless.
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Just remember, if nobody is around to see it, you didn't fall in your clipless pedals.
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Originally Posted by LikwidFlux
It's what they affectionately call a "Hybrid" ....

But, I will be putting drop handlebars on it next year when I get more into the racing.
Welcome to the forum.

FYI, others have suggested too - putting drop bars, coversion etc is really not worth it. Stick with the bike and enjoy the hybrid, or sell later and get a real road bike. Reason - the essentials for racing or serious road sport start with the frame and this is not it.
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Originally Posted by LikwidFlux
It's what they affectionately call a "Hybrid" (https://www2.trekbikes.com/bikes/bike...d=1323010&f=26)

I wasn't quite ready for a full blown road bike, but I like the speed and ride dynamics of my little lady

But, I will be putting drop handlebars on it next year when I get more into the racing.
Looks nice. I remember I considered buying a hybrid when I first got into riding again. But once I rode a road bike, I was sold.
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Originally Posted by bikingMILF
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just wait a second, biking MILF?. You came in late for the thread, but you're required to post pics of your legs - calves and thighs, including measurements.
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Alright so you guys have some good points. I think I'll hold off on the drop handlebars for a while.

I put some bar ends on and of course I put on the pedal clips, no falls yet.

I'm still trying to get back in shape, I did 17 miles yesterday on the local roads. Got a nice little sunburn too... yay

Now here's something I've read up on but I don't know what I did wrong, but left index finger is still a little numb from the ride.

I already wear gloves but I think I need to adjust my hand positions more.

Anyways, thanks for the warm welcome everyone!
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likwid:

I bought a sequoia elite (roadbike) to get into biking for two reasons:

* Hand positions. A roadbar gave me 3 and I use them all. I also get three different back positions as a result.
* I wanted good drivetrain, and 105's seemed the entry to the good stuff.

I added a stem riser and a kickstand to it (and am now persona-non-grata at my LBS ).

The only remaining problem is the tires are a bit stiff for my weight and riding conditions. I'm going to try to get 30's under it..

So why do mention this? Because I think road bars make a huge improvement in comfort and are worth the money just for that. The problem is I don't think (but don't know) you can practically get brifters on mtn bike derailers. Which is why I started w/a road bike and "downgraded" it. But if you could I'd suggest that alone would cure the hand comfort issue.

oh yes, what air pressure in the front tire? I note a tad lower air pressure seems to soften the feel, and that might help too.
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Ride lots. The rest is just detail.

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My fiancee just got the 7.3 FX and she loves it, it's a great bike, you'll love it too! Congrats!
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