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Old 08-04-13, 11:47 PM
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trek 520

Today I decided on the bike I am going to get to tour I do have a few questions from others who have this bike or know much about it. My first question is what modifications did u do to the bike? I would like to change the break lever post ion or add a second set due to the post ion of them on the bars? How well are the wheels made? Any other advise would be great
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You didn't quite explain what you're talking about with the brake levers. Are you planning on keeping the stock handle bars and just don't like the position of the stock brake levers? What don't you like about them? You need more details.
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i have not use handle bars on a road bike and am wondering if there is a way to add an aditinal set of breaks for if i am sitting more upright. or do u get used to the handle bars eventally.
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Originally Posted by newridenewme
i have not use handle bars on a road bike and am wondering if there is a way to add an aditinal set of breaks for if i am sitting more upright. or do u get used to the handle bars eventally.
Look at interrupter brake levers that CX riders primarily use. An example can be found here: https://sheldonbrown.com/harris/brake-levers-drop.html

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Old 08-05-13, 08:42 AM
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You get used to the road bar position. Give it a chance, it is MUCH better than flat bars, once you get used to it.
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I bought my Trek 520 in 2005 and made some changes before it ever left the bike shop. First and most importantly I switched out the Trek standard crankset. I can't remember the exact set-up but it was not designed for touring in mountains. I believe the present set-up is a little more climbing friendly but I would still switch. I put in a 44-32-22 crankset that has worked very well for me. I see that you live in BC. If you plan to go east, and plan to go with panniers and camping gear, get the most friendly climbing gearing available. I also switched out the drop bars and replaced them with a straight bar. This was a personal preference. I had spent most of my cycling time on mountain bikes and found the straight bar and brake levers much more comfortable. I toured for over 10 000km before I suffered any of the tingling fingertips many had warned me about. When I changed my saddle alignment that disappeared. I also had them change out the Trek rear rack and put in a Blackburn Expedition rack which I have now replaced with Tubus racks. The Bontrager rims were OK, I still have the front one, but I had to replace the rear rim after about 5000km. I don't know enough about Trek tires on the present bikes but I had them switch mine to more touring friendly tires. The original tires were better suited to commuting.

The switches cost me a little over $100C.

I rode with the original Trek saddle for some time without many problems but switched to a Brooks saddle before my tour down the coast. It felt better almost immediately. If you are planning to tour a fair amount on this bike I would also suggest Tubus racks and Orlieb panniers. I went with the Blackburn rear rack, a MEC front rack and MEC panniers to begin with but it is amazing how much better the Tubus and Ortlieb set-up works.
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Take all the breaks you want, put your feet up and have a drink too. .


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top mount brake lever https://www.treefortbikes.com/product...unt-Cross.html..

Expect you may need to get a bike shop mechanic to help install them.

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On my Trek 520, I lowed the gearing and replaced the left bar end with a down tube shifter; in the bar end spot, I installed a Mirracycle man rear view mirror. Swapped the brake pads for kook stop salmon, also installed a brooks saddlesaddle
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thanks all for your feedback it definitly helps me to make some decisions.
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If you get the interrupter brake levers, consider first if you will also get a handlebar bag. The mounting of each can interfere with each other unless you install both at the same time. Since the brake levers require that you cut the cable outer housing, you want to make sure that you install them in the right place the first time.
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