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New to board, seeking advice.(15 posts)

New to board, seeking advice.Willz
Feb 2, 2003 2:17 PM
Howdy. I am 49 and live in Iowa. I was on an 18 speed when I watched RAGBRAI come through my town in 19 and 74 (or so). I decided I wanted to ride it so in March, 2002, I bought me a Trek hybrid. The bike was heavy but worked for me fairly well until it was stolen on RAGBRAI in Charles City, Iowa (I left it leaning against the rail outside the police station while I went on a mission).

I got the insurance money and went and bought a Trek 2200.

I'm not nuts about it. It's light but I'm just not much for leaning over like you road-racing types. I like the flat bar of the hybrid better.

What do I do at this point? Switching the handle bars on the 2200 to a flat means major changes to the bike and will cost $300.00 plus. Should I sell it and perhaps go for one of those Cannondale Road Warrior bikes? They are heavy. I like the spring on the seat and front fork. The Cannondale has a lock system on the top of the stem to lock out the spring/shocks on the front fork.

Finally, does anyone have any recommendations for a stereo MP3 setup for my bike? Does anyone make such a portable gadget designed for a bike?

I seek your advice with complete comfort in mind and the knowledge that the brain trusts of this site will assist me, the 3rd cousin to Lloyd Christmas of Dumb and Dumber fame.
re: New to board, seeking advice.53T
Feb 2, 2003 2:57 PM
How did you get 18 speeds in '74? 3x6?

Anyway, a road Warrior is not exactly heavy. It's got to be pounds lighter than what you were riding in 74.

In genearal, the C'dale is built to be a hi-performing hybrid. The 2200 with swapped bars will be a klooge. You might get a discount on the bankrupt C'dale.

The posters here will yell at you for listening to music on the bike instead of paying attention to traffic. That said, take a look at Nike's shoulder-launched MP3 with FM receiver built in.
18 speedWillz
Feb 2, 2003 4:24 PM
I believe most road bikes were 18 speed then. If I recall, it would be a 2 X 9.

What is a "klooge?"

I don't wear headphones. The last ride I was on, I had a portable CD player (skips with bumps) and a couple of those small Sony portable speakers. I was just wondering about something smaller. I'll check out the Nike item.

Thanks much.
It's spelled kludge, but pronounced "kloodge"Kerry
Feb 2, 2003 6:46 PM
It means something that is forced to make work, but inelegant. Other terms might be jury rigged or cobbled together.

I'm sorry, but there were no 2x9 bikes in 1974! 6 speed was just coming out, and few bikes had it or were spaced for it. 8 speed was early 90s, and 9 speed was late 90s. You were NOT on a 2x9 in 1974.
Feb 2, 2003 8:35 PM
You see, living proof that, fortunately for other body parts that are more important to guys but won't be mentioned here because this is a family board, I think, the memory is the first thing to go.

I swear, it had to be an 18 speed. I think I'm right on this one. I'll do some research. I can't remember the brand, not a surprise, huh? I know this, some jerk swiped it. (Read my lead-off post about my Trek being stolen on RAGBRAI last summer).
Willz - You're right - memory is shot - No 9 speed in '74! (nm)deHonc
Feb 2, 2003 9:32 PM
Willz - You're right - memory is shot - No 9 speed in '74! (nm)Willz
Feb 3, 2003 5:11 PM
I don't know what you are talking about, I don't remember asking anything about this stuff!
What are you smoking???Rusty McNasty
Feb 3, 2003 4:46 AM
A 9-gear cluster in 1974??? Hooo, that's a good one!!!
What are you smoking???Willz
Feb 3, 2003 5:12 PM
I'm gonna take the 4th on that, or is it the 5th? Whatever it is, I'll take it.
Give it time...hycobob
Feb 2, 2003 3:02 PM
You have the flats and hoods to keep from leaning over too far for comfort. I would keep your bike as is for now and give yourself time to get aclamated to the different geometry. Maybe change to a new riser stem. Try out the drops sometime (like into a headwind) and you may find they aren't so bad.

I would be wary of buying anything with a headshock right now with Cannondale's unsurity. If you are set on front shocks, check out the Rock Shox "Rudy" fork. I think they were designed with cyclo-cross in mind originally. I'm not big on seatpost shocks, but they're out there and its your comfort that counts...not mine.

Lastly, I would stay away from headphones while on organized rides...its safer for everyone that way. On every ride it seems someone pulls left in front of a passing paceline from listening to music with them on. If you want to listen to music, try a setup that can be put into a touring handlebar bag.
Thank you.Willz
Feb 2, 2003 4:27 PM
I will go with what you reco here.

I don't wear headphones. I have a couple of small Sony speakers with a CD player that jumps on bumps. Was thinking of super small speakers that mount on the handlebars.

Thank you.
search for 'randonneur' type drop bars, higher position. nmSpunout
Feb 3, 2003 4:19 AM
re: New to board, seeking advice.Trent in WA
Feb 2, 2003 4:30 PM

You don't say what your riding position is on the Trek, but I suspect that, if it's anything like most off-the-rack road bikes, your handlebars are a couple of inches lower than the saddle. If that's the case, take it back to the shop where you got it to see if they'll swap out your stem to move the bars closer to saddle height. If that doesn't quite get it, you could get something like a steerer extension or stem raiser to bring your bars up still more. Also, the handlebars themselves might be wider or deeper than you're comfortable with.

Bottom line is, you can do a lot to make the 2200 more comfortable without switching over to flat bars. The stem substitution would be free or cheap, the stem raiser would be around $25, and new bars could be anywhere from $20-$50 unless you get really fancy.

Hope this helps,
re: New to board, seeking advice.al0
Feb 3, 2003 12:34 AM
Take a closer look on Specialized Sirrus bikes. They are hybrid with flatbars. And their low-end models have very good reviews on this site. As for me Sirrus A1 2002 is the best of them (better than 2003 year models).
re: New to board, seeking advice.Willz
Feb 3, 2003 5:17 PM