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OK, did it..... I got me a new bike!!!!(11 posts)

OK, did it..... I got me a new bike!!!!rory1
Jun 26, 2003 9:27 AM
Thanks to lots of research and some questions posted in this forum, I went yesterday and purchased a new (and first) roadbike.....

Little History: I'm now 41 years old, I have been a fairly active mountain biker since 2000 (heck, when you live in denver...) My MTB is a 2000 Gary Fisher Sugar 3 - a really nice ride - and I have put 1800 or so miles on it - mostly MTB rides (shorter at 15 - 20 miles a pop) and not as frequent as I'd like, but hey, you do what you can do.

Recently I have been riding my MTB in town too (for extra training) along with mountain miles. Well, started catching the road bug - primarily after being passed by sooooo many roadbikers that I figured something was 'there' that I needed to pursue.....

Anyway - I am now the proud owner of a 2003 Trek 2300, I waffled on the 5200 and the 2300 and I *DO* understand the differences and whatnot.

Anyway, I went to Bicycle Village in the denver area (Aurora) and was fit by Jerry. I explained my background and whatnot and he helped me a ton (after several visits) with questions, position, proper way to "do things" on a roadbike that is different than a MTB.....

So a plug, you need help, see Jerry at Bicycle village in Aurora -

Anyway - Jerry got me fit (took a while looking at me, measuring, etc etc) and we got to the point to ride the bike. Bicycle Village has a "rule" that you get 5 - 10 minutes on the bike to see if you like it - riding in their parking lot or one in the back. I asked Jerry if there was another place to go - with hills and flats - he said yeah, told me how to get on a MUT and go from there.... Jerry said to just go ride, however long I needed, put the bike through it's paces, etc.....

Well, first 'real' roadbike, first 'real' roadbike ride.... all I can say is 'wow'..... The bike simply *JUMPS* on the hills, when I stand on the pedals, it just goes..... I noticed myself wanting to scoot back in the saddle some and it didn't 'feel' just right, rode it back to the shop (40 minutes later) talked to Jerry about it, he scooched the saddle back a CM and off again I went.

The Trek 2300 is an Aluminum bike, but they put some zirchonium alloy in the frame, and it has a carbon fork, and everything I heard about being 'beat up' by the bike just wasn't there. sure I had ridden it in the parking lot on a previous weekend, but on a 'real' ride, it felt to me like 'buttah'......

My form, well sucks because of roadbike ignorance, but that will come with time in the saddle. And I won't do any riding this weekend because I will be doing the Fat Tire Classic in winter park on my MTB. *BUT* I am definitely looking forward to putting miles on this dude(ette?)....

No I don't have pics, but it is a 'stock' bike and all the poop can be found here:

Thanks for all the input you folks provided me while making this decision. This bike fits me well, feels great, and I couldn't be more happy......

What beauty! Enjoy...and see you on the road....nmt0adman
Jun 26, 2003 9:30 AM
re: OK, did it..... I got me a new bike!!!!03Vortex
Jun 26, 2003 9:30 AM
Congrats. Exact opposite of you in that my MTB kind of collects dust.
Dis can't be right.Dr Lizardo
Jun 26, 2003 9:47 AM
Trek has made a bicycle dat is bella.


more power to him
The 2300 is a good bikeMR_GRUMPY
Jun 26, 2003 9:53 AM
Some may not think much of it, because it's a Trek, or because it's made out of Aluminum, but just think of all the money you saved, and what you can do with it. (Both the bike and the money)
With the $$ savings.....rory1
Jun 26, 2003 9:59 AM
My wife just swung by the bike shop and bought herself some other cycling duds - ones that she has had her eye on for a bit.....

I'm happy WHENEVER momma's happy!


(oh, and she did ask me that if in a couple of years if I think I 'need' the 5200, if the 2300 would fit her..... I said we'd talk about it if that time ever came up....)
good choiceSteve_0
Jun 26, 2003 10:00 AM
Agree - good choiceTNSquared
Jun 26, 2003 10:32 AM
'course I'm a little biased as I purchased the exact same bike!

I went through the same decision process, and I worried that I might regret not springing for the 5200. After six months on the 2300, I can happily report that is not the case. I am completely happy with the 2300. The only thing I have changed from the stock set-up is the saddle.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure I would have been very happy on the 5200 as well, but for now I know I made the right choice for me. I can always look at a carbon bike down the road if the circumstances are right.

Enjoy your new ride!!
re: OK, did it..... I got me a new bike!!!!geeker
Jun 26, 2003 10:45 AM
Congrats! I test rode a 2300 last summer and loved it. I decided to stick with just my one (cyclocross) bike, which I'm still riding, for financial reasons (sudden stock mkt collapse helped the decision along). Funny thing is, the CX bike is steel, so I fully expected to hate the "harsh aluminum" 2300, but it really impressed.
Nice bike!Leroy
Jun 26, 2003 4:14 PM
Amazing what they can do with aluminum these days. Another satisfied customer debunks the "harsh aluminum" myth propagated on these boards. A guy I rode along with a while back was on a 2300 and it was really good looking. Enjoy the ride!
excellent !dotkaye
Jun 27, 2003 10:26 AM
I have a 2500 from 1999, alu frame, from the years when the Trek alu frames were supposed to be really harsh. With 23mm tires at 100psi and ti-rail saddle, I don't notice any 'harshness', but the bike feels way stiffer and faster than any of the retro steel frames I usually ride. I like it a lot. Enjoy the 2300, it's a fine ride..