First Road Bike - 2022 Trek Domane SLR 7 - Need Advice.



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Hi All,

First and foremost I am excited to join this forum as I have been looking for a reputable forum. I look forward to being able to get answers to my noob questions as well and giving back to a community.

I am picking up my first road bike a 2022 Trek Domane SLR 7. The frame has less than 50 miles on it and will come with custom Carbon wheels weighing in at 1350g total.

I usually mountain bike, specifically downhill so not much cardio endurance needed. What I am hoping for with road biking is to increase my endurance and stamina. Also to get more ride time in since I can just take it out of my garage and go.

1. Do you all think a 2022 Trek Domane SLR 7?
2. What are your thoughts on Dura Ace clippless pedals?
3. What are you thoughts on Shimano S-Phyre RC9 shoes?
4. What clothes are the best to ride in? I am not fond of her spandex, etc...

I seem to mostly get really into a sport and then drop it. Do you have any advice how I can ease into it the hobby/sport to really enjoy it long term. Thanks in advance for reading my post and giving your feedback.
 
4. What clothes are the best to ride in? I am not fond of her spandex, etc...

Then don't wear HER spandex! Get your own!:p

The only thing I care about ride clothes is I get sufficient cooling and doesn't look embarrassing when it's soaking wet in sweat. That said, I'm quite fond of wearing loose-fitting quick dry long sleeved shirt and 6-pocket cotton shorts. I wear such clothes even on long rides.

But if you're using standard road saddle, you really have to wear padded cycling bibs. That spandex....yeah! I use non-standard wide, commuter saddle on my gravel bike. It's comfortable with whatever shorts you wear that why I can wear any shorts even on long rides.
 
LOLOL I was a little tired. I feel like I meant to write tight spandex.

Thanks for the feedback, yea I am leaning towards maybe having some padded underwear and some breathable shorts on top.
 
LOLOL I was a little tired. I feel like I meant to write tight spandex.

Thanks for the feedback, yea I am leaning towards maybe having some padded underwear and some breathable shorts on top.

Lol, got it! Yeah you need something padded for those stock saddles. *Breathable* shorts is optional. Breathable shirt/jersey is mandatory.

I honestly can't tell the difference between breathable lose shorts vs cotton 6 pocket shorts. Anyway, that's from personal experience, and I often do long rides in blistering temperatures of +100F. If anyone needs the most breathable clothes, that's me. But I found whatever shorts you wear seem to have negligible effect on cooling

Do you have any advice how I can ease into it the hobby/sport to really enjoy it long term. Thanks in advance for reading my post and giving your feedback.

I forgot to comment on this. How to keep doing the sport for the long term? You need to also have a long-term or lifelong goal with the sport. For me it's simply keeping myself physically fit until the day I die and cycling helps me achieve that.

But of all sports, why road cycling? To me it's a matter of convenience and the adventure of going many miles from pt. A to pt. B under your own power. I realize you can achieve the same goals with running. True. But cycling can get you farther, faster, and you're less likely to be chased by dogs and running just looks a lot more awkward than cycling. Yet, I also run to keep my bones strong but I don't enjoy it as much as cycling and probably because my running gear sucks totally.

That is something you need to know about road cycling by its nature of low resistance and low impact exercise - it can actually cause your bones to lose density and strength over time. Adding running to your weekly schedule even if just for short distances may help avoid weakening of bones.
 
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Hey there! Shoes are indeed an integral part of our lives, especially for us cyclists. When it comes to cycling shoes, the technical details matter a lot. A subpar shoe can ruin the whole experience. It's important to look for features like stiff soles for efficient power transfer and secure closures for a snug fit. Let's dive deeper into the technical aspects of cycling shoes! ‍♀️
 
It's drshim important to look for features like stiff soles for efficient power transfer and secure closures for a snug fit. Let's dive deeper into the technical aspects of cycling shoes!
That is something you need to know about road cycling by its nature of low resistance and low impact exercise - it can actually cause your bones to lose density and strength over time. Adding running to your weekly schedule even if just for short distances may help avoid weakening of bones.
 
Ah, the fine art of cycling shoes! ‍♂️ Not only should they provide a snug fit and efficient power transfer, but they must also cater to the unique demands of various cycling disciplines. ‍♂️

And let's not forget about our bones! While cycling is a fantastic low-impact exercise, it may lead to bone density loss over time. ⚰️ To counteract this, incorporating running or other high-impact activities into your routine can keep your bones strong and healthy.

Now, let's put on our thinking helmets and ponder the future of cycling technology. Will we see shoes with built-in suspension systems? Or perhaps smart shoes that adapt to the terrain and rider's pedaling style? Only time will tell! ⏳
 

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