Trek 2007 - 4300 ok for commuting?



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Simon Brooke

Guest
in message <[email protected]>,
spindrift ('[email protected]') wrote:

> The bike gets delivered in one week to allow time for the accessories:
>
> http://www.wheelies.co.uk/bikesNew/bikeDetail.asp?ID=2323&supplier=TREK
>
> Fitted with Crudcatchers, Cateye top of the range lights, Schwalbe
> Marathons,
> gel saddle, lock, toe clips, Tyre flies, computer, bell, and Airzound
> Mark 3.
>
> Replaces the Trek 4400 which was stolen by somebody who I hope dies in
> a freak
> gardening accident.


If you've already bought it, it's a bit late to ask. Slick tyres will
improve it a lot, but wouldn't it have been better to get a bike which was
designed for use on the road?

--
[email protected] (Simon Brooke) http://www.jasmine.org.uk/~simon/

-- mens vacua in medio vacuo --
 
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Marz

Guest
On Jan 25, 4:21 am, "spindrift" <[email protected]> wrote:
> The bike gets delivered in one week to allow time for the accessories:
>
> http://www.wheelies.co.uk/bikesNew/bikeDetail.asp?ID=2323&supplier=TREK
>
> Fitted with Crudcatchers, Cateye top of the range lights, Schwalbe
> Marathons,
> gel saddle, lock, toe clips, Tyre flies, computer, bell, and Airzound
> Mark 3.
>
> Replaces the Trek 4400 which was stolen by somebody who I hope dies in
> a freak
> gardening accident.


Dump the crudcatchers and get some real mud guards.
Wow Cateye triple shot pros cost almost as much as the 4400.
Bell and Airzound, nervous rider are we?
Hang on, with bell, airzound, computer and lights on the bars, where do
your hands go?
And toe clips, sheesh.
I'm guessing your commute isn't very far and there's somewhere secure
to lock the bike up.

God I'm feeling bitchy this morning.

Tyres aren't a bad choice though.
 
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spindrift

Guest
On 25 Jan, 11:49, "Marz" <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Jan 25, 4:21 am, "spindrift" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> > The bike gets delivered in one week to allow time for the accessories:

>
> >http://www.wheelies.co.uk/bikesNew/bikeDetail.asp?ID=2323&supplier=TREK

>
> > Fitted with Crudcatchers, Cateye top of the range lights, Schwalbe
> > Marathons,
> > gel saddle, lock, toe clips, Tyre flies, computer, bell, and Airzound
> > Mark 3.

>
> > Replaces the Trek 4400 which was stolen by somebody who I hope dies in
> > a freak
> > gardening accident.Dump the crudcatchers and get some real mud guards.

> Wow Cateye triple shot pros cost almost as much as the 4400.
> Bell and Airzound, nervous rider are we?
> Hang on, with bell, airzound, computer and lights on the bars, where do
> your hands go?
> And toe clips, sheesh.
> I'm guessing your commute isn't very far and there's somewhere secure
> to lock the bike up.
>
> God I'm feeling bitchy this morning.
>




> Tyres aren't a bad choice though.




I do seven miles each way, bike sheds are secure at work.

I need the bell for the towpath and the Airzound for muppet City
drivers.

I like crudcatchers, they're good for cathching spray off the rear of
the front wheel.
 
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Simon

Guest
On 25 Jan 2007 00:21:16 -0800, "spindrift" <[email protected]> wrote:

>The bike gets delivered in one week to allow time for the accessories:
>
>http://www.wheelies.co.uk/bikesNew/bikeDetail.asp?ID=2323&supplier=TREK
>
>Fitted with Crudcatchers, Cateye top of the range lights, Schwalbe
>Marathons,
>gel saddle, lock, toe clips, Tyre flies, computer, bell, and Airzound
>Mark 3.
>
>Replaces the Trek 4400 which was stolen by somebody who I hope dies in
>a freak
>gardening accident.


Ignore the smartarses and their silly, smug, comments. It's a problem with this
group.

e.g. Bell and airzound is very sensible. Car drivers can't hear a bell and you
don't (I hope) want to frighten the life out of every ped whom you wish to make
aware of your presence.

It looks like a very nice bike and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It will make a
perfectly good commuter and you can use it on rougher surfaces than you could a
pure road bike should you want to, from time to time.

BTW, I use crud catchers and find them perfectly good for my needs. I don't
doubt I'll get a load of sarcy comments from the know it alls who don't know my
setup and needs, but there you go.
 
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Marz

Guest
On Jan 25, 8:16 am, "spindrift" <[email protected]> wrote:
> On 25 Jan, 11:49, "Marz" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> > On Jan 25, 4:21 am, "spindrift" <[email protected]> wrote:

>
> > > The bike gets delivered in one week to allow time for the accessories:

>
> > >http://www.wheelies.co.uk/bikesNew/bikeDetail.asp?ID=2323&supplier=TREK

>
> > > Fitted with Crudcatchers, Cateye top of the range lights, Schwalbe
> > > Marathons,
> > > gel saddle, lock, toe clips, Tyre flies, computer, bell, and Airzound
> > > Mark 3.

>
> > > Replaces the Trek 4400 which was stolen by somebody who I hope dies in
> > > a freak
> > > gardening accident.Dump the crudcatchers and get some real mud guards.

> > Wow Cateye triple shot pros cost almost as much as the 4400.
> > Bell and Airzound, nervous rider are we?
> > Hang on, with bell, airzound, computer and lights on the bars, where do
> > your hands go?
> > And toe clips, sheesh.
> > I'm guessing your commute isn't very far and there's somewhere secure
> > to lock the bike up.

>
> > God I'm feeling bitchy this morning.

>
> > Tyres aren't a bad choice though.I do seven miles each way, bike sheds are secure at work.

>
> I need the bell for the towpath and the Airzound for muppet City
> drivers.
>
> I like crudcatchers, they're good for cathching spray off the rear of
> the front wheel.- Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text -



But crudcatchers won't do a great job of keeping road filth off you're
new frame, headset and bb. Especialy at this time of year if they salt
the roads.

Does an airzound work on muppets, do you sound it or hit them with it?
I've always thought a paintball guy, carried at the hip, would be a
great way of making drivers aware of your presence. A line of paint
splatters across the bonnet will wake them up.

Laters,

Marz
 
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Mark Eltham

Guest
Simon wrote:
> On 25 Jan 2007 00:21:16 -0800, "spindrift" <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>
>>The bike gets delivered in one week to allow time for the accessories:
>>
>>http://www.wheelies.co.uk/bikesNew/bikeDetail.asp?ID=2323&supplier=TREK
>>
>>Fitted with Crudcatchers, Cateye top of the range lights, Schwalbe
>>Marathons,
>>gel saddle, lock, toe clips, Tyre flies, computer, bell, and Airzound
>>Mark 3.
>>
>>Replaces the Trek 4400 which was stolen by somebody who I hope dies in
>>a freak
>>gardening accident.

>
>
> Ignore the smartarses and their silly, smug, comments. It's a problem with this
> group.
>
> e.g. Bell and airzound is very sensible. Car drivers can't hear a bell and you
> don't (I hope) want to frighten the life out of every ped whom you wish to make
> aware of your presence.
>
> It looks like a very nice bike and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It will make a
> perfectly good commuter and you can use it on rougher surfaces than you could a
> pure road bike should you want to, from time to time.
>
> BTW, I use crud catchers and find them perfectly good for my needs. I don't
> doubt I'll get a load of sarcy comments from the know it alls who don't know my
> setup and needs, but there you go.


Very well said, Simon.

Buying a new bike should be a fun and exciting experience and people
trying to spoil that by stupid nit-picking comments seems a bit low to me.

Have fun on your new bike, spindrift. I'm sure you've chosen wisely
knowing the particular circumstances in which you'll use the bike. Don't
let the KIA's bother you.

Now, back to the safety of lurksville for me.
 
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spindrift

Guest
On 25 Jan, 12:57, Mark Eltham <[email protected]> wrote:
> Simon wrote:
> > On 25 Jan 2007 00:21:16 -0800, "spindrift" <[email protected]> wrote:

>
> >>The bike gets delivered in one week to allow time for the accessories:

>
> >>http://www.wheelies.co.uk/bikesNew/bikeDetail.asp?ID=2323&supplier=TREK

>
> >>Fitted with Crudcatchers, Cateye top of the range lights, Schwalbe
> >>Marathons,
> >>gel saddle, lock, toe clips, Tyre flies, computer, bell, and Airzound
> >>Mark 3.

>
> >>Replaces the Trek 4400 which was stolen by somebody who I hope dies in
> >>a freak
> >>gardening accident.

>
> > Ignore the smartarses and their silly, smug, comments. It's a problem with this
> > group.

>
> > e.g. Bell and airzound is very sensible. Car drivers can't hear a bell and you
> > don't (I hope) want to frighten the life out of every ped whom you wish to make
> > aware of your presence.

>
> > It looks like a very nice bike and I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It will make a
> > perfectly good commuter and you can use it on rougher surfaces than you could a
> > pure road bike should you want to, from time to time.

>
> > BTW, I use crud catchers and find them perfectly good for my needs. I don't
> > doubt I'll get a load of sarcy comments from the know it alls who don't know my
> > setup and needs, but there you go.Very well said, Simon.

>
> Buying a new bike should be a fun and exciting experience and people
> trying to spoil that by stupid nit-picking comments seems a bit low to me.
>
> Have fun on your new bike, spindrift. I'm sure you've chosen wisely
> knowing the particular circumstances in which you'll use the bike. Don't
> let the KIA's bother you.
>
> Now, back to the safety of lurksville for me.- Hide quoted text -- Show quoted text -


Thanks.


Even in traffic the Airzound can provoke the wrong response. I'm glad
I've got it, but one time on the Hackney Road I used it when a driver
swerved across the lane to do a u turn without indicating and after I
blasted him he followed inches from the rear wheel leaning on the horn.
 
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bookieb

Guest
On Jan 25, 12:53 pm, "Marz" <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Jan 25, 8:16 am, "spindrift" <[email protected]> wrote:
>

<snip>
> > > > Dump the crudcatchers and get some real mud guards.

> > I like crudcatchers, they're good for cathching spray off the rear of
> > the front wheel.


Crud catchers are pretty good, and have the benefit of being impossible
to clog when offroad, but old fashioned mudguards are better at keeping
you and the bike clean. If you add an additional mudflap on the bottom
of the front one, it makes a huge difference to how clean/dry your
shoes and socks stay on a rainy day.

I can't see any muguard eyelets on the fork though, so fitting the
front one would be a bit of a bodge. If you can manage it though, they
are, IMHO a better bet for a commuter bike.

If you've any luggage to carry beyond your wallet and keys, I'd add a
read carrier and some luggage.

Other than that, nice bike. Enjoy!

bookieb
 
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Rob Morley

Guest
In article <[email protected]>,
spindrift
[email protected] says...
<snip>.
>
> I like crudcatchers, they're good for cathching spray off the rear of
> the front wheel.
>

Full mudguards with flaps are much better at keeping your transmission
clean.