Here is my first real road bike!
Ok. Looking back a couple years, the last thing I thought I would be is a roadie. However, if I was ever going to ride a bike in a triathlon or a bike race such as a century, my mountain bike would very inefficient. Plus it would put more wear and tear on my knobby tires riding it around on pavement. So, I looked around for a good deal on a road bike.
Again, I didn’t want a bike that was super expensive, but I also didn’t want a discount store bike. I have found that those disenegrate fairly easy. Whenever I get around to writing a report for my Wal-Mart bike, you’ll understand, plus discount store bikes simply cannot be upgraded. The bad news is that road bikes are generally more expensive than their mountain counterparts. So this posed a problem. Enter Golden Bear Bikes. I walked in and Mike (the store owner) gladly showed me the good deals he had on some previous year models. I instantly fell in love with a little red bike that was a 2002 Trek 2000. I put it on layaway and began making payments on it. A month later in July of ’03, it was mine.
Here is a picture of my bike.
When it comes to road bikes, you can get many different frames. Steel, Titanium, Carbon and Aluminum are probably the most common with each having their own set of advantages and disadvantages. I went with Aluminum. They say it’s stiff for riding, but that makes for good acceleration. However, the part that I was most concerned about was that it was light and cheap. While Titanium and Carbon probably provide the best ride, they are also the most expensive, which in my case was the deciding factor.
Frameset and Controls:
Frame: Alpha SL Aluminum. Super Light aluminum. Double-butted, seamless drawn round tubing. Custom butted 1-1/8″ head tube. Stiff powerful elliptical chainstays. Cold forged replaceable derailleur hanger. Trek Pro geometry. Handmade from the ground up in the Waterloo, Wisconsin. 2.85 lb.
Color: Candy Red
Headset: STR w/ steerer to 1 1/8″ head tube adapter
Handlebar: Ritchey Pro Biomax w/ ergo bend
Profile Design, reversible, 10.5deg 100mm Ritchey 26mm clamp, reversible, 8deg, 80mm
Shimano Generic Shimano Ultegra BR-6600, dual-pivot
Fork: OCLV Carbon Classic w/Cro-Moly steerer
Shift Levers: Shimano 105 STI
Shimano 105 GS Ultegra RD-6500-GS
Crankset: Shimano 105 52/42/30 FC-6503
Shimano HG-50 12-25, 9spd Ultegra CS-6500 12-25, 9spd
Shimano Tiagra Shimano Ultegra FD-6500
Welded, machined sidewall, Matrix Aurora rims Mavic Open Pro
Shimano Tiagra Ultegra HB-6600 quick release, 36h hubs; 14G stainless spokes
IRC Red Storm tires Continental Ultra Gator Skins 700c x 25mm
Shimano SPD M515 clipless pedals. Ultegra PD-6700 SPD-SL
Selle Italia Flite Genuine Gel Titanium. Cobb V-Flow Plus 280mm x 130mm
Post: Alloy micro-adjust seatpost.
Computer: Vetta RT77 computer with cadence Garmin Edge 500 w/ speed and cadence
Add-ons: I’ve added two water bottle holders and a little pack under the saddle.
Again, this bike may be a little bigger than ideal, but I got a great deal on it. The fit isn’t that bad, as I initially replaced the stem with a shorter one, but then returned it and put back on a 100mm stem and moved the seat forward a little. This bike can move! In fact, my only “complaint” is that it goes faster than I feel comfortable downhill! Hehe. Right now (2003) my record coming down NCAR is 48mph. I would sure hate to hit a pothole and have a tire blowout at that speed! I replaced the standard saddle that Trek puts on their aluminum models with the Flite and I absolutely love it. Another component that I replaced was the handlebar. I slapped on a Ritchey Pro Biomax and now my hands love me! It’s extremely comfortable.
Update 2012: As you can see, while I am still riding this bike, I have replaced just about everything on this bike at least once. It is a great training bike and I enjoy the value it has given me over the years.