I figured I’d kick off a little series on the bikes I ride with the first new road bike I’ve owned. I got the Trek for my 16th birthday, back in 2002. I had been eyeing it for awhile in the local bike shop (I think it used to be Tommy’s in Torrington. They’re not around anymore). One day I asked my mom to bring me to the shop, and I went upstairs to look at the bikes, only to find out they had sold the 50cm white/blue one.
I was a little downtrodden, since I new my birthday was coming up, and I was lobbying like crazy for a new bike. When I went back downstairs I saw it hanging up, with a sold tag on it. One of the guys from the shop was there talking to my mom, and that’s when they told me, hey, it’s yours!
I’ve put a lot of miles on that bike since then. Many many training rides and charity rides. I did my first Livestrong Challenge on it. It stayed pretty stock until the winter before last, when I did a number of upgrades.
Here’s the current component list:
- Crankset: Shimano Sora triple 170mm
- Cassette: Shimano 8speed
- Rear Derailleur: Sora
- Front Derailleur: Sora
- Shifters: Sora
- Brakes: Sora
- Wheels: Forte Titan
- Fork: carbon
- Seat: Bontrager
Mostly stock, but I did add new wheels, new fork and replaces the headset and seat. I’ve had low end aerobars on and off, but I haven’t actually ridden them. I found I never got comfortable with them, so my next set will be adjustable.
I don’t ride this bike much anymore, if only as a commuting backup. There’s not really any room for fenders, and it’s an all aluminum frame (minus the fork) so it’s kinda relegated to be a bad weather training bike. Some upgrades I want to eventually do to it is the gruppo…after riding Ultegra on the new bike, Sora isn’t cutting it. Above all I’d like to ditch the 170mm cranks that have caused me so many knee issues, and maybe the triple chain rings as well.
Finally, here are some photos of the bike throughout the years: