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Classifieds / For sale 2008 Trek 520 complete touring bike w/ panniers
« on: August 19, 2009, 09:02:05 pm »
For sale 2008 Trek 520 touring bike, 23" & is black in color. I have only rode this bike twice for short rides around town. I have neck issues that is just not going to let me do the long hauls.. I am bummed! My loss is your gain, this bike is in like new condition with all the acc. It has upgraded shifters, Shimano Ultegra Flight Deck shifters, I added the upper brake system, Full set of Ortlieb Panniers. These are the fully water proof set, front & rear plus the handle bar bag with the devider & map holder. It has 3 water cages, Black burn air pump, full fenders, & a Incite 9i computer. I have over $2000.00 invested, need to pay for college, will take the first $1500.00. You can reach me at 563-299-3640 & if you would like pics I will have them available by Sat. if you want to send an email for me to send them to. Buyer is responsible for shipping, I will take it to the local bike store & have them pack it up properly.

Classifieds / selling Bob YAk trailer and a regualer bob trailer
« on: June 05, 2008, 09:17:12 pm »
Are these 2 diff. trailers and what is the diff. if they are.

General Discussion / Bike Forums qestions
« on: June 09, 2008, 03:08:12 pm »
I have been trying to get registered on Bike Forums web site and for some reason I can't get registered. Anyone know how to contact an administrater to get registered? Or perhaps someone who is allready registered could have an administator get in touch with me?

General Discussion / Favotire Bike tour
« on: June 06, 2008, 10:16:56 pm »
What has been your favorite route & why? I'm a nature lover, love the woods and some neat terrain. Working on my first long tour. I have been on Ragbri in IA 8 times and kind of board with it to some degree. Going to venture off to somewhere sooner or later. Would like to hear of some cool ideas.

General Discussion / Touring bike question
« on: June 09, 2008, 06:33:15 pm »
valygrl, what brand? modle rack and panniers do you use?

General Discussion / Touring bike question
« on: June 09, 2008, 06:06:46 pm »
vlygrl, I tried to get registered on bike forums web site but it gave me trouble. Are you registered on there and if so I wondered if you could have a moderator get in touch with me? I don't know what the problem was but it kept telling me it wouldn't except my password or something else. My email is
Thanks, John

General Discussion / Touring bike question
« on: June 09, 2008, 03:11:01 pm »
Well I have decided on the Trek 520. What if any modifications might a person consider & I want to know about differant handle bar sets to get me set up some?

General Discussion / Touring bike question
« on: June 06, 2008, 10:11:39 pm »
valygrl, thanks I had a feeling it had something to do with Surly. That forum site you suggested has a lot of good info., Thanks for the insight. Thats what makes a good forum people helping people. I'm going down to my local bike shop tomorrow to talk to them about a surly & I think I'm going to make some modifications to my 5ooo. I think I'm goin to add a diff head set to get the bars up a little to help straighten up my back & neck + maybe a seat post change. But I think for over the road I'm either going to go with the Surley LHT or the Trek 520 with a couple of mods. I don't think I want to pull a trailer 1 more thing to break down. Plus two wheels of resistance would be better then three I believe anyway.

General Discussion / Touring bike question
« on: June 05, 2008, 05:47:19 pm »
At the risk of sounding stupid, what's a Surly travlers check? Are we talking about travlers checks as in monitary value or something els? What time of the year would you make that ride, wouldn't that be masquito heaven? That would be an awsome ride though, very scenic route I bet. I'm an avide archer an love the outdoors thats kind of why I'm looking at running down the east coast. Have you ever been on a trip between Maine & Florida & how long is the trip your looking at next year?

General Discussion / Touring bike question
« on: June 04, 2008, 06:39:17 pm »
I had actually considered the trailer idea, I had a bob that I pulled on ragbri here in IA. The problem goes a little further however I have some issues with my neck & the 5000 lays down just a little to much for the long haul. I'm giving serious thought to the Surly long haul trucker. Anyone have any reservations about that bike? Also, where can a guy go to find nice used bikes for sale, or sale a nice bike?

General Discussion / Touring bike question
« on: June 01, 2008, 11:07:33 pm »
I'm brand new to this forum so please be nice. I have been riding for about ten years, and have decided that I'm going to plan a trip. Maine to Florida I think. I would like your thoughts on riding the Eastern side of the country versas the Western side. I currently have a Trek 5000 & am looking for a bike more suitable for this kind of travel. I will be camping 70% of thetime and hotels the rest. Also I'm not familiar with the use of Panniers some does & dont's on these would be helpful as well. I usually don't like to buy the cheapest but with todays economy cost is def. a concern. Thanks for helping out a grean horn!!

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