Stuntman And Lover Of Cheese

by Dan Bostonweeks

New Bike: Trek 5200

A couple of weeks ago I went to a bike shop and got fit for a new bike. Since I bent Keeth’s loaner in my href=“http://danimal.org/SenorTaco/2005/12/07”>crash I needed a new one so I could keep riding. I was planning on getting a new bike in 2006 anyway so I just had to move that up a little bit. It turns out a 54cm bike is the right size frame for me (yeah, I’ve got short legs). I rode a couple of bikes before it started to rain and they just felt right. I then went home and listed on Craigslist was a href=“http://www.trekbikes.com/bikes/2002/road/5200.html”>2002 Trek 5200 at 54cm. The 5200 is an all carbon fiber frame and it’s the same model used by the USPS team (now Team Discovery) in the 2002 Tour de France.  

src=“/SenorTaco/images/trek5200.jpg” />I made arrangements with the seller and went out to Alameda to test ride the bike. After going about ten blocks I was in love with the bike so I bought it. I got it for a steal so I’m happy. It needs a little work as it sat for over a year, but that’s to be expected. I’ll replace the tires and probably swap out the stem and seat post (both need to be a little longer) and get some new pedals. Even without those changes my ride on Saturday was excellent. I can’t wait to fully dial in everything and get back to training.