Trek Women
June 11, 2008

Help me Trek Shop Girl...

I'm still extremely irked about my stolen wheel. Now what do I do? Will a new one fit? I'll tell you it's put a real damper on my bike commuting because clipping in and out of my road bike pedals to go 2 miles, stopping every couple of blocks for a traffic light is a real pain; and hauling Shady up and down the stairs is a pain too.

Hey Trek Shop Girl (aka Chris)! What's your advice? I don't know whether to replace the wheel (if I can) or get a new/used bike to commute on. Aggh.

P.S. Had a meeting in Sheperdstown, WV at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Conservation Training Center yesterday. Way cool place -- all eco-friendly design. It's not far from Antietam National Battlefield so I took a drive over to check it out. Here are some photos. Next time, I'll bring a bike. The rolling hills would be a lot of fun to ride.


Do any of you girls own/ride a Trek Madone 5.2 ? I am looking at buying a 2007 54 cm, am 5'6 and can't find ay reviews from women on this bike, altho' the guys' reviews are raves.....
Please answer asap to my email.....
I think this might be a good deal.

Posted by: Leslie Brown | Jun 13, 2008 12:59:17 AM

Hi Leslie,
Did you ask Susan our fellow Trek chick? I think I can probably answer for both of us that a Madone is sweet to ride. I always feel like I'm floating above the ground whenever I get the chance to ride one. The bike moves with you instead of you moving the bike - if that makes any sense.

My only concern is that a 54cm frame might be too big for your height. I would suggest getting measured at a Trek dealer before you buy. Is it a WSD Madone for women?

I'm not techie; but there is a noticeable difference between riding a men's Madone and a women's. All WSDs are built for our anatomy to ease stress on our lower back, neck and shoulders. The Madone also has a race-type positioning, less upright. So combining a too big frame with a men's Madone geometry and your good deal could be a wretched ride for you over the long haul.

So those are my 2 cents - Madones are awesome, swesome, awesome; but you're not doing yourself any favors if the bike doesn't fit you.

Hope this helps!!!

Posted by: Laura | Jun 13, 2008 8:44:54 AM

I'd replace the wheel. The bike is your friend :) New commuters attract the bad guys with their newness, too :(

Posted by: Sue | Jun 13, 2008 11:31:44 AM

Hi Laura,

Regarding your comment "clipping in and out of my road bike pedals to go 2 miles," I suggest that you check out Power Grips. No clipping needed, and they cost under $25. I've used them for about 10 years on my main road bike. They're great for commuting.

They are probably used more on mountain bikes since many people ride clipless pedals on their road bikes, but Power Grips do work well on any bike. They give you the benefits of clipless, and are much better than traditional clips and straps. They work with most pedals.

Here's their site:

I'd do a quick Google search and read reviews and so forth. You can order them online or some bike shops stock them.

Good luck, happy riding!
-Dave from Kentucky

Posted by: Dave H. | Sep 13, 2008 1:53:53 PM

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