I've been riding my 560 getting ready to send the 5200 in for a tune up. I got 50 ft up a hill and slipped the chain from the middle ring. It wouldn't go back on I could only ride in the 30 ring. So, the 560 is in the shop and I'll be perking up the 5200 tomorrow for a ride Thursday. The slipped chain was interesting. I was a weeble. You know, weebles wobble but they don't fall down. I almost kissed the handlebar and almost dropped off the pavement. Whew!
LOL, yeah, and for me, it was the big birthday present to self, and I had starting looking in the spring and waited until my birthday in July. By then, there wasn't a 5200 in the country that we could find in my size! So I ended up ordering the 5.2, and my LBS helped with the price...
I know the frame was different. I just couldn't resist the comment. I saved 3 years for the 5200 and got it just in time. Actually, I was saving for a custom, but decided to go carbon and see what it was like. Maybe one day I'll get a custom, but it'll probably take longer to save for it than I have left to live.
Ken, actually, the frame of the 5.2 Madone (the "replacement" model) is different than the 5200. It is more aerodynamically designed. And yes, they did jack up the price! But my LBS helped me out, because they knew how long I'd been looking for the 5200 in my size.
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Well, thank you for the welcome. A few notes in reply: I don't think they stopped making the 5200, they just renamed it and kicked up the price. I also have a "Postie bike" but I don't plan on hanging it as art. The great thing about such a bike is you keep replacing and upgrading parts. You should be able to ride the 5200 forever, depending on how long carbon lasts. I'll bet its longer than aluminum. I picked up my 560 in 1991. I've replaced the rear hub assembly twice (not including the wheel), the shifters (and brakes) 5 times (wore out 3), went to a triple ring set, a 7 gear cog set, crushed the criterium bars in a crash (and dented the top tube), I've wore out two sets of wheels, lots of spokes and tires. Yeah, I once heard someone say, you pay the money for a good bike and your spending is done. I'd hate to figure out how much I've put into the 560, but I love that bike. It's more than just a ride.
I also have a 520, an 820 and a T100. Unfortunately, just after buying the tandem, my wife's ankle started to collapse. She had her foot rebuild last year and I can't wait until she can ride again. I think we'll be trying when the weather turns better.
Riding is great and I don't know what I'd do if I couldn't. Before my knee replacement I was thinking I could have my lower leg amputated and get an athletic prosthesis so I could still ride. This was on days when the pain was terrific. It was done in November so I could be ready to ride in spring. Unfortunately, I would up with major stomach surgery in May. But I still mad a tour in July. I just didn't ride more than about 20 miles a day.
I think we have chatted on other threads. I also have a Trek 5200 that I love and am planning on using forever. I have decided if I do end up with another bike and not riding the 5200 that I am going to hang it as art in my living room. It is a US Postal replica and I love it.
current weight: 199.0
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I just found this team and it looks interesting. I've been riding for almost 18 years now. This was a surprise to me, along with I'm 61 now. There were other self-revelations, but I don't want to face them. The best one is I've been riding 18 years.
During that time I've collected 5 bikes, all Trek. I still have my first "real" bike, a Trek 560, but it's completely upgraded. The only original part is the frame. My latest and most likely last bike is a 5200, which I love to ride (the 560 is next).
My attitude to riding is it keeps me out of trouble. I love endorfins and if it weren't for riding I be in some alley trying to buy them.
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