Trek 2000 WSD
Trek 2000 WSD (and Stephen's Trek 1400)
After having a heavy old steel MTB, and getting back into cycling using that machine, I was finally convinced in September 2004 to purchase a proper "road" bike. I was sceptical about the thin tyres, what seemed to be a very hard saddle and dropped handlebars, but I need not have been - I took to it like a duck to water.
It made a massive difference to my riding almost straight away - it was much lighter than anything I'd ridden before, and I found I could get up hills in a much higher gear, meaning that Stephen had to try a bit harder to leave me behind!
This bike came equipped with Shimano 105/Tiagra kit, and rather heavy Matrix wheels, so in the Summer of 2006, with over 2500 miles on the clock, I decided to upgrade with Xero wheels, a 105 front derailleur and Ultegra rear cassette and chain. This made quite a difference again, and this bike is now my winter training bike, the bike I'd go to the shops or station on, and the bike I use on the turbo trainer.
The bike is very well suited to my height, but I am not over-keen on the 650c wheels, which limit my choice of tyres, and don't look quite so good as larger wheels. They roll well, but I prefer my two bicycles with 700c wheels now I have them.
Getting ready for a ride on my Trek 2000 - September 2005. I was ill and on IV antibiotics as you can see from the IV line and bandage on my right arm.