Archive for July, 2009
I got this question from a reader a couple of weeks ago.
I am a proud owner of a “district” and I love it! I’ve had it for almost a month. and the newness is starting to wear off, and i find that i need to learn how to maintain my bike. Does any one have any leads for a fourm dedicated to the district.. The problem im facing is the tape on the bars, its starting to loosen up and looks sloppy…
I figured there might be enough interest to start up a forum here. District owners check on in over at http://trekdistrict.com/forum and sign up today.
Trek may have been a little slow to deliver the first District, but now that all the manufacturing hurdles have been taken care off it looks like they are going full speed ahead with a new version. Here is an exclusive sneak peak of the upcoming 2010 Trek District. Obviously we can’t tell a whole lot from the picture but it does look like they have nailed the colors perfect again.
It’s been a long time since I fell in love with the bike and I have obviously been wanting one for a very long time. I was finally able to pick up my gorgeous 54cm District from my LBS SLC Bicycle Co. I was pretty sure I wanted the 54 although I probably fit the 56 just as good. I took them both out for a little spin and I was amazed at how different they both felt. The 56 felt much more stable while the 54 was more nimble feeling. I typically like my bikes a little small (I’m 5′ 10″) and the 54 felt like a perfect fit. They guys down at SLC Bicycle were super nice and the owner Brent even came out an flipped my stem for me before I left.
Since then I have had been able to ride it to work a dozen or so times. The ride is about 10 miles each way and has a nice mix of hills and flats. It turns out that the gearing on the District is absolutely perfect. I wish it was a little taller on the flats and downhills as I pedal out pretty quickly, but if it was any taller I might not be able to pull some of the longer steeper hills that I have. I am working on getting some decent photos’s of my bike as well as some video. So far I haven’t done much to it, just stripped off reflectors, belt guard etc and added a set of toe clips.
Another nicely modified District. Loving the Brooks saddle on this one. IMHO needs a stem flip though. Here’s what George has to say about it.
I just got my District on June 26th… I’ve been told it’s the first one in Calgary. Note the Brooks saddle and Shimano PD-A530 pedals that take it up a notch. I’m thinking of straight handlebars to give it some “edge”. It’s a great ride and has gotten a lot of attention already. Love it!
This one is fresh from Switzerland. It may be one of my favorite pictures yet…
After months of waiting, she’s finally arrived! (where I live we speak italian and the bike is feminine, like the car, we are passionale!) I was waiting for her since the beginning of february, when I decided to buy me a new bike, to give back to my sister her “citybike” I was using for commuting to work. After having spoken with a close friend of mine who made for himself a singlespeed and finding this concept a good idea, I saw the District and I directly fell in love with her. Now she’s mine!! It’s only a week I’m riding it, I’ll need much more time to give an objective opinion about her, but it’s looking out very good so far… Ciao, Marc from Tessin (the italian part of Switzerland)
I put my order in for a District mid-August 2008. It finally arrived at the end of April this year. The bike was good as is but I was set on making it perfect for me from day one. First up was changing the stem and water bottle cage hardware – the orange didn’t do it for me on the stem bolts and since I didn’t install cages I wanted lower profile button head bolts there. I know, very minor details. Next, the stock bar was swapped for a Trek flat bar trimmed to 510mm. Since the headtube is so long on these bikes the stem is run with negative rise and the steerer tube trimmed 10mm shorter. A pair of big double sided platforms for Odyssey are a must for me. I like smaller brake levers so the stock ones had to go and some Dia Compe were installed. Oh yeah, I also added the Trek Time analog watch to the bar. That was all done before taking it home for the first time. Later, I realized I’m not a laid back seat tube and offset post kind of guy so I had a Thomson with zero offset installed to get my seat far enough over the BB. My most recent change is the crank and BB. I really wanted shorter crankarms than what came stock. Since a new set was needed I figured it would be a good time to get a 2 piece Shimano design with outboard bearing placement. The new set up is so much stiffer in addition to be being a better fit. Overall I am now super stoked on my bike. The only thing I can think of changing at this point is possibly going to a 20T rear cog.
I got this question from a reader the other day and I thought I’d post it up to see if anyone has any opinions/advice.
“Curious if anyone has had one of these stolen yet? I’d love to get one, but just the attention that they get while your on it makes me terrified about the attention it would get locked up. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’ll have it chained to my leg, but any tips on keeping one of these guys not stolen for those rare moments that it does have to be locked up? I would -hate- to do it, but the wheels are definitely the “loudest” part of that bike. Are there any less loud wheels you’d recommend or post up for review? Thanks! -Ken”
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