2014 Trek 520 First Ride

2014 Trek 520 boxYesterday my spiffy new 2014 Trek 520 arrived, and I wasted no time pulling from the box and building it up for its first ride. The 2014 Trek 520 comes stock with a sturdy Bontrager Backrack Deluxe rack, but to start off with, I added a set of Bontrager NCS fenders, and Schwalbe Winter Marathon studded tires. And for an added piece of mind, and savings in the pocket, I added Trek Care Plus.Winter in Chicago can be dry fast pavement one minute, and slick black ice the next. The last few winters, I have used studded tires, and after a back surgery this last July, I really don’t want to risk falling on ice this year, so on they went.

bontrager fenders rack studded tires for my trek 520I have become a pretty big fan of the Bontrager NCS fender systems. They are easy to install, are quite sturdy. and provide good coverage. So on they went as well.

For lights I use the Blackburn Super Flea USB front and rear, as well as a Blackburn Flea USB rear for extra flash in the back section. In the front, I also run a NiteRider lighting system to light my way while the Super Flea flashes. I found on the darker nights, or paths without lights, it is nice to be able to see on coming pot holes or slush pits.

For a breakdown on the technical specs of the Trek 520, head over to the post here. To read about how the first ride went, continue….

2014 Trek 520 First RideWhat a great riding bike! Smooth steel frame, upright, long haul geometry, easy shifting, and solid parts. While I am looking forward to putting the bike through its paces with a good ol’ Chicago winter commute, I am even more excited to add a front rack, and go tour the back roads next year on it.

When I purchased my new Trek 520, I also added Trek Care Plus. Trek Care Plus is an extended warranty that also covers wear and tear. So, as I ride my bike, my chain, cassette, chain rings, and other parts wear out, Trek Care Plus will cover the replacement of the parts, including labor for 3 years! I can’t wait to not have to work on my own bike!Trek Care Plus for my trek 520

Not only can I bring my bike back over to the fine mechanics at Village Cycle Center when my new Trek 520 needs a repair, but I could also bring it to any Trek Care Plus dealer if I am out of town.

Aside from Trek Care Plus, fenders, racks, lights, and studded tires, I added some reflective chop spokes and blue flashing Tire Sparks for fun, and a bit of extra night time safety.




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  1. Anthony
    8 years ago Reply

    Even as an employee of a bike shop, who gets parts at cost, I still value the Trek Care Plus program. I ride my bike on a daily basis, parts wear out, and while I spend a lot of my day working on other peoples bikes, I don’t get time to work on my own. Now with Trek Care Plus, I don’t have to worry about it. Air in the tires, lube the chain, keep it maintained, and Trek Care Plus does the rest. Too excited!

  2. Anthony
    8 years ago Reply

    Update: Made it 3 rides before I upgraded to a Brooks Flyer. http://instagram.com/p/hT_p8OPuBH/

  3. Anthony Mikrut
    8 years ago Reply
  4. Anthony Mikrut
    8 years ago Reply

    I noticed a few people coming to this post after searching for Trek Care Plus, just to let you know, that if you just bought a new Trek in the last 60 days, you can still get Trek Care Plus added to your Trek. Call your dealer for more info.

  5. bruno
    8 years ago Reply

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