Classic & Vintage - Question about Vintage-Trek Site
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You know, when I started to get into vintage bikes I quickly stumbled upon the Vintage-Trek website. And it's one of those recourses I keep returning back to. I must have downloaded the brochures by year so many times, I really should just keep them in a file on my computer.
And while I understand that this site is dedicated to Trek steel I have become kind of frustrated that the scans by year don't include anything but steel models. As far as I know there is no other place on the web where you can find complete copies of the Trek brochures by year. Schwinn and Raleigh do...
I believe it is a labor of love, and not funded by Trek in any way. Like many of the brand sites, they tend to be created by enthusiasts. Its really too bad the brands themselves don't dig through their archives and post info on the web.
Its really amazing to me the time some people have taken to collect and post information on various brands. Plus you have the cost of maintaining the site once it is completed. The TR Findley Schwinn site is one that comes to mind. Miamijim has done a really nice job on Peugeot. Randy's bike restoration site is great too. I could list many, many more.
So if you want to start a site dedicated to the aluminum frame Treks, that would be great. Some brands (Peugeot comes to mind) have several different sites created by various enthusiasts. The Trek brand is certainly big enough to have more than one site.
Many of us would love to see more data on the aluminum frame Treks, as they are plentiful, and well received in the market.
1993 or newer, bikepedia is the first place I look.
Trek catalogs at retrobike.co.uk (http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/gallery2.php?g2_itemId=15839)
I was actually looking for something newer, and haven't gone through the older catalogs so I don't know if they are complete.
09-02-11, 11:44 PM
As noted above, vintage-trek.com is a completely non-Trek affiliated enterprise. It is one of the category killer sites in that if one is curious about steel Treks from the 80's and late 70's, it is the place to go. It is also a granddaddy of vintage bike sites, having been around for a number of years and is really considered authoritative.
The owner/maintainer of the site is Skip Echert, who is very responsive to emails. If you want/think the scope of the site should be expanded, Skip would likely be happy to discuss this with you via email.
Let me just make it clear that I have nothing against the Vintage-Trek site. In fact it is one of my favorite resource site that I love to just check out for no particular reason. And yes, I used the word frustrated, but in no way did I mean to be critical about the site itself (sorry if I made it sound this way).
It was more related to the fact that I did not know any other place to find catalog shots of Trek bikes. I found an attractive 1400 on CL, but could not find any original pictures, hence my original post.
Well, tugrul directed me to the right direction, thank you for that. I now can use Vintage-Trek for the list of model numbers by year / color, since that does include aluminum and retrobike for the pictures. I'm happy!
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