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    My 1986 Trek Cirrus 520

    I picked this up about three weeks ago. My first C&V. The weather hasn't really cooperated so I've just had time to clean a little. The drive train was gunked up pretty bad but cleaned up pretty well I think. I cleaned it as much as I could without a complete disassemble. Other than a quick wash and the removal of a stubborn STP sticker, that's all I've done. The main parts look to be original, except the saddle of course. Not sure about the pedals but they look like they could be. Took a short ride this week end and I really like it. I need to replace the chain, the nasty old bar tape, the faded red to pink brake cables, and the lever hoods (one missing). I would appreciate any input.

    Chain: KMC chains or other suggestions?
    Bar Tape: What materials and brands do ya'll like? I'm not sure what color I want to go with. I thinking about a Brooks saddle in either black or antique brown. I need to find one local to look at and decide on the color.
    Brake cables: Quality DIY kits?
    Lever hoods: Which brands fit well on the 600 levers?

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    Nice! I found an '87 last summer and have found it to be a perfect all-rounder with 32 mm tires.

    Jagwire is good housing and readily available, or if you want to peruse some less common colors, check out Porkchop BMX.

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    Super Cool bike!!

    I have my ideas of what I'd do to this bike... first, don't get the Jagwire "Racer" kit- the housing will be way too short- but I would use Jagwire cables and housing.

    I've had good luck with the SRAM PC870 chain.

    I love the Bontrager gel cork tape- I'm personally a fan of the brown.

    I'm also a fan of the Brooks Cambium saddle- you get over the look really fast when you realize how comfortable it is.

    Hoods... I've used the Cane Creek Hoods on my 600 Arabesque levers. People have loudly stated they don't fit those levers- but they do. I guess Id try those first - it's a $10 guess. I'll need a set as I have those levers on my Trek 720. I just remembered, I have the Cane Creek Hoods on the Z-series levers on my Trek 620. I'll bet they'll fit the 600 levers.

    You've got a great bike- If you've got designs on hauling weight on the bike- you might want to think about a set of dual pivot brakes. I was shocked at how well they stop - even compared to cantilevers.

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    I like Wipperman chains. They’re German, expensive, and last practically forever. I’d get a black Brooks. For bar tape, use black cloth and shellac it. Finish it off with black tape or, if you want to add a little texture and class, hemp twine.

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    The bike has been sitting for years, service the bearings.
    I'm a victim of my own stupidity.

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    Black saddle and bar tape, Deda Elementi. Red brake/shifter cable housing. I didn't have a big spool of red when I did the bike below.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
    The bike has been sitting for years, service the bearings.
    Definitely. Nice bike there, OP. I think I'll try again, to upload some bad pics.

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    What a nicely preserved bike; and so tiny! You don't see those in that size every day. @bamab2, I hope you area person of diminutive stature, otherwise it's gonna feel a bit cramped.

    Bar tape and saddles are about the most personal choices you can make on a bike, so everyone is going to tell you different. Me, I'm a Brooks Pro leather guy on the saddle. On the bars I liek a plain cloth (no shellac!) or foam "cork" tape wrap (no leather!). Although I've got one bike with the Fizik imitation leather (Microtex?) wrap and that's really nice too. If your hands like a nice soft cushiony feel, go for the foam cork and wrap it two or three times to make it soft. Most people who've never done it before probably wouldn't think of wrapping multiple layers, yet lots of experienced riders go that route.
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    @Lascauxcaveman,
    Yeah I'm vertically challenged. It fits pretty good. Thanks for the tips.

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    @oddjob2,
    Black, black, red was actually what I was leaning towards. Yours looks great. You also replied with that pic when I was first asking about the bike before purchase. I really like the painted "windows" on the lugs. I didn't take a picture of those. What is the tape material type, assuming they make a variety? Thanks again.

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    @katzenfinch,
    Being new, I hadn't heard of the shellac. I looked it up and that may be a nice option. I'm a little worried about that process though. The twine looks cools as well. I assume that you have done this. Is it as easy as the videos appear?

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    Thanks @The Golden Boy,
    And thanks for the tips. So you like the Cambium over the B17? I've never sat on either. I'll check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian3069 View Post
    The bike has been sitting for years, service the bearings.
    Yeah, everything feels smooth and quiet but I plan to do that when the weather gets a little better.

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    Thanks @due ruote.

    Thanks @stardognine. Saw your other thred. Hope you thaw out soon and can get some outdoor pics.

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    If you go brooks leather check out the imperial cut versions, my personal favorite saddle. The next one will be a imperial cambium though top dollar on those right now. I have used many brands of tape over the years but always go black, currently prefer grippy synthetics with gel undermounts on the touring setups but also have used leather, cork, double wrap. Cane creek are decent hood replacements or I have swapped out a couple of non aeros recently with new tiagra aero and they are nice, springy levers. Bar end shifters would look great, basically like OJ picture above(nice build out!).

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    Deda Bar Tape
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    Comfy and good value - Avocet Touring: the one below has a small tear in it, but look for a clean one.
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    It’s not difficult. You can practice wrapping the end of something with twine or string (a broom handle, for instance) so that you understand the technique before you finish your bar tape with it. When I was in Cub Scouts, we learned to make a loop and wrap string around the cut end of a rope to keep it from fraying; same process.

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    A note about the bar tape. I like shellaced cotton tape, but bear in mind it's a semi-permanent installation. That is, if you get it all done, several coats of shellac, nice twine job, and then decide you'd like the brake levers 1/4" higher, you're hosed. With any other tape - even cotton tape with no shellac - you can carefully unwrap, make adjustments, and re-wrap. So I guess my suggestion would be to wrap, ride some, adjust, ride a bit more, etc. Then apply the shellac. Maybe everyone isn't as picky as me.

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    For brake/shifting cables, I've really liked Velo Orange's cable kits. Good colors, not horribly expensive, simple. Plus it gives you an excuse to order other stuff of the VO site

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamab2 View Post
    Being new, I hadn't heard of the shellac. I looked it up and that may be a nice option. I'm a little worried about that process though. The twine looks cools as well. I assume that you have done this. Is it as easy as the videos appear?
    I think you kind of have to have a "desire" for the hard bars of cotton wrap with no padding. Some people like it, some don't. I don't.

    I find the twine wrap stuff a touch too precious. I did a twine wrap on the chainstay of my Trek 620. I didn't shellac it because I didn't know if I wanted to keep it. It's been on there that way for several years, if it gets hinky I'll take it off, but I won't redo it. I used to be cute and use cotton bar tape to finish- now I just like a nice color of electrical tape.

    As far as the saddle, The Vintage Trek catalog shows the 86 520 came with a Specialized saddle. I have that saddle- it's a bit... 'less supportive' than an Avocet or the Cambium, but not a bad saddle. oddjob2 has a great suggestion for the Avocet Touring saddles. They seem like they were on everything, and you'd think their ubiquitousness would mean they're not good- they're really good saddles. A Brooks saddle is an investment. If the Specialized saddle isn't cutting it while you're figuring out this whole "bicycle" thing, I think I'd rather fork out $30 or whatever for a used Avocet Touring than dropping $100+ for a Brooks right away. If you decide this bike is a 'keeper,' then I'd think about investing in a Brooks.

    Short story long- I got a B17 for my birthday, and that was really the thing that removed any doubt about the Brooks "hype." Within a few months I bought a Cambium. It doesn't have that classic Brooks leather saddle look- but it's an amazingly supportive and comfortable saddle.

    See what other people are doing with similar bikes to yours. Ask questions, read a lot, ask more questions- then drop some money on something that interests you.

    You've got a really great bike, it's got some really great components on it, and you're lucky to find a real quality bike small enough to fit you!

    Enjoy!
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    Avocet, very comfy.


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    Sound advice Golden Boy. It would be nice if the saddle was the Specialized but it's just some cheap no name and it doesn't sit right. Unless I come across a deal, the Brooks would be down the road anyway. I'm on the two kids in college budget. I'll watch out for an Avocet such as you, oddjob2, and due ruote recommend.

    I think I'll try cloth tape. It's cheap enough for me to practice and try out. No shellac yet though.

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