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Old 09-18-06, 09:20 PM   #1
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Part finding resources

I'm new to vintage bikes, but I ended up falling in love with this 1986 Trek tri-series 700 (catalog image)



Reynolds 531 frame, Shimano 600 components, Matrix Titan rims, etc. Nice bike. When I'm not riding it, I'm thinking about riding it, or cleaning it, or otherwise obsessing over it.

I bought it for $60 and it's in pretty good shape. I cleaned up everything, tuned it, and trued the rear wheel and now she rides like a steel thoroughbred! I'm very very happy with my vintage Trek!

Here are my (relatively small) problems:
The original saddle is missing and I find the black replacement loathesome to look at.
I can't seem to find much in the way of new white leather saddles that don't look like something out of Star Wars!!

One of the rubber guards around the brake levers is ripped
, and they're both cracked and yucky.
Probably need replacing, but not urgently.

Paint Chips -- nuff said

Advice on any of these problems would be awarded with instant karma and my eternal grattitude!
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Old 09-18-06, 10:14 PM   #2
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The rubber brake lever guards are called "hoods". Google "brake lever hoods" or "brake hoods" and you'll get lots of hits. Look by brand name (Dia-Compe, Weinmann, Campagnolo, Shimano, etc.) for ones that fit your levers and are the color you want.

Personally, I like Brooks leather saddles (B17 or Professional). They're heavier than the composite saddles, but they're sooo comfortable, and look great on vintage bikes.
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Brooks saddles don't come in white. Nashbar.com often has NOS white leather Vetta saddles. I think a Selle San Marco Rolls in white would be really classy on that. I think you can also find the Vettas on ebay.

Nice buy--bike like that here in NYC goes for $200-$300+. I found an '86 400 for $10 here, but that was sheer luck.
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Ditto to all Scooper says, plus I'd add that you can often find NOS San Marco Rolls saddles in white leather for a decent price on eBay and such. These are reportedly still in production, or very recently discontinued, so they are easier to find than the other saddles of about the same vintage (Turbo, Concor, SM Regal, etc.) and would look just fine on this Trek. I suggest you hunt down some AME brake hoods, also available in white and other colors, tho they are a cheaper hood than Campy or Modolo, you can still find NOS and because they are vinyl they will last longer than real rubber, even if they don't feel quite the same. Cheaper too. Last, for touch up paint check out the nail polish selection in a large drug store near you. There are a lot more colors than red, and you get more lacquer than in a tiny bottle of Testor's enamel from the Hobby shop...comes with built-in brush, too. I recently found metallic blue and metallic purple for 99 cents each.
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Brooks saddles don't come in white. Nashbar.com often has NOS white leather Vetta saddles. I think a Selle San Marco Rolls in white would be really classy on that. I think you can also find the Vettas on ebay.

Nice buy--bike like that here in NYC goes for $200-$300+. I found an '86 400 for $10 here, but that was sheer luck.
Hey Peripetic, we were both writing the same thing about the San Marco Rolls while on opposite coasts...so, not only do "great minds think alike", but from "sea to shining sea" we all can agree: you better get you a white leather Rolls for that Trek!
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Ditto to all Scooper says, plus I'd add that you can often find NOS San Marco Rolls saddles in white leather for a decent price on eBay and such. These are reportedly still in production, or very recently discontinued, so they are easier to find than the other saddles of about the same vintage (Turbo, Concor, SM Regal, etc.) and would look just fine on this Trek. I suggest you hunt down some AME brake hoods, also available in white and other colors, tho they are a cheaper hood than Campy or Modolo, you can still find NOS and because they are vinyl they will last longer than real rubber, even if they don't feel quite the same. Cheaper too. Last, for touch up paint check out the nail polish selection in a large drug store near you. There are a lot more colors than red, and you get more lacquer than in a tiny bottle of Testor's enamel from the Hobby shop...comes with built-in brush, too. I recently found metallic blue and metallic purple for 99 cents each.
Yeah, I was gonna say if it has to be white leather, BikePro has Selle San Marco saddles (various models including the Rolls) in white.
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The 700 Tri came with shimano 600 series group and an SBI Delta white leather saddle.
the brake hoods are available at bicycle classics, or at universal cycle center in the UK.
I have no clue if the saddle is still available, as such I think I'd go with a white
Selle San Marco Rolls, but be advised that they can get pricey.

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Brilliant!

Thansk to all.

In summary, I'm going to

1. Find some replacement hoods.
2. Buy a Selle San Marco Rolls on ebay or somewhere else online.
3. Either use Testors or Nail polish to handle the paint chips.
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4. And don't forget to ride it!

(I'm in Minneapolis. Was that the one that was for sale in WI?)
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lol PTB!

I won't forget, but I'm probably going to put it away soon in favor of just commuting on my Giant.

It was for sale in Rochester, and I just happened on it in the 'buyers guide' that everyone in town gets in the mail, but nobody reads. The previos owner had been trying to sell it for months when I stumbled on it.
Came with a descent cyclometer too


If you get the chance to buy one cheap, I give it a strong reccomendation.
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If you get the chance to buy one cheap, I give it a strong reccomendation.

...or even not-so-cheap. I love the ride quality of my '86 Elance. Trek's with great steel tubing really have that somethin' somethin'.
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You got a good price on a good bike. Enjoy!
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