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Old 04-16-14, 07:20 AM   #1426
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Old 04-16-14, 08:23 AM   #1427
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Interesting that you posted a pic of your Univega, Lamplight, as it served as an inspiration for my own 1984 Univega Specialissima, that I recently completed.


This may be the most gorgeous bike I have seen on this site...it just "floats my boat!" Might I inquire how you got the color on the handlebar tape? It looks like a combination of cotton tape with shellac...what is the combination?
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As promised, I took some better pictures once I had the Fuji all cleaned up. I just installed a new Brooks B17 saddle, all new cables and new brake cable housings. I'm not sure about the Brooks, yet. I'm still getting used to it. But it sure does look right at home on this bike.

You might try adjusting the angle of your brooks if you're still having trouble with it. Most of the time you want the nose pointed slightly upward, which makes the rear of the saddle level.
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This may be the most gorgeous bike I have seen on this site...it just "floats my boat!" Might I inquire how you got the color on the handlebar tape? It looks like a combination of cotton tape with shellac...what is the combination?
Thanks! It's tan/brown cloth wrap, with amber shellac on it.
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You might try adjusting the angle of your brooks if you're still having trouble with it. Most of the time you want the nose pointed slightly upward, which makes the rear of the saddle level.
Thanks. I've had a problem with sliding forward on it as I ride. So I've already adjusted it a bit more nose-up since this picture was taken. I'll certainly get it dialed in and give it a fair break-in period before making up my mind.
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As promised, I took some better pictures once I had the Fuji all cleaned up. I just installed a new Brooks B17 saddle, all new cables and new brake cable housings. I'm not sure about the Brooks, yet. I'm still getting used to it. But it sure does look right at home on this bike.



Though it originally was 3x6, I replaced the freewheel with a custom 7 speed years ago, mainly to increase gearing range. If I wanted any more range, I'd have to get a rear derailleur with more capacity. I've replaced chainrings multiple times, due to wear and experimentaion, and finally settled on 50-40-28. I finally had to replace the chewed up Sugino crank bolt dust caps with Chinese aluminum ones. I like the look.



I just replaced the old, dried out hoods on the brake levers with new Cane Creek pieces. They fit like a glove, and complement the black of the bike pretty well. I did have to trim the cable openings just a little to allow them to fit over the cable end adjusters. I don't know of anyone else that still uses Grab On grips. But I've always liked them. This is probably my tenth set on this bike. The only downside is they can't be used to retain cables, like tape can. They rip too easily. So I have to use plastic cable ties where the bar-end shifter cables leave the bars. Not particularly elegant. But it works. The bar-ends are NOS Suntour units I bought on Ebay a few years ago. They're what came standard on the TS-V's back in the day. I love them.



Another cockpit view, showing my light and GPS for commuting. When I did the refurb, I found the stem was stuck in the steerer tube. It still is. But I was able to service the headset bearings and polish the stem in-situ. When I get an opportunity (i.e. not riding this bike every other day), I'll make a more determined attempt to free the stem.



That's an original Jim Blackburn rear rack, bought with the bike in '83. The fenders are cheap, plastic, Planet Bike ones bought a couple of years ago. They work great. Note I kept the dork disc, but trimmed it down to just larger than the largest cog on the freewheel. The 27" wheels are original to the bike. They're surprisingly straight, given the miles on them. I've used a syringe to add lube to the sealed bearings a few times. But they're original, too.



Non-drive side view of drivetrain. Because of the spare spoke mounts on the chainstay, I had to use an unconventional mounting arrangement for the cadence/speed sensor. It works, though. If the wheelbase were any longer, or my cranks any shorter, it wouldn't.



This shot shows the original bike shop sticker that came on the bike when I bought it. This shop is still around, and has a location in the town where I now live. They get a kick out of seeing this when I stop by from time to time. You can also see where I highlighted the lugs with red paint. It was the fashion back in the day. And I've always like to customize things. My bike wears it like a tattoo; a reminder of a younger, more foolish phase of life, with a mild sense of regret, but not enough to have it removed.



All in all, it's in remarkably good shape for it's age. I have no idea how many miles I've ridden on this bike. I had over 14,000 miles on the old Huret belt-drive odometer when I removed it in 1998. Now it's my faithful commuter bike. I never did take the cross-country tour. But someday, I still might. If not, I'm still glad we've spent a lifetime together.

WOW is that thing cool.

It looked fine before- and it's looking fantastic now. Congratulations on your "restore."
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Old 05-12-14, 07:48 PM   #1433
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my 1983 Trek 720 restoration.
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my 1983 Trek 720 restoration.
This looks great! I'd like to see more pictures in a larger size, look into setting up a Flickr account. Well done!

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my 1983 Trek 720 restoration.

Let's hear some stories about that beautiful bike!
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...is this the one for sale on our local Craigslist ?
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I would say a barn find that I restored from an ugly state into a good one. Actually, I bought it in bad shape with a bent fork, flat tires laced in a rusty rims, some rust at the top tube & a busted saddle. Didn't know the model at first until I notice a leftover sticker in the chain stay with the number 720 after an hour of vigorous cleaning & scrubbing. I did disassemble the bike, prep the bike with 3 coats of self etching primer, 4 coats of paint, put new decals & clear coated the frame all in spray cans. well the hard work pays off and now I have given this bike a new lease of life, hopefully another 31 years of quality touring!
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...Actually, I bought it in bad shape with a bent fork, flat tires laced in a rusty rims, some rust at the top tube & a busted saddle...
It looks great, overall. Nice job on the restore. Maybe it's just an optical illusion, or the small photos, or my bad eyesight. But the top tube looks like it's bent a few inches behind the head tube. Your bent fork might not have been the only crash damage.
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I had it checked by a good friend of mine who has 40+ yrs of experience working in our local bike kitchen and I guess he lives and sleeps with bikes all his life and he never said any problem about the frame so with its alignment. if it does for sure I would know right away, probably it would affect the headtube and the headset bearings installation. so far so good and I had a wonderful 53 miles ride last sunday and everything went well.
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I would say a barn find that I restored from an ugly state into a good one. Actually, I bought it in bad shape with a bent fork, flat tires laced in a rusty rims, some rust at the top tube & a busted saddle. Didn't know the model at first until I notice a leftover sticker in the chain stay with the number 720 after an hour of vigorous cleaning & scrubbing. I did disassemble the bike, prep the bike with 3 coats of self etching primer, 4 coats of paint, put new decals & clear coated the frame all in spray cans. well the hard work pays off and now I have given this bike a new lease of life, hopefully another 31 years of quality touring!
Great job. I have a Trek 720 that is badly in need of a new paint job if you are looking for work restoring 720s!
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i recently sold this beauuuutiful and loveeeeely bike. i really regret it but i wasn't able to keep it.
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Old 05-15-14, 09:38 AM   #1443
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i recently sold this beauuuutiful and loveeeeely bike. i really regret it but i wasn't able to keep it.
One of my favorite color schemes - a fantastic looking bike. A shame you couldn't keep it.
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i recently sold this beauuuutiful and loveeeeely bike. i really regret it but i wasn't able to keep it.
I love those bikes- like badger_biker said- that color scheme is so awesome. That looks like a really cool front rack and, personally, I think the "dork disk" totally works on a "touring" bike.
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i recently sold this beauuuutiful and loveeeeely bike. i really regret it but i wasn't able to keep it.
A Touring Series V! I lusted after one of those when I bought my TS-IV. But I couldn't afford the difference right out of high school. The color is absolutely beautiful. Sorry you had to sell.
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vintage 1983 TREK 720 touring bike!
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Sure wish I could figure out how to post from flickr. Used to be so easy.

Anyway, looking for some racks for this thing. It rides so nice, cant wait to get a load front and back on it and try it out that way!

****! it wont take you to the picture I tried to get! its to the left of the one that comes up. ****!

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/crawdadslim/14019385398" title="003 by onedollarmiyata, on Flickr"><img

This link takes you to the right picture. After almost an hour of trying, this is as close as I can get. I give up.

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Technically this is not a new addition, but a new look for my 1983 Univega Gran Turismo. I liked the bike in it's previous configuration, but something about it just felt dorky to me. I changed the saddle to a nashbar Bedford saddle in natural color which approximates the original suede saddle, lowered the stem a bit, and removed the fenders. I really like the outcome, it's more sporty looking. Here's some pics: before and after.

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