So I picked up my Trek 820 (approx 2003 I think?) to start training on in preparation of commuting in the fall. My wife then decides she wants a bike too. I see this as a fantastic problem! We find her a bike, but it's a package deal and I have to take a Magna Excitor as well.
So now I have my Trek and this Magna Excitor. I was thinking I'd turn around and see if I could get $20 for it. Then I rode it up the street and found it's really not as bad as I expected. It's significantly more comfortable on our non-maintained roads AND it sure feels lighter (though apparently I'm going to have to actually put it on a scale to verify since I can't find any specs). The only issues I have with it are the shifters, derailleurs, and hub.
Now I get that this is nowhere near most of your standards, but I'm wondering if I've stumbled upon an opportunity to improve my ride and learn a bit about the mechanicals. (I like to learn on the cheap stuff, since breaking expensive stuff is painful.)
The Trek 820 has nice indexed Shimano shifters with nice Shimano derailleurs. The front is a dual-pull. Both fronts are band clamp type. Both bikes are 3x7. If I get new cables and swap the rear wheel, derailleurs, and shifters (or more likely the whole handlebar and possibly stem) I should end up with a lighter bike that rides better over light bumps with the better hub and smooth shifting.
Am I thinking wrong or ignorant of something here?
To give a better idea, this is a street on my commute. This is considered a "well maintained street" with 1-2" vertical change in the seams you see. streetPatch.jpg