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Old 03-03-07, 12:37 PM   #1
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"Old Bike" becomes "New Commuter"

Hi thought I would post some pics of a recently finished project. I picked up a beat 1981 Trek 710 for $26I had it repainted and the headtube "customized" by Dr. Deltron who posts alot on the forums here. He did an incredible job and the bike rides like a dream! It was built of components that I had or scored on ebay for cheap. Just wanted to post so that people see brand new isn't the only alternative!

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Old 03-03-07, 12:40 PM   #2
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Funky headtube. Noticeable coloring. But it still looks classy over the rest of the bike
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Old 03-03-07, 09:40 PM   #3
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Is this what is known as re-cycling. I've actually been toying with the idea of doing up an old beater or getting a new bike but decided to get mine resprayed in the near future instead.
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Love the head tube! That's a great setup. Care to share specs and costs that patience brings?
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Face looks great from the side.
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I've read much about the good Dr.'s work. I suspect it doesn't come as cheap as the basic beater bike - could you share the paint job cost? I may want to get my 73 Raleigh spiffied up some day.
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Love the head tube! That's a great setup. Care to share specs and costs that patience brings?
I got the original bike (1981 Trek 710, Reyneols 531 frame and fork w/ a beat up Shimano 600 group) on ebay for $26. It was listed as a beach cruiser becasue someone put a set of flat bars on it! Anyway I sold off most of the old parts that were working and made $125. It really needed a paint, as a whole bunch was missing. Also the head badge was shot and I could never find another one on ebay so I went with the gargoyle. I also thought the gargoyle would chase away the evil, cager spirits on my commute! That is what they are supposed to do!

The new paint & decals were $350 (the gargoyle was $60 of the $350). I bought a new FD & RD Deore LX ($80) as the old Suntour stuff had started to wear out. I swapped all of the other parts from my other trek commuter which I had slowly upgraded over time. Shipping both ways was $80. So $510-$125= $385

Now if you add in all of the othe stuff below, pricey! But if you buy quality componets you can always swap them to other bikes inthe future. It helps keep costs down if you decide to change your bike.

Here are the specs:

Reynolds 531 Frame & Fork (Hand Made in the USA!)
Nitto Moustache bars & Technomic 80mm Stem
Brooks Champion Special Saddle
SKS fenders w/homemade mudflaps
Sugino AT Triple w/ 50/40/28
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Shimano Deore LX deraliers
Jandd Expidition rack
Cane Creek brake levers
Campagnolo record hubs 36 hole laced to Mavic MA2 rims
Specialized Aramadillo tires
Olds School Reflectors
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Whoa! Haha! Sweet headtube! Props to you and the good Dr. D. The bike looks great.
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Nice! How's she ride?
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That's a great looking bike you have. Congrats.

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Just wanted to post so that people see brand new isn't the only alternative!
+1. I've been scouring thrift shops and craigslist for a decent used bike for commuting/errand running. My current bike is good enough for that, but I'm searching for something that I wouldn't mind leaving locked up outside for long periods of time.

A while back there was a beautiful maroon steel touring bike w/ matching colored fenders from the 70s on craiglist. Definantly not a beater bike. I don't remember the brand, but for $60 is it was worth a shot. Unfortunantly I was beat to it.
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