Thanks to Fender1 and Sheldon Brown. I decided to convert my old Trek into a Nexus 8 commuter.
The project is not quite finished but it is getting close enough for me to feel like posting some pics.
I just put on the small front rack today. I guess I need to look at running the shift cable under the rack.
I had to modify the bracket for the rack just a little as it was a bit too tall under the headset.
The rack sits much higher then I expected but it is solid feeling there
I have been on just a couple of rides with it so far but it seems to work just fine.
The shifter does work good on the end of the drop bars and was very natural feeling to reach for it there to shift.
I left the downtube shifters on it as I did not have anything better to put on the shifter bosses and it looks better with them there then the naked bosses do.
I still need to get some short stack bolts so I can remove the extra chain rings up front. Putting the largest ring in the middle position will give me a nearly perfect chain line.
I got the hub built in the wheel from Harris Cyclery and bought a matching front wheel from them as well. This bike had 27" wheels on it before. I was lucky that there was enough adjustment in the brakes for them to work with 700c wheels.
I put Schwalbe Marathon plus tires on it in the 700 x 32 size and I am pretty happy with the way they feel. I still have the original Brooks team pro saddle on the bike but it is showing the abuse it has had over the years. I may replace it soon with another team pro.
I still need to consider fenders, but as I live in Arizona, we do not get much rain, so I am in no hurry.
I got the original bike for $300 a couple of years ago from the original owner. The specs are as follows:
1984 Trek 720, 22.5 inch frame.
Nexus 8 speed hubm 36 hole Sun CR18 rimm Schwalbe Marathon plus 32mm Tires
Matching 36 hole Sun CR18 rim in front
Original crank 170mm 48th chainring
19th rear sprocket (35.9-110.2 gear inches)
Brooks team pro Saddle (original)
Original Blackburn Expedition rack
Nexus twist shifter attached to hubbub adapter for drop bars
Oval Concept bars 42cm
Nashbar Threadless stem adapter
Nashbar 120mm stem with 7 degree rise
Tektro brake levers
Bike weight: 35lbs