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Old 10-31-06, 08:35 PM   #1
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5500 Restoration Nearing Completion...

So the Trek 5500 CF bike I bought a while back is nearing completion. I've attached a few photos from tonight. Besides taking the entire bike apart to the frame and going through everything from top to bottom with great care and detail....I replaced the following components:

New Dura Ace Front Deraillier, Crankset and Rear Cassette
New bottom bracket assembly
New Dura Ace Frame bosses and cable adjusters
New Bontrager Race Lite stem in my length
New Bontrager Race Lite handle bars in my width
All new Shimano silver-gray cables
New Michelin Pro2 Race tires to go on the Race Lite Wheels (with Bontrager Ti skewers) that I bought as a spare wheelset and barely ever used.
New brake pads frt & back
New Selle San Marco Era Lux Saddle

I'm still waiting on the Bontrager Race X Lite Carbon Fiber seat post to replace the aluminum one and the blue Bontrager bar tape to come in at my LBS to complete the bike. A set of Shimano 7800 Dura Ace pedals will be added sometime over the winter when my wallet recovers a bit!

Total investment in this bike to date: $1489.00 Current weight (with old aluminum seatpost,and without pedals):16.7 lbs The feeling of satisfaction from restoring this bike and wrenching it myself.... priceless.

Whacha' think Foosters?
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Old 10-31-06, 08:43 PM   #2
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P.S. I hope this thread stays here in foo. At least my fellow foosters will try to appreciate what I've been working on. The road forum will say something like" Not enough Carbon Fiber parts" or " Why'd you buy another Trek, you should have bought a Cervelo." etc....
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Old 10-31-06, 08:46 PM   #3
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Man, that's one sweet looking ride! Final pics are not just mandatory, but expected!

edit: and it's nice to see I'm not the only one that practically tapes up the entire cable under the bartape.
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Old 10-31-06, 09:17 PM   #4
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Looks awesome man!
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Old 10-31-06, 11:17 PM   #5
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Awesome ride, I say post it in Road as well and let the nay sayers to jump off a bridge. That's a sweet looking Trek if I do say so my self.
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Old 10-31-06, 11:20 PM   #6
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Not enough unobtainium parts, IMHO. And lower that stem, you're killin' me.
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Wow, talk about a classic. I gotta admit, I have a soft spot for the red, white, and blue color scheme.
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Old 10-31-06, 11:37 PM   #8
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Why'd you buy another Trek, you should have bought a Cervelo.

Just kidding. Looks awesome.
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You just don't care enough to put the chain on THE BIG RING. Ugh.


oh, and that SSM saddle will probably hurt lots. Unless you already like it. I rode one for not very long and it was mega-painful. --Too soft.
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Sweet. USPS Treks are the best, IMO.
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Sweet!
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You just don't care enough to put the chain on THE BIG RING. Ugh.


oh, and that SSM saddle will probably hurt lots. Unless you already like it. I rode one for not very long and it was mega-painful. --Too soft.
Haha...hey Dex! Actually, the SSM is the saddle I ride on my other two bikes, so it worked out good when I went looking for one in the postal colors.

Thanks to everyone else who posted comments. Finding the correct parts for this thing was harder than I thought, but it's been a fun project so far.
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Cycle17,

gorgeous bike! I love those older USPS 5500's.

Have you seen these by any chance? i think they would look sweet on that bike!
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Well done! That is going to be a sweet ride. Don't sweat the Trek haters.
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This is off topic. Mods, please move to BMX or 50+ where it belongs.

BTW, nice bike cycle17! Looks to be about my size too which is odd cuz I thought you were tall. What size is it?
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BTW, nice bike cycle17! Looks to be about my size too which is odd cuz I thought you were tall. What size is it?
Thanks jyoss! I'm 6 ft tall exactly. But I'm long torso, shorter legs, so it's a 56cm frame. The 2001's look smaller because the "molding/shaping" of the CF frame is more pronounced than the 2002 and up frames, so it looks smaller.
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that is very cool looking! nice!
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I think it is really cool you are restoring the bike to it's original look. Almost all avid cyclists change their bike. It is uncommon to see a histroically correct bike. Nice job, I dig the pearl white paint with the red and blue.

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Where's the rest of the seatpost?





j/k - it's looking good cycle17.
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Thanks Steve!

The seatpost will not be original, I'm keeping the aluminum DA seatpost, but going with carbon fiber one for the smoother ride and lighter weight. But as much as possible the bike is correct. I missed an auction on some USPS bar end plugs. Gonna keep my eyes out for another set of those.
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I missed an auction on some USPS bar end plugs. Gonna keep my eyes out for another set of those.
Just put a couple young Elvis stamps on some generic plugs.
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Just put a couple young Elvis stamps on some generic plugs.
LOL The ones I bid on were yellow and had the USPS logo with the eagle on them. Pretty neat looking actually. Maybe I can find another set in like new condition... like those. I'll keep looking. It's gonna be a cool ride either way.
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Thanks Steve!

The seatpost will not be original, I'm keeping the aluminum DA seatpost, but going with carbon fiber one for the smoother ride and lighter weight. But as much as possible the bike is correct. I missed an auction on some USPS bar end plugs. Gonna keep my eyes out for another set of those.
They make USPS bar end plugs? That's getting into detail!
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They make USPS bar end plugs? That's getting into detail!
yep. they make(made) them. I doubt if I'll ever run across another set of them in nice shape though.
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Bar tape is in. Gonna' stop by tomorrow night and pick that up. Now I'm just waiting for the CF Race X Lite seatpost to arrive.
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