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Old 07-14-12, 08:13 PM   #1
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Damn 820 is as good as new!

Ok, not totally. Its been.... 'altered' to be my go-to bike=path=pull=the-trailer-get-the-groceries bike. Over the winter it sustained a "ding" in the top tube. My secrete wish was that this would cause the bike to "fail" s i could get a sexy new "fitness" hybrid and then much that up with North Roda bars and center-stands and such. No such luck. That bike is as strong as a bull. Just keeps ticking..... Thank you 820.
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Old 07-15-12, 09:20 AM   #2
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My Trek 820 is a winter\nasty weather beast. She is getting a new sealed bottom bracket,chain,and old chainrings\cranks from a singletrack 800. Just gotta get the old fixed cup off of her. Got her at a yard sale for $15.00. Had no seat or seatpost. Was real nasty down in bottom bracket. I think mine is a 1991 or so.
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Old 07-15-12, 10:48 AM   #3
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After being ignored for 10 years I decided to rehabilitate my 820 in 2009, which required nothing more than to regrease the wheel bearings and replace the creaky cartridge bottom bracket. I needed to use an air impact driver to get the old bottom bracket out.

I've put 4700km on it since then. Even though I'm getting a new mountain bike I'll keep the 820 and maybe give it an urban stealth paint job. Today I'm replacing the original cassette and chain.
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Good start showing the love guys! Any other stories about this Wonderbike? Pics?
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I bought this in 1988 for winter commuting. It still fulfills that purpose 24+ years later.

I've made some changes and added a few things. This may just be the toughest bike I've ever owned...







Oh yeah, it runs in nice weather too.

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What a difference a fresh cassette and chain makes! The original ones had at least 6000km on them and didn't see much maintenance. Holding the new chain up against the old one it was obvious the chain had stretched a lot. I had to keep shifting the chain up as I was measuring it against the new one. I got an SRAM chain with powerlink to make future cleaning easier. The chain whip kept sliding off the old cassette as I was trying to remove the lock ring.

The gears actually shift properly now in both directions.
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What a difference a fresh cassette and chain makes! The original ones had at least 6000km on them and didn't see much maintenance. Holding the new chain up against the old one it was obvious the chain had stretched a lot. I had to keep shifting the chain up as I was measuring it against the new one. I got an SRAM chain with powerlink to make future cleaning easier. The chain whip kept sliding off the old cassette as I was trying to remove the lock ring.

The gears actually shift properly now in both directions.
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I got one too. It was my first "real" bike. Darn near everything has been replaced on it. It's my backup now.
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I bought this in 1988 for winter commuting. It still fulfills that purpose 24+ years later.

I've made some changes and added a few things. This may just be the toughest bike I've ever owned...






I LOVE this bike. The Storage Option is the BEST!
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Old 07-16-12, 09:16 PM   #10
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Really? No one? Wow, I guess I'll be that guy...


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Old 07-16-12, 09:18 PM   #11
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I got one too. It was my first "real" bike. Darn near everything has been replaced on it. It's my backup now.
That looks like a "real" mountain bike there. I love the Red White and Blue! I had a Trek road bike in those colors once. Is that a standard "Trek Thing"?
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Old 07-16-12, 09:32 PM   #12
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My Trek 820 is a bit older than yours, I bought it new around '85 or '86-ish. At the time it was the sweet spot where you really got the most for your money. This is a cro-moly steel and rigid fork bike, but what makes it really special is the snappy, sweet handling. Every time I ride it I fall in love again.
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