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    Bike year identification...

    (First off, a little history -- I raced BMX for many years, many years ago. I then got into roadies, although I did a short stint with a Diamond Back MTB. I've been riding roadie again since September, commuting to work every day and doing long rides on the weekend, after about a 10 year layoff.)

    So I was given this mountain bike -- it needed a little TLC, so into the shop it went. Truth be told, I love riding it. It's a very fun ride. I've even commuted to work on it a few times. It's become my "general purpose" bike, the bike I use for trips to the store, to ride with my son (who is a BMX racer) when he is training and such, and the bike I grab when I just want to doodle around in the street outside the house.


    It's a Trek Mountain Trail 820. It seems to have a fairly decent -- if not entry-level -- component set: Shimano Altus cranks/Acera X derailleurs, Shimano Altus canti brakes, Grip Shift shifters (which I actually like), Shimano Acera X hubs/Weinmann 519 rims, and finally a Trek saddle/seatpost.

    I'm trying to figure out what year this bike hails from. Judging by the styling of the TREK logos it's more than a few years old, but I can't find any info on this particular bike.

    Can anyone give a hand?

    Thanks,
    Tim.

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    Mid '90's I would say. Its pre-vbrake, post compact crankset.

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    Are those the hard toe clips that don't use straps?

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    My latest build has 97 stamped all over it. Forks,bb,frame. I dont know if this is common or not,but I gotta assume it's a 97. Not to mention all the chipped up and ground up teal blue paint I had to grind off of it. Look for dates on it or the components.
    By the wat that's a nice old Trek. Looks like she wasn't ridden much.

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    I dont think that bike is 97, its early nineties at the earliest.

    Mine is 95


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    Quote Originally Posted by NoF3ar
    I dont think that bike is 97, its early nineties at the earliest.

    Mine is 95

    I wasn't saying it was a 97 or anything. Dang that's a nice Trek too. Restro or O.E.?

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    I don't even know what restro and o.e. are lol.

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    Restoration and original equipment. Either way it's a damn nice bike.

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    everything is the original in the pic, but now(few months later) I have new pedals, bar ends and crank set.

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    I keep hoping to find a vintage bike like that. One that was ridden a few times then parked in the garage.

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    Yea my bike was ridden about 2-3 times when my uncle got really sick and gave us the bike where it sat for something like 8 years. Now that I have had it, it has 400+ miles on it. Thing is, i clean it after every ride

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    Quote Originally Posted by born2bahick
    Are those the hard toe clips that don't use straps?
    Yup. Mini-clips. I'm torn between leaving those on because of the "around town" and "with my son" riding I do on that bike or switch over to clipless like my roadie. It sure is nice not having to change shoes if I want to hop on the bike and leap some curbs with the boy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin
    By the wat that's a nice old Trek. Looks like she wasn't ridden much.
    Thank you. She had casual usage before she was given to me; nothing too severe, but she had "been sitting too long" syndrome as well. I cleaned her up, put the pedals/clips on, did all the adjustments, and she rides like a dream.

    Like I said above, really fun ride.

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