1984 Trek 420 for light touring?
Hey all, I'm looking at a 1984 Trek 420 on CL. I would use it for weekend / light duty touring. I've never toured before and I didn't want to go all out right in the beginning. What do you think of this bike for this purpose? Also, I presume this will have caliper brakes. Can this bike be upgraded to Cantilever brakes? I'd also want to put 700c rims on it and I think I'd need Cantilevers to do this.
Oh and I might also want to upgrade to a used set of STI shifters down the road.
ive got a 1984 trek 400
great bike, but it has no rack braze ons at all
that means that any method of attaching racks is going to be a weak point in the system. I dont think cantis are do-able, sorry.
and sti is hard to work because the rear wheel is likley a 7 speed, if not six, im not even sure if seven speed brifters even exist, so unless you could find some sevenspeed brifters you would need to replace your rear wheel, meaning you would have to respace your rear triangle because modern rear wheels are wider than they were in 1984. After that you would need a new RD because the one you have likley doesnt have enough range to shift a modern 9 or 10 speed drivetrain, then you would probably need a new wider cage front deraileur to make up for the fact that you cant trim like you can on frictionshifters its a pain